May 2016

President's notes

An unforgettable year

By Garth Kirkham

Garth Kirkham“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success.”

– Henry Ford

When I look back on the year that was my presidency, I am filled only with love and admiration for this organization. That includes council, committee members, our presidents (past and future), CIM staff (past and present) and particularly you, the CIM members. The unrelenting optimism, resilience, drive, determination and desire for excellence you all have displayed over the past year have been inspiring to me.

I must say that I will always value the relationships I have formed at CIM and hope they will endure. I have loved travelling to branch meetings, conferences, the Montreal head office, regional events and international gatherings, all of which gave me an opportunity to meet with you in friendship and common purpose. I have loved the challenges, and in all honesty this past year has posed many of them. Starting with the repair of relationships last spring, then the long-awaited implementation of the five-year strategic plan and the subsequent re-organization, all with the backdrop of the continued downturn in the mining and metals sector.

However, having seen a surprising buoyancy at the PDAC convention, I truly expect that mood to continue at the CIM 2016 Convention. One benefit of these trying times is that we have been brought together in fellowship and resolve. Heady days afford us much less time, so let us take advantage of these opportunities.

I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude for all you have done, are doing and will do on behalf of CIM and the mining community. It is truly appreciated. I commit to serve our new president Michael Winship, his successor Ken Thomas and incoming president-elect and my dear friend Janice Zinck as awesomely as they have supported me. Rest assured, we are in good hands!

I do hope that you have enjoyed these notes as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

This quote from Dr. Seuss sums my feelings up to a T: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

I bid you all a fond farewell, with a tear in my eye but a smile on my face!

Garth Kirkham
CIM President

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