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Future Skills Centre Invests $1.3M in NORCAT to Re-define Training and Development in the Canadian Mining Industry

June 8, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

Sudbury, ON. NORCAT, a leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training services for the global mining industry, is excited to announce a $1.3 million investment from Future Skills Centre to develop, test, and deploy a series of technology-enabled blended learning programs that will transform how the Canadian mining industry trains and educates its workforce.

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NORCAT Induction Training Adjustments Due To COVID-19

March 18, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT would like to provide you with an important update on NORCAT’s management plan during the COVID-19 crisis that we all are collectively dealing with. Please keep in mind, we are working in unchartered waters and our plan will evolve / pivot as new information comes to light. At this stage, the NORCAT Leadership Team is meeting on a daily basis to ensure we continue to operate a safe workplace to protect the health of employees, customers, and visitors and to ensure the continuity of our business operations. We are currently open for business, but understandably operating under enhanced health and safety parameters.

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An Important Update to the NORCAT Community about COVID-19

March 17, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

We are monitoring information and adhering to instructions from Public Health Sudbury & District, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the World Health Organization on an on-going basis to ensure we are in tune with the latest information / guidance and responding appropriately. In addition, we have connected with various peer organizations, government officials, customers, staff, suppliers, among others to understand key decisions and concerns that may impact and / or influence our business and future operations. Given our culture and experience as an organization rooted in health and safety / industrial hygiene, I am exceptionally proud of how well everyone is managing and handling this situation at NORCAT.

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Message to Public - NORCAT COVID-19 Prevention

March 13, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT is committed to the continuity of all of our services to support the health and well-being of our staff, our customers and our tenants throughout this period of escalated concern on an ongoing basis. Therefore, in the best interests of our employees, clients, customers and the general public, we have implemented measures to mitigate the potential impact of COVID-19

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Nokia to join province in new underground NORCAT venture

March 6, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

SUDBURY -- A multi-billionaire dollar telecommunications company is joining forces with the province and NORCAT to test some of the latest and innovative technology in an underground working mine.

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Nokia network powers innovation for NORCAT

March 6, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

Nokia, in partnership with the Canadian Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), will install and operate a private LTE/4.9G wireless connectivity network at NORCAT’s Underground Centre in Sudbury, Ontario

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Ontario Invests in Groundbreaking Technologies for the Mining Industry

March 6, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, announced the launch of the CENGN Smart Mining Testbed at NORCAT in Greater Sudbury. Part of the Next Generation Network Program, the Smart Mining Testbed will provide access to state-of-the-art wireless communications within a working mine. This will help companies develop and commercialize new technologies for the mining industry, such as wearable sensors for detecting poisonous gases, drone mine mapping and automated ore sorting

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Virtual reality is the new reality at Vale

March 6, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, Sudbury’s innovation and training centre, is working with nickel miner Vale to develop interactive educational tools, like virtual reality, to train its global workforce.

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New joint Deloitte Norcat mining innovation report looks at opportunities & challenges in powering the future of mining

March 6, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

In their latest joint mining innovation report released February 27 entitled Powering the future of mining – from energy technology to core design, Deloitte Canada and Norcat argue that developing the mines of tomorrow requires forward-thinking energy strategies and the integration of emerging energy solutions into today’s operations.

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NORCAT and Vale Partner to Transform the Future of Work and Learning in the Global Mining Industry

March 2, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, a leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and development services for the global mining industry, is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Vale, one of the world’s largest mining companies, to develop and deploy an innovative blended learning program that will transform how the global mining industry trains and educates its workforce.

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Sudbury Catalyst Fund Closes $5M to Invest in Northern Ontario Tech Start-ups

February 12, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

In continued efforts to invest in Sudbury’s burgeoning start-up tech ecosystem, NORCAT is excited to celebrate the launch of the Sudbury Catalyst Fund (SCF), a unique $5 million venture capital fund administered by the Nickel Basin Federal Development Corporation in collaboration with the City of Greater Sudbury, FedNor, and NORCAT.

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Sudbury's $5.3M Catalyst Fund Gives Entrepreneurs a Leg Up

February 12, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

Some local business start-ups will get a leg up through a new pool of money called the Sudbury Catalyst Fund. The fund, a five-year pilot project, is being administered by the Nickel Basin Development Corporation and its community partners, which include the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation and NORCAT.

