August 2009

Editor's letter

The ties that bind

By A. Hamlyn

Angela Hamlyn

Upon discovering that I originally hailed from “the Rock,” a colleague recently recounted a saying that “the only people homesick in Heaven are the Newfoundlanders.” The special kinship that we Newfies feel is undeniable; it is also quite indescribable. How does one go about explaining the force behind a connection to a place renowned for its isolation, cantankerous weather and, until recently, “have-not” status?

I bring this up because a similarly strong and equally unshakable bond exists among those who work in the mining and minerals industry. This familiar feeling of kinship grasped me in its embrace almost from the get-go when I joined CIM Magazine. Even though the people and the tasks they perform in this industry are as vast and diverse as the territory they mine, the prevailing feeling of affinity and solidarity is indisputable. 

Perhaps this shared kinship stems from a common reliance not only on the fortunes of nature but also upon one another. Mining is definitely a team sport and, like any team, there are good seasons and bad, the players sometimes change and we do have our differences from time to time, but in the end we stand tall and proud.

This “Power of People” issue looks at some of the stories behind the incredible individuals who propel this industry. The Upfront section features an account of the cooperative efforts between the Wahgoshig First Nation and Apollo Gold in the development of mutually beneficial and sustainable impact benefit agreements at the Black Fox mine in northern Ontario. This inspiring case study illustrates how two groups with little initial understanding of each other collaborated to create the type of win-win scenario that can make our sector stronger.

In our feature section, we examine the human resources contribution made by the numerous contractors, consultants and suppliers and their efforts to align ideologies, skills and products to the shifting requirements of an often volatile industry.

Our special focus on Agnico-Eagle is especially timely, as we discover that the “people factor” is definitely an important ingredient for this flourishing company’s recipe for success. It includes profiles of their newly opened Kittilä mine in Finland and the LaRonde extension in the Abitibi region of northern Quebec, as well as an interview with David Garofalo, who was recently named Canada’s CFO of the Year.

Of course, an important component of CIM Magazine’s evolution comes from the feedback we get from our readers. So please try to take a few moments to weigh in on some of the issues we address. Also, let us know what topics you would like to see covered in future editions by dropping us an email at

Angela Hamlyn,

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