May 2006

A student's take on a CIM branch

By F. Haddad

The CIM Montreal Branch is an active participant in promoting the mining and minerals industry in the region of Montreal. It already maintains a large number of members and directors working together to allow for regular presentations by invited speakers of the industry. The branch regularly provides sponsorship to McGill University and École Polytechnique for different events like the University Mining Games held every year around Canada. The mutual partnership between the different mining departments of universities in Montreal allow the branch to host dinners and 5 à 7s (happy hours) while improving the image of the mining industry in the region.

McGill 5 à 7

The McGill 5 à 7 was hosted by students on January 19 and was attended by approximately 15 branch members and 12 undergraduate students.

Patrick Maillet, a fourth-year student, talked about his work term experience. Also, the main presenter and graduate student, Louis Archambeault, made a technical presentation on Artificial Intelligence in Mine Planning. The event was part of a joint McGill – CIM Montreal Branch project to promote contact and interest between students and the minerals industry in the region.

François Pelletier, Quebec Cartier Mining

Students and a large number of branch members attended the Quebec Cartier Mining presentation on January 30. Thomas Bohdal, a second-year mining engineering undergraduate student, made a presentation on his work term experience in Thompson, Manitoba, during the previous summer. In addition, QCM VP operations management, François Pelletier, presented a talk, Québec Cartier Positions Itself for the Future. The presentation highlighted the continuous success of the company that is translated by its shipment of 13 million tonnes of iron products annually to steelmakers around the world.

Errol Muir, Rio Tinto

The event of February 13, which included a presentation by Errol Muir from Rio Tinto, was an especially interesting event for all undergraduate students in the mining and materials undergraduate program. The presentation, Winning Graduates: An International View from the Antipodes, highlighted Rio Tinto’s recruitment and development policies for undergraduate students in mining engineering in Australia and around the world. The talk was a project undertaken by Rio Tinto to better understand current graduating students. Also, the presentation was preceded by a small talk by graduating student Colleen MacDougall from McGill University on her four work term experiences around Canada.

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