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Deal with Sandvik puts innovation centre clients in driver’s seat NORCAT Sudbury

Posted Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Dick DeStefano

  By: Ella Myers Northern Ontario Business News Published on: 4/26/2016 4:16:36 PM   NORCAT is adding more mining equipment simulator training capacity. NORCAT is quickly becoming a virtual playground for mining professionals looking for hands-on machinery training, with the goal of improving health and safety in the industry. The NORCAT Mining Equipment Simulation Training […]

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A+: Survey shows Sudbury colleges are top in province

Posted Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Dick DeStefano

    KPIs examine areas such as student satisfaction, graduation rate 4 2 h by: Heidi Ulrichsen Collège Boréal celebrated positive results on its KPI rankings April 20. From left are Pierre Riopel, college president, Sophie Vernier-Gagnon, student council director, Michelle Courville, accounting professor, Sylvie Dubé, secretary and Daniel Leduc, manager, professional resource centre. Photo […]

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Sudbury innovation centre gets development funds

Posted Monday, April 18th, 2016 by Dick DeStefano

  By: Northern Ontario Business staff April 16 2016 The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) is based in Sudbury. FedNor is supplying $200,000 to the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) to help high-tech businesses improve their productivity and competitiveness.The money will allow the Sudbury innovation centre to implement its Innovation Acceleration Program, which […]

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VALE NEWS RELEASE: Local Aboriginal Youth Get New Tech Tools for School

Posted Sunday, April 17th, 2016 by Dick DeStefano

    Sudbury, Ontario, April 15th, 2016 – This week 50 Aboriginal youth in Sudbury and Wahnapitae First Nation have new educational technology tools thanks to a donation by One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Canada and Vale. The students will receive personal tablets designed by OLPC with children and communities in mind. The tablets feature […]

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Rio Tinto drops plan to push out supplier payments News flash for Suppliers

Posted Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Dick DeStefano

Comment “Other mining companies should also consider their relationship with suppliers in Northern Ontario regarding payment schedules. Suppliers are not banks and their specialized services maintain the quality of production. If Rio can do it why not others?”  Need some leadership and push back” Dick DeStefano  Executive Director SAMSSA   Reuters April 14 2016 Rio Tinto […]

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Here’s how much Canadian miners are currently making

Posted Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 by Dick DeStefano

    Canadians working in the mining industry, one of the country’s largest industrial sectors, are the highest paid, surpassing the average earnings of workers in forestry, manufacturing, finance and construction. After a recent salary survey, mining jobs and employment opportunities leader CareerMine found that miners in Canada earn over $110,000 a year, or about […]

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Australia’s Rio Tinto to take longer to pay as resource slump bites Update

Posted Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 by Dick DeStefano

    – by Peter Gosnell (Reuters U.S. – April 9, 2016 SYDNEY – Rio Tinto , one of the world’s biggest miners, has doubled its payment terms in a move that will force embattled suppliers to wait up to 90 days to be paid. A spokesman for the mining giant confirmed the […]

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Remain relentless: Sudbury safety conference

Posted Thursday, April 7th, 2016 by Dick DeStefano

    by Carol Mulligan A good deal of work has been done in the last year to act upon 18 recommendations in the Mining Health, Safety and Prevention Review, but people in the sector must be relentless about continuing that momentum, says a mining engineer. “We can’t take our foot off the gas […]

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Coniston micro-smelter commences operations

Posted Friday, April 1st, 2016 by Dick DeStefano

  By Star Staff Friday, April 1, 2016 3:45:06 EDT AM Loof Lipra/Special to The Star Coniston Minerals Inc. has announced the successful commissioning of its micro-smelter in Coniston. Smelter operations will commence and begin ramp-up to full production, the company said in a release today. Construction and commissioning activities have been underway at Coniston […]

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