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Sudbury college hires mining centre manager

Steve Gravel has more than a decade of experience in applied research
Cambrian College in Sudbury has hired Steve Gravel as its new manager for the recently established Centre for Smart Mining. (Supplied photo)

Sudbury’s Cambrian College has hired Steve Gravel as the manager for its recently established Centre for Smart Mining (CSM).

The CSM designation was announced on June 13, along with $1.75 million, to be doled out over five years by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The designation allows the college’s applied research department to focus on mining-related projects.

In a July 25 news release, Cambrian noted Gravel has more than a decade of experience in various roles in applied research.

He spent four years as an industrial applied research developer at the college before moving on to the position of business development manager, with a focus on mining research for Ontario Centres of Excellence. 

“I’m excited to be back here at Cambrian to lead the Centre for Smart Mining,” Gravel said in the release.

“Cambrian College is already a national leader in mining-related applied research. Our goal moving forward is to become a world-leading knowledge warehouse and catalyst for technology trends and innovations in mining.”

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Mike Commito, the school’s director of applied research, welcomed Gravel’s addition.

“Steve has worked closely with some of Ontario’s fastest growing cutting-edge technology companies,” Commito said in the release.

“He is the perfect person to lead our Centre for Smart Mining, and keep Cambrian ahead of the curve in the ever-changing technology trends within the mining industry.”