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NORCAT launches new Startup Series


Series collects three programs to help new and established entrepreneurs NORCAT’s Innovation Mill, created to help foster and train new entrepreneurs in Sudbury, is launching a new Startup Series to gather its three programs under one brand. Hailey Short, a communications specialist with NORCAT, said it made sense to have one overarching brand for the Innovation Mill. In September NORCAT …


NORCAT Unveils the Ultimate Mine Rescue Experience with the World Premiere of FERDENO


NORCAT is excited to announce the world premiere of FERDENO – the world’s first interactive and digital underground mine.  On Thursday, August 18th, 2016 NORCAT unveiled the Ontario Mine Rescue experience, an avatar-based simulation exhibit located at Dynamic Earth – Sudbury’s immersive, hands-on earth sciences and mining science centre. As the world’s first digital underground mine, FERDENO provides endless opportunities for …


Dynamic Earth exhibit “Ferdeno” puts users in virtual underground mine rescue


Developers include all elements of hazardous rescue operation, including fire and first aid Visitors to Sudbury’s Dynamic Earth can now see what it takes to be in mine rescue. An installation called Ferdeno places people in a virtual underground mine. Those who try the simulator will be asked to perform different tasks and exercises necessary for mine rescue. Ed Wisniewski, …

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NORCAT Innovation Mill launches Startup 101


The NORCAT Innovation Mill, in collaboration with the Regional Business Centre, is excited to announce the launch of Startup 101 (formally Entrepreneurship 101) – a free educational certificate program delivered by “been there, done that” entrepreneurs, designed to provide participants with relevant and practical information they need to start and grow their businesses.  Returning on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 and …

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NORCAT Innovation Mill Launches Startup Series


The NORCAT Innovation Mill is excited to announce the launch of the Startup Series – an array of entrepreneurship educational programs, networking and online resources to help startups grow. The series is comprised of three streams; Startup 101 (formally Entrepreneurship 101), Startup Labs and Startup Drinks. Launching in September, Startup 101 is a 25 week program delivered by ‘been there, …

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Soft rock miners prove mettle – Ontario Mine Rescue 2016


Compass Minerals, Barrick’s Leclair claim Mine Rescue Competition titles Coming from a salt mine, mine rescuers from Compass Minerals Goderich Mine may not be accustomed to hard rock mining, but they clearly demonstrated their mettle winning the 2016 Provincial Mine Rescue Competition. The Compass Minerals mine rescue team earned the celebrated gold hard hats in taking their skills and knowledge …

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Compass Minerals mine rescuers tops in Ontario


Crowned overall winners of the 67th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition Vale Canada, West Mines took the top spot for firefighting and Glencore Sudbury took the top spot team special equipment at the 67th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition in Sudbury, but it was mine rescue volunteers from Compass Minerals Goderich Mine that were crowned with the gold hard hats. …

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Mine rescue teams competing in Sudbury


Competing at the provincial level Thursday and Friday at NORCAT’s Underground Centre Seven teams of mine rescuers are hoping to walk away with the top trophy in the 67th annual Provincial Mine Rescue Competition this week. But their eyes are also on the big prize, a coveted seat in the International Mine Rescue Competition 2016 slated for Aug. 19-26 in …

Patrick Danielson, creator of the FORMid chair.

Sudbury startup’s ergonomic chair design inspired by architectural principals


Patrick Danielson was uncomfortable. His office chair left him with bad posture and he knew his health was suffering. He swapped out the standard armed and backed chair for a stool, and when he started to feel better, he never went back. Danielson’s office chair wound up being the inspiration behind his Sudbury-based startup company, FORMid, which is currently designing …

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“So You Think You Know Mining” 2016 winning video features NORCAT


Mia Tullio, high school student at Marymount Academy in Sudbury, won So You Think You Know Mining‘s Best Overall Entry and Teachers’ Choice awards for her video entry Technology – the Future of Ontario Mining. In her video, Mia explores the ways that technology has advanced the mining sector. Some of the technology she profiles includes remote equipment operation, virtual …

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Respirable Hazards Video


New training video on respirable hazards looks to reduce worker risk in underground mining A new mining health and safety training video “Respirable Hazards – Mining” aims to raise awareness about how workers are affected by respirable hazards found in underground mines. The seven-minute video was released by the Ontario mining health and safety association Workplace Safety North (WSN), in …

The NORCAT Undergound Centre, the former Fecunis Mine, is accessed via an adit, has two kilometres of underground workings and eight headings.

NORCAT underground test centre a beehive of activity


The NORCAT Underground Centre in Onaping, 45 kilometres north of Sudbury, is an ideal venue for testing new equipment and technology for the mining industry. The former Fecunis Mine is accessed via an adit, boasts two kilometres of underground workings and has undergone extensive upgrades in the last few years. “We have one of the largest mining supply sectors right …

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PITCH 2016 Profiles: Hexic Monitoring Systems


On Thursday, April 28th we attended PITCH 2016 hosted by NORCAT  and it was a really great event! There were four companies pitching – Hexic Monitoring Systems, FORMid, REPerformance, and HapSys. Today we are introducing you to Daryl Dominique, owner of Hexic Monitoring Systems who won the “People’s Choice Award” at PITCH 2016. Hexic Monitoring Systems is a young startup that has …

Operators in a man basket 14 feet away from the face can select from a suite of tools to clean and load the holes for blasting.

Tesman’s remote loading technology makes debut


Technology keeps miners 14 feet away from the face A remote loading solution developed by TesMan, a Sudbury-based technology developer, is expected to hit the market by August or September. Development of the solution began in 2012 following the death of Vale miner Stephen Perry, 47, who was struck by a 14-tonne wedge of rock that dislodged from the face …