May 2012

Editor's letter

Minerals for all seasons

By Angela Hamlyn

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.

~ Hal Borland

The theme for this year’s CIM Conference & Exhibition – “Minerals for all Seasons” – was first proposed by CIM past-president Jim Popowich (2007-2008), though he credits the discussion of a similar theme proposed by then incoming CIM president Chuck Edwards with inspiring his subconscious. During a bout of insomnia on a snowy night, Jim found himself appreciating the fact that, thanks to the snowploughs and salt trucks that would come, the roads would be clear by the next morning. He then began to ponder what life would be like without the minerals we need to create the tools we take for granted every day.

Jim proposed that we, in the minerals industry, need to continue to educate our leaders, media, teachers and the public in general about what the industry is doing to mine more sustainably, and that the 2012 CIM Conference in Edmonton is a good venue to do so. As such, this year’s technical program has strong environmental and corporate social responsibility tracks.

Inspired by the Edmonton 2012 conference theme, we are shining a decidedly green spotlight on the industry throughout the May issue. In our feature “The best measures,” writer Eavan Moore looks at the complex and ever- expanding landscape of environmental assessments, and how project planners are attempting to balance requirements for increasingly more sophisticated and rigorous due diligence with the need to keep projects on track and on budget. Learn how good internal communication among study teams and the coordination of efforts between different projects – big and small – can result in more comprehensive and efficient assessments to the benefit of all.

For this issue’s Q&A, CIM Magazine section editor Peter Braul speaks with the CEO of the David Suzuki Foundation, Peter Robinson. You will not want to miss his thoughts on sustainable mining, including whether he believes there is such a thing, and why having sustainability departments may not be such a great idea after all.

Spring’s air of renewal is reinforced each year at CIM, as the change of the season coincides with a change in our leadership. At the CIM Annual General meeting on May 6, we welcome Terence Bowles, past-president and CEO of the Iron Ore Company of Canada, and now at the helm of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, as our new CIM president. We look forward to working with Terry as he steers the CIM ship in what are sure to be exciting new waters.

On behalf of the CIM staff, I would also like to thank outgoing president Chuck Edwards. It has been a great pleasure working with you this past year and, in particular, witnessing the further evolution of the CIM Journal, including the realization of the first special themed issue on Uranium. The engine of a peer-reviewed journal is not always easy to manage, as the number of paper submissions from around the globe continues to increase, however, the rewards are many and we are privileged to have such a passionate and dedicated champion taking the lead. Fortunately for us all, as the Technical Committee chair and in your capacity as immediate past-president, we can expect to bring the CIM Journal to new heights for many seasons to come.

Angela Hamlyn,

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