One of our key responsibilities as a technical institute is to provide leading-edge, sciencebased
information relevant to the various sectors of the minerals industry. This information
is shared through CIM conferences, society and branch functions, CIM publications and the
online CIM library. When our members, regardless of their location, can access that information
they can execute their roles to the very best of their abilities.
For these reasons we continue to develop our international branch structure and international
membership. Following on the establishment of CIM branches in Santiago and Lima,
plus five years of coordinated activities in China, we now welcome our newest international
branch in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. This branch, along with our Dakar, Senegal branch
will act as the cornerstone of CIM's presence in West Africa. Looking ahead, CIM is working
diligently on establishing a Hong Kong branch as well. Through our overseas presence, CIM
shares information, provides cutting-edge expertise, and supports the development of
responsible mining and best practices, wherever mining takes place.
It was while drafting this note that I learned of the tailings dam breach at the Mt. Polley
copper mine in British Columbia. Thankfully, no injuries occurred. This incident has taken
all of us by surprise, as Canada has extremely rigorous standards for tailings dam engineering
design, construction and operation. This incident garnered widespread public reaction
across the country, and rightly so, but unfortunately inaccurate information was disseminated.
This breach will be investigated, and it is important that we await the facts. For us at
CIM, it will be our responsibility to learn as much as we can from the event and ensure these
lessons are shared with our members, branches and societies, and applied to mining projects
around the world.
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