Transform Mining Towards a Zero Waste Industry

Transforming Canada’s Mining Innovation Ecosystem

In 2017 and 2018, CMIC and CanmetMINING partnered on a multi-year initiative to transform Canada’s mining innovation ecosystem. The partnership focused on strengthening, expanding, and defragmenting the ecosystem, while aligning innovators towards the goal of a zero-waste industry.

In turn, this collaboration supported CMIC’s role as the industry champion for mining innovation and as the national hub for mining innovation. The project also facilitated the development of collaborative innovation projects that are industry-relevant and aligned with CMIC’s industry-defined technology roadmaps as well as the Government of Canada’s clean technology agenda.

Click on the links below to access outputs from this project.

Transforming Canada’s Mining Innovation Ecosystem

The Reality of Mining

Integrated Innovation Roadmap



CMIC held a total of 7 workshops across Canada focussed on the areas of exploration, surface mining and processing as part of our mandate to strengthen, expand, and defragment the ecosystem, while aligning innovators towards the goal of a zero-waste industry.  A summary of each of these workshops is below.

Geo-Mine-Met Integration

Toronto November 14, 2017

15 attendees


  • initial short term action plan
  • initial list of potential projects


Vancouver January 21, 2018

22 attendees


Surface Mining

Calgary, February 27-28, 2018

26 attendees (base & precious metal, oil & gas and coal miners, suppliers, academia)


Mineral Processing

Vancouver, March 22-23, 2018

30 attendees


Mining, Surface and Underground

Vancouver, May 9, 2019 (hosted by GMG)

35 attendees


  • recognition that surface mining and underground mining  future technology requirements are similar enough to warrant creation of a single mining roadmap

Surface Mining

Edmonton, January 31, 2019

65 attendees


A two-day workshop supported by CanmetMINING was held December 12-13, 2018 in Toronto to align industry-defined requirements and the Grand Challenges with the “Crush-it” Mining Challenge organized by the Impact Canada Initiative and Natural Resources Canada.

Participants ideated and prioritized potential CMIC lead or supported projects, building out six initial project plans that included timelines, commercial pathways and project leads. Two of these were identified as high-priority and  have subsequently been launched.  One page summaries of these projects defined by participants are below.

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