October 2014

CIM news from Canada and beyond

By Chris Balcom and Tom DiNardo

CMP loses a champion: Ray MacDonald (1934-2014)

Ray MacDonald (right), who was deeply involved in the Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) Society, poses at CMP’s 2013 student mixer with CIM past-president Chuck Edwards (left) and 2013 André Laplante Scholarship winner Cooper Meadows (middle) | Courtesy of Al Kuiper

Ray MacDonald, a long-standing and instrumental member of the CIM community, passed away on August 10, 2014. Ray was deeply involved with the Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) Society and, at the time of his passing, was the organization’s treasurer. In previous years he served as CMP secretary. The recipient of numerous awards himself, Ray’s tireless dedication to the society was recognized in 2011 when CMP established the annual Ray MacDonald Volunteer Award.

“He was an integral part of the Canadian Mineral Processors for over a quarter century,” said Janice Zinck, who worked with Ray for nearly 25 years, and was the first recipient of the award named in his honour. “Ray quietly touched so many lives in both his personal and professional life and leaves behind a community of like-minded volunteers who will continue his efforts.”

The CIM community extends its deepest condolences to Ray’s family and friends.

Detour Gold wins Frank Grieco Golf Tournament

Golfers Vivien Clubb, Miranda Werstiuk, Wayne White and Peter Dallas (left to right) teed off at the Frank Grieco Golf Tournament under sunny skies | Courtesy of Ace Promotions

CIM Toronto Branch and the Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) Society of CIM hosted the 14th Annual Frank Grieco Memorial Golf Tournament at the Glen Abbey golf course at the end of August. “We spent six hours on the golf course in brilliant sunshine,” said Curtis Clarke, CIM Toronto golf committee chair. “It was a wonderful day of golf followed by good food and great prizes.”

The team from Detour Gold, sponsored by Toromont CAT, won the tournament that was played in a best ball scramble format. Teammates Martin Briere, Trevor Krawchyk, Rishi Ghuldu and Pierre Beaudoin scored a 53, 20-under par.

After finishing on the links, golfers attended a dinner and awards ceremony where $15,000 worth of prizes for various achievements, such as a hole-in-one, was up for grabs. The awards included “stay and play” packages at ClubLink golf resorts in the Muskoka region of Ontario for two nights and two rounds of play.

The tournament is organized annually to raise funds for the local Toronto branch’s programs, which include monthly luncheons and various youth events. This year, the tournament welcomed 136 mining industry professionals, suppliers, consultants and financiers as well as CIM executive director Jean Vavrek.

The Toronto branch golf tournament was initiated 14 years ago by Frank Grieco, president of PR Engineering in Oshawa, Ontario. Following Grieco’s passing in May 2007, the event was named in his honour.

CIM joins OneMine

OneMine logoCIM members now have access to OneMine, a global collaborative effort among multiple societies to place a vast collection of mining and minerals-related research in one location.

Originally created by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) in 2008, OneMine is a digital database for the mining industry that features full text articles from conference proceedings, technical journals and other publications. Now that CIM is part of OneMine, members have access to the more than 106,000 documents that form OneMine’s extensive library, explained CIM executive director Jean Vavrek. The plan is to add thousands of CIM’s technical papers, currently available at cim.org, to the online database. Under the first phase of the project, 1,000 papers will be available on the OneMine site in early October, with an additional 4,000 estimated to be uploaded over the next several months. “The curation and dissemination of technical knowledge has always been a cornerstone of CIM’s mandate as the community for leading industry expertise,” said Vavrek.

“CIM members will have direct access to OneMine via the CIM website through a single sign-on process utilizing their CIM membership information,” explained CIM past-president (2013–14) Robert Schafer. For members, this means that once they log on to the CIM website, they will find a direct link to the OneMine site.

“This is a significant move for CIM,” noted CIM president Sean Waller. “The recent strategic outreach exercise confirmed our members’ desire for access to quality technical knowledge, and we are confident that they will find great value in OneMine.”

OneMine.org has evolved into a multi-society effort and is not solely associated with a single organization. In addition to SME, it also includes support from the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM); the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM); the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS); the International Marine Minerals Society (IMMS); and the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI).

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