June/July 2016

President's notes

Safety share

By Michael Winship

Michael WinshipIt is a privilege to serve the CIM membership for the coming year. The mining industry has been good to me and having been a CIM member since the 1970s, this is a great opportunity to “pay it back” in a volunteer role.

As mining professionals, we typically turn our minds to safety when we start anything. During my tenure, I wish to see CIM develop a more formalized safety leadership role and provide contributions to the Canadian and international mining industries. As Canadians we are world leaders in mineral exploration, and developing and operating mines and processing plants. With 14,000 mining experts in CIM, I believe we can play an equally important role in the quest to eliminate injuries in our industry. To that end, a group of industry leaders met at the CIM Conference in Vancouver and we are starting a mission to determine how we can best contribute the talents and infrastructure of CIM to mining safety.

Fire safety has been front and centre in the news with our mining friends in Fort McMurray. It is a credit to the emergency responders and planners that, as residents fled the fire and smoke bore down on the city, the fire has taken no lives up to this point. It is terrible to see how the fire has scattered the residents of Fort Mac, but also inspiring to see the tremendous support from communities across the country. Our thoughts are with you.

CIM has rallied to make financial contributions to the fire relief fund. At the time of printing, over $100,000 have been donated from CIM National, the CIM societies, local branches and individual members to the Canadian Red Cross. Contributions can still be made to the Canadian Red Cross through CIM.org or to the CIM Oil Sands Branch through the CIM Foundation.

Be safe!

Michael Winship
CIM President

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