Vision & Mission

The Geological Society was founded in 1942, as the Geology Division of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

The Geological Society’s mission is 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 minerals industry, and to recognize excellence.

Geological Society membership benefits include:

  • An opportunity to network with colleagues in industry
  • Quarterly issues of Exploration & Mining Geology at a reduced rate
  • Recognition of achievements through the CIM awards programs

The mission of the Geological Society is to be the society of choice for all geoscientists, in Canada and elsewhere, in the field of mining and mineral exploration.

The aims of the Society are:

  1. to stimulate and advance the application of geoscience in the search for new discoveries and the development of known minerals, deposits, through field excursions, technical sessions, short courses, publications and lecture tours and through professional and social networking;
  2. to promote and encourage research and education in the Earth Sciences; and
  3. to recognize excellence in geoscience, as applied to the industry.

To further these aims:

  • The Society has its own professional journal, Exploration and Mining Geology.
  • The Society sponsors field conferences from time-to-time — these conferences consist of a two-day technical meeting on a specific theme, which is preceded and followed by related field trips and short courses; and it participates in the organization of technical sessions at the CIM Annual General Meeting.
  • The Society represents CIM in the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences, assists in the selection process for various geoscience- related CIM awards and scholarships, and speaks for all the geoscientist members of CIM on CIM Council and on numerous Institute committees such as the CIM Best Practices Committee.

The Geological Society, which started out as the Geology Division in 1942, achieved CIM Society status in 1991. It is the third largest Society or Division of the CIM, comprising approximately 20% of CIM members.