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Mining alliance to discuss industry challenges

Priorities include doubling Indigenous participation, technology
Representatives of Northern Ontario’s 11 post-secondary institutions gathered at Sault College on Nov. 30 for the fall session of the Pan-Northern Mining Research Alliance. (Supplied photo)

The Pan-Northern Mining Research Alliance met in Sault Ste. Marie on Nov. 30 for its annual meeting to advocate for industry and government priorities.

Launched in 2017, the alliance comprises representatives of Northern Ontario’s 11 post-secondary institutions.

Its mission is to support research on a global scale and enhance Northern Ontario’s research strengths in mining-related areas for all post-secondary institutions.

It also strives to enhance engagement, support and collaboration through targeted research opportunities, and actively seeks government and funding partner investments in support of these research opportunities.

Areas of priority include partnerships and collaboration, health and safety (worker and community), diversity and leadership (Indigenous participation rates to double), women in mining, immigration inclusion, climate change and the environment, and technology (support for the Canadian Mining Innovation Supercluster).

“Sault College is a proud member of the Pan-Northern Mining Research Alliance and we were tremendously excited to be able to highlight our labs to our Northern colleagues,” said Dr. Ron Common, president of Sault College, during a tour of the college.

“This collaboration has the potential to significantly and positively impact the mining industry in Northern Ontario. The network of educational institutions complements one another and each brings a wealth of strengths and expertise to help the alliance reach its goals.”

Member institutions of the alliance include Sault College, Laurentian University (Sudbury), Lakehead University (Thunder Bay), Algoma University (Sault Ste. Marie), Nipissing University (North Bay), Université de Hearst, Collège Boréal (Sudbury), Cambrian College (Sudbury), Canadore College (North Bay), Confederation College (Thunder Bay), and Northern College (Timmins).