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Donation will help Sudbury college students train for mining careers

Walden Equipment Ltd. provides equipment, funds to support skilled trades at Collège Boréal
Walden Equipment Ltd. has donated an underground scissor lift and has committed to providing $1,000 annually in scholarship funds to help train skilled trades students for mining careers.

A donation from Walden Equipment Ltd. in Sudbury will help francophone college students train for careers in the mining industry.

On May 14, Collège Boréal announced the mining supply company has donated an underground scissor lift worth $200,000 and has additionally committed to providing $1,000 annually in scholarship funds, which will go toward skilled trades programming at the school.

“As a company, we believe in the power of collaboration with local colleges and skilled trades departments to inspire and engage the next generation of talent,” Kris Ferguson, president of Walden Equipment Ltd., in a news release.

“By working together, we can create meaningful opportunities for youth to explore and continue their career paths, ultimately contributing to a skilled and vibrant workforce for the future.”

Walden Equipment Ltd. provides equipment supply, manufacturing, and repair services for mining and industrial equipment.

Services include in-depth equipment training, tensioning, winching services, hoist installation, equipment rebuilding, maintenance, and repair.

Collège Boréal offers a range of apprenticeship programs in the skilled trades, including general carpentry, heavy duty technician, electrician, and welding.

“This partnership marks the beginning of a fruitful collaboration between Collège Boréal and Walden Equipment Ltd.,” Daniel Giroux, president of Collège Boréal, said in the release.

“We look forward to witnessing the fruits of this partnership and continuing our joint efforts to promote access to high-quality studies that meet the expectations of businesses in our region.”

Collège Boréal is the province’s only French-language college. Based in Sudbury, it operates 36 sites, including seven campuses in 27 Ontario communities.