May 2015

President's notes

Canada's vital role on the global stage

By Sean Waller

Sean_WallerCIM members are respected internationally for our technical skills and ethical approach to mineral industry development. It is our responsibility to bring this best practice approach to every country and every project in which we are in involved.

Responsible mineral resource development can provide immediate and sustainable improvement in the quality of life to many underdeveloped regions and countries. Taking this one step further, CIM, as the premier technical institute for the Canadian minerals industry, has a key role to play in promoting best practices for the global minerals industry.

Other technical institutes in the minerals industry, including the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration in the United States; and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, share this commitment to best practices. Under the framework of the Global Minerals Professionals Alliance (GMPA), CIM is working with these organizations to “foster a mutually beneficial relationship that will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and technology, promote technical and professional excellence across the minerals industries, provide programs for education and professional development, and facilitate opportunities for knowledge sharing.” Furthermore, each of these organizations will offer “Visiting Member” status for up to 12 months for members who are living or working in a host institute region.

As this is my final President’s Note, I will take this opportunity to say that this has been a thoroughly rewarding and fulfilling year. I am profoundly honoured to have had the opportunity to serve as your president, and to work alongside the highly effective staff members in our national office and a dedicated team of council, society and branch volunteers. I wish to thank each and every one of them for their support, commitment and a job well done!

This month, Garth Kirkham will take on the role of CIM president. Garth brings extensive industry knowledge and a high level of enthusiasm to the role, and I look forward to working with Garth in the year ahead.

Sean Waller
CIM President

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