CIM Fellowship

For outstanding continuous contributions to CIM and/or the mining, metallurgical and petroleum industries

Origins & Conditions


The CIM Fellowship award was established by CIM Council in November 1986. The award differs from existing CIM awards in that a larger number of members can be recognized – up to 10% of the membership can be CIM Fellows – and the recognition visibly continues after the time of presentation.

A CIM Fellow can place "FCIM" after his name when deemed appropriate.

The selection of CIM Fellowship award winners is under the auspices of the CIM President-Elect, and recipients are chosen through a three-tier process designed to promote uniformity and fairness.

The Fellowship Award will consist of a certificate suitable for framing, and will be presented at the annual CIM Convention.

With the Fellowship Award, CIM recognizes many of its distinguished members for their achievements and contributions. 

  1.  Candidates shall have a minimum of ten (10) years of current, continuous CIM National membership. The following criteria shall be considered in the selection of CIM Fellows:

    (a) Contributions to CIM.

    (b) Contributions to the mining, metallurgical and petroleum industry.

    (c) Contributions to society and humanity.

    (d) Contributions to education.

    (e) Special distinction (awards, honours previously received).

    (f) Other significant contributions.

  2. The award shall be presented annually, and there may be more than one recipient.
  3. Nominations for the award shall be made over the signatures of at least ten (10) CIM national members.
  4. A citation not to exceed 15 words shall appear on the Nomination Form.
  5. Completed nominations shall be forwarded to the appropriate Societies where a Fellowship Committee, consisting of at least five (5) people, shall review the nomination and make recommendations to the CIM Fellowship Award Committee.
  6. The CIM Fellowship Award Committee, chaired by the President-Elect and consisting of the Chairmen/Presidents of each Division/Society, shall review only nominations submitted on the official Nomination Form. Nominations will be submitted to CIM Council at a regular meeting for approval.
  7. The members of the CIM Fellowship Award Committee shall not be party to the nomination of any candidate.
  8. When reasonably possible, the recipients shall be expected to receive the award in person during the course of the CIM Convention following the announcement of the award.
  9. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.
  10. Nominees must be CIM National Members.
  11. No posthumous Fellow nominations shall be considered.
  12. Fellow membership for any individual shall not remain in effect unless his/her membership is in force.

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André Lemay

André Lemay started his mining sector career in electrical construction and maintenance departments, and then moved into energy management and energy related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of the then-new Climate Change Initiative. His work revolved extensively in the development of energy forecasts and consumption algorithms, and he also focused on the continued development, support and implementation of companywide energy efficiency programs to further reduce consumption and cost and to minimize the related greenhouse gas GHG emissions.

Over the years, he has become known for providing leadership, knowledge and guidance to people from the plant floor to the executive offices, to other mining or related companies, all levels of governments, non-government organizations, associations and regulatory bodies.

Volunteering with CIM is an important part of his career and he has worked in many roles. He is currently an executive member of CIM’s Maintenance Engineering and Reliability Society (MER). 


Bryan Coates

Bryan A. Coates has been president of Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd since June 2014. From 2007 to 2014, he was the vice president, finance and CFO of Osisko Mining Corporation. Coates was responsible for all activities related to financing, financial reporting, marketing relating to the gold industry, risk management and government relations. He has more than 30 years of progressive experience within the international and Canadian mining industry. Before joining Osisko, he was CFO of IAMGOLD (2006-2007), Cambior Inc. (2001-2006), and Cia Minera Antamina (1998-2001). Coates is a member of the boards of directors of Alio Gold Inc., Falco Resources Ltd, Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd. and Technosub. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University. He is also a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

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