Strategic Metals on Horizon as SRC Looks for Next 'Big Idea'

SRC and the provincial government are backing efforts to develop rare earth and lithium industries in Saskatchewan.

Mike Crabtree hopes almost a decade of research and development has laid the groundwork for an entirely new industry in Saskatchewan, one he and others believe will only become more important to a changing global economy.

Saskatchewan Research Council scientists have been quietly looking into more efficient and sustainable ways to produce and refine “strategic metals,” a group that includes not only the 17 rare earth elements but also lithium.

Crabtree, who took over as chief executive of the provincial Crown corporation last spring, said technology is laboratory-proven and on the verge of commercialization, likely through one or more private-sector partners.

Read the full StarPhoenix article.


Saskatchewan Research Council, an Innovation Place tenant in Saskatoon, is one of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D) and technology commercialization.

For more information, visit the SRC website.


- November 22, 2019