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. 

The Mel W. Bartley Outstanding Branch Award criteria and other information:

  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.

    (g) Points for the development of local Branch activities to meet the needs of the local industry community.

  2. The award shall be presented on an annual basis, but no more than one award may be made in any given year.
  3. CIM National Office will forward to the Branches an entry form that addresses the "Criteria for Selection."
  4. The Selection Committee, chaired by the Central District 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.
  5. 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.
  6. When approved, the award shall be presented at the CIM Convention.
  7. All nominations properly presented shall remain in good standing for a period of three (3) years unless formally withdrawn over the signatures of a majority of members responsible for the nomination, but the selection criteria must be updated each year for consideration of the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.



CIM Saskatoon

The Saskatoon Branch has been part of CIM for more than 50 years and has a strong group of over 300 members. It is organized by a diverse and dedicated group of volunteers who represent all sectors of the mining industry within Saskatchewan. Key branch programs include technical presentations, networking opportunities, and a student scholarship program that has made awards to over 180 students since 2007. Even though the Saskatoon Branch had to alter how programming was delivered, it managed to continue to provide technical presentations and scholarships over the past year throughout the pandemic, and has developed new ways to connect with its membership and with the a greater audience across Saskatchewan. The branch looks forward to integrating new ideas into its programs in the future.


CIM Toronto Branch

Curtis Clarke (left) and Kurt Breede (right) pictured at the CIM Toronto Branch sponsored 2019 PDAC Mining Matters Hockey Tournament

The CIM Toronto Branch boasts an active and supportive group of members and corporate sponsors across the GTA. Its activities centre on luncheons in the Financial District on topics of interest to the C-Suite, financial/legal sectors, technical community and ESG. The Branch invests in youth through sponsorship of three student chapters and the recent creation of, and five-year commitment to, annual mine site tours for students of natural resources and minerals. Built on the committed efforts of its Executive volunteers, the Toronto Branch continues to evolve, improve and grow.

Branch activities are organized and carried out by a group of enthusiastic and engaged volunteers from across the broader mining community, including consulting, products and services, mining and exploration. The 2020 Branch Executive is led by its Chair, Kurt Breede, Principal of Metallica Consulting, who in February took over from past Chair, Curtis Clarke, Senior Mining Consultant of Golder Associates.