Each spring, we editors at CIM Magazine
take on the mantle of Qualified Person
and get serious about our annual list of
people whose past accomplishments or future
projects merit concentrated coverage.
With every new edition, we start with a
core list of individuals. For example, the
ascension of Denise Johnson to group president
of resource industries at Caterpillar
jumped out at us immediately. It is clear to us,
having been on group tours of Caterpillar’s
proving ground in Arizona with the company’s
almost exclusively male mining dealers and
clients, that Johnson is breaking ground.
Moreover, the course she charts to navigate
the group through the current marketplace is one to watch.
Similarly Maureen Jensen, the first woman to head the Ontario
Securities Commission, captured our attention earlier this year when she
took the position and with it the task of helping to create a more elegant
regulatory regime than Canada’s existing system of overlapping regulations
among provincial security commissions.
In other instances, we, like the market, play a hunch. Recently, Tesla
Motors continued to distinguish itself as a singular brand in the automotive
sector, with thousands of people lining up to pay their deposit for the company’s
latest and most affordable electric car, due out next year. For better
or worse, the lithium exploration company Pure Energy Minerals has
become part of that spectacle. Its Nevada property, which showed promising
drilling results last year, has an agreement to supply the material
needed for the rechargeable batteries Tesla will require. The job of Pure
Energy Minerals CEO Patrick Highsmith, who we also profile, is to convert
the early buzz into the hum of production. To make this happen he will
need to turn an exploration project into a bonafide producer, and that
challenge will include the commissioning of a solvent extraction process
plant that would avoid the industry-standard brine evaporation pools.
Together, these and the other figures we profile are meant to create a
composite portrait of the industry at this moment and lay out the interesting
and sometimes unexpected dimensions within. We hope you enjoy it,
and we would love to hear your thoughts.
An unforgettable year