March/April 2009

Maintaining excellence

CIM Maintenance and Engineering Society announces its 2008 award winners

By J. Paraszczak

The Centennial Scholarship

This $1,998 non-renewable scholarship is open to CIM national members, or their children or spouses who are currently enrolled in a post-secondary program in the maintenance and engineering disciplines (mechanical, civil, electrical, electronics, instrumentation, chemical, computer sciences, material sciences, manufacturing and related disciplines), with the intent of pursuing a career in the mining industry. This year’s scholarship recipients are Cameron Mazurek and Denis Gagnon.

Cameron Mazurek is a third-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Manitoba. He was drawn to a mining career by the current and expected employment boom in the sector. Over the past summer, Mazurek completed a student engineering work term at IMRIS, Inc., a placement that proved to be an excellent complement to his education. He looks forward to gaining more experience with another placement this coming summer. To broaden his industry exposure, Mazurek aims to work for a mining company and an aerospace company over the two summers remaining in his program.

Denis Gagnon has a family history in mining. Born in the mining community of Elliot Lake, Ontario, he has lived in a number of mining communities where his father was employed. Gagnon has worked for Rio Algom mines in both underground and surface operations in the capacity of a journeyman welder. He then took a detour, to study the fine arts. Currently enrolled in a mechanical engineering program at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Gagnon believes that the integration of his art and engineering talents can add value to both. He hopes, with his unique combination of skills, to make significant contributions to the social, economic and cultural aspects of life in mining communities.

J.D. “Pat” Patterson Memorial Scholarship

Created in 1991 in memory of CIM Maintenance/ Engineering Division (now Society) past chairman Pat Patterson, this non-renewable scholarship of $1,500 is open to any CIM national member or his/her child or spouse who, with the intent of pursuing a career in the mining industry, is currently studying maintenance engineering or a related discipline at the post-secondary level. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Curtis Taylor.

A certified arborist, Curtis Taylor is now in his first year of engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. Taylor, who has lived in Saskatchewan for 21 years, counts the few months he spent overseas as an important part of his education. He looks forward to being a professional in the mining industry, with special interests in uranium and its potential within Saskatchewan and the rest of Canada.

Ken Hildebrant Memorial Scholarship

Created in 2006 in memory of CIM Maintenance and Engineering Society past chairman Ken Hildebrant, this $2,000 scholarship is open to any child of a CIM national member or a CIM member entering or attending a post secondary educational institution to study in any discipline. This year’s recipients of the scholarship are Erica Cain and David Janusauskas.

Erica Cain graduated from the French Immersion Program at Uxbridge Secondary School. She is currently in her final year of practical nursing at Sir Sanford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario.

Daniel Janusauskas is a first-year mining engineering student at McGill University. He graduated with honours from Marianopolis College with a DEC in pure and applied science and has been actively involved in numerous robotics competitions. Over the summer he will be working for Suncor in Fort McMurray as a heavy equipment operator.

The CIM Maintenance and Engineering Society congratulates all award winners and wishes them the best in their educational and professional endeavours.


Author Jacek (Jack) Paraszczak is the director of education, student papers and scholarships, CIM Maintenance and Engineering Society.

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