Dec '11/Jan '12

President's notes

Growing beyond Canadian borders

By C. Edwards

CIM members benefit substantially from our Institute’s growing international presence, contacts, activities and membership. Of our current 14,300 members, approximately 2,400 (more than 270 of them students) reside outside of Canada, with close to 900 in the United States. Also, more than 40 per cent of the peer-reviewed papers we have published in the first seven issues of CIM Journal have been authored or co-authored by peers from countries such as Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Australia, India, Russia, Egypt, Jordan, Chile, France and South Africa.

Internationally, CIM has a well-earned reputation for high-quality, well-run and relatively inexpensive conferences and symposia. An impressive 56 countries were represented at the 2011 CIM Conference & Exhibition held in Montreal – this demonstrates the drawing power of our events. Also, the large international presence at our Canadian Mineral Processors Operators’ Conference, Conference of Metallurgists, and Maintenance Engineering/Mine Operators Conference is further proof of our good reputation.

In recent years, CIM has worked diligently towards establishing partnership agreements with sister societies on co-hosting international conferences. The first SME-CIM Safety & Reliability Conference was held in Calgary last November; the site for this annual conference will alternate between the United States and Canada. We will also rotate hosting duties with AusIMM on the biennial International Mine Management Conference kicking off in 2012 in Melbourne; the conference will come to Canada in 2014, possibly in Toronto. Also in 2012, CIM will host the 6th International Conference & Exhibition on Mass Mining (MassMin 2012) in Sudbury. And, in 2016, we will host the International Mineral Processing Conference (IMPC 2016) in Quebec City.

Last October, a CIM contingent flew to London, England, for a meeting with the presidents and chief executives of several sister organizations to discuss how we can collaborate globally without stepping on one another’s toes. Organizations in attendance were the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3, UK), the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM), and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME, USA). Discussions will resume in January 2012, led by Bob Schafer, CIM’s incoming president-elect.

CIM will continue its efforts to increase its international presence by building the Institute’s international membership, drawing international attendees to our conferences and hosting international conferences. Our goal is to enhance our members’ already considerable technical expertise and provide them with more new and exciting opportunities for knowledge sharing, fellowship, networking and professional development.

Chuck Edwards, CIM President

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