Minerals and metals have been providing people with materials and tools to feed and shelter people, grow communities and power industry. From the ancient versions of light and heat sources to the modern technologies and applications of today, minerals have continued to be the foundation of society.
As we step into a more conscious, sustainable version of the future, minerals will remain the foundation of powering and feeding the growing world. We need bright, innovative minds to meet this challenge. Luckily, we are seeing and fostering an incredible group effort in working towards this goal, especially in Saskatchewan.
We can’t predict the future exactly, but we can certainly make educated inferences based on current trends in technology. As our society becomes more concerned about climate change and the environment, the call for green technologies is growing louder. Some of the key demands from the minerals industry so far include:
The ideas and technologies flooding forth as we use minerals to meet the challenges and needs of the future come from within and beyond the minerals industry. From research to development to testing to implementation, we have some impressive experts and teams on our side.
Some of the key players in this innovative space include minerals industry professionals, engineers, the agriculture industry, supply chain companies, the power industry, manufacturers, construction teams, and more. The power of this collective is clear when we see some of the incredible solutions being brought to the table.
As we continue to rely heavily on the minerals industry in new ways, it has faced challenges and subsequent breakthroughs that are keeping it effective and ready to test and implement. Some trends include:
We are fortunate here in Saskatchewan. We are uniquely rich in mineral resources, and therefore enjoy the support of many large companies working to improve processes and support innovation. Organizations such as the Saskatchewan Industrial & Mining Suppliers Association Inc. (SIMSA) are supplying the Sask minerals industry with innovative technologies, equipment, and services. SIMSA alone has over 300 members whose sales exceed $13 billion. Groups like this work directly with minerals companies to understand what they need to develop innovative solutions, from design to manufacturing to implementation.
Saskatchewan also has strong academic and research institutions contributing to meeting the innovation needs of the industry, including Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina, as well as the Saskatchewan Research Council and the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI).
Governments play a role in supporting the innovation ecosystem as well, through investments in building innovation capacity in both institutions and people.
The minerals industry ecosystem here in Saskatchewan is driven by the needs from innovative mining firms such as our minerals company members.
We are completely dedicated to encouraging the education, training, research, development, and demonstration needed for innovative minerals solutions. Become a member with us and open up new opportunities to work with the province’s top minerals producers towards effective innovative solutions.