Smiling HES members by large $49,269,000 cheque from the Government of Canada to Laurentian University.

The Goodman School of Mines

The Goodman School of Mines (GSM) was created at Laurentian university to help Canada meet the impending employment shortfall in the mining industry that is estimated to be between 60,000 and 130,000 new workers by 2020, many of which will require a university degree. GSM is not just a world for Earth Scientists or Engineers, it is a world for students of Commerce, Indigenous Studies, Ecology, Biology and Occupational Safety and Health who are interested in resource development.


The School is closely affiliated with MERC and is uniquely positioned in Sudbury, in one of the richest mining camps in the world, and at the gateway to some of the most diverse, fertile and productive geology in the world. Its students, faculty and researchers enjoy productive partnerships with numerous mining and mining-related industries and innovative research facilities that are located in Sudbury and that reach around the world, and offers students the opportunity to study and work in a living laboratory.


The Goodman School of Mines is committed to professional education to support a 21st-century vision of the mining industry. We believe the world’s mineral resources must be developed in the most efficient, cost effective, environmentally sustainable and equitable manner, so all stakeholders receive maximum benefit.


Our vision is to attract students and researchers from around the world who are interested in developing world-class credentials in the five key areas that define the mining cycle: Mineral Exploration, Project Feasibility, Mine Development, Mine Closure and Ecological Restoration and in the three key areas in society--People and Community, Environment and Ecology, and the Economy--that are impacted by it.

Our mandate is to:

  • Expand interdisciplinary majors and minors, thereby broadening and enhancing the skills of future professionals in mineral exploration and mining, in areas such as occupational health and safety, Indigenous relations, mining management and finance.
  • Drive the creation of executive programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, in modular, short-course or distance education formats, and other delivery mechanisms for students around the world.
  • Formalize new provincial, national and international alliances with other post secondary institutions, including an International Network of Schools of Mines with Laurentian serving as a major hub.
  • Double enrolment in mining related programs by 2020.