MICA National Mining Innovation Network

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    Last updated July 14, 2021

    Exciting News!

    The Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) is delighted to announce that the submission to the Federal Strategic Innovation Fund, Stream 5 for the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) Network has been successful.

    The Honourable Minister Champagne (ISED) made his announcement on Tuesday, July 13, at the Agnico Eagle Mine in Rouyn-Noranda. Minister Champagne was joined by Douglas Morrison (President & CEO, CEMI) as well as Alain Beauséjour (Groupe MISA – one of the 6 Main Partners). Read more about the official announcement

    An echo announcement was held in Sudbury with the CEMI Team, our MPs Marc Serré and Paul Lefebvre, local SMEs and dignitaries at Glencore in Falconbridge.

    MICA Sudbury announcement group shot


    Honourable François-Philippe Champagne


    MICA is a National Network for innovators with solutions for the mining sector, designed to bridge the innovation-commercialization gaps that delay commercial success, domestically and globally. MICA will leverage public and private sector investments to benefit the Canadian economy and the global mining sector by:

    • advancing made-in-Canada solutions and integrating cross-sector innovators nationally
    • networking all sector innovators, to share business best practices and export expertise

    About the MICA Network


    Connect Regional Mining Clusters to Cross-Sector Innovation Centres accross the country to create a National Network to commercialize innovations into the mining industry.


    Use the Canadian advantage of SME based innovations to create a national mining technology ecosystem and lead the transition to a low carbon future.


    • Accelerate the number and scale of home grown Canadian mining SMEs
    • Commercialize new, late stage, high impact mining technologies
    • Create regional networks and rapidly increase domestic and export sales
    • Scale up Canadian SMEs to participate in global mining supply chains
    • Build a national ecosystem as a network of collaborative regional networks



    1. Increase Mine Production Capacity, at Lower Cost.
    2. Reduce Mining Energy Consumption and GHG Emissions.
    3. Implement Smart, Autonomous Mining Systems.
    4. Eliminate environmental risk and reduce long-term liabilities.

    Who can join MICA?

    • Mine/Plant Operating Companies,
    • Innovative Canadian SMEs,
    • Large Technology Companies,
    • Innovators, Academic & Research Organizations and
    • Industry Associations


    Q Does joining the MICA Network require a membership?
    A MICA will be based on a membership model, that will be tiered depending on the type of organization. More details will be released shortly including the benefits of membership. To become a member of MICA, please subscribe to CEMI’s mailing list to be apprised of updates and further information about membership.

    Q If I have a technical project that I want to submit to MICA, what is the process?
    A There will be a call for proposal process implemented. By subscribing to CEMI’s mailing list you will be notified when this is undertaken. Subscribe to CEMI’s mailing list

    Q What will the networking events look like under MICA?
    A These are currently being planned, but will include items such as: Annual symposium, regional and national events for technical projects; networking and knowledge sharing. Subscribe to CEMI’s mailing list to stay informed. (insert link)

    CEMI Welcomes MICA Network Participants


    Tunik Inc.

    Tunik brings automated, remote environmental monitoring into the 21st century with modular  IoT devices that anyone can deploy and operate.

    Enki Geosolutions

    Enki GéoSolutions Inc.

    Develops and promotes innovative, sustainable geological solutions in the fields of energy, storage and development.

    Academic & Other

    A special thank you to Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (a Glencore company) and Vale for support in advancing the MICA initiative

    Sudbury INO