June/July 2009

On the comeback Trail

CIM Trail Branch hosts successful kick-off event

By K. Heale


Left to right: Jessica Huza, Andrea Murland, Carlos Díaz, Marvin Neufeld, Michael Allan, Roberta Spence, Jim Popowich, Tony Heim, Lawrence Chow and Kris Heale

On April 8, the CIM Trail Branch hosted its first meeting at the Italo Canadese Lodge after several quiescent years. CIM Distinguished Lecturer Carlos Díaz presented his enlightening and entertaining lecture on the “Evolution of Copper Smelting Practices in the last Four Decades” to 41 attendees from metallurgical, mechanical and electrical disciplines, ranging from students to retirees. The presentation stimulated a lively discussion on current and future trends in non-ferrous smelting.

Judging by the enthusiasm of the participants and their feedback, the event was a success. The meeting was graciously supported by local employers AMEC and Teck Metals. The branch’s new executive would like to express their thanks to the event sponsors as well as the CIM national office for guidance and support and for the Distinguished Lecturers program. Thanks are also due to Michael Allan and Jim Popowich for taking the time to travel to the event to express their support. The branch executive is looking forward to hosting CIM past president Jim Gowans in June.

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