Strength in numbers

CIM develops partnerships to foster international collaboration

By Dinah Zeldin

Members of the organizing committee for HydroProcess 2012, from left: Carlos Barahona, executive director and general manager at Gecamin; Sergio Castro, chair and manager, technical processing at BHP Base Metals, Chile; Virginia Ciminelli, co-chair and professor, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil; Nathan Stubina; Jesús Casas, technical coordinator, Gecamin

With about 70 per cent of Canadian mining assets located abroad, the Canadian mining industry must build strong ties with industry organizations around the world – especially with those operating in regions where Canadian presence is strong. CIM is currently focused on forging connections with organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, where 34 per cent of Canadian mining assets are found.

Nathan Stubina, vice-president international at CIM and manager of the Barrick Technology Centre, is spearheading this initiative by collaborating with Gecamin, a mining events company based in Santiago, Chile. This year, Stubina sat on the steering committee for HydroProcess 2012, an international seminar on process hydrometallurgy. He was also a keynote speaker at the event, which was held in Santiago from July 11 to 13.

Stubina’s presentation, “Mining and Metallurgy at a crossroads: the issues our industry will be facing,” addressed critical issues confronting industry across the globe, such as attracting and retaining personnel, dwindling ore grades, market financing of projects and regulatory changes. “It is essential for our members to talk about things like environmental issues, sustainability and new processing technologies with sister societies and companies in other parts of the world,” he points out.

Gecamin will host the International Mineral Processing Congress (IMPC) in Santiago in 2014, two years before CIM is set to host the event in Quebec City. Jan Nesset, an active CIM member and experienced mineral processing consultant with NesseTech Consulting Services Inc. in Ontario, will be on the technical committee of the IMPC 2014. “Jan being involved will keep [CIM] up to date on what they are planning and help us develop our curriculum for 2016,” Stubina explains.

Gecamin staff will attend the Canadian Mineral Processors’ Conference in Ottawa this coming January to invite CIM members to IMPC 2014. The events company will also promote IMPC 2016 on their website and at their other mining events. “We are focused on building synergies with sister societies and event companies to support one another’s communication efforts and to raise awareness of upcoming events,” Stubina says.

In the meantime, CIM has already begun preparing to host the IMPC. Stubina and James Finch, industry professor of mineral processing at McGill University, who will head the technical committee in 2016, travelled to IMPC 2012 in New Delhi, India, last September to present CIM’s plans for IMPC 2016.

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