June/July 2009

Editor's letter

By H. Ednie and A. Gordon

"Change is the only constant." ~ Ancient proverb

I am excited to welcome Angela Gordon as the new editor-in-chief of CIM Magazine. She brings a wealth of experience and editorial excellence to our team, as you’ve witnessed over the past year as she drove new-content developments and improvements to the overall quality of the magazine. Please don’t hesitate to contact Angela with your thoughts and ideas as she focuses on future innovations to continue the evolvement of our flagship publication.

I’d also like to thank everyone — all our outstanding volunteers, partners and, most of all, the CIM membership for the past few exciting years I’ve enjoyed. I’ve worked with CIM for 13 years now, and it’s been my greatest learning experience, not to mention a fantastic environment to be a part of. Through CIM I’ve met fabulous people — mentors, colleagues and friends. At the end of this month, I’m moving on to a new stage in my career, but I absolutely hope to continue my long-standing relationship with CIM. A special thanks to the amazing staff who are at the centre of CIM’s continued success. I feel lucky to have been a part of the team.

I came to CIM without an inkling of what the minerals industry represents. I’m moving on with the greatest appreciation for this industry and the folks who continue to set the bar so high, making mining a standard for others to live up to.

Heather Ednie

When we developed the 2009 magazine lineup a year ago, we anticipated that the the editorial for this “supply chain” issue would centre on how suppliers and operators were managing the unprecedented demand. Of course, a very different story has emerged, but one whose significance may be even more far-reaching.

It’s a fact of life that sometimes it takes a “rough patch” to sufficiently clear our vision to enable a closer look at where we’ve been and where we want to go. In the feature article, “It’s time to talk about the relationship” (no, it’s not an excerpt from an episode of Dr. Phil), writer Ryan Bergen discovered how suppliers are taking advantage of this slowdown to reevaluate how they do business, and especially how they interact with customers. The revised business practices and stronger relationships being developed today will undoubtedly be welcome when the solidity of the supply chain is once again tested by the increased demand that is widely forecast.

There have also been some changes here at CIM Magazine. First, we welcome Michael Allan, the new CIM president, whose inaugural letter on the theme of renewal can be found on page eight. We also recently launched a digital, easy-to-use flip version of CIM Magazine, available online at cim.dgtlpub.com. Finally, I am thrilled to be taking on the role of editor-in-chief. The past eighteen months that I served as senior editor have been incredibly exciting and rewarding, enhanced by the opportunity to work with such a talented and dedicated editorial team and national office staff.

Foremost, I would like to thank Heather for her guidance, trust and enthusiastic openness to new ideas. She leaves very big shoes to fill, indeed. It was under her stewardship that the vision for CIM Magazine’s transformation from the CIM Bulletin began some years ago. The magazine’s current success serves as a testament to her talent and foresight.

I look forward to the journey that lies ahead and would like to remind you that an important part of the evolution of the magazine comes from the feedback — be it positive or otherwise — that we receive from you. So please be encouraged to weigh-in on your thoughts and opinions.

Angela Gordon

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