2009-2010 - Michael J. Allan
2008-2009 - James K. Gowans
2007-2008 - James L. Popowich
2006-2007 - François E. Pelletier  
2005-2006 - Russell E. Hallbauer
2004-2005 - W. Warren Holmes
2003-2004 - Howard R. Stockford
2002-2003 - Soheil Asgarpour
2001-2002 - Rex V. Gibbons
2000-2001 - Patricia Joan Dillon





Michael J. Allan
(Biography 2009-2010)

 Michael Allen

Michael Allan graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1973 with a B.A.Sc.in Mineral Engineering.


Upon graduation, he worked for Gibraltar Mines as a metallurgist. In 1977, Michael joined Teck Corporation and started up both the Afton and Highmont mines, progressing to position of mill superintendent.


In 1984, Michael joined Wright Engineers as a consultant and worked on projects in Chile, Spain and Canada. In 1994, he moved to H.A. Simons and helped to establish the Simons Mining Group (now AMEC).


In 1998, Michael returned to Teck Corporation to work on the detailed design of the Antamina project in Peru. Subsequently he was promoted to Vice President, Engineering in September 1999 and continues to lead the engineering and evaluations functions within Teck.


Michael is a member of APEGBC and SME, and a CIM Fellow. Since joining CIM as a student member in 1971, he has been actively involved in several of its activities, including heading the Membership Committee for four years. Michael has served as chair of both the South Central and Vancouver branches as well as District 6 Vice President for 1997-1998. In January 2008, he was awarded the Mineral Processor of the Year Award by the CIM Canadian Mineral Processors Society.





James K. Gowans

(Biography 2008-2009)

Jim joined the De Beers family of Companies in March 2006. While Jim is the most recent addition to De Beers Canada's senior leadership team, he is no stranger to mining and mining operations.


Jim earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in mineral engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1974. From there, he joined Cominco (now Teck Cominco) and advanced through various technical and managerial positions, including being the youngest superintendent in the company's history - as mill superintendent at Con Operations in Yellowknife, through to operations manager, Potash Operations in Vanscoy, Saskatchewan. He was also the project engineer for the Polaris Mine Project in Canada's High Arctic and manager, engineering for the Red Dog Project in Alaska.


Looking for new challenges, he then moved on to Placer Dome in 1993 where he was involved in global strategic planning. He was made vice president, design and research, responsible for projects design and the Research Centre where he spearheaded the drive to certify their research lab to the ISO 9002 standard. After a stint as vice president, human resources, overseeing talent management globally, Jim was promoted to executive vice president, Canada, taking on their complete portfolio of Canadian operations until late 2001.


Prior to joining the De Beers, he was senior vice president and COO with PT Inco Indonesia, overseeing the operations of this company on the island of Sulawesi, and the implementation of an aggressive growth strategy. He brings over thirty years of practical management experience, touching on most aspects of the mining industry, including exploration, major projects, operations and human resources.





James L. Popowich
(Biography 2007-2008)

 James Popowich

Mr. Popowich joined Elk Valley Coal (then Fording Coal Limited) in 1974, as a planning engineer, and over the decades he worked his way through many positions, leaving his stamp on the company as he went. In 2001 he became executive vice president, until taking over as president and CEO in early 2004. A mining engineer by profession, he received both his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science, both in mining, from the University of Sasktachewan, in 1966 and 1969, respectively.


Prior to joining Elk Valley Coal, Popowich worked for Cominco, as a planning engineer and shift supervisor in underground operations at Cominco Potash, then as planning engineer and drilling and blasting engineer at Pine Point Mines in the Northwest Territories, and finally as assistant to the manager, outside mines, for Cominco Limited in Trail, BC. He has experience in virtually every area of the mine operation.


His exceptional industry experience is a match for his active participation in a number of associations, including: CIM; Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta; past chairman and past vice chairman, The Coal Association of Canada; director, Climate Change Central; past director and president, Alberta Chamber of Resources; past member, Alberta Economic Development Authority; member, the Mining Industry Advisory Committee to the School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, University of Alberta. He has also received awards, including the Alberta Centennial Medal in recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta, and a CIM Fellowship Award for outstanding contribution to the coal industry in Canada.





