Sept/Oct 2011


Pinpointing industry’s key innovations: CMIC launches informal survey to narrow down the list

By T. Hynes

During recent discussions with colleagues about the key innovations that have been implemented in the mining sector in recent years, a problem became apparent: for a great number of people, their knowledge of the industry is limited to their specific field. So how does one create a “short list” of successes when answers vary depending on the respondents’ backgrounds?

Learning from our past “hits and misses” can aid us in making the right investment choices. CMIC, along with the mining sector as a whole, makes large investments in the future of our industry. CMIC is thus taking on the challenge and launching an informal survey to zero in on what those key innovations have been.

In the absence of this industry-wide knowledge, coming to an agreement on what our most significant innovations have been is going to be a challenge. Although a consensus is unnecessary, knowing which ones, and thus which of our past investments in R&D, have been the most effective is valuable information.

I invite you all to take our survey. Together, we can shape the future of this industry.

CMIC Innovation Survey

Help broaden the scope of knowledge on the different aspects of research and innovation by answering the following questions:

  • What is your area(s) of expertise?
  • Which innovations have been the most significant in your area(s) of expertise? Why?
  • Which innovations are most needed in your area(s) of expertise? Why?
  • Which researchers or research groups have been most important to the development of technology in your area(s) of expertise?
  • Which researchers or researcher groups do you believe will be the most critical to address future needs in your area(s) of expertise?

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Tom_HynesTom Hynes has worked in the uranium and base metals industries, and has been a provincial regulator and a federal government research manager. He is the executive director of the Canada Mining Innovation Council.
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