June/July 2013

President's notes

A growing community

By Robert Schafer

Coming away from the latest CIM Convention in Toronto, I am charged with anticipation and excite­ment. The event was very well-attended with total participation exceeding 6,500 registrants and exhibitors. The technical program was top-notch, and we thank the organi­zers and staff, led by conference chair Tom Rannelli, as well as the authors who put thought and creativity into their presentations. The team put the mining finance and management strengths that define the city as the world’s mining centre on display. The overall theme of the convention, “The Courage to Change,” really hit home as CIM is opening itself to change in order to better communicate with and serve its members as it strives to continue to deserve recognition as “the community for leading industry expertise.”

There are a number of things to look forward to in the coming year. CIM will be taking its strategic plan to a new level. We are strengthening the lines of communication and outreach between members and their branch affiliation and the CIM national office by increasing the opportunities for contact through the district vice-presidents and CIM ambassadors. And, of course, we are already hard at work on Vancouver 2014.

In the next several months, we intend to create opportunities to connect with each CIM member, with CIM corporate members, our societies and with many other partners through both a survey and a series of meetings at the branch level in each district to seek your input and guidance in setting future priorities to enable us to improve our programs, benefits and services. With this information in hand, we will then add greater detail to our strategy for the future, raising the bar so that the CIM community can fully realize its potential, and ensure its leadership in the global mining industry.

With the start of my term as CIM president, I plan to engage with as many members at branch, society and national levels as I can. I look forward to meeting you face to face and hearing your comments and suggestions.


Robert Schafer
CIM President

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