Seventh annual Mining Day to focus on innovation

Posted on Friday February 3, 2017

Approximately 200 college and university students will gather with local mining leaders on Wednesday, February 8 during the seventh annual Mining Day, which will take place at Cambrian College’s eDome.

The event, jointly planned by Cambrian College, Collège Boréal, Laurentian University, and Stantec, allows students to explore mining industry trends through presentations, panel discussions, and networking opportunities.

This year’s theme is mining industry innovation. Discussion topics include the changing race to innovate in order to enhance safety, reduce costs, improve processes, and mitigate environmental impacts. These are all ongoing pressures affecting competitive and innovative mining contractors, operators, supply and service providers, and consultants.

Guest speakers include: Mike Garbutt, Director, Mining Engineering at Stantec; Rod Steele, Owner, TesMan; Douglas Morrison, President, CEO, and Chair in Holistic Mining Practices at CEMI; Kyle Shultz, Mechanical EIT with Redpath Raiseboring Limited, and Lori Martin, Business Development Manager - Geological Data Services at Boart Longyear.

Students will benefit from the opportunity to hear from industry experts during presentations and a panel discussion, and all participants are invited to network at an industry meet-and-greet.


“Cambrian is pleased to host Mining Day 2017, an event which offers valuable networking, learning, and leadership opportunities to students who have chosen to study mining in one of the world’s richest and most dynamic mining regions. The discussions and networking that take place during Mining Day pave the way for promising innovations and collaboration that defines the sector locally and globally. The day builds enthusiasm for mining, promotes thought leadership, and builds connections between industry representatives, faculty, and current and future mining innovators.” Bill Best, President, Cambrian College

“Committed to offering quality programming that meets labour market needs across Ontario, Collège Boréal offers numerous post-secondary and apprenticeship programs related to the mining industry. This annual event recognizes the significant role that mining plays in our economy and allows our students to meet industry experts and, possibly, their future employer.” Daniel Giroux, President, Collège Boréal

“Laurentian University is proud to lead a new era of research and innovation through the Harquail School of Earth Sciences, Metal Earth, and the Mineral Exploration Research Centre (MERC). It’s an exciting time to be a student, a researcher, or mining contributor in Canada. Mining Day 2017 is an exciting opportunity to make important connections and learn what developments are emerging in this dynamic and vital field." Dominic Giroux, President, Laurentian University

“The Sudbury community is a great source of mining expertise. Mining Day brings together industry and the three local postsecondary institutions that provide mining engineers, technicians, technologists and other job-ready employees for companies around the globe.” Sherrie Burrell, Discipline Lead Coordinator, Stantec

Quick facts

About Laurentian University

Laurentian University offers an outstanding university experience in English and French, with a comprehensive approach to Indigenous education.  Laurentian University, situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinabe peoples of Atikameksheng First Nation, prepares students as agents of change and empowers them to create innovative responses to local and global challenges. Laurentian’s students benefit from small class sizes and exceptional post-graduation employment rates.  With nine Canada Research Chairs and nineteen research centres, Laurentian is a recognized leader in its specialized areas of research strength, which include mining innovation and exploration, stressed watershed systems, particle astrophysics and rural and northern children’s health. Laurentian University has secured over $100 million in research income in the past five years.

About Collège Boréal

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French language post-secondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province. With 7 campuses and 36 access centres in 25 communities across Ontario, clients benefit from Collège Boréal’s expertise relating to post-secondary education, training programs, immigration services, and employability. Out of all Ontario colleges, Boréal has the highest student satisfaction rate, graduation rate, graduate satisfaction rate, and employment rate in the province! Moreover, 93.8% of surveyed employers would recommend hiring Boréal graduates. To find out more about our programs and services, please visit our website at and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @collegeboreal.

About Cambrian College

Cambrian College is the largest college in northern Ontario, offering more than 80 full-time programs across diverse fields of study. The College provides hands-on learning opportunities, flexible study options, and hundreds of agreements that enable graduates to build their credentials at the university level, or across disciplines. Through accredited programs, strong industry connections, and comprehensive support services, students are well-prepared for dynamic careers. Employers who hire college graduates have ranked Cambrian’s grads as the best in Ontario, and 85 percent of Cambrian grads find work within their field within six months. To learn more about everything Cambrian has to offer, visit

About Stantec

The Stantec community unites more than 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations. Our work—engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics, from initial project concept and planning through design, construction, and commissioning—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Our local strength, knowledge, and relationships, coupled with our world-class expertise, have allowed us to go anywhere to meet our clients' needs in more creative and personalized ways.

Media contacts:

Lynn Bulloch
Cambrian College
705-566-8101, ext. 6375

Joanne Musico
Laurentian University
705-675-1151, ext. 3445

Josée Campeau-Rousselle
Collège Boréal
705-560-6673, ext. 1235

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