Canada Newswire reports that a new research program will be launched by the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and Polytechnique Montréal. The new Research Institute on Mining and Environment (RIME) is sponsored by several mining companies with nearly $10 million over seven years.
Johanne Jean, Rector of UQAT, says: "This major partnership announced today reflects UQAT's development philosophy: that of joining forces. Because of the quality of the research teams in place and the cutting-edge facilities at the two institutions, this high-level scientific programming will foster knowledge development and enable the establishment of optimal solutions for mine waste management and site reclamation, thus meeting the needs of both industry and society."
For his part, Polytechnique Montréal's Director of Research and Innovation, Gilles Savard, adds: "The development of the Canadian mining industry is accompanied by significant challenges, both economic and environmental. By making the most of the existing research infrastructure, the experience of seasoned professors and researchers, and the successful partnerships established between Polytechnique, UQAT and companies in the industry, RIME is positioning itself as a unique and promising space for training and innovation. This major initiative is a perfect fit with Polytechnique Montréal's 2011-2016 strategic research and innovation plan, which paves the way for multidisciplinary projects that encourage open innovation within a sustainable-development perspective."