March/April 2015

President's notes

Let’s continue the discussion in Montreal

By Sean Waller

Sean_WallerAt the end of January, the Independent Expert Engineering Investigation and Review Panel released its report on the Mount Polley tailings storage facility breach. In the Feb. 12, 2015 edition of the CIM Reporter, I wrote a note to the CIM membership summarizing the review of the panel’s findings and outlining the initial actions the Institute will take. CIM intends to coordinate with relevant organizations and sources of expertise within the minerals industry, with the common objective to support and promote best practices in the design, operation and monitoring of tailings dams and containment facilities. Shortly after publication, the CIM communications team advised me that the Mount Polley note in the Reporter drew a lot of attention, demonstrating that CIM members are very concerned about this issue. I encourage all CIM members to review the executive summary of the panel’s report at You will also find a story on the panel findings here.

The CIM Convention and Expo! in Montreal, May 10-13, 2015, is fast approaching. We understand we need to deliver solid, relevant and current content in order to continue as a premier global mining conference. The development of the technical program, which is a core component of the convention, has traditionally been under the lead of a volunteer technical program chair. This key role has become more challenging and time consuming with every passing year, and in recognition of this, CIM recently added a new staff position: the technical program coordinator. Janet Sandor will provide administrative support to the volunteer technical program chair, thereby allowing the chair to focus on what they do best: identify and bring the very best technical content to the convention.

I encourage you to come to Montreal for the 2015 convention, which, among many topics, will include technical programming focused on best practices in tailings management. Register now to take advantage of the reduced rate early bird registration, and make sure you book your hotel soon to ensure you get a room. Montreal is a wonderful city, and we always have an excellent turnout!

I also want to take this opportunity to bid a very fond farewell to Serge Major and to welcome Danielle Langlois and Riccardo DiPerna to the team at CIM National. Serge retired last December after 19 years of service as director of finance and administration. His vast knowledge of the Institute, his work ethic and his irreverence will be missed. Ms. Langlois joins as the director of administration and information technology, and Mr. DiPerna is CIM’s controller.

Sean Waller
CIM President

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