Each year, with the annual conference,
CIM delivers a blast of energy. The
months leading up to the event are
bundled with meetings, multiple publications
and myriad preparations. Outside, it is cold
and grey. So we put our heads down and
power through. That is, until we touch down
in Vancouver and, greeted by a city already in
full bloom, see where all the hard work has
All credit is due to the Events team at CIM
National and the volunteers who work with
them to put this conference together. While
the attendance numbers rise and fall with the
fortunes of the sector, the value of the gathering
is beyond doubt. It reveals itself in the meeting rooms where mining
execs with decades of experience and an enviable list of successful projects
to their names scribble notes and ask questions of presenters, and in the
conversations on the tradeshow floor that provide a perspective and depth
that press releases can never fully communicate.
Skipping such events, noted Hecla Mining CEO Phillips Baker, Jr. during
the plenary, is a false economy because it comes at the cost of professional
development and the opportunity to discover new approaches. The
reality is that as belts tighten some ideas will end up being left on the table.
We were there, however, and will gladly play our role in relating as
many of the ideas as we can through the pages of CIM Magazine and CIM
Journal. Ideally, those of you who could not make it to Vancouver this year
will attend the 2017 conference in Montreal next April.
Thanks to the many of you who gave us an added shot in the arm
through your feedback in the reader survey. Whether through words of
encouragement or pointed critiques, your responses and comments are
excellent guides for how and where we might improve. Keep your eye out
for our August issue, which will feature results from the survey.
In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful summer.