Spirits ran high last September at the CIM Edmonton Branch kick-off meeting for the 2008-2009 season, held at the University of Alberta Faculty Club. Greeted with cocktails and a magnificent view of the River Valley, guests were then treated to a succulent dinner.
Next came the CIM Awards presentation by past president Jim Popowich, where local members who have left their mark on the minerals industry were recognized. Darren Alessandrini received the CIM Fellowship Award, Amar Amarnath, the McParland Memorial Award, and Jeremy Richards, the Julian Boldy Memorial Award. Special mention went to Wally McMorran, who was awarded the District 5 Distinguished Service Award. CIM Edmonton Branch chair Gord King personally delivered the award to Wally last summer.
The festivities continued as Mike Brackenreed, chairman of the Edmonton Chapter of the Firefighters’ Burn Treatment Society, was presented with an $11,000 donation. The money was raised through a raffle held at the CIM Conference and Exhibition 2008. The prizes — two stunning necklaces — had been generously donated by Placer Gold Design and Diavik Diamond Mines. Half of the proceeds were given to the society, with the balance going to the Canadian Mining and Metallurgical Foundation. Proceeds from a fashion show and guest gift sale also made up a portion this generous contribution.
Tim Joseph, CIM Coal and Industrial Minerals Society chair, closed the evening with an informative presentation on tire maintenance and management — an aspect of mining “savvy socializing” logistics that is critical to project success.