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Government of Canada and College of the Rockies Strengthen Training with Immersive Technologies Advanced Equipment Simulators

09 March 2013

News Release reproduced from Western Economic Diversification Canada: http://wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/77_14474.asp

CRANBROOK, BRITISH COLUMBIA-- Training for jobs in the mining sector will be easier, thanks to federal funding announced today by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

"Our Government's top priority is creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Minister Yelich. "This investment will help to increase the number of skilled Canadian workers available to western Canada's booming mining sector."

Federal funding of more than $1.7 million will allow the College of the Rockies to acquire haul-truck training simulators which will train entry-level workers in the mining sector. A total of five simulators will be purchased and used for training at several of the College''s campuses. Compared to training on an actual machine, simulation-based training allows students to engage in maneuvers or operational situations that may be dangerous to perform.

"The mining industry plays an integral part in British Columbia''s economy," said David Wilks, Member of Parliament of Kootenay-Columbia, who joined Minister Yelich for today''s announcement. "Our Government''s support for the College of the Rockies will help our region take advantage of the opportunities and jobs in the mining sector so our region can thrive."

"This significant investment by the Government of Canada will go a long way in allowing College of the Rockies to continue to play a vital role in preparing skilled workers to support our economy and communities," said Dr. Nick Rubidge, President and CEO, College of the Rockies. "We greatly thank the federal government for this major investment which will provide our students with state-of-the-art technology and skills training that is aligned with the needs of our regional mining industry and beyond."

Since 2006, the Harper Government, through WD, has invested in job-creating small- and medium-sized businesses, aerospace, marine and defence industries, and supported innovative entrepreneurs in pursuing emerging markets. By continuing to promote new economic opportunities, WD is helping to create jobs, economic growth, and long-term prosperity.

Western Economic Diversification Canada and College of the Rockies Press Release

PRO3-B includes enhanced dual-monitor interface that allows a trainer to monitor and control a simulation
session while performing administration and reporting functions at the same time.

Federal Announcement Press Conference (from left to right) David Wilks: Member of Parliament, Kootenay-Columbia, Dr. Nick Rubidge: President, College of the Rockies, The Honourable Lynne Yelich: Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, Ken McBride: Regional Manager, Western Canada, Immersive Technologies, Doug McLachlan: Vice President of Academics, College of the Rockies

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About Immersive Technologies

Immersive Technologies is the world's largest, proven and tested supplier of surface and underground Advanced Equipment Simulators to the global mining industry. The company has achieved this unique position by focusing on its mission to make every mining and earthmoving equipment operator in the world safer and their employer more profitable through its simulation technologies. Immersive Technologies' Advanced Equipment Simulators are helping hundreds of mining companies around the world to increase their equipment operators' safety and site profitability through effective simulation training.

Immersive Technologies provides its customers with the most effective Advanced Equipment Simulators available. This is made possible through the formal exclusive licensing and technical information alliances Immersive has established with the leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), including: Caterpillar, Hitachi, Komatsu and Liebherr. These unique alliances provide Immersive Technologies with exclusive access to the OEM's proprietary and confidential machine technical information that is required to correctly simulate the OEM's machines and is not available through other public or dealer channels.

With advanced simulator modules deployed in 39 countries, Immersive Technologies is dedicated to provide outstanding service. To deliver on this commitment the company has customer sales and support offices located close to its customers in Perth and Brisbane Australia, Salt Lake City USA, Calgary, Ottawa & Vancouver Canada, Monterrey Mexico, Lima Peru, Santiago Chile, Bochum Germany, Johannesburg South Africa, Jakarta Indonesia, Kolkata India and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Immersive has the global mining experience, innovative technology, product range, OEM relationships, proven support commitment and industry vision to partner with you to ensure your simulator training solution delivers the significant results you expect.

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