President's note

CIM around the world

By Terence Bowles

This past October, I attended the 51st Conference of Metal­lurgists in Niagara Falls. It was my pleasure to present CIM Fellowship Awards to five worthy recipients, including Nathan Stubina who, as well as being a past-president of MetSoc, is currently VP International of CIM. I would like to congratulate the new president of MetSoc, Vladimiros Papangelakis, along with all of the volunteers and staff members who did such a great job organizing a well-attended and informative conference. MetSoc is another one of our Societies that is alive and well thanks to dedicated members and staff.

CIM’s mission is to expand links to potential members and mining communities abroad, and we are moving forward on this front.

Minexpo 2012 in Las Vegas was the backdrop for CIM leadership to meet with sister mining associations AusIMM, SAIMM and SME. This meeting – the third one bringing us all together – began to assemble a framework for increasing cooperation. Our aim is to improve communications, develop mutual member benefit programs, and share technical meeting and networking opportunities.

In mid-October, CIM took part in a private round table session in Dakar, Senegal, with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and six other Canadian business community members with a strong presence in West Africa. CIM outlined several initiatives, such as the opening of its first West African branch in Dakar and the funding of two projects to develop an analysis model for supply chain opportunities related to West African gold mining. These initiatives are the result of extensive efforts by CIM executive director Jean Vavrek and the CIM International Committee to strengthen CIM’s presence globally.

On an individual level, I want to encourage you to take advantage of CIM’s revamped website, where you can update your member profile and continue to profit from the benefits of belonging to the CIM community of expertise.

This issue of CIM Magazine again highlights the important impact of mining on Canada’s economy with its focus on the “Ring of Fire” in Ontario. Big mineral discoveries continue to occur in Canada, and CIM members and their expertise are essential to the development of these exciting new opportunities.

As I write this, fall is in full colour, but it will soon give way to winter. So please be ready for the challenges of winter driving and ensure that winter tires have been installed on all your vehicles.

Terence Bowles, CIM President

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