My first few months as CIM president have offered a very exciting introduction to the dynamism of our industry and of CIM. The CIM Conference and Exhibition 2010, held in Vancouver in May, provided an excellent kick-start and was closely followed by my attendance at the highly successful annual general meeting (AGM) of the Mining Society of Nova Scotia (MSNS), held at the spectacular Keltic Lodge on Cape Breton Island. These events drove home to me the deep sense of pride our members have, both in our industry and in their local branches and societies.
In 1987, the MSNS produced a history of their society to celebrate its 100th anniversary. In that book, I came across the following quotation from the president’s address at the AGM of 1900:
“In my address last year, I drew attention to the importance of writing papers for the society. I regret to say that the same difficulty is still experienced and that very few members contribute, notwithstanding we have a very large membership well qualified to do so.”
So, what has changed in the past 100 years? These society meetings remain; however, they are a resource we can capitalize on more effectively. Looking forward to the CIM Conference and Exhibition 2011 to be held in Montreal, this is a challenge I want to renew.
To succeed as an organization, we must fulfill our mandate of providing world-class technical knowledge and opportunities for the transfer of best practices between our members and with others around the globe. This necessitates that we, as active practitioners, provide input to the technical content of the various meetings and conferences at the national, society, district, branch and chapter levels.
In May, I attended a joint luncheon between the CIM Toronto Branch and Women in Mining. This annual event gave me an intimate perspective on some of the human resource challenges and opportunities addressed in this issue of CIM Magazine, and reinforced to me the necessity of continuing to attract more women to our industry. We have an enormous demographic gap opening up over the next decade and we must persist in encouraging both women and First Nations Peoples to acquire the wide range of skills our sector requires and then to bring them into our organizations.
Over the next few months, I will continue to attend branch and society events and impart a simple message: As an organization, we are only as strong as the cumulative contributions of you, our members.
With summer here, I wish everyone the best for your vacations and look forward to a busy and rewarding fall.
Chris Twigge-Molecy, CIM President