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Metis mining supplier set to open second shop Sharpening bits and straightening steel has been the backbone of Excalibur Bits and Steel. By: Ian RossTwo years after operating out of a small garage in Elk Lake, a growing Kirkland Lake mining services company is making a move into the northwest.Excalibur Bits and Steel is opening a second location in Dryden this fall to be closer to a potential base of mining clients in that region.As the nam...
New legislation has far-reaching implications for First Nation-industry relations By: Northern Ontario Business staffA new transparency act for the mining industry may go too far when it comes to First Nations, says the Mining Association of Canada.The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act, which received royal assent in December 2014, requires mining companies to publicly disclose payments greater tha...
First Nation, engineering firm breaking new ground on joint ventureUpgrading the pow-wow grounds at Fort William First Nation has been one of the successful outcomes of the Oshki-Aki Limited Partnership, a joint venture between the band and True Grit Consulting. By: Ian RossIn his 25 years in the engineering profession, Eric Zakrewski calls his Thunder Bay company’s business venture with Fort William First Nation a “gold star example” in Northern Ontario of a successful partnership between the private sector and an Aboriginal community.Now entering its fifth fisca...
Green energy and Aboriginal business, best of both worldsJ.P. Gladu is the president and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. He is an Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay and is a member of the Sand Point First Nation on Lake Nipigon. By: J.P. GladuToday, Aboriginal business is waking up from a long forced hiatus through the efforts of organizations such as The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). The organization was founded in 1984 by a small group of visionary business and community leaders committed to the full participa...
Everyone benefits when Aboriginal enterprise succeedsDawn Madahbee is the general manager of Waubetek Business Development Corporation, an Aboriginal-owned and controlled organization that delivers business financing and economic development services to By: Dawn MadahbeeWaubetek is a First Nation-owned, not-for-profit entity that serves First Nations and Aboriginal businesses in northeastern Ontario. Waubetek’s core activity is to provide business financing to on- and off-reserve enterprises. We also provide regional economic support by developing wide-scale ...
An Ontario first for cross-laminated timberCross-laminated wood is being incorporated into Laurentian University’s School of Architecture. By: Jonathan MigneaultBy the time it’s completed in early 2016, the second phase of Laurentian University’s School of Architecture will serve as a solid example for students of what can be achieved with wood. A two-storey structure built with engineered wood products called cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam w...
Safety course to warn miners about dangers of radon gasDaniel Cluff, physicist and mine engineer. By: Jonathan MigneaultThe Radiation Safety Institute of Canada is planning a free course to inform workers and managers in Ontario’s mining sector about the potential danger radon gas poses underground.Radon is a heavy gas that is invisible and odourless. After cigarettes, it is the second leading cause of lung can...
Marathon prospector wins awardAward-winning Marathon prospector Rudy Wahl is on the trail of rare earth and diamond prospects on Lake Superior’s north shore. By: Ian RossPersistence and effort paid off for Rudy Wahl.The Marathon-area prospector was recognized by his peers this past spring for his rich Prairie Lake niobium and phosphate discovery.Wahl, 58, one of the property’s owners, signed an option agreement with Montreal’s MDN, which earned him the Bernie ...



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