Dec '09/Jan '10

Mingling on the menu at Tastes of Toronto

By J. Borsato

 

Toronto is a global leader in mining and exploration financing. So, what better place to gather the best and the brightest of the mining industry for an opportunity to network, catch up with old friends and sample some fantastic food.

The CIM Toronto Branch held its third annual “Tastes of Toronto” event this past October at the prestigious National Club on Bay Street, in the heart of the city’s financial district. On hand were a host of industry executives, mining enthusiasts and CIM members from across the Greater Toronto Area. Students who had participated in the branch’s networking event held earlier in the evening dropped by to mix and mingle with future employers and colleagues.

Mining is a global industry and it was a truly well-travelled crowd present, as young and old talked shop and exchanged tales of exploration adventure in distant places. Engineering students from Asia discussed the merits of the rise in Chinese exploration and their experiences abroad, where an understanding of foreign customs and language can go far in facilitating good community relations at mine sites. 

“Taste” was the operative word as guests were treated to a cornucopia of foods from around the globe. A Greek-themed souvlaki station serving grilled lamb with a lemony tzatziki sauce was easily the hit of the evening, but a curry-laced chicken and potato dish from India, and an offering of spicy Chinese beef noodles were also crowd favourites. The skillful carving of a traditional beef roast saw guests returning for a second helping before visiting the impressive sweet table, which featured desserts from around the world.

Rick Hutson, vice-chair of CIM’s Toronto Branch, addressed the packed room to thank the attendees and those who helped sponsor the successful event. He also highlighted the needs of the industry to foster a climate of mutual cooperation in ensuring that the next generation of miners, geologists and engineers gain a solid foothold in an industry where a shortage of skilled staff is a constant challenge. The theme of community building and networking was central to the entire evening. Hutson also acknowledged the critical role of women in mining, and special guests were invited to announce developments taking place that affect women in the industry. 

As late afternoon turned to evening, guests were still gathering in droves at various food stations, catching up with old acquaintances or sharing tidbits of industry wisdom with the students in attendance. All in all, the event was a hit and certainly appeared to leave a great taste in everyone’s mouth.

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