Kingston, Sudbury enter alliance to foster collaboration on mineral processing technology

(L to R) Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson, Sudbury Mayor Paul Lefebvre, and Nino Di Cara, Founder and President of Electric Autonomy Canada, participate in a panel discussion at the ‘BEV In-Depth: Mines to Mobility’ conference at Cambrian College in Sudbury. Photo via Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

Kingston Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation have entered into an alliance, known as the Kingston-Greater Sudbury Critical Minerals Alliance.

According to a release from the City Sudbury, distributed through Kingston Economic Development Corporation, the two organizations entered into a Memorandum of Understanding at the opening dinner of the BEV (battery electric vehicle) In-Depth: Mines to Mobility conference on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. The memorandum will reportedly serve to identify and outline areas of continued and future cooperation that will foster innovation, enhance collaboration, and promote mutual prosperity.

“Through this alliance, we’re forging a path towards collective solutions. Partnering with Sudbury, allows us to better reach the objectives set out by the federal and provincial Critical Minerals Strategies,” said City of Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson. “It’s about advancing together, maximizing our strengths, and achieving mutual objectives.”

According to the release, this alliance will foster innovation and collaboration by connecting mines, clean-tech, and mineral processing technology companies within the value chain, facilitating strategic partnerships and advancing innovation of the supply chain in Ontario.

“Sudbury and Kingston have unique strengths in mining, resource extraction, mineral supply, processing technologies and recycling,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Paul Lefebvre. “This strategic partnership will help us both advance and capitalize on new opportunities that present themselves during the BEV transition.”

Mayor Paterson and Mayor Lefebvre shake hands as Di Cara looks on and claps. Photo via Kingston Economic Development Corporation.

In recognition of the Canadian Net Zero 2050 targets and the need for mining and processing capabilities to support the critical mineral economy and the electric vehicle transition, the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation and Kingston Economic Development Corporation are committed to working closely to strengthen connections across the regions, share best practices and create opportunity, according to the release.

According to the release, the topic of cross-sectoral collaboration will be explored further at the full-day portion of the BEV In-Depth: Mines to Mobility conference on Thursday, May 30, 2024, as speakers will be representing the automotive, battery, green energy, mining, mineral processing, and allied supply and services companies.

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