May 2012

President's notes

A steady pace

By Chuck Edwards

It has been my honour and pleasure to serve as CIM president for the past year. CIM continues to grow in size and strength, but this progress has not always been easy. For example, you, our members, have suggested many more good ideas than we have the capacity to act on at one time. So, we have had to stay disciplined, selecting and focusing on the four or five best ideas, and cataloguing the others for the future. All of these actions are guided by our strategic plan, which provides the framework for the continued growth, development and improvement of CIM.

In the last year, we have repositioned CIM by establishing three new technical societies: the Underground Mining Society; the Surface Mining Society; and the Environmental and Social Responsibility Society. We are also continuing to support current and new CIM student chapters at colleges and universities across Canada, developing the skills and knowledge our industry needs.

Another major initiative is the CIM Leadership Development Program. This program, announced in May 2011, became a reality in February, when our first leadership development group convened. I am confident this program will help ensure our industry is defined by leadership excellence, in addition to technical excellence.

Under the capable and inspired guidance of Nathan Stubina and Bob Schafer, CIM’s international presence, contacts and activities are growing quickly. Building the Institute’s international membership, drawing international attendees to our conferences and hosting or co-hosting international conferences will enhance CIM members’ already considerable technical expertise, and generate more opportunities for knowledge sharing, fellowship, networking and professional development.

Our CIM Journal – in glorious full colour with English and French content – is almost two years old now. In that time, it has proven a successful venture and has become a destination for peer-reviewed papers from around the world.

Our plans for CIM Conference & Exhibition Edmonton 2012 are well in hand. We have an engaging M4S show, an excellent technical program, a sold-out trade show, an entertaining social program and enticing field trips. The event will also feature RockEng 2012, the 21st Canadian Rock Mechanics Symposium. I hope to see you all in Edmonton!

Chuck Edwards, CIM President

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