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Innovation and Commercialization Characteristics of CAMESE Member Mining Supply Firms

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

At a recent meeting of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) in Toronto, Jon Baird, CAMESE’s Managing Director, presented the results of a survey that CAMESE has completed, in collaboration with member company Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, to improve knowledge of the innovation and commercialization aspects of Canadian mining supply firms.
Located in Markham, Ontario, CAMESE – The Canadian Association of Mining Equipment and Services for Export, is the national voice for Canada’s mining equipment and service exporters. Its more than 250 corporate members across the country supply the entire mining industry spectrum including mineral exploration, mine development, mining, mineral processing, environmental monitoring, smelting and refining.
CMIC is a consortium of industry, academic and government leaders whose purpose is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Canadian mining industry by increasing mining research, innovation and commercialization across Canada.
During the formative meetings of CMIC it became apparent that little was known about the innovation and commercialization capabilities of Canada’s mining supply companies. The report issued today moves towards closing that information gap.
The survey, which is deemed to be representative of the more than 230 firms that are ‘regular’ members of CAMESE, reveals that the association represents firms employing about 11,600 people who serve the mining industry. Among these are about 1,500 who “work in Canada on the development of new products and technologies for the mining industry, from pure research to production engineering.” Another 1,000 individuals “work on market research, marketing and selling of products and technologies to be introduced in the future or introduced within the last two years.”
Other findings focus on the fields of research, research relationships with other entities and the use of patents and other types of intellectual property protection. The report, entitled “Innovation and Commercialization Characteristics of CAMESE Member Mining Supply Firms”, is available at http://www.camese.org/InnovationSurveyFinalReport.pdf.

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