Sudbury is Innovation
From an innovation perspective, Sudbury is best established to offer research and development expertise - hosting a number of organizations including the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI); the Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO); Cambrian Innovates; and, the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT).
Laurentian University is home to the Goodman School of Mines, Bharti School of Engineering, Harquail School of Earth Sciences, and Laurentian Mining Innovation and Technology (LMIT). LMIT was created to serve as an umbrella organization that coordinates and promotes all of Laurentian’s mining-related research conducted at the university’s research centres such as the Mineral Exploration Research Centre, the Centre for Research in Occupational Rehabilitation and Health (CROSH), the Vale Living with Lakes Centre, and MIRARCO. Laurentian’s $104 million Metal Earth initiative recently received $49.2 million from the federal government’s Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) with the transform our understanding of the genesis of base and precious metal deposits during Earth’s evolution and make Canada a world leader in metal endowment research.
Cambrian Innovates is the applied research arm of Cambrian College, and, as such, plays an important role in Greater Sudbury’s innovation ecosystem, as it works to advance industry-academic partnerships. Cambrian has recently develop a partnership with XPS Expert Process Solutions in Falconbridge. With its strong roster of engineers and lab technicians, the company boasts expertise in mineral processing/mineralogy, extractive metallurgy, process control and materials technology, and has leveraged its relationship with Cambrian Innovates to access further support for implementing innovative solutions. XPS is on the cutting edge of chromite processing with a furnace pilot plant at the XPS Centre which has been used to smelt Ring of Fire chromite ore to ferrochrome. XPS continues to be involved with developing new chromite processing technologies through its strong relationship with Canmet, Noront, and major engineering companies.
Collège Boréal’s Applied Research Office supports projects and initiatives that promote innovation, economic growth and productivity. Aligning with Sudbury’s reputation, the college has developed significant expertise in the areas of forestry and silviculture. Boréal produces approximately 300,000 seedlings annually. These are typically sold to forestry companies and mining companies for their own regreening efforts. One of the college’s applied research projects is examining the potential for newly planted trees to sequester carbon stored on previously barren to semi-barren lands near the Falconbridge Smelter as a direct result of tree planting activities since the mid-1980s.
NORCAT features a 60,000 square foot Innovation and Commercialization Centre for innovation development and contractor training, offers world class programs, services, and resources in health and safety, operates Sudbury’s innovation research centre (Innovation Mill), and their Underground Training Centre includes a fully operational test mine with training, product development, and product testing capabilities. Other R&D facilities within the Sudbury mining cluster with the ability to support all of Noront’s operations including the FPF facility, exploration and mining in the Ring of Fire and the required Nickel/Copper smelting and refining.