The CIM North Central BC Branch Annual General Meeting was held from June 26 to 28. Hosted at the Coast Inn of the North in Prince George, this year’s AGM continued on the success of last year’s signature regional event.
Prince George mayor Dan Rogers delivered a welcome address at the wine-and-cheese reception. Taking advantage of the gathering, long-lost colleagues and friends revived memories and updated one another on current projects and business developments. Remarkably, given the current economic situation, the branch succeeded in keeping the delegate registration levels it had achieved in 2008, with 115 participants signing up. The theme of this year’s AGM, “Surviving the Economic Downturn,” resulted in a call for presentations related to cost-saving and efficiency-improvement initiatives.
Theme-based presentations were given, centring on topics that included reformed drilling and blasting practices at Gibraltar mine, oxide copper flotation at Mt. Polley Mining, and a session on economic prospects and risks by the local Bank of Montreal branch. Presentations on the progress of future mining projects in the northern BC area included a Mt. Milligan update by Wes Carson (Terrane Metals Corp.) and an update on the Prosperity Project by Keith Merriam (Taseko Mines Ltd.). Both of these projects are in the federal environmental assessment process.
The CIM North Central BC Branch presented a donation of $5,200, which was raised during the 2008 AGM, to the Northern BC Friends of Children Society, and announced the raising of an additional $2,000 at the 2009 AGM. Based in Prince George, the Northern BC Friends of Children Society assists families with exceptional costs related to the medical needs of ailing children.
At the AGM, branch executive re-elections saw the return of Grant Carlson (Gibraltar mine) as secretary, Jamie Hull (Wolftek Industries) as vice-chairman and Clarke Anderson (Univar Canada) as treasurer. Outgoing chairman Greg Rasmussen (Xstrata Technology) passed the baton to George Zervas (Gibraltar mine), the 2009-2010 branch chairman.
With Vancouver hosting the CIM Conference and Exhibition 2010 next May, the branch executive is inspired to carry the momentum into June so that the 2010 North Central BC Branch AGM is as successful and interactive as the last two meetings have been.