CIM members are respected internationally for our technical skills and
ethical approach to mineral industry development. It is our responsibility to
bring this best practice approach to every country and every project in
which we are in involved.
Responsible mineral resource development can provide immediate and
sustainable improvement in the quality of life to many underdeveloped
regions and countries. Taking this one step further, CIM, as the premier
technical institute for the Canadian minerals industry, has a key role to play
in promoting best practices for the global minerals industry.
Other technical institutes in the minerals industry, including the Australasian
Institute of Mining and Metallurgy; the Society of Mining, Metallurgy
and Exploration in the United States; and the Southern African
Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, share this commitment to best practices.
Under the framework of the Global Minerals Professionals Alliance (GMPA),
CIM is working with these organizations to “foster a mutually beneficial
relationship that will facilitate the exchange of knowledge and technology,
promote technical and professional excellence across the minerals industries,
provide programs for education and professional development, and
facilitate opportunities for knowledge sharing.” Furthermore, each of these
organizations will offer “Visiting Member” status for up to 12 months for
members who are living or working in a host institute region.
As this is my final President’s Note, I will take this opportunity to say that
this has been a thoroughly rewarding and fulfilling year. I am profoundly
honoured to have had the opportunity to serve as your president, and to
work alongside the highly effective staff members in our national office and
a dedicated team of council, society and branch volunteers. I wish to thank
each and every one of them for their support, commitment and a job well
This month, Garth Kirkham will take on the role of CIM president. Garth
brings extensive industry knowledge and a high level of enthusiasm to the
role, and I look forward to working with Garth in the year ahead.