Mining giant Rio Tinto and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) have teamed up to strengthen technical capabilities pertaining to the country’s minerals, metals and materials industries.

Under the new three-year alliance, the firms will work jointly to promote the essential contribution mining makes to society.

The collaboration also looks to improve the technical capabilities of Rio Tinto‘s professionals while offering prospects for professional development and networking.

Rio Tinto chief scientist Nigel Steward said: “CIM’s reputation for fostering a connected and engaged community aligns well with our own values of care, courage and curiosity, and we look forward to working together to achieve our common goals.”

Through the partnership, Rio Tinto will leverage CIM’s command in professional and industry development while CIM members will gain access to Rio Tinto’s knowledge and resources.

CIM CEO Angela Hamlyn added: “This partnership will allow us to expand our reach and impact, and provide valuable opportunities for our members to learn from and collaborate with our corporate partners.”

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In a separate announcement in Canada, Vale Energy Transition Metals and the University of Toronto announced a collaboration to enhance the next generation of sustainable critical mineral projects.

Over three years, Vale will initially contribute C$1.6m ($1.1m) to the university, prioritising decarbonisation and the energy transition economy.

The initial project will look to improve the commercial recovery of low-grade nickel-containing ultramafic ores at Vale’s operations.

Vale Energy Transition Metals executive vice-president Deshnee Naidoo said: “This multiyear, strategic partnership is an important catalyst to accelerate and expand our portfolio of decarbonisation efforts and circular mining knowledge.”

The tie-up will cover sponsored research projects, community engagement mechanisms, as well as professional development and training.