MICA National Mining Innovation Network

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Last updated July 7, 2020


The Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) is a submission to the Federal Strategic Innovation Fund, Stream 5. 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 combine $40M federal funding with $80M from the private sector 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 to develop new clean technologies for the sector that will lead the transition to a low-carbon future.


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


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

Who can join MICA?

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


Express your interest in joining MICA

Templates available to download
Send completed forms to info@cemi.ca

For Mining Companies and Plant Operators
executives, managers, innovation leaders, decision makers from Mine Operating and Mineral Processing Plant Operating Companies in Canada.

For Canadian SMEs, OEMs and Innovators
owners, inventors, managers and Innovators from organizations that support the Mining and Mineral Processing industry in Canada.

Information Sessions

In May 2020  CEMI held  2 information sessions about the MICA national ecosystem.

  1. How Mining Companies and Plant Operators can participate in MICA – Download PDF
  2. How Canadian SMEs, OEMs and Innovators can participate in MICA – Download PDF

Both Webinars provided participants with some insight about the program and how organizations can participate.

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.

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

Sudbury INO