August 2012

President's notes

125 years old and still full of life

By Terence Bowles

My first official trip as president of CIM occurred in June when I attended the 125th AGM of the Mining Society of Nova Scotia. It was held in the picturesque area of Ingonish, Cape Breton, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Over 200 people attended the event, which featured an excellent tech­nical program that focused on gypsum, zinc, potash, gold, shale gas and coal, as well as existing and potential operations.

I was particularly im­pressed with the dynamic leadership of the Society, including its outgoing president, Matt Ferguson, and incoming president Willie McNeil, secretary and treasurer Florence Sigut, and Laurie Vaughan, who headed the organizing committee. I even met Rick Mercer who, through video clips from his hit current affairs program, showed us what being a proud Canadian is. The entire event illustrated what the involvement of enthusiastic volunteers can accomplish. I left Nova Scotia encouraged to see that CIM’s oldest Society is alive and well.

Congratulations are also due to MassMin 2012 conference chairs Greg Baiden and Yassiah Bissiri, and the events department at CIM’s national office, who together organized and hosted the world’s pre-eminent mass mining technical conference and exhibition in Sudbury. This was the sixth edition of the conference and the first time the event has come to Canada.

CIM’s new website was launched in late June and represents a vast improvement to the user experience. Member profiles can be accessed and updated easily; valuable information can be mined from the membership directory more efficiently, and access to technical papers has also improved. In addition, CIM Magazine will be available in its entirety in English and French and gives readers the opportunity to add their comments to the stories. As with any new platform, there will be some growing pains, so please explore the sites and give us feedback and suggestions.

In order to improve our communication to all members, we are also posting the highlights of CIM Council meetings on the CIM website, with a “call-out” in the regular bi-weekly e-news. Any questions that may arise can be directed to either the CIM executive director or your Council representative.

Finally, this vacation season, I want to urge you to be careful, both on the road and on the water, and enjoy the well-deserved downtime with family and friends.

Terence Bowles, CIM President

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