September 2014

CIM news from Canada and beyond

Compiled by Tom DiNardo and Kelsey Rolfe

Ginny Flood named incoming president-elect of CIM

Ginny Flood, 
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 capacity? 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 president?

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 industry?

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 good novel.

Hydro2014 attracts strong international attendance

Nick_Hazen_HydroMet 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 hold symposiums, 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 others.”

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 CIM members.

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,” she said.

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