A business culture revolution in Sudbury

Lindsay Lane Blog

Sudbury is now a player in the digital innovator economy Michael Atkins, president, Laurentian Media Group I sold a company last month and actually got more money back than I invested. This, I can assure you, doesn’t always happen to me or anyone else in the angel investing business. It started 12 years ago in Sudbury when three lads walked …

NORCAT acquires Workplace Training and Safety First


Sudbury, ON. NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and development services, today announced the acquisition of Workplace Training and Safety First. Workplace Training and Safety First’s training and development programs, services, and resources in the mining, construction, and forestry sectors will complement and enhance NORCAT’s existing suite of products and services. With the …

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NORCAT Selected to Host the 2016 Ontario Mine Rescue Competition


NORCAT has been selected to host the upcoming Ontario Mine Rescue Competition at its operating mine in Onaping, Ontario from June 6th to June 10th, 2016. The annual provincial competition brings together mine rescue volunteers, mining companies, government officials, and spectators in an event which showcases the skills and expertise of some of the world’s finest mine rescue personnel. Since …


Don Duval Named Honorary Chair of MMTS


Modern Mining and Technology Sudbury (MMTS) is excited to announce Don Duval to serve as the Honorary Chair for the 2016 / 17 season. Don currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at NORCAT, an organization focused on skilled labour training / development and is home to the Innovation Mill, one of Canada’s leading regional innovation centers partnering with community …

Innovation, Small Business Share $847K in NOHFC funds


Friday press conferences seem to be becoming de rigueur for Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault. Thibeault spent part of his Friday at NORCAT on Maley Drive, where he announced Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) funding to the tune of more than $847,000.The NOHFC is investing in four projects from the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) and three small- and …


NORCAT named one of the top 5 best places to work in Northern Ontario


Change and chaos would be an apt description for the atmosphere at the Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT). Employees tend to have the rumble of an entrepreneurial spirit in their bellies and a desire to collaborate with fellow risk takers. The non-profit regional innovation centre is not only one of the top 5 best places to work in Northern Ontario …

NORCAT founder Darryl Lake returned to the organization he helped start for the first time in three years at an event Friday, to celebrate NORCAT's 20th anniversary. Photo by Jonathan Migneault.

NORCAT celebrates 20 years


Organization looks to past success and eyes future growth The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology (NORCAT) started in a basement room at Cambrian College in 1995, but has since expanded in physical size – to a multi-million-dollar facility – and scope over its 20-year history. NORCAT founder Darryl Lake returned to the facility and organization he helped build for the …

Rna Diagnostics

NORCAT Innovation Mill client RNA Diagnostics closes round of angel investment

Hailey Short News

RNA Diagnostics, a Sudbury-based medical diagnostic company, has successfully closed an additional round of angel investment with support of the NORCAT Innovation Mill Angel group. RNA Diagnostics, with their patented RNA Disruption Assay™ (RDA™), enables clinicians to identify patients who are not responding to chemotherapy early during treatment. Patients who are not responding can be switched quickly to alternate therapies, …

NORCAT founder Darryl Lake and Northern Life president Michael Atkins. Atkins is stepping down from NORCAT's board of governors after many years.

NORCAT, on bidding adieu


I met Darryl Lake around 40 years ago. He was the dean of Health Sciences and Technology at Cambrian College and I was in the early years of publishing Northern Life newspaper in Sudbury. We came together in 1978 around the idea of Sudbury 2001 along with thousands of other Sudburians who left their politics at the door and volunteered …

Manning Innovation Awards 2015 Recipients

Manning Innovation Awards 2015 – Nominee Recognition Event

Hailey Short Blog

Since inception in 1982, the Manning Innovation Awards have celebrated Canadians who turned their creative genius into beneficial technology. For over 34 years the Manning Innovation Awards have served as one of Canada’s most preeminent award programs celebrating inventive and innovative business leaders. These awards recognize and foster innovation throughout our communities in Canada. Each year the Manning Awards distribute …

Queens University testing in Underground Technology Testing Centre

NORCAT underground test centre brings world to Sudbury


Start-up and multinational companies test prototypes in underground mine. A chance is all that is needed for a mining technology company to launch a product or service that will change the industry. The NORCAT Innovation Mill’s Underground Technology Testing Centre in Sudbury gives early start- up businesses and other companies the chance they need to bring their ideas and innovations …

Immersive Learning Centre

NORCAT Launches Virtual Reality Health and Safety Training App Studio


Toronto: NORCAT is excited to announce the launch of the Immersive Learning Centre – an in-house studio focused on developing engaged-learning software applications focused on health and safety in the workplace, at home, and in the community. The initial target markets will focus on youth and industry. For the youth market this will entail creating a variety of interactive learning …

In the CBC Morning North studio: Don Duval of NORCAT talking about PITCH 2015.

Pitch 2015 – connecting ideas with investors


Got a great business idea but need an investor? The Northern Centre for Advanced Technology will be hosting Pitch 2015 this spring. It’s a great opportunity to pitch ideas to investors. Don Duval, CEO of NORCAT, joined us in studio with more details. Listen Here ►