It was a golden night for the industry as hundreds in their finest gathered in the beautiful seventh-floor atrium of the Palais des Congrès de Montréal for yesterday’s CIM Awards Gala. The marquee event, sponsored by Caterpillar and its Canadian dealers, celebrated the leaders in the Canadian mining industry and their many achievements over past years.
“For many years, CIM has provided the opportunity for our industry to recognize those who have excelled,” said Sean Waller, the outgoing president of CIM. “Whether it is excellence in a specific discipline, an exemplary safety accomplishment or giving back to our industry or our communities, excellence deserves recognition. We are here together to recognize, thank and celebrate with those who have contributed in some very special way.”
Among the awards handed out were the John T. Ryan trophies for safety, the CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Award, the Distinguished Service Medal and many more. Waller also recognized the new Fifty-Year Club inductees, CIM Fellows and CIM Distinguished Lecturers.
“I am extremely pleased to report that this year’s conference is firing on all cylinders. We have an exceptional technical program, an M4S Pavilion that is jam-packed with exciting interactive experiences for students, a sold-out Trade Show, superb short courses for professional development, and so much more,” he also noted before turning the proceedings over to hosts Erin Cebula and Natasha Gargiulo of ET Canada.
The boisterous crowd had more than its share of laughs to accompany the celebrations. The event featured Canadian comedian Sugar Sammy, who had everyone in stitches by the end of the night with his stand-up routine.
For the full list of award winners, click here.
Watch the CIM Awards Gala 2015 video.