Calgary is one of the fastest growing cities in North America. Its community enjoys a fast-paced life-style, and the annual program of the Calgary Branch reflects it. Ten technical meetings per year, on the first or second Wednesday of every month excluding July and August, attract speakers from all across the country. These luncheon meetings are held at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel, the oldest hotel in Calgary. The topics cover a wide range, mainly mining, but also exploration, geology and the environment. Also, the Branch invites CIM Distinguished Lecturers to share their expertise.
2013–2014 marks the Calgary Branch's 96th year of continuous operation.
In relation to coal, oil from oil sands, metal, and industrial mineral production; including geology, environmental management, financing, mining, processing, transportation, utilization, and marketing:
- Promote and encourage education to convince young people to pursue careers in the minerals industry.
- Facilitate the exchange of information and data on all subjects.
- Educate the general public about the mining industry; particularly, its commitment to the environment and contribution to the energy sector of the economy.
- Facilitate fellowship among the members.
“The topic most attractive to our membership is, hands down, oil sands,” said Branch member Rick McCosh. “Coal also draws a crowd. Of course, these are the two biggest mining industries in the area.”
Due to its location in a large city there is less emphasis on social events.
The Branch has a strong education program to aid students and promote the profession. Every year, the Branch gives an award for the top participant at the regional science fair with a topic related to mining. The University of Calgary does not offer mining engineering, though it does have a geology and environmental programs. Each year the branch sponsors a $1500 scholarship for the top applicant related to these disciplines.
The membership is around 110. Presently, luncheon meeting attendance averages around 40, with up to 90 for an oil sands talk.
The Petroleum Society of CIM has a very strong presence in Calgary and is a separate group.