François E. Pelletier

(Biography 2006-2007)

 François Pelletier

Mr. Pelletier joined Québec Cartier in 1976 and held numerous management positions until he became Vice President - Human Resources in 1989. In 1994, he was appointed Vice President - Human Resources and Planning and from 1995 to 1997, he was also Secretary. In 1997, he was appointed Vice President - Operations Management. Mr. Pelletier is a member of the Board of directors of the C.S.S.T. (Workmen's Compensation Board), the I.R.S.S.T. (Safety & Health Research Institute), the Mining Sectorial Council (MITAC) and the Canadian Labour Business Centre.


Mr. Pelletier holds a Masters in Management Sciences and a Bachelor degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Ottawa.





Russell E. Hallbauer

(Biography 2005-2006)

Russell E. Hallbauer 
CIM's new President-Elect Russell E. Hallbauer was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1954 and completed his primary and secondary education in British Columbia and Ontario. In 1979 he graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia.


In 1983 he joined Teck Corporation's Bullmoose mine, advancing through Engineering and Supervisory positions to become Mine Superintendent in 1987, and in 1992 became General Manager of Quintette.


In 1995 he assumed new responsibilities in Vancouver when he was appointed General Manager, Co.


In 2002 he was appointed General Manager, Base Metal Joint Ventures, responsible for Teck Cominco's interests in Highland Valley Copper, Antamina in Peru, and Louvicourt in Quebec.


He was the Chairman of the Board of the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC) from 2002-2004; he has been a Director of the Association since 1991.


In 2004, Mr. Hallbauer was named President-Elect of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) for the period 2005-2006. He has been a member of the CIM since 1975.





W. Warren Holmes
(Biography 2004-2005)

W. Warren Holmes 

CIM's new President-Elect knows mining like the back of his hand. With just short of 40 years in the industry, and a family legacy of mining, Warren Holmes has left his mark on the Canadian mining industry, and will continue to serve it in his new role with CIM. Born and educated in South Porcupine, Ontario, Holmes graduated from engineering at Queen's University in 1964 and began working for Noranda Mines Ltd. in Noranda, Quebec. After a series of roles with Noranda, he took his MBA at the University of Western Ontario and graduated in 1977 to resume his career with Noranda until 1986 when he joined Falconbridge as manager of mines. In 1989, he was appointed vice-president and general manager at the Sudbury Operations, then vice-president and general manager of the Kidd Creek Division in 1990, president and general manager of Canadian Nickel Operations in 1996, and senior vice-president, Canadian Mining Operations, in 1999.

Last July, Holmes retired from Falconbridge and resigned from his roles on the Ontario Mining Association Board and Executive Board, the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) Board and Executive Board, and from his role as vice-chairman of MAC. He also, shortly thereafter, resigned his roles on the Board of the Voluntary Challenge Registry (VCR), and as Chairperson of CIPEC, both roles he carried as the MAC representative of the industry.


Currently, Holmes is Chairman of MIRARCO, a research organization affiliated with Laurentian University, but he's organizing for a successor. Similarly, he's organized for succession for his position as Chairperson of CIM's John T. Ryan Trophies Committee, which he has held for the past decade.


"These are the type of changes that have come about as a result of my retirement from Falconbridge," he said. "While I've left many parts of my old life behind as I've retired, I've also taken on many new challenges. I'm on the boards of Nuinsco Resources as president, and also of Wallbridge Mining, Kirkland Lake Gold, and of a number of private companies. I also serve as an advisor or consultant for a number of other mining and exploration companies."


Throughout his career Holmes has been active at the Branch level of CIM, including a number of years on the executive of the Porcupine Branch, including a term as Chairman. "I believe the branches play a very important role in CIM, and will want to seek out the leaders of these branches to see how they and CIM National can work more closely together to the mutual benefit of both," he said.


A member of CIM National since he joined as a student member at Queen's, his father, Dr. T.C. Holmes was also a member, and his mother was the recipient of the Sancta Barbara Medal. He said CIM has played an important role in his professional life, providing opportunities for contacts across the industry. Holmes has been the recipient of the CIM District 3 Proficiency Award and the CIM Past Presidents' Medal. Holmes lives in Timmins, because, he said, it is such a wonderful mining area and offers great opportunities for cross-country and downhill skiing, biking, canoeing, and hiking, all of which he enjoys. "Even while I've worked away from Timmins for most of the last 17 years, I've maintained my home there," he said. "Of course, we also have what we refer to as our 'cottage' in downtown Toronto, which continues to facilitate my working there."





Howard R. Stockford
(Biography 2003-2004)

Howard R. Stockford 

Howard Stockford, 61, was born and educated in England, graduating with a B.Sc. Honours degree in Mining Geology from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, London University in 1962, emigrating to Canada in the same year. He became a Canadian citizen in 1968.



