June/July 2012

President's notes

Staying the course

By Terence Bowles

What a resounding success the 2012 CIM Convention in Edmonton was, and what a way to start my term as CIM president! The presence of more than 1,400 delegates, over 1,700 exhibitors and 1,000 trade show visitors, as well as more than 3,700 participants in the M4S show, illustrates the strength of the CIM brand and the importance of mining to the Canadian economy.

An event of this size requires the combined efforts of a dedicated team of CIM staffers and members. On CIM’s behalf, I want to thank the general co-chairs, Chuck Edwards and Tim Joseph; the technical committee chairs and presenters; the executive director, Jean Vavrek; the director of events, Lise Bujold; and the CIM staff. Our special thanks to the City of Edmonton for the warm Western welcome. Finally, we could not put on such an event without our generous sponsors, led by Caterpillar, P&H MinePro Services, BHP Billiton and SMS Equipment/Komatsu. Thank you!

Looking forward, I recently sat down with the CIM executive committee and Jean Vavrek to identify the key issues we face. Our platform for the next 12 months includes:

• The continued effort to expand our links to potential members and emerging opportunities abroad, such as in West Africa and Latin America where Canadian companies are active.

• The ongoing business transformation project that comprises the overhaul of our IT systems and the launch of a new CIM website.

• A focus on professional development, bringing young leaders into Branches and Societies and into the CIM Council.

We also must make Toronto 2013 a success so that it can be a catalyst for future events in Canada’s mining financial centre as the annual CIM Convention moves to the Vancouver/Montreal two-city format.

CIM represents over 13,400 individual members and 200 corporate members, and membership is growing. The Institute is built around its volunteers, and I encourage all of you to be a part of the activities held across the country. I look forward to working and meeting with many of you in the year to come as we “stay the course” toward these objectives.

Terence Bowles, CIM President

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