Challenge Statement

The mining industry uses a large quantity of water through the mill, mineral processing, and tailings processes. This water needs to be sourced, stored, and treated. The ability to use less water per unit of product will allow operations to keep clean water clean. The MABC Mining Innovation Challenge: Reducing Water Use is looking for modified operating practices or new solutions that achieve the same mineral recovery with less water use intensity on a consumption basis.

For this Challenge, water consumption is defined as water that is permanently removed, by evaporation, entrainment (in product or waste) or other losses and not returned to the water environment or a third party.

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The Mining Association of BC (MABC) is the voice of mining in British Columbia, speaking on behalf of operating coal, metal, industrial mineral producers and smelters, as well as advanced development companies in the province. MABC’s mandate is to encourage the safe development and operation of mining and related facilities across British Columbia. This Challenge reflects the BC mining industry’s commitment to innovation and continuous improvement.

The MABC Mining Innovation Challenge: Reducing Water Use is being conducted with support from the Government of British Columbia, Newcrest Mining, Teck Resources Limited, Natural Resources Canada, PwC, the Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals Mining (BRIMM), the Global Mining Guidelines Group, and the Mining Suppliers Association of BC (MSABC).

Eligibility Criteria

  • This Challenge is open to all categories of applicants and project collaborators, including technology developers, academic institutions, research laboratories, multinational enterprises, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
  • The proposed solution must be unique and align with the Challenge topic.
  • The proposed solution must be between Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 (pilot phase) and TRL 9 (first-of-a-kind commercial implementation stage). Read more about Technology Readiness Levels.

Get more details at our info webinar on January 21, 2022. Register here.

Key Dates

Challenge Opens (EOI Stage)

December 9, 2021

EOI Application Deadline

February 18, 2022 4:00PM PT

Finalists Announced

March 28, 2022

FPP Stage Opens

April 1, 2022

FPP Submission Deadline

May 12, 2022 4:00PM PT

Winners Announced

June 29, 2022

Evaluation Process

Evaluation will occur based on a combination of technology readiness and the following criteria:

Technical Excellence (30%)

Applications will be evaluated on the overall strengths, novelty, and technical feasibility of the technology, and its alignment with the objectives of the challenge.

Innovation (20%)

Applications will be evaluated on the merits of the technology relative to existing/similar solutions currently available. The applications should outline the benefits expected to be delivered by the technology to BC’s mining industry.

Additional Impact (15%)

Applications should highlight the technology’s potential impact during/after implementation on job creation, environmental indicators, and any social and economic indicators.

Resources & Implementation (35%)

Applications will be evaluated on the quality of the project implementation plan, including its viability, the proposed timeline, financing plan, and the capacity of the project team. Any other resources (financial and non-financial) required to advance the technology should be included.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have further questions, contact the competition coordinator, Foresight: [email protected]



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