“There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.”
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Spanning the final month of one calendar year and the first month of the next, the annual Outlook issue offers us an opportunity to reflect on the year that was and to speculate on the one to come. Like everyone in the mining industry, we at CIM Magazine will not forget 2009 any time soon. Much of the editorial that we had prepared in advance for last year’s Outlook issue went bust when the economy did. Practically overnight, we had to rewrite (or even scrap) stories, plan fresh editorial, redo interviews and create a new cover to reflect new global economic realities.
In creating the lineup for this forward-looking issue, it might have been logical for last year’s experience to imbue us with more caution; to perhaps “bank” fewer stories or take safer editorial stances. Well, it did not. It did however encourage us to scrutinize our processes and reevaluate the system of checks and balances to better prepare us for unanticipated occurrences. Like many who graduated from the school of hard knocks this past year, we have emerged wiser.
Over the previous 12 months, we have often reported on how mining industry operations, organizations and individuals have been incorporating new practices and perspectives into their businesses. Despite projects being put on hold and finances becoming scarce, the industry did not stand still. Having kept a keen eye on some of the nuances and trends, many companies are now poised to capitalize on the opportunities opening up with the anticipated upswing.
Perhaps the most noteworthy development is the recognition of Canada’s growing relevance on the global mining stage. One lesson the past year has taught us is that the impacts on and by the Canadian mining industry can no longer be confined to our geographic borders.
This global perspective figures prominently in one of this year’s Outlook feature articles, as it examines burgeoning opportunities for operators and suppliers in developing economies. Significantly, some speculate that demand from countries such as China and India might actually outpace supply in the not-too-distant future.
Our other feature article deals with what educational institutions are doing to ward off another impending shortage — that of the talent that will power the future of Canada’s minerals industry. Writer Marlene Eisner spoke with academics from some of the country’s top mining-related programs about what educators and the industry must do to attract and retain the workforce that will be charged with realizing Canada’s global aspirations.
On a final note, on behalf of myself and the entire editorial team and national office staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our readers, whose ideas and interests are the lifeblood of this publication. May you continue to inspire the headlines of many more positive Outlook issues to come.
Wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2010.