March/April 2008

Vancouver Branch's Student Night big success

By A. Doll


Undergraduate student Book Prize winners [from left to right]: Michael Lindgren (UBC Materials Engineering), Hanna Han Hsin Chang (UBC Materials Engineering), Alex Doll (Branch Chair), Corey Wall (UBC Earth and Ocean Science), Heather Stewart (UBC Earth and Ocean Science) and Linda Zhang (UBC Mining)

The Vancouver Branch held its annual Student Night on November 15 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver.  Students and faculty were in attendance from Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) mining engineering, materials engineering and earth and ocean science departments.

Jim Popowich, CIM president, spoke to the assembled students and branch members and assisted with the distribution of the Book Prize awards to Mathieu Berger (BCIT), Sarah Davis (BCIT), Linda Zhang (UBC Mining), Jeffrey Duck (UBC Mining), Michael Lindgren (UBC Materials), Hanna Han Hsin Chang (UBC Materials), Heather Stewart (UBC EOS) and Corey Wall (UBC EOS). Berny Rivera-Vasquez of UBC Materials Engineering received the graduate scholarship.

UBC professor Marcello Veiga spoke briefly of innovative teaching methods, then, with his band, serenaded the gathering with songs of the virtue of reclamation and sustainability. Sheila Stenzel of the Mineral Resource Education Program of BC discussed the MREP program that provides educational materials and teacher training for elementary schools across British Columbia.  The Vancouver Branch has contributed funds to the MREP program, and its predecessors, for several years.

The keynote speaker was Northgate Minerals’ Terry Lyons, the 2007 winner of the Inco Medal.  He spoke about his career in the mining industry and outlined some of the challenges faced by mine developers in Canada.

Student Night is the biggest event on the Vancouver Branch calendar, thanks to organizers, corporate sponsors and branch members.

The annual Turnbull Cup photo contest generated a number of stunning photos from mines and exploration sites around the world.  The contest is open to undergraduate and BCIT students, with the winning photographer collecting a $500 prize and the photographer’s school or department claiming the Turnbull Cup for a year.  This year’s winner was a photo by Michael Oxciano, mining engineering, UBC. The runners-up included a new photo from last year’s winner, Michael Fuller, also of UBC’s mining engineering department.

Alex Doll is chair of the CIM Vancouver Branch.
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