CIM Community Service Award

To recognize "Unsung Heroes" of the mining industry and CIM

Origins & Conditions


The CIM Council, at its March 1983 meeting, accepted Coopers & Lybrand Consulting Group’s (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) offered to sponsor a special award to be called the Members Award (now the CIM Community Service Award) which is to be presented on an annual basis (provided a suitable candidate has been nominated) to one of the "Unsung Heroes" of the mining industry. 

The CIM Community Service Award criteria and other information:

  1. Presented to one of the “Unsung Heroes” of the mining industry who has fully given time to several aspects of community service and support.
  2. The award may be presented from time to time as circumstances warrant, but not more than one award shall be made in any given year.
  3. Each nomination shall be accompanied by a statement clearly stating the reasons that make the nominee a suitable candidate for the award.
  4. The nominations shall be submitted to a committee composed of the six (6) CIM District Vice-Presidents and chaired by the CIM Executive Director for review and selection of the winning candidate.
  5. Their recommendation shall be reported to CIM Council not later than the last Council meeting held prior to the next annual CIM Convention.
  6. The members of the committee shall not be party to the nomination of any candidate.
  7. When reasonably possible, the recipient shall be expected to receive the Medal in person during the course of the CIM Convention following the announcement of the award, or at such a time or place as CIM Council may direct.
  8. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.
  9. Nominees must be CIM National Members.



Debra Shewfelt

As senior geologist, co-president and board member of RESPEC Consulting Inc., Debra Shewfelt draws on nearly two decades of career experience to drive the growth of a diverse team and inspire girls and young women to consider non-traditional STEM careers in mining and minerals. Her leadership at the workplace and through volunteer organizations exemplify her passion for creating equal opportunities, leading STEM educational outreach activities in communities, and advancing the inclusion of underrepresented groups such as women and Indigenous peoples. Shewfelt values mentorship as a volunteer effort, in projects such as MentorSTEP, an Indigenous female STEM mentorship program. She founded the "Girls In The Classroom—Unearthing Career Opportunities in Mining" K-12 educational outreach program ( Her passion for environment and sustainability drives the success of a new group in the Canadian office that focuses on water, environment and alternative energy projects in communities.   


Kim Bittman

Kim Bittman has spent the last 36 years of her career as an environmental professional that supports the mining community, beginning in Tumbler Ridge, BC and thereafter in Vancouver at mine corporate offices and as president of her own consulting firm. Early in her career as the manager of the environmental department at an open-pit coal mine, she became keenly interested in mine reclamation and sustainability issues. This in turn led her to be a member of many committees where she wished to focus on her strong belief that mining can be successfully reclaimed to restore pre-mining biodiversity and Community/First Nation land use desires, and to promote Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) standards in mining. She has been a long-time member and honorary member/webmaster of the BC Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation (TRCR). She was vice-chair of the Land Access and Use Committee of AMEBC until 2019 and also served as an executive of the CIM Environmental and Social Responsibility Society. She now represents AME at the BC Code Review Committee of the BC Ministry of Mines.