A National Mining Innovation Network
For Made in Canada Solutions
Last updated October 18, 2021
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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 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 across 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
MICA TECHNICAL THEMES
- Increase Mine Production Capacity, at Lower Cost.
- Reduce Mining Energy Consumption and GHG Emissions.
- Implement Smart, Autonomous Mining Systems.
- 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
MICA’s Main Partners
MaRS is North America’s largest urban innovation hub, occupying 1.5 million square feet in downtown Toronto. MaRS supports more than 1,200 Canadian science and tech companies that are tackling some of society’s greatest challenges, providing them with tailored resources at every stage of their growth, from startup to scale-up. MaRS focuses on four sectors — cleantech, health, fintech and enterprise software — where the potential is greatest to build high-impact companies that strengthen the Canadian economy and increase the competitiveness of established industries, from mining and energy to transportation and agriculture. MaRS’ advisory services connect companies to talent, capital, customers and more, helping high-growth companies succeed on the global stage.
Group MISA was founded in 2007 as part of the ACCORD program by the Government of Quebec. Since its inception, mining innovation has been at the heart of its mission. Following a business approach, MISA is working to help developing innovative equipment, expertise and services that are sustainable and economically beneficial to the mining industry. MISA supports more than 10M$ in mining innovation investments per year. The innovation program is validated by expert networks, exclusively composed of mining operators from exploration and extraction companies. In 2020, MISA moved to the status of “pole of excellence” by the Government of Quebec, confirming expertise quality in mining innovation and mission deployment throughout the whole province.
College of the North Atlantic (CNA) is Newfoundland and Labrador’s (NL) only public post-secondary college, and one of the largest educational and skills training centres in Atlantic Canada. With a network of multiple campuses throughout the province, CNA has been a major contributor to the workforce and innovation needs of NL’s $4 billion mining sector for nearly 60 years. Since 2015, CNA has conducted dozens of applied research projects with provincial mining sector companies that have attracted over $10 million in external funding. Included among them are short-term NRC IRAP (National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program) projects and multi-year/partner National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) projects that have, simultaneously, created over 50 paid experiential learning opportunities for CNA students that, in turn, led to full-time employment for graduates.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic has four applied research centres with expertise in data and digital integration, conventional and additive manufacturing, bioplastics, natural resource conservation, nursing and health sciences. The Digital Integration Centre of Excellence (DICE) Technical Access Centre (TAC) focuses on data acquisition and knowledge generation the mining and agricultural sectors. The Innovative Manufacturing Centre (IMC) capacity and expertise include rotational and injection molding, bioplastics, and rapid prototyping in over twenty-five materials including metal. Natural Resource Technology researchers work from Prince Albert and the boreal forest research lab and teaching facility in northern Saskatchewan, the Hannin Creek Education and Applied Research Centre. The Centre for Health Research, Improvement and Scholarship (CHRIS) supports researchers in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Schools of Health Sciences and Nursing. Expertise includes Interprofessional Care, Rural Health, Cultural Empowerment, and Vulnerable Populations.
The Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining (BRIMM) is a multidisciplinary research hub at the University of British Columbia (UBC) focused on breaking down traditional research silos and generating innovative mining and exploration sector solutions. By working across the UBC campus, BRIMM has access to top minds in the fields of Mining Engineering, Microbiology, Geology, Business, Policy, Data Science and more. It is through these connections that BRIMM can find the perfect team of researchers for the big mining challenges of today. BRIMM was initiated in 2017 and has already developed four research themes to focus on and tackle these big problems. These themes are Ore-Body Knowledge, Mining Microbiome, Sustainable Mine Energy Systems, and Water Stewardship with more planned for the coming years.
InnoTech Alberta, a subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, is a leading research and technology organization serving the needs of industry, entrepreneurs and the public sector. InnoTech’s leading-edge expertise and industrial-scale research and demonstration facilities accelerate and de-risk technology development and deployment for our clients with a focus on industrial solutions and commercial application. With over 230 employees, InnoTech operates within several locations across the province, including Vegreville, Edmonton, Devon, and Calgary. InnoTech is Alberta’s innovation engine – with 100 years of bold ideas that feed, grow, fuel, and build Alberta’s agriculture, energy, environment, and forestry sectors.
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
Nokia provides high-performance private LTE and 5G networks that enable mining companies to use digital technologies to adapt to fluctuating demand, control operational costs and address growing safety and environmental concerns.
World-class systems and sensors for high-performance mapping, surveying, positioning and measuring, even in extreme environments – Carlson’s high-speed measurement and surveying systems are designed for use in conditions where speed, accuracy and safety matter.
MineVest provides excellent, innovative technology and engineering solutions to meet mining and mineral processing plants client’s design and optimization needs with focus on minimizing environmental and social impact.
Amplytica provides microbial insights that enable clients to enhance bioleaching and mine wastewater treatment performance.
we help our clients become environmental stewards by achieving compliance, mitigating risks and protecting our planet through environmentally responsible operations. Our seamless consulting and technology solutions provide business and environmental sustainability.
Streamlines inspections and reports to provide workplaces 3X+ ROI. Can be used on any location or equipment (i.e. Fire Equipment, Mechanical, Sanitation, Health and Safety, etc.). Ensures each area is visited, removes need for paperwork, makes compliance effortless & mitigates risk.
Centric is foundational to digital transformation with software solutions that optimize workflows, integrate systems, and support decision-makers with clear optics to KPIs, advanced analytics and new insights to your business.
Tunik brings automated, remote environmental monitoring into the 21st century with modular IoT devices that anyone can deploy and operate.
Enki GéoSolutions Inc.
Develops and promotes innovative, sustainable geological solutions in the fields of energy, storage and development.
Toronto- mineral processing consultancy specializing in process design, project development and extracting toxic metals for value, from acidic waters.
Academic & Other
University of Toronto’s Lassonde Institute is a mining industry champion delivering research powered solutions with a commitment to strengthen our shared communities and planet. As an integrated, multi-disciplinary innovation and discovery hub, we are home to world-leading experts solving global challenges.
The Centre for Smart Mining at Cambrian College facilitates the adoption of a new generation of technology by providing mining-focused companies with the technical services and funding they require. The Centre’s goal is to accelerate the development of new technologies for the sector and it offers a low risk way for firms to “test-drive” innovative solutions before they are commercialized.
MineConnect represents the interests of the largest concentration of expertise in mining supply and services/products from within Northern Ontario to provide the most innovative and highest quality mining supply/products for domestic and global mining markets.
Laurentian University is Canada’s Mining University, driving knowledge creation, economic prosperity, and ecological sustainability, locally, nationally, and internationally in the area of mining and environmental stewardship.
a not-for-profit research arm of Laurentian University, Canada’s Mining University. Our team of talented academic and industry professionals offer the expertise you need for applied research in Rock Mechanics, Safety, Software, and Energy.
We connect universities, private companies and regional governments to business and research opportunities in Latin America in mining, agriculture, environment, education, health, and commerce.
IWI aspires to be a leading world-class research institute focused on partner-driven research and development to address industrial and urban water challenges in Canada and around the world.