The comradery and fellowship in the mining industry is always heartwarming.
It seems no matter where you are in the world, when you meet a
mining professional, you always know at least one person in common. I was
reminded of this recently at a backyard neighbour’s BBQ in Oakville this
summer, where half the people seemed to be connected to mining and talk
turned to mining experiences in Zimbabwe, South Africa, U.K., Greenland,
Indonesia, and Sudbury.
It is very positive to see the financial support that has come in from our
CIM members for our mining friends in Fort McMurray. Over 1,800 houses
were lost and the insurable damage has been estimated to be at least
$3.8 billion. Some donations from miners have gone to the Canadian Red
Cross, and CIM National is also collaborating with the CIM Oil Sands branch
to disperse most of the contributions through to local organizations that our
Fort Mac mining members know intimately. This is mining fellowship in action!
On a lighter note, CIM golf tournaments are teeing up around the country.
I enjoyed myself at a CIM GTA West tourney recently, re-connected with past
colleagues and met new friends. These events are great places to network and
are beneficial to individuals as well as corporations. Often they are also
important fundraisers for the CIM branches. It is nice to see young professionals
step up to the plate to participate as volunteers and to develop leadership and
organizational skills. Although the mining industry remains in quite a fragile
state, I hope we have active participation at the CIM tournaments and the many
other events across Canada this year. Happy summer!