As we approach the holiday season, it is a time to reflect on the communities in which we live and how the natural resources sector has contributed to our well-being. I had breakfast with Mark Francis, chair of the CIM Winnipeg Branch, in mid-November and we were commenting on the many ways in which the extractive industries have supported charities and community initiatives – not just during the holidays, but throughout the year. Support has come in many ways – from significant employee volunteer efforts, fundraisers, employee donations and matching corporation contributions, just to name a few. We need to take a moment to say thank you to everyone in our organizations who have shared. You have made a difference!
This leads me to one other thought. In order to succeed in our 24/7/52 world, it takes a tremendous amount of time and dedication from our employees, suppliers and contractors to keep our operations running. We need to say thank you to our spouses, significant others and our families for their continued support. We know you put up with a lot as we work to sustain our business and communities.
On behalf of the entire CIM group, I want to wish everyone a very joyful and safe holiday season and the very best in 2008. We value your support!
Jim Popowich, CIM President