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Queen’s Park OMA Event Envisions the Mine of the Future (Ontario Mining Association – October 27, 2016)

Every year for almost 40 years, mining industry leaders meet with provincial decision-makers at Queen’s Park for a full day of events focused on issues that matter to our industry and to the people of Ontario. “Meet the Miners” gives members of the legislature and senior mining executives the opportunity to exchange ideas to continue strengthening Ontario’s mining sector, while delivering real benefits to the people in this province.

On October 26, 2016, the focus of “Meet the Miners” was on innovation and collaborative action to make Ontario’s mining industry the cleanest, most productive, technologically-advanced and socially responsible in the world.

“The recent downturn in global markets offers some important lessons for our sector,” noted OMA Chair Marc Lauzier. “To survive and flourish, we need to go beyond our natural competitive advantages and develop innovative strengths.” He added that, “Innovation a major determinant of global competitiveness and future success – increasingly, mining industry leaders, governments, investors and academics are rallying behind this notion. Continue Reading →

Ontario once more budgets a billion dollars for RoF development, as private sector takes action – by Henry Lazenby ( – April 15, 2016)

TORONTO ( – For the third consecutive year, the Liberal Ontario government has made a C$1-billion commitment toward development in the emerging Ring of Fire (RoF) nickel/chromite mining camp, in the province’s remote far north.

The RoF presented a multigenerational economic opportunity for the province, with mineral potential calculated in 2014 terms to be worth about $60-billion, although that would be much less at today’s subdued commodity prices.

The remote RoF in the McFaulds Lake area of the James Bay Lowlands – about 540 km north-east of Thunder Bay – has attracted much attention over recent years, with exploration drills turning to look for minerals, including chrome, nickel, copper and platinum-group metals.

However, there is little in terms of infrastructure to move the mines in, and bulk ores out to market. Continue Reading →

Lessons in resilience from a cyclical industry – by Chris Hodgson (Sudbury Mining Solutions Journal – February 23, 2016)

When reflecting on the current state of the mining industry, there is plenty of scope for negative sentiment. The outlook of many analysts is cautious at best, given slowing growth in China and Brazil, muted conditions in Europe and a weak recovery in the U.S. — all of which contribute to an ongoing slump in demand, pushing prices downward. Given that mining is a price-taker in global commodity markets, it is easy to think that the situation is hopeless, but we have been through this before.

Although the sector is vulnerable to cyclical risk, the products of mining are essential, irreplaceable components of daily life and modern technology. Long experienced in dealing with this boom-bust pattern, Ontario mining companies are doing what they can to prepare for the next upswing by controlling costs and ensuring that their business models are lean and nimble enough to meet the requirements of fiercely competitive and changeable global conditions. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Ontario Mining Association Welcomes New Chair

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

The Ontario Mining Association is pleased to announce that Marc Lauzier, Goldcorp’s Vice President of Operational Support Canada US, has been appointed as Chair of the OMA for a two-year term. Marc replaces Kelly Strong, who left to take on the position of Vice President, North American Mining Operations at Nyrstar.

“Marc is passionate and deeply knowledgeable about issues that are important to OMA members, including health and safety, competitive energy pricing and efficiency, as well as research and development,” said Chris Hodgson, OMA President. “He is committed to helping the industry reach its goal of zero harm in the work environment, to innovate, and be a model mining jurisdiction globally. We are excited to continue to build successful partnerships and grow under his leadership.”

With over 24 years of experience in the mineral sector, including in safety, training, geology, technical services and operational management, Marc is considered a leader in his field. He began his career at Canamax Resources in 1990, and the following year joined Placer Dome, which is now known as Goldcorp. Marc has served in various capacities for the company and developed a reputation for strong strategic planning and delivering results. Continue Reading →


This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

(June 2, 2015) The Ontario Mining Association, and a coalition of major Ontario employers under the leadership of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), are calling on the provincial government to broaden its definition of a comparable pension plan under the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP).

In a letter addressed to Premier Kathleen Wynne, the coalition of more than 150 organizations is urging the government to expand its definition of pension plan comparability to include capital accumulation plans, including (but not limited to) Defined Contribution plans. This move would ensure that companies in the province that have an existing pension plan for their employees would not be forced to incur this new cost of doing business, thus undermining the province’s economic competitiveness.

Set for introduction in 2017, the ORPP will require employees and employers to contribute 1.9% each (3.8% combined) on an employee’s annual earnings up to $90,000. Employers who offer ‘comparable’ workplace savings plans will be exempt from contributing to the ORPP. Continue Reading →

Timmins student recognized for cinematography work by Ontario Mining Association – by Alan S. Hale (Timmins Daily Press – June 1, 2015)

The Daily Press is the city of Timmins broadsheet newspaper.

He hasn’t even graduated high school yet, but Francis Huot has already two awards for filmmaking awards under his belt.

Last week, the École Secondaire Theriault student was in Toronto accepting a So You Think You Know Mining Award from the Ontario Mining Association for a short film he made. There were several different categories at the awards, but Huot was recognized for having the best cinematography out of all the videos submitted.

