November 2014

CIM news from Canada and beyond

By Chris Balcom and Tom DiNardo

CIM remembers Rick Hutson (1957–2014)

Rick Hutson

Rick Hutson was deeply committed to cultivating the industry’s next generation and often spoke at student functions, like the annual introduction to networking event at the CIM Convention | Courtesy of Women in Mining


Rick Hutson, a highly valued member of the CIM community, passed away suddenly on Sept. 15, 2014. Rick’s involvement with CIM, both at his local Toronto branch and on a national level, was extensive. At the time of his passing, he was Central District vice-president on the CIM Council.

Hutson will be remembered as a pillar of support for the many university students to whom he offered guidance. He regularly coached graduates looking for work and was a strong advocate for CIM Toronto’s funding of student-related activities. He was also a frequent guest speaker at student events run by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada. “Rick had boundless energy where students were concerned and he worked with many universities and stu dent groups speaking, listening and sharing his enthusiasm for mining,” said Larry Smith, a long-time friend and colleague. For many years, the pair put on the “The Rick and Larry Show” at student events, in which they offered practical insights into pursuing a career in mining, always with a comedic bent.

“He was a throwback to the past in that he generously gave of his own time and took much satisfaction in observing and assisting in the success of others,” said Curtis Clarke, who served as an executive officer of the Toronto branch with Hutson for several years. “Rick was a trusted colleague and respected advisor to members of the executive, myself included.”

Hutson began his professional career as a geologist with Amoco and spent the latter part of his working life as a senior consultant with C.J. Stafford & Associates. His involvement with CIM has shaped the lives of many in the community, and his legacy will undoubtedly be carried on through all those whose lives he touched. CIM extends its deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Don Worth steps down from CIM Foundation board

Don Worth

Don Worth (left) became a member of the CIM Fifty-
Year Club at this year’s CIM Convention in Vancouver.
This honour, presented by CIM past-president Robert
Schafer (right), recognizes long-time members | Jon Benjamin Photography


After a long and illustrious tenure, CIM past-president Donald J. Worth stepped down from the CIM Foundation Board of Trustees in August.

Worth, 82, has agreed to continue advising the board and help the foundation secure funds for important programs. Mining For Society (M4S), CIM’s highly successful educational mine exhibition, will be the first priority for funding, according to CIM Foundation manager Deborah Sauvé. The CIM Foundation, formerly the Canadian Mining and Metallurgy Foundation, is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting the development of the next generation of mining professionals.

“We are delighted he has agreed to stay on in a consultation capacity,” said Sauvé. “He is a respected member of CIM and an excellent fundraiser, responsible for helping secure funds for important scholarships.”

Worth has long been involved in CIM. He joined the Institute in 1964 and served as CIM president from 1996 to 1997, during which time he oversaw the planning of the CIM centennial year celebrations. Then in 1997 he became a member the CIM Foundation and was president from 1997 to 2000.

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