Hopefully, after an exceptional summer, we have all refilled our energy reserves and are ready for the task before us. Metals and mineral prices have dropped in recent months and the global economic situation remains uncertain. It is all the more important that CIM and its members keep working towards improving the global competiveness of our industry.
CIM continues to take on these large-scale challenges. This month, Bob Schafer, CIM president-elect, and executive director Jean Vavrek will meet with our sister societies from around the world during MINExpo in Las Vegas to advance the effort to align industry technology standards and improve equipment interoperability.
Fall is the time we kick off our awards nomination process. Every year, CIM honours long-time leaders, up-and-coming young talent and proven performers. I encourage all members to nominate individuals worthy of recognition for their current excellence, as well as lifelong contributions. Details about the awards and the nomination process are available at www.cim.org. These awards serve many purposes: they bring well-deserved smiles to the faces of the recipients on awards night at the annual CIM Convention; they are a celebration of our pride in and commitment to our professions; and when we honour the accomplishments of our peers and bring them to the attention of the broader community, we illustrate the importance and relevance of our industry. The awards ceremony is one of the highlights of our annual event, but can only be successful if nominations are forthcoming.
Branch activity will also pick up in September, and I want to mention that we have an excellent lineup of distinguished lecturers who are available to provide interesting insights to our members across Canada. Details about the lecturers and booking them to speak can also be found at www.cim.org.
On a final note, former CIM president Don Worth is heading up the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame’s (CMHF) “Mining Song Contest” and is looking for worthy submissions by October 15th. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest winners will be awarded their prizes at the annual CMHF dinner in January 2013.
Terence Bowles, CIM President