Human Resource Shortages: According to the Mining Industry Human Resources Council’s 2010 National Employer Survey, up to 40% of Canada’s mine and metals workers were eligible to retire by 2014, and between 60,000 and 130,000 new workers will be needed by 2020. A significant number of these workers requiring a university degree.
Changing Industry Standards: As the industry expands into new geographic regions, successful mine operators must show a strong commitment to safe, sustainable and culturally informed development. Corporate social responsibility must be a demonstrated focus, not a buzzword.
Multi-Dimensional Talents: Industry is looking for potential employees with multi-disciplinary talents in areas as diverse as leadership, project management, business skills, cultural anthropology, restorative ecology, occupational health and safety, and a variety of languages.
WHY LAURENTIAN UNIVERSITY?
Laurentian is the only university located in a mining camp. Sudbury has one of the world’s largest concentration of mining experience – major/junior mining and exploration companies, consulting companies, world-class research centres (MERC, CEMI, MIRARCO, CROSH, VALE Living with Lakes Centre ), government offices (MNDM, OGS, and analytical laboratories.) Supported by a vibrant cluster of 300+ mining supply and service companies operating in the area such as SAMSSA. One of the key mandates of the Goodman School of Mines is to support LU students and give them opportunities to network, learn technical skills, make it easier to attend conferences and field trips, develop leadership skills, and have extra learning opportunities.
Although the Goodman School of Mines makes every effort to support all Laurentian students who have an interest in learning about mining relevant topics, the school primarily supports 7 key areas of programming offered by Laurentian University:
- Earth Sciences
- Environment and Ecology
- Indigenous Programs
- Northern Development and Health
- Occupational Safety and Health
The departments who host your degree deliver first-class education. The Goodman School of Mines offers additional opportunities to meet people who work or study in a mining related field by providing opportunities for student to participate in lunches, workshops, courses, lectures, and other events, either at cost or free of cost. Events are usually organized by the GSM or in collaboration with partners such as departments, research centers, companies, non-profit organization, or student clubs.
Laurentian University Minors
Goodman School of Mines has created a list of suggested minors, offered by departments at Laurentian University, which could be complimentary to your degree and useful for entering into a career related to the mining industry. The Goodman School of Mines continuously works with departments to create new, relevant inter-disciplinary minors. To access this list of minors, please click HERE.
Workshops and Activities for Students
The Goodman School of Mines organizes (and works with other groups to organize) student workshops and activities that compliment their skills and better prepares them to enter the workforce. The industry has indicated that they are looking for students with multi-dimensional talents. This is our way of expanding our student’s knowledge and giving them the best-rounded education that they can receive. If you have any ideas on an activity or would like to propose workshop collaboration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
List of previous student workshops/activities:
- Scientific and Technical Writing Workshop
- Snolab Tour
- Company Information Sessions
- Standard First Aid and CPR C
- Understanding the Global Oil & Gas Industry – And What Lies Ahead
- Wilderness First Aid
- Wilderness Readiness
- WIMNO – Successful Women in Mining
- Dbaajmataading – Telling Stories
- Leapfrog Geo Fundamentals
- Presenting Yourself as a Professional – Part 1: Resumes, Cover Letters, Facebook and LinkedIn
- Presenting Yourself as a Professional – Part 2: Interview Skills
- Presenting Yourself as a Professional – Part 3: Mock Interviews
Workshops and Executive Programs for Industry and Students
The Goodman School of Mines creates Workshops and Executive Learning Programs (made up of a series of short courses) for industry professionals who are looking to upgrade their skills in their field or to learn a new part of the mining industry. These workshops/courses are created in response to research on the need in the mining and business industries to create workers with a broader knowledge base in mining and for executives, financial planners and non-scientists/engineers to gain a better understanding of the industry. Laurentian students can participate in these courses and workshops at cost. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn additional skills and mining-related topics outside of your field of study at an extremely reduced price.
GSM Lecture Series
The FREE Goodman Lecture Series is a great way to learn about the mining industry in a short 1 hour presentation given by high profile executives and very successful individuals. It is also a great way to network and make contacts. Some of the lectures are followed by a reception that allows you to introduce yourself to the speaker, other professionals in the industry, faculty and other students. For a list of past speakers and upcoming speakers:
STUDENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Request for Goodman School of Mines Funding
The Goodman School of Mines is proud to provide students and student associations with funding for mining related initiatives and mining related activities. It is imperative that students keep and provide receipts for all of their expenses.
Scholarships and Awards
The Goodman School of Mines offers BSc, MSc, and PhD scholarships and awards to Laurentian students who are enrolled full-time the following programs:
- Biology (Restoration Biology, Boreal Biology and Ecology)
- Chemistry and Biochemistry
- CROSH Student members (Health and Safety projects in a variety of programs that contain a mining component) – To apply for CROSH membership click here.
- Earth Sciences/Environmental Geosciences/Geology
- Engineering (Mining, Mechanical, Chemical, Natural Resources Engineering)
- Environmental Sciences/ Environmental Studies
- Human Kinetics (Occupational Health and Safety)
- Indigenous Relations
- Indigenous Studies
- Management (Business and Commerce)
- Rural and Northern Health
For more information on the criteria and application process for these awards and scholarships, please visit our Financial Aid page.
Classroom Equipment Upgrades
Geology students using the new microscopes.
We believe that in order to have the highest quality education, students must learn and practice on the most up-to-date equipment and software. The Goodman School of Mines is proud to provide funding to help improve the quality and abundance of equipment used for learning purposes. Some past purchases have included: microscopes, field equipment and computer equipment.
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM
Laurentian Co-Curricular Record
The Goodman School of Mines is a proud participant of the Center for Academic Excellence’s Student Engagement Program. The student engagement program recognizes the knowledge and skills acquired through experiences outside the classroom. These activities include:
- Civic Engagement activities such as volunteerism, leadership and governance roles.
- Professional Development activities such as competitions, educational experiences and recognition of awards.
All GSM-led activities are added to the co-curricular record (CCR) of the student engagement program. This includes student participation and attendance to: lectures (internal and external), workshops/courses, conferences, field trips, competitions, networking functions (BBQ’s, lunches, awards…). The CCR has many benefits, which include providing graduate and/or professional schools, as well as potential employers with a window into your involvement outside of the classroom. When coupled with your academic transcript, the CCR will provide a holistic view of your overall student experience at Laurentian that can help in setting you apart from competitors once you graduate. In addition, the reflective piece will help you organize your thoughts while providing you with answers to the questions that you might be asked in an interview.
For more information about the Student Engagement Program, visit the Centre for Academic Excellence in person or on LUNET.