November 2009

From point B to point B

The New Brunswick Branch holds its annual convention

By B. Rose


The organizing committee: (front row, from left to right) Jodi Roberts, Barbara Rose, Marie-Claude Dumont, Tracy White; (back row, from left to right) Robert White, Dustin Ceretti, Tyler Roberts, Sean McClenaghan, Ron Toivanen and Ron Phillips

The CIM New Brunswick Branch hosted its 34th Annual Convention at Danny’s Inn and Conference Centre in Beresford, New Brunswick, from September 10 to 12. The increased attendance this year was a testament to the hard work by the organizing committee.

For the first time ever, a silent auction was held during the traditional meet-and-greet on Thursday evening. Several items generated friendly competition, including a watercolour by Newfoundland artist John Furey of the No. 3 Head Frame at Brunswick Mine.

In his opening address, Greg Ashe, general manager of Xstrata Zinc’s Brunswick Mine, spoke of the relationships he had developed over the years with many of the slated speakers. He emphasized the importance of CIM in helping to create and maintain such professional and personal relationships within the industry.

Friday’s technical sessions, organized under the theme of “Economic Challenges/Mining in Uncertain Times,” were opened by Assistant Deputy Minister Cecil Freeman of the Department of Natural Resources. A highlight of the session, CIM Distinguished Lecturer Jan Nesset delivered his presentation “100 Years of Blowing Bubbles for Profit.” His spirited enthusiasm was reminiscent of his presentation at the convention 24 years ago, for which he received the Best Presentation Award. A total of 16 papers were presented on topics such as exploration, petroleum, potash, hard rock mining, milling, smelting and safety. Concurrent sessions on geology and mining/metallurgy were held in the afternoon.

Guests were treated to an unforgettable spa experience at the Auberge de la Vallée in Bathurst. They enjoyed back massages and synchronized exercises in the pool, and each guest left with a personalized gift.

On Friday evening, delegates and guests savoured the region’s famed seafood and were entertained by local blues band J.P. LeBlanc, which reunited for this one special event.

Bright and early on Saturday morning, participants headed to the Gowan Brae Golf and Country Club in Bathurst for a friendly competition. Prizes were presented over lunch at the Bathurst Marina, where the excellent view helped to inspire plans for next year’s convention.

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