Canadian Mining Journal


CONTEST: OMA launches real-life mining challenge

ONTARIO – The Ontario Mining Association, which represents some of the world’s leading resources companies operating in Ontario, is partnering with three Ontario universities: University of Toronto (Lassonde Institute of Mining), Queen’s University (Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining) and Laurentian University (Bharti School of Engineering), to solve an industry challenge, drawn from OMA member companies’ real life mining operation scenarios.

Individual undergraduates or teams from these schools will compete to offer the best concept plan to address the question posed in THIS CASE STUDY.

Participants are asked to submit proposal(s) to a MINED Expert Panel that formulated the problem. The panel will select three finalists (one from each participating university). The finalists will be invited to pitch their idea to a group of top mining executives in front of a live audience at the May 17, 2018 MINED Grand Finale.

OMA is running this competition as part of our innovation agenda, aimed at driving enhanced performance in health and safety(mining with zero harm); environmental protection and energy efficiency (mining with zero carbon and zero waste); and productivity (building global competitiveness).

New for this year is the MINED Video Challenge, which is open to all Ontario university and college students, and offers a chance to reinvent the future of mining and win $10,000 or more.

Proposals are due by 4:00 pm on March 12, 2018. Full details of the MINED Challenge can be found at

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