International Minerals Innovation Institute

(Saskatoon, SK:) International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII), on behalf of its member companies and Innovation Saskatchewan, today announced the winners under IMII’s first-ever $1 million Diversity & Inclusion Challenge which focuses on increasing the number of women and Indigenous people in the
mining sector’s workforce. They are:

  • North Rim / RESPEC for Girls in the Classroom: Unearthing Career Opportunities in Mining
  • Women In Mining / Women in Nuclear SK: Mine Your Potential Mentorship Program
  • University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering: Indigenous Student Success Program
  • Saskatchewan Mining Association: Junior & Indigenous Youth First Responders Boot Camp
  • Saskatchewan Mining Association: Indigenization of Mineral Resource K-12 Lesson Plans & Pilot

Building on commitments and leading practices of its mineral member companies, IMII launched its first-ever Diversity & Inclusion Challenge program in May 2017. This $1 million open innovation challenge
attracted 26 initial applications, nine of which were invited in June to submit formal proposals in the fall
of 2017. With the selection of these first five recipients, $683,948 will be awarded to support innovative
pilot and demonstration projects with the aim to increase the number of women and Indigenous people
in the mineral sector’s workforce. The project partners will contribute an additional $206,250 in other
cash and in-kind resources.

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