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Sudbury venture capitalists get $3 million boost from FedNor

February 12, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

Budding entrepreneurs, looking to get a leg up in Sudbury's tech sector, can now access some potential help through the Sudbury Catalyst Fund. Politicians, officials and stakeholders gathered in downtown Sudbury to announce the creation of the $5 million fund Wednesday morning and to celebrate FedNor's contribution of roughly $3 million to it.

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Hard-Line Hackathon brings bright minds together in Sudbury

February 3, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

One might say it was reminiscent of those early days of NASA when the best and brightest minds were brought together to look at how to send men to the moon and bring them back to Earth again. In Sudbury, some of the best and brightest minds in computer science crowded into the classrooms at the NORCAT centre in January to look at doing something a bit more down to Earth -- how to operate everyday mining equipment through Artificial Intelligence and robotics.

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NORCAT Celebrates Official Grand Opening of New GTA Office

January 22, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of training and advisory services for the global skilled labour industries, celebrated the official grand opening of its new training and development office serving clients and partners in the GTA this morning.

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NORCAT Selected as Provider of Services Under WSIB's New Health and Safety Excellence Program

January 22, 2020

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services, is excited to announce it has been selected as a provider of services under WSIB’s new Health and Safety Excellence Program. As an approved provider, NORCAT’s team of health and safety experts will deliver services to help members develop and implement programs in order to create safer and healthier workplaces.

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NORCAT hosts TrailblazHers Career Showcase

December 20, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

Grade seven and eight female students in Sudbury got an up-close and personal perspective of careers in technology and skilled trades at NORCAT's TrailblazHers Career Showcase

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Hard-Line, NORCAT to host hackathon in Sudbury

December 7, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

Hard-Line, an international leader in mine automation, remote-control technology and mine production optimization, is partnering with NORCAT to host the first Hard-Line Machine Learning Hackathon (HLMLH). The special 42-hour event takes place Jan. 17-19 at NORCAT.

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NORCAT Announces New Training and Development Office in the Greater Toronto Area

December 4, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, a leader in the development and provision of training and advisory services for the global skilled labour industries, is excited to announce the opening of a new office in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Fortin Discovery Lab – An Innovative Talent Development Think Tank

November 28, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

As of October 2019, 25 businesses and 15 entrepreneurs had taken advantage of the facilities offered at the lab to test their product prototypes and/or launch their businesses.

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NORCAT recognized by Facebook for VR mine rescue

November 19, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT has received international recognition for one of its innovative virtual reality (VR) training programs. On Nov. 13, the Sudbury-based training and innovation centre announced that its Mine Rescue VR Experience is being showcased in Facebook's Oculus "VR for Good" initiative

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Facebook Showcases NORCAT's Mine Rescue VR Experience in Oculus "VR for Good" Initiative

November 13, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services, is pleased to announce its Mine Rescue VR Experience is showcased in Facebook’s Oculus "VR for Good" initiative

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Female driller grad maps a path to success

November 11, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

Sasha Michano is the first female graduate of NORCAT's surface and underground diamond driller assistant common core program

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NORCAT Collaborates with Normet to Expand Equipment Simulation Training Services

November 8, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and development services, is excited to announce a strategic partnership with Normet to offer shotcrete simulation training as part of NORCAT’s world-class Simulation Training Centre located in Sudbury, Ontario.

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Trade delegations digging for mining expertise and experiences in Sudbury

October 23, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

The City of Greater Sudbury has rolled out the red carpet no less than 10 times in the past year for trade delegations from countries around the world coming to see the mining industry as well as the mining service and supply sector.

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Mining delegations visiting Greater Sudbury good for economy, city says

October 16, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

The City of Greater Sudbury is rising in prominence as an integrated mining hub in the global mining industry thanks to an increase in the number of mining delegations arriving in the city.

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Leaders of tomorrow

September 23, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

Using the curriculum of the Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group in Kirkland Lake (TNWSG) Aboriginal Women in Mining students attended classes in personal and professional skill development and technical training.

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Ontario Fostering Innovation Skills Development in Mining Sector

September 5, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

Ontario's government is working for the people by investing in an underground operating mine that serves as a world-class research and training facility, supporting more than 150 full-time direct and indirect jobs.

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The Transformation of Work and Learning in Mining

September 5, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

Developing and delivering "blended learning" programs for the skilled labour industries is a strategic priority for NORCAT,a Sudbury, Ont.-based skilled labour training and development centre serving the global mining industry.

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Supporting innovation and technology development in Northern Ontario’s mining industry

July 19, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

Innovative mining businesses and entrepreneurs in Northern Ontario will have a new space to share ideas, build partnerships, conduct research, and bring new technologies to market thanks to a Government of Canada investment of $1,395,000.

