March/April 2009

Savvy socializing in Toronto

CIM Toronto Branch holds its second annual fall networking event

By R. Hutson

On October 16, 2008, the CIM Toronto Branch held its second annual fall networking event — Grubstake Night — at the Toronto Board of Trade. Over 90 students from across southern Ontario rubbed shoulders and minds with 120 industry participants. CIM executive director Jean Vavrek joined this engaging and vibrant group over scrumptious cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

In the afternoon, students attended a networking seminar where Larry Smith from Vale Inco and Rick Hutson from C.J. Stafford & Associates offered insights into the art of effective

Grubstake Night was very well received by the eager students. “Because this was a new experience, I found it very difficult to approach the first industry representative,” recalled Christopher Avery, a fourth-year mining engineering student at Queen’s University. “But the friendly and relaxed atmosphere made meeting new people easier and more enjoyable.”

The branch would like to thank the sponsors. Because of their generosity, students were able to participate free of charge; those from outside the Greater Toronto Area were compensated for their travel costs.

  • Platinum — SNC-Lavalin, De Beers Canada, Barrick Gold Corporation and Xstrata Canada

  • Gold — AMEC, Hatch, IBK Capital Corp., Wardrop, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), Vale Inco, Cormark Securities Inc., Orica Canada Inc. and Golder Associates

  • Silver — Royal Nickel Corp.
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