Changes to CIM membership dues in 2017


Dear valued CIM members,

We would like to inform you of some recent decisions made by CIM Council regarding pricing modifications on several of our membership categories in 2017.

These modest adjustments will help to offset the costs of maintaining the high level of current products and services – such as our Distinguished Lecturer and Awards Programs – and pave the way for some exciting new advancements such as:

  • Significant website enhancements, including new mobile-friendly responsive websites for CIM Magazine; Standards, Guidance & Best Practices; and CIM Branches, all slated for early 2017;
  • Improved online systems that will make accessing products and services and renewing membership easier;
  • A new responsive digital platform for to be scoped and developed in 2017;
  • A discount on premium peer-reviewed online courses being offered through Edumine;
  • The digitization and metadata tagging of thousands of high quality CIM technical papers for inclusion on OneMine, an online global mining and minerals library containing over 119,000 documents, which CIM members have access to.
  • Support for important industry initiatives such as the promotion of excellence in mineral resource, reserve reporting and valuation and global standards development;
  • Provide a higher level of service to student initiatives and student branches;
  • The introduction of a Recent Graduate membership category aimed at easing the financial impact of full National Membership as students transition into the workforce, thereby encouraging them to stay connected to CIM and the industry.

Full National & Retired Membership:

Effective January 1, 2017 the cost for an annual CIM National membership will increase from $187 to $197 and from $80 to $84 for Retired Members. Members also have the option of securing their membership rate against inflation by renewing for up to three years.  To find out more go to, and sign in to My CIM Account. 

Life Membership:

For more than a century CIM has offered free membership to our Life Members, acknowledging the wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise they bring to the industry and to future generations of mining professionals. However, as we continue to evolve and innovate to meet the changing needs of our valuable community, we’ve been forced to review this business model. As such, commencing January 1, 2017 CIM Life Members will be asked to pay a $50 annual fee in 2017, which will increase to $100 in 2018. No further price increases are planned beyond that point.

“Currently there are approximately 1,500 Life Members, with another 70 slated to come onboard in 2017,” explains Kenneth Thomas, CIM Incoming President-Elect (2017-2018), and himself becoming a Life Member. “CIM is one of the last organizations of its kind that offers free Life Membership. Unfortunately, this has become financially unsustainable. However I am very hopeful that Life Members will continue to see the value their affiliation with CIM brings and the message it sends to future generations.”  

Student Members and Recent Graduates

Also on the horizon for mid-2017 will be an increase in Student Membership dues from $10 to $20. As always, students will continue to receive the full suite of National Membership benefits at this still greatly reduced rate.

Our focus, as always is to enhance the membership experience while continually challenging ourselves to deliver high quality leading-edge knowledge, valuable networking and professional development opportunities and the advancement of innovative and sustainable practices for the mining industry.

We look forward to continuing to evolve and innovate to meet the changing needs of our valuable community.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact our membership department at 514-939-2710, ext. 1338, or


Jean Vavrek  Michael Winship  CIM Executive Director CIM President 


“Over the years CIM has over been very helpful in supporting my career, facilitating me in forming valuable networks and following technical developments. Accordingly, even as I become a life member I have opted to pay the full National Membership fee, as my way of supporting the industry. Of course, whether at the full fee or at the new lower fee, I really hope that all of our Life Members continue to maintain their memberships, giving back to the organization and serving as an example for future generations of industry professionals.”

Kenneth G. Thomas
CIM Incoming President Elect (2017-2018)
Ken Thomas & Associates Inc.

"CIM Council recently introduced a membership fee for Life Members. I support this move as I believe we as Life Members continue to receive many ongoing benefits from CIM and that we also need to contribute to our society as a way of giving back to our industry. Many of us still work in the industry (not necessarily on a full time basis) but we continue to be kept up-to-date with industry best practices through CIM. We continue to stay in touch with our peers at our conferences and through other CIM communications. Bottom line to me is that we all benefited from our time in our industry and as such we need to continue to give back to our CIM community to ensure a successful mining industry – especially for our incoming generation of miners!"

Jim Popowich
Past CIM President
Mentor to Students at University of Alberta 
Director, the Mosaic Company