CIM Technical Societies

CIM Technical Societies

CIM’s 10 technical societies strive to promote the development of the many facets of Canada’s minerals, metals, materials and petroleum industries. Technically driven, they come together to discuss issues of concern in their specific field pertaining to the discovery, production and utilization of resources.

As part of their mission, CIM technical societies arrange for specialized conferences, courses and publications; bestow scholarships and awards; as well as maintain channels of communication with government departments and academic institutions. They rely heavily on the leadership of dedicated volunteer members whose commitment to excellence enables CIM to achieve its goals in the various industry sectors.

Canadian Mineral Processors Society

The Canadian Mineral Processors Society (CMP) provides an open and friendly forum for mineral processing operators throughout the world to meet, network and exchange technical information. It is committed to serve and promote the industry by encouraging all participants to develop and share knowledge and good practices; cultivate and maintain core values of integrity, respect and professionalism; teach and support its students; and recognize contributors, heritage and roots.

CMP aspires to become the world’s premier mineral processing organization by fostering innovation, while remaining practical and relevant, and by actively encouraging all those who contribute to the industry.

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Environmental and Social Responsibility Society

The CIM Environmental Society was founded in 1998 to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge and skills in technical and environmental areas between professionals in the mining, metallurgical, petroleum and coal industries. The first Chair of the Society was David Orava in 1998, followed by Ian Horne from (2001-2004). Dogan Paktunc (2004-2006) led a major revitalization effort in 2004 and 2005, and Bob Butler (2006-2008) and David Bleiker (2008-2009) followed as chairs.

In 2011 the current Chair of the society, Janice Zinck, led another revitalization effort and the Environment Society was reformed into the Environment and Social Responsibility Society. The Society aims to provide value to its members by promoting effective use of science and technology in meeting industries' and communities' environmental goals.

The structure of the revitalized CIM Environment and Social Responsibility Society includes five technical sections within the Society: Mine Solids Management (waste), Water Management (water), Air Quality (air), Environment, and Social Responsibility and Aboriginal Affairs (social). Each of the five sections are intended to address key environmental aspects associated mining, the natural environment and communities including those presented below;

Land – Waste rock, tailings, dusts, residues, sludges, slag, disposal, management, reprocessing, decommissioning, reclamation.

Water – Process effluents, acidic drainage, neutral drainage, ground water, surface water, mine water, seepage, treatment (active, passive, chemical, biological, physical).

Air - Emissions - SO2, SO3, NOX, CO2, halogens, fumes, particulate, climate change.

Natural Environment – Environmental impact assessments, life cycle analysis, abandoned mines, designing for closure, footprint, environmental effects monitoring.

Social - Indigenous affairs, CSR, conflict minerals, employment, law & order, training, footprint, succession, bribery/corruption, regulations, taxes, communication, disclosures, benefits community succession.

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Geological Society

The Geological Society was founded in 1942 as the Geology Division of CIM. Its mission continues to be to stimulate and advance the application of geoscience in the search, discovery, appraisal and exploitation of mineral deposits through field conferences, technical sessions, short courses, publications, lecture tours, as well as professional and social networking. Related objectives are to promote and encourage research and education in the earth sciences, to promote public awareness of the mineral industry, and to recognize excellence.

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Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability Society

Major responsibilities of the Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability (MER) Society include:
  • Organizing MeMO (Maintenance/Engineering – Mine Operators) Conferences, in conjunction with other Society, the hosting CIM Branch, and CIM National
  • Promote, Chair, solicit papers for Technical Sessions at the CIM Conference & Exhibition
  • Administering awards and scholarship programs
  • Providing peer review of technical papers for publication

All of these activities, as well as keeping abreast of a changing industry while trying to anticipate future needs of the Society, make for a full program within the executive.

The objectives of the Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability (MER) Society are to:

  • Provide a forum for Society members to share their knowledge and seek information on maintenance and engineering topics within the Society, throughout the rest of CIM, and with external bodies.
  • Promote the improvement of maintenance and engineering standards through peer review of technical papers, public and private industry presentations of technology and best practice topics.
  • Encourage individuals to join the mining industry through the award of scholarships
  • Provide recognition for engineering and maintenance excellence, participation and contribution through awards.
  • Serve as a resource and support body to mine operating personnel, consulting engineers and designers, and suppliers of mine equipment.
  • Seek to improve safety and minimize risks through the application of engineering principles and maintenance practice in the mining industry, by promoting the adoption of approved methods and devices
  • The engineering disciplines covered by the Society are the fields of Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation, Chemical, Computer Sciences, Material Sciences, Manufacturing and related disciplines.​

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Management & Economics Society

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Vision and Mission

In addition to its traditional membership of those involved in the economics and finance of mining, the Management and Economics Society, or MES (formerly the Mineral Economics Society), was expanded to encompass members involved in all aspects of the management of companies active in the mining sector.

