Cambrian College and Maclean Establish Practical Training and Applied Research Partnership for 21st Century Mining

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Collingwood, Ontario [20 January 2021] – Canada’s largest manufacturer of underground mining vehicles is partnering with Sudbury’s Cambrian College to support skills and technology development for the electric, automated, and digitalized mine of today and tomorrow. The MacLean Research and Training Facility in Greater Sudbury, Ontario, is set to host the practical component of Cambrian’s Industrial Battery Electric Vehicle Maintenance Course. Cambrian’s curriculum, developed in part with MacLean technical input, is designed for Heavy Duty technicians currently working in the mining sector.

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In addition to delivering corporate training courses, Cambrian’s Centre for Smart Mining is also the only federally recognized Technology Access Centre specific to the mining technology sector, with funding to support technology development and acceleration. As such, the Cambrian-MacLean strategic skills and technology partnership will focus both on the training of heavy duty mechanics to support battery electric vehicle (BEV) fleets, as well as supporting the development of the next generation of mechatronics workers in the mining industry by providing Cambrian students with the opportunity to work directly with the MacLean Advanced Vehicle Technology (AVT) team based out of the company’s Research and Training Facility.

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“Practical training for BEV mechanics and applied research opportunities for the next generation of mechatronics professionals to facilitate the adoption of on-vehicle technology – these are concrete examples of MacLean leveraging its test decline in Greater Sudbury to make a difference in the industry,” remarks Stella Holloway, General Manager for Northern Ontario Operations at MacLean. “This is a chance for us to walk the talk when it comes to ramping up our research and training facility to actively support long-term, positive change in mining and I’m thrilled that we’re doing this in partnership with Cambrian.”

“Successful innovation depends on great collaboration, and I think this partnership with MacLean is a perfect example,” says Stephen Gravel, Manager of Cambrian’s Centre for Smart Mining. “No single educational institution or company can drive change entirely on its own, but rather it’s a spirit of cooperation that will help us drive innovation in mining of the 21st century and that’s why I’m confident we’ll succeed.”

For more information:

For more information:
Stuart Lister
VP Marketing & Communications
MacLean Engineering
Collingwood, ON
705.241.3247 (c)

Dan Lessard
Manager, Communications
Cambrian College


MacLean designs, manufactures, and supports engineered solutions across the mining, municipal, and waste management sectors. The company’s mining division builds a comprehensive line of mobile equipment in the ground support, ore flow, and utility vehicle product categories. Founded in 1973, MacLean remains based in the southern Georgian Bay region of Ontario with service and support branches across Canada as well as a global network of manufacturing facilities and branches in the United States, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and Australia.

About the Cambrian Centre for Smart Mining:

Based in the international mining capital of Sudbury, Canada, The Centre for Smart Mining (CSM) de-risks and demystifies new technologies. Hundreds of companies are seeking entry to the mining sector and the CSM can be their gateway. The CSM facilitates new technology adoption in the mining sector. We focus on mining technology companies as a main client base and the mining end users. Our areas of expertise include: digital technologies, underground communications, mechatronics solutions, and battery powered and connected mining vehicles.