CIM Technical Societies

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CIM’s 10 technical societies strive to promote the development of the many facets of Canada’s minerals, metals, materials and petroleum industries. Technically driven, they come together to discuss issues of concern in their specific field pertaining to the discovery, production and utilization of resources.

As part of their mission, CIM technical societies arrange for specialized conferences, courses and publications; bestow scholarships and awards; as well as maintain channels of communication with government departments and academic institutions. They rely heavily on the leadership of dedicated volunteer members whose commitment to excellence enables CIM to achieve its goals in the various industry sectors.

Canadian Mineral Processors Society

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We integrate all levels of mineral processing from academics and research to construction, operations and downstream processing. Participating in our regional and national events enables extensive networking and knowledgesharing opportunities across all these areas. We strive to build the know-how and mineral processing wisdom from the time our members are students and onwards into their careers.

CMP is CIM’s largest society with almost 1,700 members. Our constituents primarily represent the Canadian mineral processing community; however about 20 per cent of the delegates at our annual conferences are from outside Canada. Our delegates are suppliers (40 per cent), industry professionals (25 per cent), consultants (25 per cent) and 10 per cent academia and government representatives.

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Environmental and Social Responsibility Society

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Contact us: ESRS@CIM.ORG

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The structure of the revitalized CIM Environment and Social Responsibility Society includes five technical sections within the Society: Mine Solids Management (waste), Water Management (water), Air Quality (air), Environment, and Social Responsibility and Aboriginal Affairs (social). Each of the five sections are intended to address key environmental aspects associated mining, the natural environment and communities including those presented below:

Land – Waste rock, tailings, dusts, residues, sludges, slag, disposal, management, reprocessing, decommissioning, reclamation

Water – Process effluents, acidic drainage, neutral drainage, ground water, surface water, mine water, seepage, treatment (active, passive, chemical, biological, physical)

Air - Emissions – SO2, SO3, NOX, CO2, halogens, fumes, particulate, climate change

Natural Environment – Environmental impact assessments, life cycle analysis, abandoned mines, designing for closure, footprint, environmental effects monitoring

Social – Indigenous affairs, CSR, conflict minerals, employment, law & order, training, footprint, succession, bribery/corruption, regulations, taxes, communication, disclosures, benefits community succession

Our vision is to provide leadership and professional development opportunities as they relate to the social and environmental responsibility and performance of the Canadian mining industry. We encourage leading practices, a culture of responsibility, and enhanced social and environmental performance management of this industry through collaboration with all interested and affected parties. We do this through providing an engaging and high quality technical program at the annual CIM Convention. Our members are part of a number of working groups outside of the technical sessions which help promote good practices in the mining industry. The Environmental and Social Responsibility Society (ESRS) is made up of a diverse group including managers, scientists, academics, consultants and researchers with operating companies, as well as university and government representatives.

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Geological Society

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Founded in 1942 as the Geology Division of CIM, our mission continues to be to stimulate and advance the application of geoscience in the search, discovery, appraisal and exploitation of mineral deposits through field conferences, technical sessions, short courses, publications, lecture tours, as well as professional and social networking.

Contact us: geosoc@cim.org

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Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability Society

About Us

The objectives of the Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability (MER) Society are:

  • To provide a forum for Society members to share their knowledge and seek information on maintenance and engineering topics within the Society, throughout the rest of CIM, and with external bodies;
  • To promote the improvement of maintenance and engineering standards through peer review of technical papers, public and private industry presentations of technology and best practice topics;
  • To encourage individuals to join the mining industry through the award of scholarships;
  • To provide recognition for engineering and maintenance excellence, participation and contribution through awards;
  • To serve as a resource and support body to mine operating personnel, consulting engineers and designers, and suppliers of mine equipment;
  • To improve safety and minimize risks through the application of engineering principles and maintenance practice in the mining industry, by promoting the adoption of approved methods and devices. 

The engineering disciplines covered by the Society are the fields of Mechanical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Instrumentation, Chemical, Computer Sciences, Material Sciences, Manufacturing and related disciplines.

If you have any questions or require more information contact us at mers@cim.org or any of the MER Executives.

To learn more about the MER Society of CIM, please check out: societies.cim.org/mers

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Management & Economics Society

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In addition to its traditional membership of those involved in the economics and finance of mining, the Management and Economics Society of CIM (MES) was expanded to encompass members contributing to all aspects of the management of companies active in the mining sector. MES sponsors various events throughout the year in Toronto, Vancouver, and Hong Kong that provide industry professionals with the opportunity to share experiences, insights and ideas on topics relating to the economic, management and financial aspects of the business.

A diverse group of individuals are at the heart of our society, including managers, mining financial consultants, CEOs and COOs, university academics, as well as mine engineers, geological engineers and geologists. MES provides a home within the CIM organization for mineral industry professionals whose focus is mineral economics and management. Members are from all areas of professional endeavor, including: geology, engineering, metallurgy, environmental, law, accounting, taxation, banking, investments, governmental, academia, human resources, social development, consultancy, insurance and many more. All are welcome!