MES sponsors events that provide a forum for industry professionals to share experiences, insights and ideas on topics relating to the economic, management and financial aspects of the mining business. In addition to technical sessions at the annual CIM Conference & Exhibition, MES holds symposia and discussion groups. These have provided information on topical issues within the field of mine finance, mineral economics and management issues facing the industry.

MES uses its donations and profits generated from symposia to support supplemental educational programs in Canadian universities on topics related to mineral economics.

MES has supported adjunct professor programs at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and the University of British Columbia, as well as initiatives at other universities.

To learn more about the Management & Economics Society of CIM, please check out:

Contact: Carlos da Costa (Chair, CIM MES) at

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Metallurgy and Materials Society

Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM

The Metallurgy and Materials Society Metallurgists have been active in CIM from its inception in 1898. In 1945, the Metallurgy Division was formed to reflect the group's technical interests. Constituted as a Society in 1967, the Metallurgical Society (MetSoc) is one of the four societies and five divisions making up the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. In October of 2010, the Society adopted their new name The Metallurgy and Materials Society.

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Mining Society of Nova Scotia

Mining Society of Nova Scotia

The Mining Society of Nova Scotia aims to be the regional leader in professional development, networking and knowledge sharing in the mineral and energy industries. The society aspires to: promote the interests and value of our industries to society; facilitate learning and continuous professional development; provide valued services and financial responsibility; and support a knowledge-based culture through motivational and professional networking opportunities and education programs.

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Society for Rock Engineering

The Rock Engineering Society (RES) is one of the two constituent groups of the Canadian Rock Mechanics Association (CARMA), which serves as the Canadian National Group on the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM). The purpose of the RES is to promote the development and application of geomechanics within the context of the mining industry in order to support safe and economically viable mineral extraction. The RES aims to promote and encourage research and education in mining geomechanics; receive, evaluate and publish relevant papers within CIM Journal, special CIM publications, or special CIM conference proceedings; recognize excellence in mining-related geomechanics; and support the organization of conferences, seminars and training sessions that deal with the applications of geomechanics in mining.

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Surface Mining Society

In 2011, the Institute moved ahead with the reorganization of its societies. Four of existing socities were amalgamated to create two new societies. Indeed, the Metal Mining, the Coal and Industrial Minerals, the Oil Sands and the Innovative Mining Technology societies were replaced by the Underground Mining Society and the Surface Mining Society. The goal being to offer a more logical structure to better support our members and their professional aspirations. These two new societies will allow members to share the same technical, operational, equipment and management issues. Both new societies will be comprised of several groups with communities and technical issues that are specific to their commodities and geographies.

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Underground Mining Society

The CIM Underground Mining Society (UMS) and the Surface Mining Society were founded in 2011, through the amalgamation of four societies into two. The goal was to offer a more logical structure to better support the members of the CIM, as follows:

These societies:

  1. Metal Mining
  2. Coal and Industrial Minerals
  3. Oil Sands
  4. Innovative Mining Technology

 were amalgamated to:

  1. Underground Mining Society
  2. Surface Mining Society

It is the goal of the UMS to evolve in response to the needs of the industry and the interest of its members.

Major responsibilities of the UMS include:

  • Organize MEMO (Maintenance Engineering – Mine Operators) Conferences, in conjunction with the Maintenance and Engineering Society, the hosting CIM branch, and CIM National;
  • Promote, chair, solicit papers for Technical Sessions at the CIM Conference and Exhibition;
  • Administer awards and scholarship programs;
  • Provide peer review of technical papers for publication;
  • Promote mini conferences on specific topics of interest to UMS members.

The objectives of the UMS are to:

  • Promote and facilitating the exchange of information and data on all subjects related to the mining industry;
  • Educate the public on many aspects of the mining industry;
  • Promote mining as a positive, growing and dynamic industry with many exciting opportunities;
  • Promote the improvement of underground mining standards through peer review of technical papers, public and private industry presentations of technology, and best practice topics;
  • Encourage individuals to join/stay in the mining industry through the award of scholarships;
  • Serve as a resource and support body to mine operating personnel, consulting engineers and designers, and suppliers of mine equipment.

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Upcoming Society Events

Oct 25, 2016 - Ernst & Young LLP, 222 Bay Street, 30th Floor, Toronto
Apr 30 - May 03, 2017 - Palais des congrès de Montréal
Jun 16 - 21, 2018