Innovation is important to Saskatchewan’s minerals industry and the province. That is why the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) was formed in 2012, and introduced new funds to support research, development and demonstration of innovations that matter to mining in 2017. It is also why IMII, in cooperation with the Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers Association (SIMSA), introduced DEMOday in 2018.
DEMOday invites inventors, start-ups and supply chain companies to apply to pitch their innovative solutions – equipment, technologies, products or processes that solve an industry problem for one or more of IMII’s minerals company members. DEMOday is about looking:
Companies selected to participate in DEMOday will present their technologies to a panel of experts from IMII’s principal minerals companies’ members – BHP, Cameco, Mosaic and Nutrien. This opportunity is for those:
This opens the door to having their innovations considered for financial and in-kind support to help move them down the path to commercialization through their further development, demonstration or deployment.
On May 18, 2022, ten finalists presented their innovative solutions and technologies to Saskatchewan’s leading minerals producers.
Innovators that pitched to IMII’s minerals company members include:
New this year – IMII’s minerals industry members – BHP, Cameco, Mosaic and Nutrien, have submitted technology needs that could be met by suppliers, inventors, start-ups, and other innovators either through the development or demonstration of a new, innovative technology.
For 2022, innovative ideas or solutions are being sought in the following areas:
On December 2, 2020, five finalists pitched their innovative solutions to Saskatchewan's leading minerals producers in the categories of:
The selected finalists for 2020 are:
DEMOday 2020 was hosted in a virtual event by IMII on the eve of the 12th Annual Saskatchewan Mining Supply Chain Forum.
On Wednesday, April 3rd, five supply chain innovations that matter to mining will be presented to a panel of representatives from Saskatchewan’s leading minerals companies in the International Mineral Innovation Institute’s (IMII’s) second DEMOday. They are:
DEMOday 2018 was a first-time event in which supply chain companies presented their innovations directly to Saskatchewan's major mining companies and had them considered for further review and potentially financial and in-kind support, to help move them down the path to commercialization. Innovations aren't innovations if they are not put to use, and supply chain companies were invited to pitch their innovation sin equipment, technologies, products or processes to industry members that may be used to improve one or more of the pillars of industry sustainability - economic, environmental or social performance.
On Tuesday, April 10th, and on the eve of the 10th Annual Saskatchewan Mining Supply Chain Forum, five innovations that matter to mining were presented to a panel of representatives from Saskatchewan's leading minerals companies in the International Minerals Innovation Institute's inaugural DEMOday. They were: