Dec '12/Jan '13

President's notes

Looking forward to 2013

By Terence Bowles

December is here and, to my surprise, so is the mid-point of my tenure as CIM president.

In October, I enjoyed the hospitality of Robert Carey, vice-president of the Under­ground Mining Society, and Jeff Spence, chair of the Saskatoon branch, when I joined the branch and its many welcoming members for their annual Potash Night. A record 300 people attended, including Tim Joseph, vice-president of District 4/5, which includes the Saskatoon branch. While in Saskatchewan, I also received an expertly guided tour of The Mosaic Company’s Colonsay mine, courtesy of mill superintendent Mike Castleberry and underground superintendent Trevor Eagles. The mine’s state-of-the-art mining technology, featuring automated boring and conveyor systems, together with the highly skilled mining people on site, explain why Saskatchewan is a world leader in potash. Of course, the size and quality of the deposits also help!

We are currently preparing our plans and budgets for next year. Our most important upcoming activity is the 2013 CIM Convention in Toronto, our annual conference. Our technical program organizers are putting together a strong lineup of presentations, and the exhibition floor space is already sold out. If you watched the Grey Cup celebrations, you know that Toronto is not lacking in entertainment. Start making your plans to attend this event, which is shaping up to be a big success.

We are also addressing the future leadership of CIM. We have begun the nomination process for an incoming president-elect who will serve as president in 2015-16. And, in the coming year we will be stepping back to review our strategy and objectives for the future.

In this issue, we are highlighting CIM’s activities outside Canada’s borders with news on developments in West Africa and at our new branch in Peru. These initiatives are indicative of CIM’s future direction – 70 per cent of Canadian mining assets are located abroad, so CIM must follow and support our members as they lead the Canadian mining industry forward on the global stage.

I wish you all a healthy and prosperous new year and want to thank all of our active national, branch, and society members for their efforts on behalf of CIM in 2012.

Terence Bowles, CIM President

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