NORCATNorthern Centre for Advanced Technology Inc. (mineral mining R&D organization)
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Don Duval, NORCAT's CEO, noted the organization is the only non-profit regional innovation centre globally to have an operating mine dedicated to helping startup companies develop, test and demonstrate emerging technologies in an operating mine environment.
The remaining $100,000 will be used by NORCAT to purchase a new injection molding machine, capable of processing a wide range of materials such as thermoplastic, thermoset, elastomer, liquid silicone rubber and rigid PVC.
Taking on the daunting task of creating a drill for Mars "just makes sense," says NORCAT business manager and CMA Norm Lavallee.
Delegates also took a tour of NORCAT, taking in displays and talks by experts and industry executives.
NORCAT started with a free lecture series (Entrepreneurship 101) on how to start a business, which touched hundreds of people over the years.
NORCAT has been working on this model since its inception and recently revealed the latest teaching tools to give students an interactive and immersive experience in a safe environment.
This year, NORCAT will be displaying their training simulators and virtual reality technology.
Minalytix started as a desk at NORCAT and the partners working from their homes as consultants.
He returned home to be involved in more local pursuits, including seats on councils and boards that support the future generations of mining in the region, including SAMSSA, the Blue Sky cluster, NORCAT, and Nipissing University.
NORCAT showed their appreciation to the Ontario Trillium Foundation on Aug.
NORCAT's Underground Centre, located in the community of Onaping, gives entrepreneurs and tech companies a laboratory to test their equipment, while also giving students a place to do real-world training and test theories.