Since the very beginning, MES has raised funds to support the academic teaching of mineral economics and, as a result, has supported many undergraduate programs at various Canadian universities. This has been achieved through hosting a series of stand-alone symposia in Toronto, including Rocks & Stocks (organized annually in collaboration with the CIM Toronto Branch), and through the always-popular Management and Finance Day at the annual CIM Convention. MES also hosts seminar-style presentations through its Mineral Economics Discussion Groups in Toronto, Vancouver and Hong Kong, and, also with CIM branches throughout Canada.

To learn more about the Management & Economics Society of CIM, please check out: www.cimmes.org.

Contact Us: Carlos da Costa (Chair, CIM MES) at cdacosta604@gmail.com.

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Metallurgy and Materials Society

Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM

The Metallurgy and Materials Society Metallurgists have been active in CIM from its inception in 1898. In 1945, the Metallurgy Division was formed to reflect the group's technical interests. Constituted as a Society in 1967, the Metallurgical Society (MetSoc) is one of the four societies and five divisions making up the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. In October of 2010, the Society adopted their new name The Metallurgy and Materials Society.

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Mining Society of Nova Scotia

Mining Society of Nova Scotia

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An independent society affiliated with CIM, the Mining Society of Nova Scotia has a rich history dating back to coal and gold mining in the 1890s in Nova Scotia. Its members represent the Nova Scotians who work in the mining and minerals industry today.

The Mining Society of Nova Scotia’s mission is to meet the needs of the mining, metallurgy, petroleum and related industries by providing quality services and value to the membership through:

  • Technical forums
  • Professional social networking
  • Promotion of industries
  • Encouraging student understanding of the industry and commitment to the industry
  • Recognition of excellence through awards and prizes
  • Collaboration with other organizations of similar interests
  • Representation to government on issues that affect the industries

Visit us at MiningSocietyNS.ca

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Society for Rock Engineering

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In November 2004 the Council of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) recognized and welcomed the Society for Rock Engineering as a constituent society of the Institute.

The Society for Rock Engineering traces its origins to 1984 when the Rock Mechanics Committee of the CIM was formed by members of the metal mining, coal mining and geology divisions.

The last 25 years found a large number of volunteers from the Rock Mechanics community working towards developing and disseminating information and knowledge through workshops, technical meetings and the work of ad hoc sub committees.

The priorities of the Society for Rock Engineering have evolved in response to the needs of the industry, and the interests of its members, and have included backfill, instrumentation, rock support, rock bursts, soft rock etc.

The Rock Mechanics Committee has sponsored technical volumes on support, monitoring and backfill, and worked closely with the Canadian Geotechnical Society to represent Canada in the International Society for Rock Mechanics.

The Society for Rock Engineering’s mission is to:

  • Promote and encourage research in rock engineering
  • Facilitate information exchange
  • Promote knowledge sharing
  • Encourage technology transfer among industry players
  • Serve as a bridge into other industries, learning from their experience and insight
  • Support the organization of conferences seminars and training session in rock engineering
  • Recognize excellence in rock engineering in the mining industry

Contact us: RES@cim.org

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Surface Mining Society

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The Surface Mining Society (SMS) exists to provide leadership for best practices in an operating community, at a level that best suits the community. In doing so, we seek to collaborate with other groups on initiatives that will bring direct benefit to the industry as a whole. 

SMS is made up of managers, operators, engineers, and maintenance/reliability and safety personnel.

Contact us: sms@cim.org

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Underground Mining Society

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The Underground Mining Society (UMS) supports the continued growth of mining in Canada by advancing and facilitating the exchange of information and data on all subjects related to the industry, and promoting mining to the general public as a positive, growing and dynamic industry with many exciting opportunities.

Major responsibilities of the UMS include:

  • Organize MEMO (Maintenance Engineering – Mine Operators) Conferences, in conjunction with the Maintenance and Engineering Society, the hosting CIM branch, and CIM National;
  • Promote, chair, solicit papers for Technical Sessions at the CIM Conference and Exhibition;
  • Administer awards and scholarship programs;
  • Provide peer review of technical papers for publication;
  • Promote mini conferences on specific topics of interest to UMS members.

The objectives of the UMS are to:

  • Promote and facilitating the exchange of information and data on all subjects related to the mining industry;
  • Educate the public on many aspects of the mining industry;
  • Promote mining as a positive, growing and dynamic industry with many exciting opportunities;
  • Promote the improvement of underground mining standards through peer review of technical papers, public and private industry presentations of technology, and best practice topics;
  • Encourage individuals to join/stay in the mining industry through the award of scholarships;
  • Serve as a resource and support body to mine operating personnel, consulting engineers and designers, and suppliers of mine equipment.

Contact us: ums@cim.org

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