The funds will be used for a “collaboration space” for engineering students in the Cliff Fielding Research, Innovation and Engineering Building. To honour the contribution, the space will be named the IAMGOLD Student Engineering Junction.
In addition, funds will support engineering lab refurbishment, upgrades to technology and equipment, research, scholarships as well as student activities and field trips.
“We are grateful to IAMGOLD for their continued support of Laurentian students. This investment will further enhance our students’ learning experience at the Bharti School,” said Dr. Markus Timusk, director of the Bharti School of Engineering, in a March 15 news release.
“Engineering students from across disciplines will have a place to gather, collaborate and share ideas and knowledge. Students will also have access to leading-edge technology and additional experiential learning opportunities.”
A previous, $1.25-million donation from IAMGOLD went toward the hiring of two IAMGOLD Research Fellows.
"Five years ago, we were new to the region and just at the beginning of developing our Côté Gold project. But step one for us was to establish and develop a relationship with Laurentian,” said Gordon Stothart, executive vice-president and COO of IAMGOLD, in the release.
“IAMGOLD is a company that strongly believes its most valuable asset is our people, and Laurentian plays a key role in driving the modernization of Canadian mining education and will support new generations of aspiring mining professionals."
The Cliff Fielding Research, Innovation and Engineering Building is scheduled for completion this spring.
– Northern Ontario Business