Ginny Flood named incoming president-elect of CIM
CIM incoming president-elect
CIM announced at its annual convention
in May that Ginny Flood, vice-president
of Rio Tinto Canada, is the incoming
president-elect. Before she joined Rio Tinto
in 2012, Flood held senior management
positions in the Government of Canada,
working in resource development. She is
on the Board of Directors for the Canadian
Chamber of Commerce and a member of
its executive committee. She is also an
active member of the Mining Association
of Canada and represented Rio Tinto on
the Turquoise Hill Resources Board of
Directors from May 2013–14.
CIM: What compelled you to become
involved with CIM in the presidential
GF: My involvement with CIM started when I was at Natural
Resources Canada where we were working with CIM on
implementing Canada’s CSR strategy and through CIM’s
involvement in the “Green Mining Initiative,” being led by
CanMet Lab. I was always impressed with the organization’s
ability to lead and seek opportunities that would benefit
its members. Recently, I’ve been involved in discussions
related to the CIM Strategic Framework and see a great
opportunity to continue to grow the Institute’s already
impressive reputation and to achieve its vision of becoming
a world-class professional development, networking and
knowledge sharing organization.
CIM: What sorts of initiatives do you hope to take on as CIM
GF: It is too early to identify initiatives, but areas where I
have a passion include enhancing collaboration to ensure
CIM continues to grow as a reliable source of knowledge
and expertise. I’m also very keen to raise the profile of
issues related to diversity and inclusion within the mining
sector and how this contributes to best practices for sustainable
development across the industry.
CIM: What are your passions outside of the mining
GF: I’m a very active person and enjoy outdoor activities
like gardening, hiking, fishing and kayaking on the weekends
with my husband. In addition, I’ve been an avid runner
for over 23 years and while my training has been
limited due to work commitments and a few injuries
lately, my intent will be to run for many years to come.
When time permits, mostly during holidays, I enjoy a
Hydro2014 attracts strong international
Left: Nick Hazen, president and CEO of Hazen Research, Inc. presents a plenary speech | Courtesy of the Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM
The Hydrometallurgy 2014 Conference was held at the Victoria Conference Centre in June in Victoria, B.C. The conference welcomed roughly 400 delegates from 34 countries. The crowd included everyone from students to vice-presidents of mining companies. “I’d say typically there’s a 60-40 mix of industrial professionals to academics,” said Edouard Asselin, associate professor in the department of materials engineering at the University of British Columbia and co-chair of the event.
Over the course of three days, 155 papers were presented in 42 sessions on various aspects of hydrometallurgy including extraction, recovery, separation and environmental considerations. Hydrometallurgy 2014 boasted plenary presentations by George Demopoulos of McGill University, John Monhemius of Imperial College, Nick Hazen from Hazen Research, Mike Nicol of Murdoch University and Kaixi Jian from the Beijing General Research Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Other activities included an awards ceremony, luncheon, banquet keynote and a tour of Teck operations at Trail, B.C.
“I think it was very successful,” said Asselin. “The papers
presented were high quality and we attracted people from all
over the world.”
This was the seventh international conference on hydrometallurgy.
The event was hosted by the hydrometallurgy section
of the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) of CIM, the
Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and the
Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS). Sponsors for the
event included Barrick Gold, Hatch, Outotec, FLSmidth, Teck
Metals, Air Products Canada, Hazen Research, GEA Westfalia
Separator, Purolite, Cytec and Global Mineral Research.
This is the third time the hydrometallurgy section of MetSoc
has hosted the conference since becoming a co-host in 2003,
along with SME and TMS.
CIM opens second African branch
|CIM announced the opening of a new international branch in Ouagadougou at the Institute’s first symposium in Burkina Faso in June | Courtesy of Mireille Goulet
CIM opened a new branch in Ouagadougou, Burkina
Faso, the Institute announced on June 19. Ouagadougou
is CIM’s second branch in Africa, after the creation of the
Dakar, Senegal branch in October 2012.
“If you look at Burkina Faso, they already have a
strong base,” said CIM executive director Jean Vavrek.
“So it just made a lot of sense, after being successful in
Dakar, to expand into Burkina Faso as a second location.”
The new branch is the product of CIM’s work with the
Canadian Embassy at Ouagadougou, the Chambre des
Mines du Burkina Faso, the Alliance des Fournisseurs
burkinabè en biens et Services Miniers (ABSM), the Association
des femmes minières du Burkina Faso (AFMIB),
the Forum de la RSE, as well as with Iamgold, Orezone,
Teng Tuuma Geoservices, Ampella Mining and Nantou
Mining. Each of the collaborators has a representative on
the branch’s executive board.
|Tidiane Barry, president of CIM’s international branch in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso | Courtesy of Mireille Goulet
Tidiane Barry, the branch’s president and director of
corporate affairs at Iamgold, said the branch will engage
in knowledge-sharing among companies working in the
country. They also plan to take part in already-established
industry events in the area like Journées de Promotion
Minière (PROMIN), which promotes mining
investment in Burkina Faso. “We thought it was important
to have that possibility of sharing experiences and ...
good practices concerning different fields of the mining
industry,” Barry said.
Vavrek said the Ouagadougou
branch will eventually
workshops and conferences,
and will help companies in
the area develop an association
of suppliers and operators.
Talks have been underway
since 2011 to open the
second African branch.
Vavrek said Ouagadougou is
a prelude for the creation of
other branches in the area.
“We expect to have four or
five branches in West Africa
within the next 12 months,”
he said. “Mali’s already identified, Côte d’Ivoire, and there are
Vavrek also named China and eastern Europe as places for
potential branches in the future.
A night for STARS
|CIM Edmonton Branch’s steak and lobster fundraiser dinner included a silent auction | Courtesy of CIM Edmonton Branch
The CIM Edmonton Branch raised $5,000 for the
Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) at a steak
and lobster fundraiser dinner in May.
The fundraiser was held at the University of
Alberta Faculty Club and hosted both silent and live
auctions. Up for grabs was a two-night stay at Predator
Ridge Golf Resort, donated by former CIM president
Jim Popowich, and a set of four three-day VIP passes
to the Castrol Raceway racetrack. Chuck Edwards,
director of Metallurgy at AMEC and past-president of
CIM, gave the keynote speech and volunteered a ride
in his Ford GT; the winning bid for the ride totalled
$400. The dinner was attended by 75 guests and local
STARS is a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to rescuing people in life-threatening situations
in remote areas of Alberta, Saskatchewan,
and Manitoba. It receives funding from local provincial
governments and corporations, as well as donations
from the community.
The Edmonton branch has supported STARS in the past,
specifically at the 2004 and 2008 CIM Conventions, said
Laura Joseph, the branch’s treasurer. “We like to support local
charities and be good corporate citizens in the community,”
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