February 2014

Editor's letter

Performance review

By Ryan Bergen

Each January at the CIM National office we sit down to talk performance. We discuss how we are doing and what we might change to improve things – as individuals, as a team and as an organization. These performance check-ups provide the CIM Magazine editors an opportunity to step back, recognize each others’ hard work, and revisit questions like how we can be as relevant as possible to CIM members and our readers. And when we do not agree, the tone is civil. The same cannot be said, however, for the bruising performance review the industry has endured over the last few months.

As CIM president Bob Schafer describes in his President’s Notes column, miners and juniors, in particular, have been shouted down, scorned and pushed aside, to a degree disproportionate to their accomplishments. In the larger marketplace, no one is showing much interest in how new ideas might improve things. Instead, the market’s heavy hand has pinched off funding that will inevitably be required to take novel approaches. In “Searching for money,” Ian Ewing pursues some of the unresolved questions about mineral exploration, including whether major mining companies should be playing a more active role in developing the technology that will lead to the next wave of discoveries.

For many in the extractive sector, the opportunity to travel was a selling point for choosing a career in the industry. A few lousy experiences on the road, however, can cool the urge. With this issue, we are launching a travel section meant to restore that wanderlust. Designed to be equal parts business and travel, this edition lays out some actionable advice for company and personal time spent in Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s mining hub.

Part of your travel itinerary should include a visit to Vancouver to attend the CIM 2014 Convention from May 11 to 14. You will find the Preliminary Program outlining the technical program, networking opportunities and social highlights here.

In addition to this issue of CIM Magazine, many of you also will have received a copy of the latest CIM Journal (click here for paper abstracts). The journal would be nothing without the dedicated work of many volunteers who devote their time and expertise to bring each issue to print. I want to thank Douglas Milne, the outgoing Society for Rock Engineering Technical Publications Committee member, for his contributions to the publication. Martin Grenon will be taking over for Mr. Milne, and Janis Shandro has also volunteered to represent the Environmental and Social Responsibility Society.

Finally, as we look at how we can improve, we greatly appreciate your feedback. It helps us do our jobs better. If you have comments or suggestions, please send them our way.

Ryan Bergen

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