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Sudbury Basin largely unexplored: geologist

Posted Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by SAMSSA

Dan Farrow, the Sudbury District geologist with the Ontario Geological Survey, examines a mineral sample at his office near Laurentian University. Farrow said there are a number of potential Sudbury Basin deposits that could be developed in the near future, including Glencore’s Errington and Vermilion mineralizations. But Sudbury’s mining outlook positive with new projects on […]

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New technologies enable miners to go deeper in northern Ontario

Posted Monday, May 26th, 2014 by SAMSSA

TORONTO, CANADA – Rather than shuttering their mines, companies in northern Ontario are working at depths of between 2 km and 3 km underground to extract high-grade material from previously inaccessible deposits. Deep mining presents huge technical challenges. Heavy equipment must be modified to fit tight, confined spaces. Sinking a 2,500 m shaft requires stronger […]

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Sudbury’s Modern Mining & Technology Week Exceeds Expectations

Posted Monday, May 12th, 2014 by SAMSSA

Sudbury’s 2014 Modern Mining &Technology Week was one of most exciting and well attended weeks ever held since its inception, said volunteer committee leaders. The number of participants was estimated at 1200. The multiple events and activities for students and teachers created awareness of the mining industry and the modern and innovative technologies currently in use in this important sector in Greater Sudbury.

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SAMSSA President-Mike Mayhew-Stantec exec ‘living the dream’

Posted Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by SAMSSA

Local boy Mike Mayhew is responsible for creating and sustaining relationships in the mining industry worldwide. At Stantec, where he works, more than 450 people in 20 countries are employed in the sector. Close to 300 of those are based in Sudbury. The 42-year-old is a busy guy – never too busy, though, to play […]

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Numbers show mining still king in Sudbury

Posted Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by SAMSSA

Sudbury is still very much a mining town, even if the definition of one has changed. “It’s a primary structural element of this community,” said Dick DeStefano, executive director for the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Centre. “It’s a wealth creator.” He’s not surprised by the numbers in a recent report by the Ontario […]

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Women in Mining in Canada Changing the Mining Industry

Posted Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by SAMSSA

Dick DeStefano, Executive Director SAMSSA One of most current issues in the mining community is the growing population of professional women who are actively participating in the mining work force globally. I recently wrote an article entitled, “What Would We Do Without Women in Mining?” describing an organization recently reconstructed and reorganized into an association […]

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Posted Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by SAMSSA

Funded primarily by the Brazilian Government, the SwB scholarship program was launched in July 2011. The program to send 101,000 Brazilian students to study internationally in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects by 2015. The Government of Brazil is funding 75,000 scholarships and a further 26,000 are being funded by the private sector.

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Sudbury entrepreneurs recognized for their contributions

Posted Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by SAMSSA

Darryl Lake never thought of himself as an entrepreneur, but in the early 1990s, his career as an academic took an unexpected turn with his effort to end the Sudbury brain drain of young talented people. In 1995, Lake left his position as Cambrian College’s dean of health sciences, trades and technology, and started the […]

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Change to Vale’s buying scheme makes city more attractive

Posted Monday, December 16th, 2013 by SAMSSA

Mining giant switching to a regional focus for supply and service procurement
Dick DeStefano, executive director of the Sudbury Area Mining Supply and Service Association, said Vale’s decision to switch to a local procurement model was the best news he has heard in a long time for his sector.

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Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Announce Plans to Halt Development of its Chromite Project Indefinitely

Posted Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by SAMSSA

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE: CLF) (Paris: CLF) announced today that its affiliate, Cliffs Chromite Ontario Inc., will suspend indefinitely its Chromite Project in Northern Ontario by the end of the fourth quarter of 2013. The Company determined that it will not allocate additional capital for the project given the uncertain timeline and risks associated with the development of necessary infrastructure to bring this project online. In June of this year, Cliffs suspended the environmental assessment activities because of pending issues impeding the progress of the project.

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