Glenn Nolan, Vice President Aboriginal Affairs with mining company Noront Resources, says the mining industry has made significant improvements in recent years and the environment has become its top priority when planning mines around the world.
Renata Smoke, a third-year student at the University of Western Ontario, spent her summer working as a summer student with Noront Resources in the Ring of Fire district in northern Ontario doing core logging and geophysics.
In recent years, Canadian mining corporations have developed and participated in numerous corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects. These initiatives help to ensure they keep local residents’ best interests at heart and protect the environment at the same time.
The integration of technology in Canada’s mining industry has allowed for the use of robotics, computers and other state-of-the-art equipment to become commonplace. In fact, miners can dig through 2400 feet through rock in order to reach minerals located deep underground while operating equipment from a completely different city than where the mine is located.
Although engineers and geologists are crucial to the industry, if they can’t access land and resources, or if they don’t have the support of the communities nearby, they can’t do their jobs. That’s where people with backgrounds in business, communications, sustainability and regulatory issues come in.
With a 40% retirement rate and new deposits being discovered regularly, thousands of additional workers will be needed each year by mining employers to meet anticipated Canadian production targets to the year 2016.