The Raglan Community Social Involvement (CSI) Project: Developing a Comprehensive Model with Inuit Partners

Raglan Mine is developing new, strategic and aligned approaches to its Community Social Involvement (CSI) program. The aim of this program is to partner with others to deliver long lasting value through programs of capacity building, and community social and economic development. This proposed research project involves further developing a comprehensive Community Social Involvement (CSI) model that responds to the needs and desires of both Raglan Mine and the villages of Nunavik.

Reclamation of Mercury-Contaminated Tailings from Small Gold Mining

This Mitacs Acelerate proposal is the first of three-phase project of Adriana’s Goncalves master’s thesis. For this present MITACS proposal, it will be investigated routes to extract gold, mercury and other possible valuable minerals from a representative sample of AGM tailings from Costa Rica. The tailings belong to a small Canadian company, Newlox Gold that is starting an enterprise to reclaim Hg-contaminated tailings in different countries. For this, they need a simple method to extract Hg and value from the tailings in order to payback the reclamation activities.

Planification de la production à court terme à la mine Westwood

Le projet Westwood est une mine d’or situé à proximité de Rouyn-Noranda, en Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Le gisement à exploité est composé de plusieurs veines minces très étalées dans l’espace et à grande profondeur. Ces conditions font en sorte que beaucoup de travaux préparatoirs sont requis afin d’accéder aux zones minéralisées. Étant donné ces conditions particulières et la grandeur de l’exploitation, il est déjà facile de prévoir que la planification à court terme, ou opérationnelle, des activités sera un vrai casse-tête.

Dynamic analysis of tailings dams using advanced constitutive models

Tailings are the residual material produced during the extraction of minerals from mined ores and are usually produced in slurry form. Tailings are retained in impoundments that depending on the type of their structures could be vulnerable in terms of stability under different loading scenarios such as earthquake loading. The consequences of the failure of tailings dams are heavy economic losses, environmental degradation and, in many cases, human loss. These factors justify investment and detailed study on proper analysis and design of tailings dams.

Passive treatment of mine-impacted waters in cold climate: enhancement of metal removal from cold waters by biological-chemical processes in anaerobic packed-bed bioreactors

Increasing mining activities in northern Canada involve significant environmental remediation work in cold-climates. The industry, including Alexco Resource Corp, is currently looking at new passive water treatment technologies, requiring low operation and maintenance cost and providing sustainable solution for the management of mine-impacted waters.

Investigation of fugitive dust emissions from Nepheline Syenite mine tailings near Nephton Ontario

UNIMIN extracts and produces feldspar at two adjacent sites located north of Havelock, Ontario. In recent years, there have been occasional complaints from nearby residents concerning high levels of dust deposition on their properties. The residents believe that the dust originates from the mine site. In response, UNIMIN has invested heavily in several dust control strategies. However, the relative efficacy of these strategies has not been quantified for the given site conditions.

Fugitive lead emissions study for the Trail smelting operation

Teck Metals Ltd. operates one of the world’s largest integrated lead-zinc smelting operations based in Trail, British Columbia. An important part of Teck’s normal day-to-day operations is to carefully track and report on any pollutants generated on site that are released into the environment. The purpose of this internship is to assist their Company in estimating atmospheric emissions of lead particulates from a variety of sources.

Gold mineralization at the Engineer Mine, northern British Columbia: Its causes and consequences for local and regional gold exploration

At the Engineer Property in northern British Columbia, gold-bearing epithermal (shallow heat) quartz-carbonate veins feature electrum (gold-silver alloy) and roscoelite (a vanadium mica), an association which has not been well studied in similar gold deposits. The igneous heat source for the veins has not been proven, but is believed to be the Eocene Sloko Group volcanism and the nearest igneous body is thought to be related to this volcanism. However, minimal age dating has been done in the area.

Pre-concentration of Mount Polley copper ore

A previous feasibility study performed at UBC on the Mount Polly samples showed that dense media separation gave copper recoveries of 95.8% at a specific gravity of 2.9. The purpose of this research project is to confirm the applicability of dense media separation for Mount Polley ore preconcentration.

Industry & University Partnership in Developing Highly Qualified People to Address the Human Resources Challenge of the Global Mining Industry

There is a global human resources shortage in the mining industry due to a number of factors including demographics affecting supply and projected production growth affecting demand. Companies are struggling to develop and retain Highly Qualified People (HQP) who are essential to the successful operation of their business. HQP have an invaluable combination of technical post-secondary education and lengthy industry experience which takes many years to achieve.