August 2007

Editor's letter

Keeping up with industry

By H. Ednie

One of my focuses this summer is to work with the Edmonton team to create the optimal technical program for the CIM Conference and Exhibition in Edmonton next May. Our greatest challenge is stemming from the incredible number of fantastic topics and areas of interest that must be whittled down.

And that’s the reality of mining today. An incredible number of fantastic stories - from new and existing operations, exploration highlights, technological advances, and momentous mergers and acquisitions, all hosted by an industry with its keen eye focused on achieving sustainable practices.

This issue of CIM Magazine includes a special section dedicated to the gold industry. It cannot come anywhere close to covering all that is happening in gold, but even just one of the stories offers insight into the major action rocking gold producers today. One article features an interview with Tim Baker, senior vice president and COO of Kinross, who discusses a long list of projects spanning the globe.

Amid all the fast-paced activity, the Canadian mining industry is maintaining its focus on safety and getting its people home safely. An article on page 28 shares the approaches to safety management that helped this year’s three winners of the John T. Ryan Safety Awards achieve their outstanding results. And the constant focus on safety reflects the true value of people in the industry.

CIM is a place for our industry’s people to come together, make contacts, and foster knowledge sharing and growth. So we invite you to spread the word and encourage more colleagues to join the CIM network. It’s growing fast, and this year promises to be one of optimization and expansion for the Institute.

Let me know what you think about today’s industry, and where CIM fits in. Please feel free to contact us at CIM at any time to help drive your association.

Heather Ednie

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