According to Michael J. Allan, knowledge-sharing and fellowship have always been important mandates for CIM. As CIM’s president-elect for 2008-2009, Allan will have an opportunity to share his time, passion and the expertise gained so far in his illustrious career.
Allan was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, graduating in 1973 from the University of British Columbia with a B.A.Sc. in mineral engineering.
After graduation, he worked for four years as a metallurgist and shift foreman at Gibraltar mine. In 1977, he joined Teck Corporation, working for three years as chief metallurgist at Afton mines in Kamloops, followed by four years as chief metallurgist and mill superintendent at the Highmont operation in the Highland Valley.
In 1984, he joined Wright Engineers in Vancouver as an engineering consultant, working on a variety projects in Chile, Spain and Canada. Ten years later, he moved to H.A. Simons and helped to establish the Simons Mining Group (now AMEC). He worked there as a manager of mineral processing and ultimately, as head of business development.
In 1998, Allan rejoined Teck Corporation to work on the detailed design of the Antamina project in Peru. He was then promoted, in September 1999, to the position of vice president, engineering and continues to lead the engineering and evaluations functions within Teck Cominco.
Allan has been involved in CIM activities throughout his career since first joining as a student member while in university. He has been actively involved in several branches, is a past chairman of the South Central and Vancouver branches, served a term as District 6 vice president in 1997-98 and headed the Membership Committee for four years. In January 2008, he was awarded the Mineral Processor of the Year award by the CIM Canadian Mineral Processors Society.
Allan said that after having not been very active in CIM activities for the past several years, he’s looking forward to getting more involved again. “CIM has always been an important organization for my career,” he said. “It provides a good way to learn about the industry and to connect, both from a networking aspect as well as technically. It’s interesting — not many industries have that sense of fellowship. Mining has always been a tough business, so I guess we figure ‘I’ve learned to do this and I should share that knowledge.”