Global Mining Professionals Alliance established

2013-11-14

With an aim to better serve the global minerals industry and its members, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), the Southern Africa Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc.in establishing the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA).

GMPA will foster the exchange of knowledge and technology, promote technical and professional excellence across the minerals industries, provide programs for education and professional development, and facilitate opportunities for knowledge sharing, business networking, fellowship and public information.

“Forming the Global Mining Professionals Alliance sets the stage for establishing the worldwide adoption of best practices in mining operations, improved sharing of technical information across the industry and expanded opportunities for networking for members of CIM and the other organizations,” said CIM president Robert Schafer. “Among CIM, SME, AusIMM and SAIMM, this means our members will have broader access to a range of benefits and tools necessary for continuous improvement in professional development. In the future, we look to inviting like-minded mining-focused technical organizations from other countries to join GMPA, as we strive to raise the performance of miners wherever we operate."  

Programs that could potentially be advanced through GMPA include international mining valuation standards, safety, reliability and maintenance programs, abandoned mines and environmental legacies, and mining definitions, guidelines and best practices development.

“The mining industry has truly transcended borders,” said Jean Vavrek, CIM’s executive director. “The focus has moved from, miners, suppliers and corporations – which are more nationally focused – to a more international reach. Similarly, institutions such as universities, colleges, research organizations, foundations, and developmental agencies are now facing global challenges and opportunities. As our home-based corporations extend their reach and as markets open up, the community we seek to serve becomes much larger. Our sector has evolved to a point where it is a logical step for organizations like ours to look at ways to better serve our global industry and better connect all the professionals. By working collectively, we can connect these professionals to our existing communities and improve how we link together our own membership communities.

“Many of us were already collaborating in numerous ways, either bilaterally or even multilaterally. With an existing foundation and some solid trust in hand, it was natural for us to begin coming together. Since we started exploring the possibilities more succinctly about two years ago, we’ve already received encouraging feedback from our members and the industry, asking us to continue. The road forward is exciting and promising.”