Industrial Tours

The MEMO 2016 Conference committee has organized the following industrial tours to be held on Wednesday, October 19th.

Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations (Sudbury INO) Nickel Rim South Mine / Wahnapitae First Nation’s Centre of Excellence

The tour will consist of 2 parts. The first will be an underground tour of Glencore’s Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operation’s newest mine in the Sudbury basin, Nickel Rim South. The project was delivered safely from project into operation in October 2010, six months ahead of schedule and within budget. Nickel Rim South is a blasthole mine, allowing the site to take advantage of gravity and a minimum amount of hauling. Our underground workshop, at 1480 m underground, achieved Caterpillar’s Five star status in 2013. It is the only underground mine currently three years running in maintaining it’s Five-Star status.

The second part of the tour will be a visit to the Wahnapitae First Nation’s Centre of Excellence. Inspired by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the Wahnapitae First Nation Centre of Excellence implements a number of green initiatives including passive solar heating, geothermal technology, energy conservation, low-impact storm water management, use of recycled and ‘green’ building products and naturalized, low maintenance landscaping. Sensitively placed on the Wahnapitae First Nations’ site, the surrounding forest to the North of the building is maintained with a circular community walking path provided around the building complete with fire pits to the north, south, west and east. The Centre serves as a hub for the Wahnapitae First Nations communities. It houses several offices, including a meeting hall, medical clinic, the community's Sustainable Development Department and a business incubator service. The construction of the Centre was funded by Health Canada, the Ontario Province through Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, Glencore, and KGHM.

Duration: 10 hours (6:00am to 4:00pm)
Cost: $120 (lunch provided by Glencore)
Participants: minimum 15, maximum 30

Vale Totten Mine

Come take a look at Vale’s first new mine in the Sudbury Basin in over 40 years. Totten Mine – also considered Vale’s ‘mine of the future’ - utilizes some of the best technology, automation and environmental management in the industry. During the tour, you will also learn about the important role Aboriginal Affairs played in the start-up of the operations - including the signing of an Impact Benefits Agreement with Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation - as well as the importance of continuing to maintain this very important relationship.

Duration: 7 hours (6:00am to 1:00pm)
Cost: $120
Participants: minimum 5, maximum 10

Vale Biodiversity Tour

Reducing its environmental footprint in the community is one of Vale’s key priorities. As such, Vale has developed a biodiversity action plan to help characterize current conditions around its operations and to provide guidance on how to protect and enhance biodiversity. As part of this tour, you will learn about Vale’s key environmental initiatives including the Atmospheric Emissions Reduction (Clean Air) Project which is bringing the smelter complex emissions to world standards, slag re-greening, surface and underground greenhouses, as well as raising fish and bees!

Duration: 5 hours (8:00am to 1:00pm)
Cost: $80
Participants: minimum 15, maximum 30

Snolab Tour

SNOLAB is an expansion of the existing facilities constructed for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) solar neutrino experiment. This experiment proved that neutrinos have mass leading to the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics shared by Arthur McDonald and Takaaki Fajita.

Come and tour SNOLAB which is a world-class science facility located over 2 km underground in the operational Vale Creighton mine in Sudbury, Ontario. The combination of great depth and cleanliness that SNOLAB affords allows extremely rare interactions and weak processes to be studied. The science programme at SNOLAB is currently focussed on sub-atomic physics, largely neutrino and dark matter physics. There are currently 10 science collaborations underway in the underground laboratory.

Duration: 7 hours (6:00am to 1:00pm)
Cost: $120
Participants: minimum 5, maximum 10