Mitacs and IMII strike gold with student talent in Saskatchewan mining

Saskatoon, SK – Mitacs and International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) announce a partnership to fund student internships to advance research and development into innovations in the minerals industry.


Mitacs and IMII will support Saskatchewan’s major minerals companies by leveraging funding, connections, and academic research expertise. The partnership will help advance innovations that matter to mining by bringing together research collaborations between industry and academia, while also assisting in the development and recruitment of highly qualified technical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

The potential value of initiatives under the partnership begins with a $1.2 million investment. Mitacs will contribute up to $660,000 over five years and IMII a further $540,000 with a target of creating the equivalent of 30 year-long internships. Both parties and industry partners may contribute more in response to industry need and outcomes of the partnership.

The partnership will be implemented based on an annual “request for researchers” issued by IMII and facilitated by Mitacs’s connections with colleges and universities in Saskatchewan and across Canada.


Alejandro Adem, CEO and Scientific Director, Mitacs

“Mitacs is pleased to partner with IMII to support innovation important to Saskatchewan’s minerals industry. Advancing research within this valuable sector with a cohort of interns will bring tremendous benefits to Saskatchewan’s economy and the minerals industry across the country.” 

Al Shpyth, Executive Director, IMII

“This partnership builds on individual project success enjoyed by IMII and its minerals company members with Mitacs research internships. This opportunity – the largest in our history, will create beneficial industry and academic collaborations that provide training and research that meets the innovation needs of Saskatchewan’s minerals industry.”

Mitacs quick facts:

Mitacs is a not-for-profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada for business and academia. Working with 60 universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.

Open to all disciplines and all industry sectors, projects can span a wide range of areas, including manufacturing, business processes, IT, social sciences, design, and more.

Mitacs is funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan, along with every other province, industry and not-for-profit partners, and academic partners.

IMII quick facts:

IMII is a non-profit organization jointly funded by industry and government and is committed to developing and implementing innovative education, training, research and development partnerships for supporting a world-class minerals industry.

IMII’s unique collaboration model facilitates a research focus to meet the industry needs, present and future, for many areas including safety and environment. This collaboration also helps to define the current and future needs in the education and training programming, including a focus on Indigenous peoples and women in mining.


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