Taking part in the announcement were (left to right): Bill Best, Cambrian College president; Beth Baxter, student researcher; Mike Commito, Cambrian director of Applied Research; Jeff Walker, faculty member; Kris Holland, owner of Pure Realism; Aime Dimatteo, director General of FEDNOR, and Kristine Morrissey, Cambrian vice-president, International, Finance, and Administration.
The Government of Canada has announced Cambrian College has been designated
as a national Technology Access Centre (TAC), for its expertise in mining.
Cambrian’s TAC, to be known as the Centre for Smart Mining, is made possible
through renewable funding of $1.75 million over five years from the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).
A TAC is a centre affiliated with a Canadian college or applied research office that
provides access to specialized technology, equipment, and expertise to local
industry – particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises – with the goal of
enhancing their productivity and innovation.
“This will put Cambrian at the forefront of any college of applied research in Canada
when it comes to mining,” says Cambrian College President, Bill Best. “Being
designated as a Technology Access Centre hits all the strategic priorities we’ve
identified for Cambrian, namely to champion innovation, enrich the student
experience and expand our influence globally. Congratulations to our Applied
Research team for this incredible accomplishment.”
Cambrian is one of only two TACs in Canada with a specialty in mining-related
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