Mr. Stockford obtained underground mine geology experience in gold and base metal mines in the Malartic and Bachelor Lake areas of northwestern Québec, after which he joined Canadian Bechtel in Montréal, working on a variety of mining projects, and Consolidated Morrison as project geologist working on a large niobium deposit in the James Bay Lowlands.


In 1970, he joined Falconbridge Ltd. in Manitoba, becoming Exploration Manager in its Winnipeg office in 1974, attaining the position of Chief Geologist, Canada in 1981, before leaving to become Vice-President of Aur Resources in 1983. He has been a director of Aur since 1984 and has held the position of Executive Vice-President since 1989. He is currently Chairman of the Operating Committee for the Louvicourt Mine in Quebec and a director of Compañía Minera Carmen de Andacollo and Compañía Minera Quebrada Blanca in Chile.


In 1989, Mr. Stockford was named a co-recipient of the Bill Dennis Prospector of the Year award by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada for his role in the discovery of the Louvicourt copper-zinc-silver-gold deposit and received the CIM Fellowship Award for outstanding contributions to the Canadian minerals industry and to CIM in 1999.


Mr. Stockford is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada, the Geological Association of Canada, the Society of Economic Geologists, the Institution of Mining & Metallurgy, London and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum for which he has served as Chairman of both the Winnipeg and Toronto Branches and on various committees of the CIM national body in the past.


Mr. Stockford’s hobbies include painting and golf and he is a member of the Toronto Hunt Club. He and his wife, Jeannie, have a daughter and two grandchildren.





Soheil Asgarpour
(Biography 2002-2003)

Soheil Asgarpour 

Soheil graduated from Rice University with a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering and completed the Executive Management Program at Western Business School, the University of Western Ontario, and the Leadership Program at Yale School of Management, Yale University.


Dr. Asgarpour has over 20 years of diversified technical, business, and operations experience in the upstream oil and gas industry marked by providing strong progressive leadership as:


-Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Canadian 88 Energy Corp.

-Director of Corporate Strategic Planning for Gulf Canada Resources Limited ("Gulf")

-Director of Exploitation for Gulf

-Chief Engineer of Gulf


Dr. Asgarpour has over 40 technical and business publications with reputable Canadian and U.S. journals in the areas of reservoir engineering, production engineering, enhanced oil recovery, horizontal drilling technology, risk analyses, reserves estimation, economic evaluation, statistical analyses, heat transfer and solar energy. He is a distinguished author of the Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology (JCPT) and co-author of the first Petroleum Society Monograph - "Determination Of Oil and Gas Reserves".


Soheil has served the Petroleum Recovery Institute as First Vice Chairman, and the Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada (PTAC), Longview Resources Management Corporation, RMX Exploration Ltd., Canadian 88 Energy Resources Corporation, Canadian 88 Midstream Services Inc., Canadian 88 Energy (USA), Inc. and Evergreen Capital Corp. as a director.


Dr. Asgarpour served the Petroleum Society of CIM as a Director from 1992 to 1998, National Board Chairman from 1996 to 1997, General Chairman for the 46th Annual Technical Meeting, and the Technical Chairman for the 40th Annual Technical Meeting and Chairman of the Editorial Review Board of the JCPT. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta.


Soheil and his wife, Mahnaz, have three children, Justin, Andrew, and Jessica.





Rex V. Gibbons
(Biography 2001-2002)

Rex V. Gibbons 

Dr. Gibbons graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with B.A., B.Sc. (1967), and M.Sc.(geology, 1969) degrees. He then attended California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, from which he received a Ph.D. in geology in 1974.



After Caltech, he spent two years as a National Research Council (NRC) Research Associate in the Geology and Geophysics Branch at NASA’s Lyndon Johnson Space Center in Houston (1974–1976).

From 1976 to 1989, he spent about thirteen years in senior positions with the Newfoundland Department of Mines and Energy. During that period, he was an active volunteer in the local community. He was a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), serving with the Newfoundland Branch, as well as Councillor for Newfoundland on the national CIM Executive, and CIM Vice-President for District 1 (Atlantic Canada). He received the District 1 Distinguished Service Award in 1992.


Rex Gibbons is also a member of the Geological Association of Canada, participating in the Newfoundland Section as well as nationally. For 2001, he is chair of the Finance Committee for the national meeting of the GAC being held in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in May. He also served a three-year term on the Board of Regents of Memorial University as an elected alumni representative, as well as two terms (7 years) on the Avalon (St. John’s area) Consolidated School Board, including three years as Chairman. He served for three years as president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Government Managers Association, as well as participated in the Terra Nova Toastmasters Club.

