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A New Focus on Mining

Posted by Alana Wilson on 5/21/2013 2:03:19 PM

By Dr. Kenneth P. Green, Senior Director, Energy and Natural Resources

Although David Suzuki would have all mining cease, a new project was announced in Toronto on May 14, 2013 that shows how governments recognize the value that mining brings to society. The project, called “Footprints” which is being led by Laurentian University and the Canada Mining Innovation Council, forms a collaboration between 24 mining companies and 17 universities across Canada to “develop tools to increase mining and mineral exploration success rates.” In the Footprints program, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada will issue $5.1 million in research and development grants:

This five-year, $5.1 million investment by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), is the largest Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grant ever awarded. These grants support multi-year research and development projects between industry and university researchers, focused on single company projects or industry-wide priority areas. The grants enable companies to access the expertise, knowledge and facilities at universities, and provide training to students in the essential technical skills required by industry. These mutually beneficial collaborations can lead to industrial and economic benefits for Canada.

“Industry-university research partnerships have significant impacts on Canada’s economy and productivity because they build on our strong base of discovery research and accelerate its translation into knowledge and technologies that can help companies improve their products, processes and services,” said Janet Walden, Acting President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. “NSERC is pleased to support this unique collaboration, as it is an excellent example of the value proposition post-secondary research and training brings to industry.”

Mining companies are also putting up serious money, pledging $6.7 million, bringing total program resources to almost $12 million.

In the Footprint announcement Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver gives glad tidings to the mining sector,

“Our Government is committed to the responsible development of our natural resources to the benefit of Canadians from coast to coast to coast,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources. “Mining continues to be a cornerstone of the Canadian economy, providing high-quality jobs and benefits to communities across the country.”

The timing of the announcement, during Mining Week, will undoubtedly delight miners across Canada, though one has to assume that David Suzuki will not be pleased.

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