Million-dollar donation made to Fleming College for technical mining education
City of Kawartha Lakes, ON - Fleming College's Resources Drilling and Blasting Training Centre will be the beneficiary of an historic $1 million donation from entrepreneur, businessman and college alumnus, Duane Parnham.
City of Kawartha Lakes, ON – Fleming College’s Resources Drilling and Blasting Training Centre will be the beneficiary of an historic $1 million donation from entrepreneur, businessman and college alumnus, Duane Parnham.
Parnham’s gift is the largest alumni donation in Fleming College’s history and the largest ever by a college alumnus to a community college in Ontario. In recognition of this donation, the Centre will be renamed The Parnham RDB Training Centre – Canada’s leading training centre for Resources Drilling and Blasting.
In response to an increased demand for highly trained mining professionals, the donation will support the purchase of equipment, such as a multi-purpose drill, a blast hole drill rig with simulator and a drilling fluid management system. Funds will also go toward upgrades and enhancements to the Centre, with $200,000 to be used to create an endowed fund to provide financial assistance for students at the Frost Campus of Fleming College.
“Fleming College has provided me many of the skills that have made this donation possible,” said Parnham. “I am very pleased to support an educational institution focused on providing world class technical skills to the next generation of mining professionals.”
Born in Burlington, ON, Parnham is a 1985 graduate of Fleming’s Mineral Engineering Technology Program. Since graduation, he has had a very successful career as an entrepreneur, managing resource-based companies in both Canada and Namibia, Africa. Most recently he championed the merger of UNX Energy with Brazilian based HRT Oil and Gas.
“On behalf of myself, our faculty members and current and future students of the Resources Drilling and Blasting program, we want to thank Duane Parnham for his generous gift. This will enable us to train our students on the most current drilling equipment found anywhere well into the future,” said Gord Bailey, coordinator of the Resources Drilling and Blasting program.
“This gift is a tremendous statement by an accomplished graduate. It expresses appreciation to the college, belief in our students, and a commitment to ensuring that Fleming graduates have learned using state-of-the-art resources. The Parnham RDB Training Centre will be North America’s best-equipped Resources Drilling and Blasting facility, in large part because of Duane Parnham’s generosity,” said Tony Tilly, president, Fleming College.
Located in the heart of Central Ontario, Fleming College has campus locations in Peterborough, Lindsay, Cobourg and Haliburton. Named for famous Canadian inventor and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming, the college features more than 90 full-time programs in Business and Technology, Continuing Education and Skilled Trades, Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, Visual Arts, Education, Health and Wellness, and Law, Justice and Community Services. Fleming College has 6,000 full-time and 10,000 part-time students, and more than 58,000 alumni.