Northern College Hosts Research Team Working With Billion-Year-Old Water

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TIMMINS, ON (Wednesday, June 13, 2018): Northern College hosted a team of researchers from the University of Toronto and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) who arrived in Timmins today for a four-day visit to continue their research on the billion-year-old water discovered over two kilometers below the surface of the earth, believed to be the world’s oldest water ever found.

This marks the first visit from JAMSTEC and the fourth time Northern College has worked with the researchers from the University of Toronto, who travelled to Timmins in January 2017 to collect additional water samples and retrieve bio-filters placed underground during a previous visit in July 2016.

Before heading underground, the team gave a presentation on the research at the Timmins Campus. The University of Toronto researchers shared an overview of the span of the project and the impacts regarding the next level of research, while JAMSTEC presented their scientific goals in investigating the abundance of life in the old fracture waters.

Rearch Team

Pictured (Left to Right): Shino Suzuki, JAMSTEC, Chris Charles, University of Toronto, Amy McKillip, Manager of Applied Research, Entrepreneurship and Innovation of Northern College, Tatsuhiko Hoshino, JAMSTEC, and Oliver Warr, University of Toronto.

Under the direction of Amy McKillip, Manager of Applied Research, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (AREI), Northern will be assisting the research team by facilitating the storing, packaging, shipping and handling of water samples.

“This project has generated a lot of excitement globally and Northern is pleased to be part of the ongoing research by providing facilities for the researchers to store samples and do preliminary testing,” said McKillip. “We encourage all aspects of research and support this ongoing project that seeks to study the unique environment of our community.”

Northern College embraces collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders and industry and strives to deliver real-world solutions that stimulate social and economic growth in the region and beyond. The AREI department serves as a gateway for external partners seeking to work with the College on applied research and for internal employees and students seeking to utilize their research skills.

If you have any further questions about applied research or interested in being part of the development of a project, please contact Northern’s AREI department at 705-235-3211 ext. 2172 or


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