The video Huot is simple but impactful. The visuals of the two-minute-long video are a black-and-white montage of mining machinery and shafts inside GorldCorp’s Dome Mine in Timmins.

“We got permission to go down into the mine and take some shots,” explained Huot. “It was very cool. It’s not every day you get an opportunity to take shots like that.” Continue Reading →


Best Overall Entry: Women, The Future and Mining – by Marika Moskalyk, Marymount Academy, Sudbury

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TORONTO, Ontario – The Ontario Mining Association today announced the winners of 7th annual So You Think You Know Mining video competition, which challenges students to tell imaginative stories about the benefits of mining to society.

Nearly 300 videos from across the province were evaluated by an independent panel of media and mining professionals to determine the winning entries in nine award categories, with prize money ranging from $2,500 to $5,000, and each winning video earning a $500 bonus for the contestant’s school. In addition, the public voted online to select the winner of the $2,500 People’s Choice Award. Continue Reading →

ONTARIO MINING ASSOCIATION NEWS RELEASE: Looking Beneath the Surface – How Mining Taxes Benefit Ontario

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

When assessing provincial revenues from mining, one must take into account that Ontario’s mining tax is really just the tip of the proverbial iceberg with regards to the sector’s economic contribution to the province. Mining tax is paid on top of all corporate taxes, payroll taxes, sales taxes, permitting fees and other business taxes. When added up, Ontario mining companies’ tax contributions to all levels of government are more than $1 billion annually, which pays for necessities such as roads, schools, hospitals, community centres, electrical grid access for remote communities, and other public good priorities. The value of mineral production in Ontario was $11 billion in 2014.

All jurisdictions must balance the need for capital investment to develop their mineral resources with the desire to increase revenue through higher taxation. There are many models for meeting this challenge – in Ontario, we don’t risk the taxpayer funding up front by paying for infrastructure and offering competitive hydro rates. Instead, we require mining companies to take on the risk, and subsequently offer tax breaks when the project is up and running, employing and spending.

Benchmarking the cost to mine in Ontario, therefore, requires “apples to apples” comparisons. Jurisdictions with higher mining tax rates have lower electricity prices and government cost-sharing on infrastructure. A recent report indicates that exploration and mining costs are particularly inflated in the North, where companies need to invest in lacking, but essential infrastructure such as ports, power plants, winter and permanent roads, and accommodation facilities. Continue Reading →


This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

This week marks the end of the Ontario Mining Association Chairmanship for Kelly Strong. On behalf of our 86 member companies, we would like to express our gratitude, and applaud his commitment to fostering a resilient and effective association.

Kelly’s leadership is characterized by pragmatic thinking, a commitment to enhancing the credibility of our sector and to building constructive relationships at Queen’s Park. He has been particularly passionate about issues related to mine safety, promoting a competitive energy policy, and communicating with the public through initiatives such as So You Think You Know Mining.

Kelly also championed the need to redouble our efforts to share safety practices among member companies. He feels strongly that OMA committees are in the best position to learn from each other, and enabling a process to do so must be the top priority for the association.

With close to 25 years in the mining industry, Kelly began his career at Placer Dome’s Campbell Mine in Red Lake, where he was promoted to senior roles, including Chief Mine Engineer and Mine Captain. In 2001, he joined Vale, most recently serving as Vice President of the company’s Ontario and United Kingdom Operations. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: OMA member Vale employees dig deep to support their communities

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

The numbers are in and the joint fundraising campaign by nickel and copper miner Vale and the United Steelworkers brought in more than $865,000 for the United Way Centraide Sudbury and Nipissing Districts. Vale matches donations by its employees and this cooperative fundraising effort is the largest single contributor to the United Way in Sudbury.

“Vale employees are very committed to the communities in which they live and work,” said Kelly Strong, Vice President Canada and U.K. Operations for Vale. “Their ongoing generosity is incredible and something we can all be very proud of.”

This year’s effort, which surpassed the $865,000 mark, represents a 20% increase above last year’s campaign. “It never ceases to amaze me every year, USW Local 6500 members dig deep in their pockets to help those in need,” said Rick Bertrand, President USW Local 6500. “Their kindness, compassion and commitment is truly remarkable.”

“I would like to personally thank Vale and United Steelworkers for the overwhelming support provided over the past 32 years,” said Mike Di Brina, Sudbury United Way Campaign Chair. “To know that approximately $16 million have flowed into our community through the United Way is beyond what anyone could expect from one group.” Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Could demolition of Sudbury’s superstack signify environmental progress?

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower, Seattle without its Space Needle and Kuala Lumpur minus the Petronas Towers on the skyline. Now, try to imagine Sudbury without the Superstack! Okay these may not be structures designed for similar functions but they do cast a shadow over their cities, the psyches of their residents and how the rest of the world views them.

