Canadian Mining Journal


ANNIVERSARY: CEMI celebrates 10 years of innovation

TORONTO – CEMI (Centre for excellence in Mining Innovation) celebrated 10 years of innovation for the global mining industry on March 6 at the PDAC. The event highlighted the organization’s results and dedication to delivering technical solutions through both innovation and commercialization.

CEMI’s objective is to help solve the mining industry’s challenges by helping to sustain existing mines, to enable the development of new mines and improve the safety and environmental performance of the mining industry. Some of CEMI’s innovative programs and project highlighted at the event included results from the Smart Monitoring and Integrated Technologies (Sumit) program, the Rio Tinto Centre for Underground Mine Construction (RTC-UMC) and the Ultra-Deep Mining Network (UDMN).

President & CEO Douglas Morrison said, “CEMI’s current approach to innovation is best described as ‘targeted innovation’. Our internal expertise and industry collaborators target a particular industry problem and we bring together and integrate the team that we think can develop a commercially viable solution in Canada and beyond.

“With declining grades, increasing depth, increasing remoteness from infrastructure and increasing public demand for greater safety and better environmental stewardship, implementing innovation is the only way for mines to secure the future of existing operations and make new mines economically viable,” he added. “It also improves the return on investment of operations that are profitable; all mines have a reason to invest in the kind of innovation that CEMI delivers.”

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