Dec '10/Jan '11

Editor's letter

Leaving our mark

By Angela Hamlyn

Angela Hamlyn
If one had to choose a symbol that stood for Canada and set us apart this past year, it would probably be the Olympic inukshuk that featured so prominently at the Winter Games in Vancouver. There was some controversy over its choice, but then again, how does one select a single image to symbolize a country as immense and diverse as ours? This stone marker is just one piece of the Canadian “cultural mosaic.”

I recall first being exposed to the notion of Canada as a mosaic as an undergraduate student in political science at Memorial University in Newfoundland back in the 1980s. The premise is that Canada is strengthened by its cultural diversity — a distinct alternative to the American “melting pot.” At our best, Canadians aspire to acceptance and inclusion, although admittedly, there have certainly been missteps where reality has strayed from this ideal. Still, overall, the mosaic is a concept that has long served as a cultural touchstone. It, like the inukshuk, provides direction.

The Canadian mining industry’s impact and influence on the global landscape has been the topic of much discussion over the past year. But on whatever side of the debate one finds oneself, there is little question that our industry’s influence is as critical as it is widespread. We have an opportunity to demonstrate the cultural mosaic ideology on a global scale as we engage with an ever-increasing number of communities and cultures that are promising to make the universal mosaic even more dynamic. We have an opportunity to leave our mark.

In our feature article, “The risk of remaining silent — engagement and good faith key to communicating the mining message,” writer Dan Zlotnikov takes a look at how the Canadian mining industry is addressing — and needs to address — the expectations and scrutiny of those inside and outside our borders on topics around sustainability. He finds that as our reach expands globally, old paradigms are shifting. No longer can CSR be something we do; it must become part of who we are and something that we leave behind wherever we do our work.

We also take our comprehensive annual cross-country commodity road trip, exploring the peaks and valleys of the 2010 terrain in each of the provinces and territories, and postulate on the sector’s landscape for 2011. A broader commodity outlook comes compliments of Ian Campbell, president and CEO of, who shares his views on what could be the hot topics and trends for the coming year.

Also, be sure to check out the results of our CIM Magazine Readers’ Survey to see how our editorial evolution is enhancing satisfaction and making the magazine even more relevant for our readers.

For us at CIM Magazine, the annual Outlook issue is our inukshuk, where we look back over the past year, get our bearings and venture into a new editorial calendar. The past 12 months have seen the addition of two new members to the editorial team and a new bundle of joy for editor Ryan Bergen. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the incredibly dedicated and talented CIM Magazine team, who continue to help make mine one of the best “gigs” a person could hope for. And to our readers, on behalf of the entire CIM national office staff, I would like to wish you all good health, peace and prosperity in 2011.

Angela Hamlyn,

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