Sustainability in mining and mineral exploration
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With its focus on the environment and Indigenous communities along with its key location in Ontario’s Ring of Fire, the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration at Lakehead University is playing a crucial role in guiding sustainable mineral exploration and extraction in Northern Ontario. The Centre brings together 16 departments across Lakehead, including geology, law, biology, Aboriginal initiatives, engineering and anthropology, to look into the nature and impacts of resource development in Northwestern Ontario – a major economic driver for this region and the province. Using research, education and outreach activities, the centre focuses on how to ensure mineral resource exploration and extraction is environmentally sound, and done in collaboration and consultation with First Nations and Métis communities.

Quick Facts
  • There are 300+ active mineral exploration projects underway in Ontario.
  • The value of Ontario’s mineral production reached $11 billion in 2014.
“Lakehead has played a leading role in Northern Ontario mining since before we were even a university, when we were known as the Lakehead Technical Institute. We are committed to furthering the economic prosperity of all our Northern communities.”
Brian Stevenson
President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University
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