Recently, it was widely reported that Kelly Strong, Vice President of Ontario and U.K. Operations for mining giant Vale, told the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce that his company was assessing the possibility of no longer requiring the 1,250 foot tall Superstack. It was built by Vale predecessor company Inco for an estimated cost in 1970 of $25 million. Construction started on the tallest smoke stack in Canada in 1970 and it was first operational in 1972.

The purpose of this structure was to disperse sulphur dioxide emissions and other waste from the nickel and copper smelter process. It was considered to be the right thing to do environmentally at that time. So the possibility of its dismantling must be a good sign environmentally, right?

“Given the tremendous reduction in emissions and change in our processes, we are working to figure out if we should continue to use the current 1,250 foot stack, or build something much smaller,” said Mr. Strong at the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce event. Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Season seven SYTYKM offers more money, more prize categories and more support for schools

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Season seven of the Ontario Mining Association’s high school video competition So You Think You Know Mining has officially been opened. Entries are now being accepted on line. This year’s competition offers more money, more prize categories and more support for schools.

The prize money available has been increased to $42,500. A new category – Best Cinematography – is also being offered. This new award will recognize the most effective use of the camera by a contestant. Think camera angles, cuts and lighting. In addition, this year to offer more support to educators, $500 will be provided to the schools of each winning entry.

“Video equipment and video production software comes with a cost,” said OMA President Chris Hodgson. “We wanted to find a way to offer more assistance to schools and their audio-visual, communications technology and visual arts classes. We hope this new $500 school prize bonus will encourage and support educators involved in SYTYKM.”

SYTYKM is supported by comprehensive web-based resources and a social media network that includes Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest. Contest details, video upload instructions, production ideas and past winning entries are all available on the OMA website at Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Who will win in the resource revolution?

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Unless Canadian mining companies do a better job of controlling their costs, they won’t be able to maximize benefits from the global resource revolution, cautioned a leading business consultant. Robert Samek, a director of McKinsey & Company and lead on its Canadian mineral and energy practice, was a keynote speaker at an Ontario Mining Association board of directors meeting earlier this week.

The title of Mr. Samek’s presentation was “Canada’s competitive position in the resource revolution.” “Canadian miners need to figure out how to make the most of that revolution,” he said. Despite short term price fluctuations, he foresees a huge increase in the demand for minerals.

“It took the U.K. 150 years to double its GDP. It took Japan 33 years to double its GDP. Now, China and India are doing that in 10 to 15 years,” said Mr. Samek. “This pace of change is unprecedented. It is a middle class explosion.”

He estimates to size of the middle class consuming society on a global scale to triple between 2010 and 2030. “There is a continuing march to urban centres,” he said. “People are not going to be middle class living on the farm.” Continue Reading →

NEWS RELEASE: Miners launch successful one-day friendly invasion of Queen’s Park

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Scores of company representatives from Ontario Mining Association member companies constructively presented their industry’s attributes and contributions to politicians, staff and public servants in the province’s main political arena yesterday. There was a full day of activities helping to bring mining from around the province to Queen’s Park. “The theme today is Mining Builds Communities,” said OMA President Chris Hodgson.

At an evening reception, Michael Gravelle, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, said “Meet the Miners is a long standing tradition for all those who care about the mining industry in Ontario and it has been a tremendous day. Mining is important to the economy and communities.”

Mr. Gravelle referred to the recently released OMA gold mine study “An Au-thentic Opportunity: The economic impacts of a new gold mine in Ontario” in his address. There are impressive statistics in the new OMA gold mine study and it provides an opportunity to educate the positive impact of mining.”

Interim Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Wilson said “I am pleased to meet with the representatives of your Association. We want to make Ontario one of the best mining jurisdictions in the world and we know you want greater predictability and support on electricity pricing and skilled trades development.” Continue Reading →

News Release: Golden rule: Every new mine would improve Ontario’s finances

This article was provided by the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), an organization that was established in 1920 to represent the mining industry of the province.

Just one new gold mine in Ontario could provide more than 2,200 direct and indirect jobs and pay more than $102 million in tax revenue for all levels of government annually, according to a new study “An Au-thentic Opportunity: The Economic Impacts of a New Gold Mine in Ontario.” University of Toronto economists Peter Dungan and Steve Murphy presented the key findings of their report, which was completed for the Ontario Mining Association with assistance from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, today.

“With the increased value and relative importance of gold mining production in the province in recent years, as well as the number of announced projects currently the pipeline, it was decided that the impact of a gold mine would be the subject of our analysis,” said Mr. Dungan. “This study also recognizes the scope for the possible benefits that can be realized by Aboriginal groups.”

The four-pronged study demonstrates the positive economic impacts on an annual basis for both an underground and an open pit gold mine and for both types of operations during an estimated three-year construction phase of a new mine and the production phase of these mines, which could last for decades. The economists have used broad sources of public data, mining company disclosure documents and economic models from the Input-Output Division at Statistics Canada.

For example, an underground gold mine with about $300 million in sales annually with 620 direct employees, would create 894 jobs from mine supply companies and a further 690 induced jobs largely in the retail and service sector. Continue Reading →