March/April 2009

President's notes

Investing in a vibrant future

By J. Gowans

Greetings CIM’ers!

Writing this letter, I reflect with amazement on the past year. Our industry has gone from being at its peak to where it is now, with some of our companies fighting for survival. The next year will be a challenge, but I think our industry — with CIM playing a central role — will successfully survive and thrive in these difficult times.

That brings me to the themes for this issue — innovation and mineral processing. I found this year’s Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) Conference in Ottawa absolutely inspiring. The CMP Society is an example of the vibrancy and innovation that our industry needs right now!

Our annual CIM Conference and Exhibition will be held in Toronto from May 10 to 13. Now, more than ever before, it is imperative that our members attend. With a top tier lineup of technical sessions under five information streams, there is truly something for everybody. In fact, the challenge will be in the choosing. This year’s conference sees the addition of the new Mining Finance and Management Day on May 13. The timely theme of the all-day event will be “Dealing with the Downturn.” It will feature prominent keynote speeches, panel discussions and valuable networking opportunities.

Be sure to take in all the action on the trade show floor, jam-packed with the latest and greatest offerings from over 320 exhibitors all under one roof. Where else in this vast industry can members so easily access the information and contacts needed for a speedy economic recovery?

Company executives — TAKE NOTE! In addition to the management, technical and operations people also ought to attend this event. The investment will be small, but the payoff in ideas, networking and knowledge sharing opportunities will be invaluable. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Jim Gowans, CIM President

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