February 2013

President's notes

Seize the day

By Terence Bowles

Welcome to the new year and a fresh start for all. The U.S. fiscal cliff has been avoided and its economy continues to improve, traffic on the St. Lawrence Seaway – a bellwether for economic activity – increased by around four per cent in 2012. Overseas, China’s new leadership is focused on increasing GDP growth. All this bodes well for our industry.

In November, CIM partnered with Quebec’s Ministère des Ressources naturelles to host Québec Mines in Quebec City. The program included a successful M4S event and the opportunity to celebrate the efforts of James Hewitt, president and CEO of Hewitt Equipment, for his positive influence on both his profession and the community. Hewitt has been a leader in the heavy mining equipment business and a strong CIM supporter for years.

In January, I attended the Mining Hall of Fame event in Toronto where four new members were inducted: Charles Fipke, Gerald Grandey, James O’Rourke and Pierre Lassonde. What an inspiration these people provide for the current crop of young leaders in our industry! I paraphrase Pierre Lassonde’s stated philosophy for success: “Some may call it serendipity, but I call it preparation, meeting opportunity and, most importantly, seizing the moment.”

I urge you to submit nominations for the CIM-Bedford Canadian Young Mining Leaders Awards that will be given out at the Awards Gala during the 2013 CIM Convention in Toronto. The highly recommended CIM Leadership Development Course is also taking applications for the next cohort. Companies seeking to develop promising employees or individuals looking to advance their careers can find more information on the program in the News & Events section of CIM.org.

I also want to encourage you to read the article on page 90 that describes the proposed CIM District structure designed to strengthen ties between branches and the CIM executive and national office staff, and to better coordinate the development of national and international events.

Finally, we will launch the effort to set the strategic direction for CIM’s next 10 years at the CIM Convention in May. The broad participation of all our members and stakeholders in this important process is essential to our future success.

Terence Bowles, CIM President

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