From 1989 to 1997, Rex Gibbons was the elected representative for the District of St. John’s West in the Newfoundland Legislature. From May 1989 to April 1997, he was a member of the Newfoundland Cabinet, as Minister responsible for Mines and Energy, including Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro Corporation and the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board. From mid-1994 to early 1996, he also had ministerial responsibility for Forest Resources, Wildlife, and Crown Lands.


Since mid-1997, Dr. Gibbons has been executive vice-president and senior geoscience consultant for Jacques Whitford Environment Limited and its affiliated company, Newfoundland Geosciences Limited, based in St. John’s. The Jacques Whitford Group is an employee-owned, multi-disciplinary firm of consulting engineers, environmental scientists, and associated professionals, which has offices from St. John’s to Vancouver in Canada as well as several international locations. He is a member of the Corporate Board of Directors of the firm.


In 1998, he was named a Director of ATL - JW Consulting, a joint venture between Jacques Whitford and ATL Consulting of the United Kingdom; he also serves as chairman of the Board and president of this joint company. In 2000, when Jacques Whitford and EM&I of the United Kingdom formed a joint venture, EM&I Jacques Ltd., he was appointed a director and chairman of the Board.


Rex Gibbons is a Registered Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo.), as a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 1991, he was given the "Award of Merit" by the association. In the 1980s, before he was elected to the legislature, Rex chaired a committee of geoscientists which spearheaded the registration of geoscientists in association with the existing professional engineering group; he was a Minister when the new joint legislation was proclaimed by the Newfoundland Legislature, and he became one of the first geoscience registrants.


Since 1997, Rex Gibbons has continued his very active volunteer activities. In January 1998, he was elected to a two-year term as a director of the St. John’s Board of Trade. He has also served on the Board of Directors of several associations and companies.





Patricia Joan Dillon
(Biography 2000-2001)

Patricia Joan Dillon 

Patricia Dillon, a graduate in geology and in education from the University of Toronto returned to Teck Corporation in May 2001 as Manager, Corporate Relations having completed a three-year secondment to the Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program at her alma mater as Director, External Liaison. Prior to joining Teck in 1979 she was a high school teacher.


A member of CIM since 1980, Patricia Dillon served as Chair of the CIM Toronto Branch in 1997. She is a Fellow of the Geological Association of Canada, director of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), and a Chair of its Education Committee. In 1998, she was awarded the CIM Past Presidents’ Memorial Medal in recognition of her selfless efforts on behalf of the entire mining industry, and for setting an outstanding example to young men and women who may be contemplating a career in mining.


Ms. Dillon was Co-chair of the trade exhibition and convention "Mining Millennium 2000," held in conjunction with the PDAC, March 5-10, 2000, in Toronto. This was the largest international minerals industry conference ever held in Canada. She has been an ambassador for Keep Mining in Canada (KMIC) and is a member of the Mining Association of Canada’s Public Relations Committee, which provides advice and guidance to Mining Works for Canada, the successor program to KMIC.


She has been President of the charitable organization, Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Mining Matters, since its inception in 1997. The activities of the organization are directed to designing and distributing educational programs on the importance of rocks, minerals and the minerals industry to support the curriculum in Ontario elementary schools. The first unit was designed for the Grade 7 level in 1994. Over 2,100 of these teaching kits have been distributed through teacher workshops since 1995. The Grade 4 Unit introduced in September 1998 is currently in 2,600 Ontario classrooms. . The Grade 7 unit was rewritten in 2001 by a team of active classroom teachers to bring it in line with the new Ontario Science and Technology Curriculum, "The Earth's Crust". In 1997 the Grade 7 unit won the Conference Board of Canada’s Partnership Focus Award for "promoting science literacy for the world of work," and in 1998, the PDAC Education Committee, which initiated the program, received the PDAC Special Achievement Award.


Her tireless efforts on behalf of the Canadian mineral industry as a whole, in particular to increase awareness of the mining industry’s contributions to society, have been an outstanding example to all members of the Institute. The theme during her term as President was "CIM - fostering fellowship, exemplifying excellence".


In 2000, Patricia received the Athena Award from the town of Oakville in recognition of her community service and mentorship of young women. She is also a Director of the international non-governmental organization, Canadian Hunger Foundation/Partners in Rural Development.