Natural Resources Canada

Crush It! Challenge

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Lead Applicant       Organization Proposal Title
Erin Bobicki University of Toronto Demonstration of Combined Microwave-Assisted Comminution and Sorting for Energy Reduction in Mineral Processing
Hassine Bouafif CTRI (Industrial Waste Technology Centre) New Approach to Continuous Comminution via High Pulse Power (HPP)
Georgi Doundarov Magemi Mining High Optical Power Laser for Mining to Replace Drill and Blast and Crushing
Cliff Edwards Envisioning Labs Transcritical CO2 Pulverization
Philippe Gagnon COREM IntelliCrush: Advanced artificial intelligence tools to design eco-efficient comminution circuits
Gillian Holcroft CMIC (Canada Mining Innovation Council) CAHM - A Disruptive Grinding Technology that will Significantly Reduce Energy Consumption in Comminution
Tracy Holmes Jenike & Johanson Targeted Microwave Heating Rocks! A Step-Change Energy Reduction in Comminution
Saeed Karimifard Motion Metrics AI-Driven Dilution Control (Mine to Mill Optimization via Ore Sensing and 3D Imaging)
Claude Gagnon COREM Development and Demonstration of HPGR Grinding and Novel Classification to Mineral Separation Circuit Feed Sizing in Replacement of Ball Milling
Todd Parker Blue Spark Energy Crush Pulse
Mark Sherry iRing Eliminating the Crusher and Grinding Requirements Using the Blast to Create the Required Fragmentation
J. Lyall Workman Barr Engineering Blasting Down Crushing and Grinding Energy Consumption

Challenge details

Who can apply?

  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations such as companies, industry associations and research centres
  • Indigenous organizations and groups
  • Canadian post-secondary institutions
  • Independent small-scale innovators and individuals

Key dates

  • January 15, 2019: deadline to submit applications
  • March 2019: pitch proposal at #DisruptMining event
  • May 2019: top 6 announced
  • November 30, 2020: final submission deadline for Challenge finalists
  • March 2021: final grand prize winner announced


  • $10,000 for each small-scale innovator selected as one of the up to twelve (12) Challenge semi-finalists to help them pitch their ideas to the Challenge Jury
  • Up to $800,000 each for up to 6 finalists to build and test their cleantech solutions.
  • $5 million grant to the innovator who can demonstrate the best energy breakthrough in crushing and grinding rocks