CIM Fellowship


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.


To recognize outstanding continuous contributions to CIM and the mining, metallurgical and petroleum industries


- Contributions to CIM.
- Contributions to the mining, metallurgical and petroleum industry.
- Contributions to society and humanity.
- Contributions to education.
- Special distinction (awards, honours previously received).
- Other significant contributions.


Candidates shall have a minimum of ten (10) years of current, continuous CIM National membership.


There can be multiple recipients of this award every year. This award is solely for individual nominations (no teams).



Maurice Tagami

Maurice Tagami has over 40 years of experience in mine development and operations. He holds a degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a professional engineer with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia. During his career he has specialized in extractive metallurgy and mineral processing, playing a significant role in the design, engineering and project management and delivery of numerous open-pit, underground and heap leach mining and processing projects in precious and base metals worldwide.

Tagami is currently the technical ambassador and was formerly vice president, mining operations at Wheaton Precious Metals Corp., one of the world’s largest precious metals streaming companies. Previously, he held the positions of president and CEO with Keegan Resources Inc. and senior project manager (Onca Puma Project) with Canico Resource Corp. as well as manager, metallurgy (Bulyanhulu Project) for Sutton Resources. He has also served on the board of several publicly traded exploration and development companies. He currently sits on the boards of Foran Mining Corporation and Maple Gold Mines Ltd.

Tagami has been active in the Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP), a technical society of CIM for over 30 years, serving in both regional and national executive committees and was chairman of CMP in 2001. He was the recipient of CMP’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.


Phillip A. Cancilla

Phillip Cancilla has been working in Mineral Processing for over 40 years in both technical service and sales. He is currently a partner in Heath & Sherwood, an equipment manufacturer located in Kirkland Lake. He has been an active member of  CIM since 1991 and on the CIM GTA West Branch executive serving as co-chair from 2018 -2021. 

Cancilla enjoys yearly visits to the CMP AGM in Ottawa where he networks with colleagues and introduces newcomers to the veterans at the conference and encourages students to get involved. His passion for hockey and community led to helping to establish the annual East / West hockey game. His strong commitment of giving back to community is evident in personal life where he coached minor hockey and served as executive in both boys’ & girls’ leagues for many years. He also proudly serves as an executive on the Hazel McCallion Foundation for Arts, Culture and Heritage.