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IRegained Closes $250,000 Angel Round to Help Stroke Victims Regain Hand Function

June 13, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

IRegained, a Canadian medical device company based in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, has closed a $250,000 seed investment round led by the NORCAT Innovation Angels and Northern Ontario Angels.

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NORCAT CEO Don Duval Recognized as Executive of the Year at the 2019 Bell Business Excellence Awards

May 24, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT is honoured and proud to announce that CEO Don Duval has been named Executive of the Year at the 2019 Bell Business Excellence Awards held in Sudbury, Ontario on May 23rd, 2019.

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The Biggest Hurdle Mining Companies Face? Implementation, Not Innovation – NORCAT CEO

May 1, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

In a presentation during the CIM Conference 2019, Don Duval, CEO at NORCAT said that the mining sector is not short of ideas or tools when it comes to innovation; however, he added that the issue is adopting the technology and ideas in a working mine.

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Innovation centre planning $4M expansion in Sudbury

April 30, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT is planning a $4-million expansion at its Sudbury underground centre to meet growing demand for the development, testing and commercialization of new mining technologies.

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Entering the living mining laboratory

March 28, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

With global and local expansion plans, and a recent agreement with Glencore under its belt, the NORCAT centre in Ontario, Canada, is ready to welcome more miners investing in emerging technologies

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The 'Silicon Valley' of Mining Tech

March 11, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT’s underground test mine facility, about 40 minutes northwest of Sudbury, Ont., is full of interesting sights: New technology being installed and tested, underground classrooms that are used to provide safety training, a production crew of miners who are learning on the job.

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Unique Mining Facility Gives NORCAT the Edge

March 11, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

Don Duval, the CEO of the Sudbury-based NORCAT mining skills training centre said this week that his facility is often the place where the builders of new mining technology get to prove their products and services to the buyers of technology.

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NORCAT Unveils Plans for Expansion of NORCAT Underground Centre

March 3, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, a leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services for the global mining industry, is excited to announce plans for the growth and expansion of the NORCAT Underground Centre. The planned expansion will enable NORCAT to respond to the forecasted demand of the global innovation ecosystem and demonstrates NORCAT’s commitment to continuing their position as the world’s "one-stop shop" for all that is the future of mining technology and innovation.

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People, process, then technology

February 8, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

The digital transformation is not as much about tech, as it is about people. The overlying theme at the second annual Beyond Digital Transformation conference was about how technology is transforming mining for the greater good of the people that work in the industry.

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NORCAT Celebrates Five Successful Years in Timmins

February 1, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

Timmins, ON. - NORCAT, a global leader in skilled labour training focused on developing and delivering programs, services, and resources that enhance productivity and safety in the global skilled labour industries, is proud to celebrate the five year anniversary of its Timmins, Ontario office location.

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NORCAT Expands Global Footprint with New Office in Chile

January 23, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, a leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services for the global mining industry, is excited to announce the opening of an office in Chile. The new office will enable NORCAT to more effectively serve the growing base of clients and partners in Latin America and demonstrates NORCAT’s commitment to deliver on their ambitious growth strategy. This will be NORCAT’s fifth office in its global network.

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NORCAT and Centro Nacional de Pilotaje Chile (CNP) Partner to Accelerate Innovation and Technology Adoption in the Global Mining Industry

January 22, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and innovation services, is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement with Santiago-based mining technology and innovation centre Centro Nacional de Pilotaje Chile (CNP), to work together to enhance and accelerate innovation and technology adoption in the global mining industry.

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Glencore partners with NORCAT for Technology and Innovation Program

January 17, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT and Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations are excited to announce the launch of a technology and innovation program that will facilitate and enhance Glencore’s capabilities to bring new, state-of-the-art technologies into their mining operations and accelerate the rate of technology adoption in the mining industry.

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NORCAT’s Thunder Bay operations up and running

January 16, 2019

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT‘s ongoing expansion plans into northwestern Ontario and the world have entered a new phase with the opening of its new office in Thunder Bay. The Mooney Avenue location, right behind the Greyhound bus station on Fort William Road, had a soft opening in May and is already up and running, according to CEO Don Duval.

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NORCAT Launches Surface and Underground Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core Program

September 1, 2018

By Lindsay Lane

NORCAT, a global leader in the development and provision of skilled labour training and development services, is excited to announce the launch of the Surface and Underground Diamond Driller Assistant Common Core program that will train students to work as diamond driller assistants in both surface and underground drilling environments.

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