At CIM Magazine, we do not spend much time on big personalities in the mining industry. Though there are plenty of these, too much attention dedicated to
them seems a distraction.
A silver-tongued talker who sees nothing but upside may be just the character a small project needs to distinguish itself from the competition. But when
the time comes to extract the resource, charisma alone will not improve the mineral recovery rate.
Our “Names to know” issue runs against that grain. It affords us the chance to explore the industry in a way that captures the ideas and the inspiration of
people such as Don Lindsay, Rob McEwen and Glenn Nolan who have an influence in this field – or, in the case of the Indonesian president, influence on it.
The emphasis on personalities extends beyond the feature. With his profile “Big league debut,” editor Peter Braul successfully outlines the character of
Imperial Metals, a company rich with experience and a sense of shared purpose, and its Red Chris project through the people in his story. And, of course,
we honour the professional accomplishments of Gerry Hatch, who passed away in June.
In a nice bit of symmetry, this character-focused issue also marks a transition in the editorial department. We welcome Kelsey Rolfe as editorial intern.
Finally, Tom DiNardo has taken on the editorial responsibilities carried by Herb Mathisen, who is returning to his hometown of Yellowknife. You can find
evidence of the talent and energy of each of them throughout this issue. On behalf of everyone at CIM National, I can say without reservation that Herb
will be missed.