MDRU was initiated in 1989 by the minerals industry to fulfil a need for improved research, training and professional education. MDRU was established through the support for a research partnership with The University of British Columbia, with financial start-up assistance from the industry and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). MDRU has been led by Directors John McDonald, John Thompson, Ian Thomson, Richard Tosdal and Craig Hart.
In 2013, MDRU developed the Exploration Geochemistry Initiative and in 2015, celebrated 25 years of industry-supported research with a two-day technical meeting and gala. In 2017, the Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining was implemented to increase the breadth of MDRU’s activities towards mining, mineral processing and tailings.MDRU History