Awards Nominations


CIM Awards: Nominations




Nominations are accepted annually from the end of September to mid-December. The nominations are reviewed by the CIM Awards Committee from January to February. Winners are notified in mid-March, and receive their awards at the CIM-Caterpillar Awards Gala during the CIM Convention in May.


Who can nominate a candidate?  

To nominate a candidate, you must be a current CIM National Member, except those who nominate for the CIM Indigenous Partnership Award.

Nominees do not have to be CIM National Members, except for those nominated for the CIM Distinguished Service Award and the CIM Distinguished Lecturer Award.

How do I nominate a candidate?

Each award has its own conditions. Please ensure that the nominee meets the criteria. 

  1. See the Awards by Category to find out more about each award and what it takes to submit a complete nomination.
  2. Click on the Nominate a candidate button on the Award page.
  3. Follow the prompts to complete your nomination. 


To submit a nomination for the Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Awards, please click here.

The John T. Ryan Safety Trophies nomination process is a separate one. For nominations, please contact your local chief mines inspector, or the John T. Ryan secretary Tom Demorest.

To submit a nomination for the Hatch-CIM Mining & Minerals Project Development Safety Award, please click here.

Supporting documents

Each nomination must include:

  • A statement (no more than 250 words) clearly outlining how the nominee's achievements and qualifications support the specific criteria for the particular Award
  • A minimum of three (3) written and signed recommendations (maximum 250 words each)
  • The candidate's curriculum vitae or biography

Nominations for the Distinguished Lecturers must include a lecture abstract. 

Specific judging criteria can be found on each of the nomination pages.


Additional Information

You may edit your entry after submitting, up until the entry deadline.

Please make sure all your personal details are entered accurately, including contact details.

You are eligible to enter more than one category if the work submitted meets the criteria.


If you have any questions on the entry process, please contact Julie Stuart at or call 1-514-939-2710, extension 1306.

Nominate a candidate

CIM Awards by Category 

Past Award Winners 

Award Winner Spotlight

Deborah McCombe, 2001 CIM Distinguished Lecturer, 2012 Winner of the Robert Elver Mineral Economics Award, 2020 Winner of the CIM Distinguished Service Medal, 2022 Winner of the Selwyn Blaylock Canadian Mining Excellence Award, and CIM Fellow

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