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.



Dave Mackintosh

Dave Mackintosh has just passed 50 years in the potash mining industry where he started as a rock mechanics technician in 1969 for Cominco (Agrium, now Nutrien). His supervisor at the time was Jim Popowich, past president of CIM. He remained as a technician for a number of years, and became a local authority. He finally finished his geology degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1985, and after 26 years with Cominco, formed ADM Consulting Limited in 1996. Since then, he has been fortunate to work on projects in Thailand, Europe, Britain and throughout North and South America.


Ebe Scherkus

Ebe Scherkus is the mastermind behind the transformation of Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) into a global gold producer. Using his signature combination of people skills, hard work and perseverance, he expanded the company’s operations from the familiarity of Quebec into Nunavut, Finland and Mexico.

Born in Germany, Scherkus arrived in Canada as an infant. After growing up in Val d’Or, he graduated from McGill University in 1975 with a BSc in geology. Scherkus worked in camps in northwestern Quebec and Red Lake, Ont. before being hired by AEM’s Don LaRonde in 1985 to evaluate a struggling gold project later named after LaRonde. The resulting drilling led to a deep discovery and a production decision in 1987. By the end of 2018, the LaRonde mine had produced almost six million ounces. Scherkus later developed the nearby Goldex and Lapa mines. As the company’s president from 2005-2012, he led AEM’s global expansion in Finland, Nunavut and Mexico.