Peruvians welcome new CIM Branch in Lima


CIM officially opened the Lima, Peru CIM Branch on November 12. Around 75 people attended the event, which was held at the Cuzco Room of the Westin Hotel in Lima, and organized by Branch chair Bertrand de Windt.

The event featured speeches from many high-profile industry and government representatives. Diane Ablonczy, the Canadian minister of state for the Americas, welcomed the initiative, pointing out that CIM has helped Canada become a leader in the areas of mining, oil and gas, and corporate social responsibility. Antamina president Abraham Chahuan, meanwhile, highlighted mining’s important role in the Peruvian economy and how Canadian investment has significantly contributed to the development of this sector.

Sean Waller, president-elect of the Lima, Peru CIM Branch, announced a meeting that will be held November 29 to 30, where industry experts will present and participate in panel discussions relating to mining industry innovation, and how it could be especially applied to mitigate the risk of failure for new projects and for the continuity of operations.

Sponsors included Canadian and Peruvian companies, namely Barrick Gold, Golder Associates, Hatch, SNC Lavalin and Steps Up Perú y Geos Ingenieros. Canadian, Peruvian and regional government officials, as well as members of the diplomatic corps, industry executives, managers and technical experts from Peru and abroad were in attendance.

“The event garnered a great deal of attention,” de Windt said, “and the presence of so many who attended exemplifies its success as well as the important work CIM does.”