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Mining engineering institute created with $7.5M gift


Vancouver, BC – A major donation from mining company Teck Cominco is funding the creation of the Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia.

The company’s former president and CEO, Dr Keevil has been prominent in Canada’s mining industry since 1962. He is an inductee to the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame.

The funding will provide support for infrastructure upgrades, faculty recruitment, and an enriched student experience for an expanded number of students, thereby enhancing the quality of education and leading-edge research.

“The Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering will rapidly become one of the world’s leading mining engineering institutions,” says Michael Isaacson, dean of the Faculty of Applied Science. “It will play a leadership role in preparing graduates and conducting research that best meets societal needs. The institute will provide innovative solutions to real-world problems and ensure environmental stewardship, sustainability, community enhancement and positive First Nations relations.”