Mel W. Bartley Outstanding Branch Award

For the CIM Branch demonstrating the most progress

Origins & Conditions


After graduating with a PhD from the University of Toronto, Mel W. Bartley, born in 1910, Bartley held important positions at several mining and exploration companies: chief geologist and engineer for Steep Rock Iron Mines, exploration manager for Cliffs of Canada and principal emeritus of Lakehead University, to name a few.

As president of CIM from 1975 to 1976, he created the concept of District and Divisional technical meetings at CIM. The Mel W. Bartley Outstanding Branch Award was created in 1977, before his death in 1986.

The Mel W. Bartley Outstanding Branch Award is to be awarded annually to the Branch judged to have made the most progress toward achieving the aims and objectives of the Institute. 

  1. The award is to be presented to the CIM Branch demonstrating the most effective progress in reaching the aims and objectives of the Institute. Criteria for selection:

    (a) Points for the increase in CIM Branch Membership.

    (b) Points for the increase in CIM National Membership within the Branch.

    (c) Points for the development of special guest speaker programs.

    (d) Points for the utilization of CIM Distinguished Lecturers program.

    (e) Points for the participation in District activities.

    (f) Points for the participation in programs developed and suggested by CIM National Office.

  2. Points for the development of local Branch activities to meet the needs of the local industry community.
  3. The award shall be presented on an annual basis, but no more than one award may be made in any given year.
  4. CIM National Office will forward to the Branches an entry form that addresses the "Criteria for Selection." These forms, once completed, must be returned to the Executive Director of the Institute by December 1st of the year prior to the presentation of the award.
  5. The Selection Committee, chaired by the District 4 Vice-President and consisting of the District Vice-Presidents, shall make its decision not later than March 31, of the year of presentation of the award.
  6. The Selection Committee shall present the nominations to CIM Council no later than the last Council Meeting held prior to the next annual CIM Conference & Exhibition.
  7. When approved, the award shall be presented at the CIM Conference & Exhibition.
  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, but the selection criteria must be updated each year for consideration of the nomination by the jury.

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CIM Porcupine Branch

The CIM Porcupine Branch is a not-for-profit organization that actively engages the local community by educating the public on the role mining has in our society, facilitating the development of mining professionals, fostering the exchange of mining knowledge within the community, all while recognizing greatness in those among us. In these missions, we strive for excellence and quality as we give back to the local community, and in doing so, becoming the premier mining professional society.

Pictured: Andrew Smith, branch chair


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Much has happened since the CIM Saskatoon Branch was established in 1965. The potash, uranium, and oil & gas sectors have seen tremendous activity and market ups and downs but continue to make their mark on the world stage. The Branch has over 800 followers and continues to focus on growth and development of its membership and programs. The Branch features excellent technical and social programs that focus on networking and attracting students. CIM Saskatoon’s vision is for members to gain global leadership skills and expertise through technical knowledge exchange and community involvement. Its mission is to support the technical networks and communities that its members call home.

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