COMMENT: Goldcorp, Integra propose revolution for mining technologies

VANCOUVER – Goldcorp and Integra Gold are collaborating in an effort to revolutionize the future of mining by hosting an exponential and […]
VANCOUVER – Goldcorp and Integra Gold are collaborating in an effort to revolutionize the future of mining by hosting an exponential and disruptive technology challenge at the 2017 PDAC. The “Shark-Tank” style live event will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Exploration, mining and mineral processing have been undergoing a steady technological evolution in the 40 years I have been an industry observer. That’s not good enough for Goldcorp and Integra. Under the banner #DisruptMining, they are seeking technologies that will revolutionize our industry now. "The mining industry is overdue for radical, disruptive innovation that drives value, enhances safe production and performance across every aspect of our business, from exploration through to reclamation and closure," said Todd White, senior VP of technical services and business excellence at Goldcorp and board member of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council. "As an industry, we must collaborate to spur investment and accelerate the pace of innovation in order to stay competitive and deliver greater value to shareholders. Efficient, socially and environmentally responsible operations that deliver value for all of our stakeholders are simply good business and this event is designed as a catalyst to make that happen faster." "At last year's $1 Million Integra Gold Rush Challenge we challenged governments, mining companies and financiers to get off the sidelines and into the innovation game. This year, the industry has delivered," said Stephen de Jong, president and CEO at Integra. "Together with Goldcorp and other mining and technology partners, #DisruptMining will break down barriers and present innovative technologies set to radically disrupt exploration and mining in the years to come. Proceeds from this event will both support charities in the communities in which we operate as well as invest in the future of mining through a number of mining innovation focused scholarships." On March 5, the #DisruptMining daytime innovation expo will showcase companies working with industry changing technologies in order to present how the mining industry can foster, grow and attract investment focused on changing the path of natural resource exploration and extraction. Then later, five selected ideas will be presented to a panel of mining and technology executives in front of perhaps 500 spectators. The winner will receive backing with which to develop his or her idea. So put on  your thinking caps, and remember these dates in the #DisruptMining timeline:
  • Wed., Jan. 18, 2017: deadline for disruptors applications.
  • Wed., Feb 1, 2017: selected disruptors notified.
  • Sun., March 5, 2017 1:00 to 4:30pm: #DisruptMining Innovation Expo.
  • Sun., March 5, 2017 5:00 pm until late: #DisruptMining live event.
For more information, to ask questions and full application details please visit or email [email protected]. And watch the video at For more information on attending #DisruptMining please email [email protected].


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