Earlier this year, I attended the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame induction gala in Toronto, and was really impressed with the incredible lives this year’s inductees have led. All five winners were undoubtedly deserving of great recognition.
It made me think about how many other deserving individuals have shaped our industry. At the CIM Awards Gala every year, we applaud some such people, but how do we recognize their contributions throughout the year? The minerals industry is built by the vision and sweat of the people who create it. And there are so many inspiring stories out there.
Our online-only series by Peter Nowasad, sharing his memoires from his lifetime in the industry, has generated much interest from CIM members. There must be more such stories out there, and they should be shared.
Not all the heroes of our industry are rooted in our history — as we move forward, we’re creating the epic mining stories of tomorrow. On page 22 read about the new Canadian Mining Innovation Council, which will bring government, industry, academia and other research organizations together to set the groundwork for a new generation of Canadian mining expertise. Such coordinated efforts will lead to efficiency improvements and new emerging technologies and practices to maintain our industry’s high level of excellence.
CIM will be publishing its first official Annual Report this year, which will include recognition of some of the volunteers giving back to our industry. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to increasing recognition for contributions, and we aim to further such work in the future.
In the meantime, let me know who has a story to tell, who deserves some applause. With a dab of creativity, we can share the outstanding stories of our peers and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.