August 2009

A climate that fosters innovation

President-elect Chris Twigge-Molecey lays out his broad vision for CIM

By M. Kerawala

In his day job, CIM’s president-elect (2010-2011), Chris Twigge-Molecey is the chief knowledge officer and board member of Hatch Inc. globally.  As the title suggests, this is a role that requires a grasp not only of the latest technologies, but also of the way knowledge flows through the company, the industry and the economy. Given the broad scope of his leadership at Hatch, it is not surprising that Twigge-Molecey’s vision for CIM is deep and expansive.

A CIM member since the early 1980s, Twigge-Molecey came to Canada from England in the 1960s as a graduate student. A veteran of many CIM conferences and committees, Twigge-Molecey said he has “worked with and met many great individuals and developed strong personal friendships.” He added, “Whether it is to organize a conference, rustle up a paper, put together a task force or even just to find some information, the network I have built through CIM has been hugely useful. It has contributed greatly to my effectiveness.” Twigge-Molecey strongly encourages his colleagues at Hatch and elsewhere to join the CIM technical societies that are relevant to their work. Speaking with his Hatch hat on, he said: “CIM further offers us a great avenue to meet our clients in a social context.”

His conviction in CIM’s ethos of knowledge sharing and relationship building led Twigge-Molecey to accept the responsibility of serving as its president. “CIM is a vital organization in an industry that is a key part of the life and economy of this country. I believe I can contribute to its growth in several meaningful ways,” he said. “As part of our evolving strategic plan, we are looking to grow substantially and sustainably and develop a wide range of international linkages.”

Being on the more sagacious side of 60, the president-elect is conscious of the need for attracting youth to the industry, an area he is keen to focus on. Coming from a strong technnical background himself, he will also be “looking to enhance our technical impact through alliances with leading-edge scientific organizations such as the Canadian Space Agency and the Canada Mining Innovation Council.”

On these not inconsiderable tasks, Twigge-Molecey will bring to bear the full weight of his diverse skills, international experience and what he calls his “passion for innovation and mentoring.” As CIM president, he would like to further the creation of tools and resources that help members grow professionally. He is also interested in broadening CIM’s geographical base and sphere of influence, “so that we can pull in professionals on a global basis.” He would like to leave in his wake a broadened and highly relevant range of services. Above all, he would like to contribute to the creation of “a climate within the country that fosters innovation.”

Conscious of the fact that his vision is ambitious, Twigge-Molecey is thankful for the platform provided by the work of his predecessors, “including Jim Gowans, Jim Popowich and the many giants whose shoulders they stood on.” He is aware also that current president Mike Allan is finalizing and launching into the first phases of CIM’s new strategic plan, and is watching carefully to position himself well for when Allan passes on the baton to him.

Surveying emerging trends around the industry Twigge-Molecey stated optimistically: “Wherever there’s change, there’s opportunity. The current economic crisis creates opportunities for us to support our members, primarily in upskilling, job searching and perhaps in the formation of new enterprises by introducing the more scientific individuals to the more entrepreneurial ones.”

From attracting youth and international talent to helping members tide over the crisis and grow professionally, it seems that Chris Twigge-Molecey will leave few stones unturned as CIM’s next president. He will need this broad-spectrum approach given that his “vision for CIM is for it to be the intellectual engine of our sector.”

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