June/July 2015

President's notes

Thank you! Merci beaucoup!

By Garth Kirkham

You will find my presidential “fireside chats” simple and to the point, which attempt to deliver one key message. As this is my first message, I want to use it to express my heartfelt thanks.

As I write this, many of us have just recently returned from the CIM Convention in Montreal, an event that delivered and showcased excellence in so many ways. From the inspiring leadership congress and then the Cirque du Soleil atmosphere at the opening ceremonies (sponsored by CIM societies), to the lively plenary, the educational technical program, the celebration of excellence at the awards gala, sponsored by Caterpillar, and the crescendo of the Joy Global Gala party, it was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to meet many new people, all of whom I hope to see again soon. I must say, from my unbiased perspective, that it was one of the best conventions that I have been to in the past 20-some odd years.

Our annual convention is a huge undertaking and would not be possible without our dedicated sponsors, staff, volunteers, exhibitors and, last but certainly not least, you – the members. So thank you for all you have done and continue to do. It does not go unnoticed and is truly appreciated.

However, as we find every year, there are always things that go a little sideways and remind us that we must always be diligent and not rest on our laurels. This year’s gala was very successful at honouring CIM’s best-of-the-best; however, it was also clear that we can improve and be better. We will learn from this year, we will improve and I promise that the Vancouver 2016 event will be the best ever. So please, for those who were in Montreal this year, start making plans for Vancouver next May. And for those who missed this year’s event, don’t miss out again. Join us in 2016.

Garth Kirkham
CIM President

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