May 2013

President's notes

A growing community

By Terence Bowles

How time flies! Once the latest CIM Convention concludes this May, so too does my term as president.

As for the highlights of the past year, the financial results for 2012 are very positive, driven by increased event and advertising revenues. We had a very successful annual conference in Edmonton and are looking forward to Toronto 2013. Membership in CIM has reached a record level of 14,400 members and, over the last two years, membership revenues have risen by 40 per cent. CIM continues to grow after more than 115 years of existence.

We continue to extend our international reach, accompanying Canadian mining companies and CIM members seeking opportunities abroad. For example, the Franco-Mine event, which was organized in collaboration with the Trade Commissioner Service of the Government of Canada, as well as the Government of Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources, attracted a capacity crowd of more than 150 representatives from business, financial institutions and government, including mine ministers from Burkina Faso, Gabon, Mali and Niger.

Speakers at the event included Ed Fast, Canada’s minister of international trade, who highlighted CIM’s collaborative efforts with Canada’s foreign affairs and trade commissioner network in West Africa and the opening of CIM’s first African branch in Dakar, Senegal. Martine Ouellet, minister of natural resources of Quebec, also presented with regard to Quebec’s mining development model.

The past year has provided me the opportunity to appreciate the diversity and strength of the mining industry in Canada, and the role that CIM plays as the premier technical society for mining industry professionals, especially as they navigate these turbulent and changing times.

Our past and ongoing success comes from our dedicated volunteers serving in branches and societies, and on council, as well as our dynamic national office staff in Montreal. I thank you all. It has been an honour and a privilege serving as CIM president, and I am looking forward to seeing many of you at Toronto 2013.

Terence Bowles, CIM President

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