Northern College plans to use $200,000 in federal funding to create a new technology development position at the school’s Innovation Hub.
That person will then help co-ordinate and support new applied research projects in the mining industry.
The Timmins college made the announcement in a June 24 news release.
“I believe that improving the availability, efficacy, and functionality of mining technologies will benefit our catchment area by creating jobs, improving workplace safety, and helping businesses realize efficiencies in their markets,” stated Amy McKillip, Northern College’s manager of applied research, entrepreneurship and innovation.
“This, in turn, will help local and regional companies become more sustainable and competitive in the global mining marketplace.”
Northern was one of 90 post-secondary educational institutes to receive funds through the government’s Canadian Science Vision program, whose goal is to invest more than $10 billion in science and research.
Northern College’s Innovation Hub conducts innovative product, process, and service prototyping and testing that enhances industry competitiveness and boosts regional economic development while serving as an experiential learning and resource hub for our students and the broader community.
Among the businesses it’s helped support are Handy Hydrant, a portable water pump used in firefighting; Storring Engineering & Design Services Inc., an engineering company that offers services to the manufacturing, forestry, mining, aerospace and medical sectors; and Mine Safety Solutions, which manufactures gloves designed for industrial use.