Remapping CIM

2013-01-23

Proposed district restructuring to strengthen ties between branches and CIM national

CIM launched an initiative that proposes its six-district structure be reconfigured to three districts in May 2013. Passed in a resolution to CIM Council in early December, the decision was made to foster collaboration among branches and to encourage communication between local branches and the national office. Commensurate with this change, the governance structure would change from having one vice-president per district to having two vice-presidents and one or more CIM ambassadors, a post created to support the vice-presidents.

The reconfiguration would align districts according to geographical proximity and likely business and operating synergies, while trying to ensure an even distribution of branches per district.  The East District would include Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, the Central District would span Ontario and Manitoba, and the West District would extend from Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Nunavut, through to the Northwest Territories and Yukon. Each new district would host 10 to 12 branches.

CIM president Terence Bowles believes the reconfiguration will be an essential step in keeping CIM up to date with the changing face of the industry. "In order to continue to strengthen the already well-respected CIM name, both nationally and internationally, we need the input and participation of all CIM organizations,” he explains. “What happens in B.C., Quebec, or West Africa now impacts all of our members.”

According to CIM executive director Jean Vavrek, the primary considerations in the reconfiguration of districts will be to evenly distribute the density of branches and to foster a greater sense of belonging to CIM national among branch members. “Some areas, like the East, have many more local branches, so it makes sense to have a geographically smaller district for that area.” he points out. “As a result, we will not overstretch a single district vice-president and we will be able to provide better support to the branches.”

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