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“In recognition of the dedicated team at the CIM GTA West Branch whose work has demonstrated a true commitment to CIM’s values and vision”
Founded in 2010, the GTA West Branch was established to serve the local mining community in the western region of the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario. By providing a forum for technical knowledge exchange, student outreach and networking the branch has successfully expanded the CIM footprint.
“There was an opportunity to collaborate with the well established Toronto branch to add a new venue for suppliers, mining companies, professionals and students living and working outside of the core city limits,” says Catharine Shaw, client program manager at Golder Associates, who is a founding member and served as first Branch Chair. “With challenging infrastructure in the GTA, our industry friends from the west were committing more than 4 hours of travel to gain the benefits of professional and social development their CIM membership offers at a luncheon meeting or evening networking event.”
GTA West has a robust and diverse membership, which includes the next generation. To encourage participation, the branch provides discounted student registration and more recently has introduced an annual scholarship spanning over a three year period to be awarded to the University of Toronto Mississauga campus Earth Science Specialist program. The branch also donates to the Canadian Mining and Metallurgical Foundation as a token of appreciation on behalf of guest speakers.
For fun, the branch hosts an annual golf event that provides the space to relax with industry friends and support a local community cause. By working closely with a growing membership and industry sponsors, GTA West has been able to provide a sense of community, increase awareness for CIM, strengthen technical networks and help support new business opportunities and relationships.
“In recognition of the members’ hard work and perseverance in expanding the CIM North Central BC branch, and in supporting mining, education and work opportunities in northern B.C.”
By Sandra Phinney
Much like the verdant foliage of the region, the North Central B.C. (NCBC) branch is alive and growing. Its membership has expanded from 60 to 125 over the past four years, and the branch boasts an active executive that organizes events and involves the group in various educational and community initiatives.
“We have a great group of people in our branch – from suppliers and contractors to service professionals. The range includes consultants, engineers, machinists, miners, heavy equipment operators, salespeople and technicians,” says Jerome Lamarre, branch chair and sales associate with West Fraser Electro/Mechanical. “We have active underground and surface coal, copper, moly and gold mines in the region. With the rising price of gold and copper, along with pro-mining governments, business has been good over the last five to six years. We have seen a significant spike in attendance of personnel from mines and in the engineering and supply community at branch events.”
For instance, the branch raised significant funds to provide support to the College of New Caledonia, the Northern B.C. Friends of Children Society and the Yes2it program, which, in turn, funds projects to increase youth awareness and involvement in the trades. It is this dedication to community involvement and active membership that earned the branch the Mel W. Bartley Award.
The NCBC branch serves all of B.C., with a specific focus from the coastline to Alberta, and from Williams Lake to Yukon. It works closely with the mines and their employees to improve services and to support everyone involved in the industry, as well as to help the surrounding communities.
“We get a lot of traction in our branch through our networking events, which are always well-attended and supported,” says John Davidson, branch secretary and member of the special hazard fire protection unit for Tyco SimplexGrinnell in B.C. and Yukon. “For example our annual Rock the House Curling Bonspiel has grown every year, and our Charity Golf Tournament that’s coupled with our AGM promises to be a sell out.”
According to Davidson, the branch is constantly looking for opportunities to collaborate with other organizations in order to add more value for its members. For example, this year the NCBC branch will be co-hosting a luncheon during B.C. Mining Week. Working hand-in-hand with Initiatives Prince George, The Mining Association of B.C. (MABC), the Mining Suppliers Association of B.C. (MSABC ) and the Association for Mineral Exploration of B.C. (AMEBC), the branch will be making a brief presentation, has sponsored a table and is contributing time to organization and planning.
Davidson believes that the branch gives its members a means to expand their network. “And, most importantly, to learn something about mining and related sectors outside of members’ professional scope,” he says. “There are many different components to the mining industry, and our branch has always delivered outstanding speakers who have updated the community on improved procedures, new technologies and new ideas in sustainability and on working with First Nations involvement. There’s always something new to learn.”
In recognition of the Branch’s exceptional efforts for providing networking opportunities and support to its local mining community.
The South Central BC Branch takes pride in supporting mining related education through the dedication of both its members and sponsors. The Branch spans a vast mountainous region and hosts its activities Kamloops, BC. The branch regularly contributes to the Mineral Resource Education Program of BC. The branch has Bursary Committee to distribute up to $10,000 in bursaries annually to students with a connection to the branch.
In 2008, the branch also donated $30,000 to the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Foundation for annual awards to students in mining-related studies. Every year since then, a Trades student and a Natural Resource Science student have each received a bursary. The South Central BC Branch also contributed $150,000 for a room in Thompson Rivers University’s House of Learning.
In recognition of the Branch’s outstanding efforts in providing networking opportunities and specialized information to the local minerals industry, and for educational support to students.
The Saskatoon Branch has been an active member of the CIM community for over four decades. Their monthly technical meetings are well attended and include operators, suppliers, consultants, students and interested community, government, regulator and stakeholder groups.
The Saskatoon Branch is committed to offering an interesting technical and social development program. Its events are designed to encourage a sense of comradeship, networking, and sharing of professional and personal development and contacts. The branch has chosen to put special emphasis on identifying and developing students and young practitioners for coaching and mentoring. Part of this special effort has included developing additional scholarship programming and funding, and developing a student subset of the branch at the University of Saskatchewan.
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