Two years ago this month I was approached by CIM and asked to consider taking on the role of president, and I remember thinking that I had lots of time to prepare. Well those two years have flown by!
In reality, the work starts right away. The four members of the president’s office – the incoming president-elect, the president-elect, president and past-president – are all fully engaged during their four years of service. This is but one of the many instances that illustrate the dedication to teamwork at all levels in CIM, which is critical to its continued success.
The CIM Convention in Vancouver in May was a success by any measure: a record attendance; a sold-out exhibition; a sold-out awards gala; and a full house at the Joy Global Gala. The technical and Management & Finance Day programs were excellent, with standing room only in many presentations. When I toured the M4S pavilion, it was absolutely buzzing with excited students running from booth to booth where they participated in educational activities and spoke with volunteers. Feedback from teachers was extremely positive as well. We cannot for a minute underestimate the value of providing students the opportunity to see the variety of terrific career opportunities available in the minerals industry.
The CIM Convention is the culmination of a year’s worth of effort by the CIM National Office and a team of dedicated volunteers. It is a lot of work! I wish to congratulate them all on a job well done, and thank the many sponsors whose support allows CIM to develop programs and initiatives that ensure we remain the Community for Leading Industry Expertise.
I am honoured to be your president and look forward to an exciting and busy year. I am sure that all too soon I will be saying “Where did the past year go?”
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