CIM Presidents' Role Model Medal

For setting an outstanding example and recognizing early career accomplishments as a role model within CIM

Origins & Conditions


This award was established in 1959 and the medal donated by Janet C. Cole, as a memorial to her late husband, Lt. Col. George Edwards Cole, CIM President, 1936-37, who, until his death in December 1957, greatly contributed his time and effort in fostering the welfare of the younger members of the Institute.

  1. The award shall be made to a person not more than forty-five years of age, in recognition of his/her attainments in setting an outstanding example to young CIM members, and to young men and women contemplating a career in the minerals industry.
  2. The award may be presented from time to time as circumstances warrant, but not more than one award may be made in any given year.
  3. Nominations for the medal should be promoted by the CIM District Vice-Presidents, and shall be made over the signatures of at least ten (10) CIM National Members.
  4. All nominations shall be submitted with complete details of qualifications.
  5. The presentation of the medal shall be made at the annual CIM Convention Awards Gala by the most senior Past President (length of membership as a Past President) present at the dinner.
  6. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination.
  7. Nominees must be CIM National Members.
  8. Reflection of CIM engagement.



Fenna Poelzer

Fenna Poelzer is currently the chief estimator for Abalone Construction, working mainly in Alberta’s oil sands and related development. Her role includes detailed analytics of equipment productions, front end job planning, labour relations acumen and marketing. She has advanced her career through seizing opportunities to try new roles and lead projects that stretched and expanded her skillset.

Poelzer has been a member of CIM since her student days, which led to her taking on the role of volunteer coordinator for the 1996 AGM. This was one of many volunteer positions she held at the time, and she was recognized for her contributions to university life with the Peter Lougheed Scholarship in her graduating year. Her community service has continued since that time, ranging from coaching hockey, football and softball, to chairing the CIM Coal and Oil Sands Division, to assisting Habitat for Humanity construction, to leading the local Junior Forest Wardens troupe. She played a key role in the expansion of the M4S event at the 2012 CIM AGM and is currently on the Edmonton Branch executive continuing her service to CIM. She encourages young engineers to actively participate in technical societies and mentors junior personnel on a regular basis.


Trang Tran-Valade

Trang Tran-Valade is the Director of Strategic Innovations for BESTECH, a firm specializing in the areas of engineering, automation, software development and environmental monitoring. She is a Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional with responsibilities in business development, strategic planning, and Intellectual property protection strategies.

Tran-Valade is effective in securing partnerships with other innovation leaders and organizing project consortiums with partners from industry, academia, suppliers and funding agencies. Recognized as one of Sudbury’s 2011 recipients of the “40 Under 40” Awards, she is actively involved in various professional development associations and community groups.

She is currently the Chairman of the CIM Sudbury Branch and has previously served as Vice-Chair and Treasurer. Tran-Valade’s contributions have helped the Branch function, attract new executive members and thrive through economic cycles. She is an active member of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Sudbury Chapter and a volunteer coach in both youth basketball and soccer.