Government of Canada Invests in Pan-Canadian Research Partnership to Innovate
$5.1 Million Project Aims to Increase Exploration Success Rates
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 05/14/13 -- The Honourable Gary
Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today launched
a pan-Canadian research collaboration among 24 leading mining
companies and 17 universities from across Canada, to develop tools to
increase mining and mineral exploration success rates.
"Canada's economic competitiveness depends on supporting
business-related research and development that drives innovation,"
said Minister of State Goodyear. "Our government remains committed to
supporting partnerships that will create jobs and strengthen Canada's
The "Footprints" project, led by Laurentian University and the Canada
Mining Innovation Council, will focus on researching and developing
more effective tools to find deeply buried or remote ore deposits by
following the "footprints" or trace elements of these ores.
"Our Government is committed to the responsible development of our
natural resources to the benefit of Canadians from coast to coast to
coast," said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural
Resources. "Mining continues to be a cornerstone of the Canadian
economy, providing high-quality jobs and benefits to communities
across the country."
This five-year, $5.1 million investment by the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), is the largest
Collaborative Research and Development (CRD) grant ever awarded.
These grants support multi-year research and development projects
between industry and university researchers, focused on single
company projects or industry-wide priority areas. The grants enable
companies to access the expertise, knowledge and facilities at
universities, and provide training to students in the essential
technical skills required by industry. These mutually beneficial
collaborations can lead to industrial and economic benefits for
"Industry-university research partnerships have significant impacts
on Canada's economy and productivity because they build on our strong
base of discovery research and accelerate its translation into
knowledge and technologies that can help companies improve their
products, processes and services," said Janet Walden, Acting
President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada. "NSERC is pleased to support this unique collaboration, as it
is an excellent example of the value proposition postsecondary
research and training brings to industry."
The research will be led by Laurentian University's Dr. Michael
Lesher, Dr. Mark Hannington of the University of Ottawa, and Dr.
Francois Robert, Vice-President and Chief Geologist, Global
Exploration, Barrick Gold Corporation Canada, who will lead the
industry partners on the project. The 24 industrial partners have
pledged $6.7 million ($2.8 million in cash and $3.9 million in-kind)
over five years, through the Canada Mining Innovation Council.
Across Canada this week, communities that are built on mining,
exploration and mineral processing are celebrating National Mining
Week from May 13 to May 19. It is an annual celebration of Canada's
international leadership and expertise in mining.
NSERC is a federal agency that helps make Canada a country of
discoverers and innovators for all Canadians. The agency supports
almost 30,000 post-secondary students and postdoctoral fellows in
their advanced studies. NSERC promotes discovery by funding
approximately 12,000 professors every year and fosters innovation by
encouraging over 2,400 Canadian companies to participate and invest
in post-secondary research projects.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $9
billion in new funding for initiatives to support science, technology
and the growth of innovative firms. Economic Action Plan 2013 builds
on this strong foundation, helping to position Canada for
sustainable, long-term economic prosperity and provide a higher
quality of life for Canadians.
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear
Minister of State (Science and Technology)
Media and Public Affairs Officer
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