Cambrian College’s applied research division, Cambrian Innovates, and local mining industry partners will benefit from a $2.1 million dollar investment from the federal government’s National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) program. The funds were secured through an Innovation Enhancement grant that will support a five-year Mine Environmental Stewardship Initiative.
The Mine Environmental Stewardship Initiative (MESI) leverages government funding, industry and College expertise, and investment in innovation by local businesses, including: Vale, Glencore, ECONSE, and Electrale.
As part of the Initiative, unique applied research projects will be carried out to identify or test practical solutions to address issues confronted by industry partners and/or their key clients. Each MESI project will engage a team of research leads, industrial partners, Cambrian College faculty members, student researchers, and expertise from Cambrian’s established research partners, including strategic partners at Laurentian University’s Vale Living with Lakes Centre, who are engaged in research focused on environmental remediation, protection, and conservation.
One such partner is Dr. Nadia Mykytczuk who is a Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) Industrial Research Chair in Biomining, Bioremediation and Science Communication at Laurentian University’s Vale Living with Lakes Centre.
Cambrian College is pleased to be able to bring these innovative and collaborative projects to Greater Sudbury, which is world-renowned for its expertise in mining industry innovation and environmental remediation. This fund has been built on a foundation of partnerships that have included the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation, the Ontario Centres of Excellence, FedNor, and the NOHFC.
“NSERC is proud to support applied research and technological innovation at Canada’s colleges and CÉGEPs. The CCI program is uniquely positioned to connect colleges with industry partners, allowing companies to access state-of-the-art facilities and applied research expertise that helps accelerate product development and validation, and train the next generation of talent for the 21st-century job market.” ―Bettina Hamelin, Vice-President, Research Partnerships, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
“This significant investment by NSERC’s College and Community Innovation program will enhance research capacity, innovation, and productivity in our region and in Greater Sudbury. As one of Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, Cambrian is a key player in applied research that supports innovation and collaboration with small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME's). As one of nine colleges in Canada to receive a Community College Innovation grant, this investment demonstrates the strength of Cambrian’s partnerships and the depth of our expertise. This investment will pay dividends for years to come through research outcomes and by building our innovation capacity and capital.” ―Bill Best, President, Cambrian College
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 cambrianinternational.ca.
Applied Research at Cambrian College
Cambrian College is a hub of applied research activity in northern Ontario. The College is ranked third in Canada among mid-sized colleges for the number of students employed in research activity, and sixth overall. It is the only college in Northern Ontario to be among Canada’s Top 50 Research Colleges, as determined by Research Infosource. Cambrian’s applied research activities are concentrated within Cambrian Innovates.
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