CIM Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary


CIM Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

22 February 2023

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CIM Celebrates Its 125th Anniversary

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is celebrating 125 years of being the premier platform for vision, collaboration and learning within the mining and energy sector. Animated by the need to share knowledge and expertise across the newly created confederation, CIM was formed by an act of Parliament in 1898, and quickly established itself as a national organization and a driving force in answering the challenges facing the industry.  

Over its history, CIM has marked many watershed years where it contributed significantly to the growth, development and community involvement of people, organizations and governments, including: 

1898 – George M. Dawson, known as the most significant contributor to the assessment and development of Canada’s natural resources through his work with the Geological Survey of Canada became Vice-President of the new Canadian Mining Institute 

1908 – CIM members were instrumental in establishing the Canadian Mint 

1953 – By-laws were rewritten to be gender neutral so that women could be granted CIM membership status. The first to be admitted were Viola MacMillan, prospector, mine developer and President of ViolaMac Mines Ltd; Pauline Moyd, geologist and Partner with Louis Moyd; Harriet I. Chmara, engineer-in-training with Fleet Manufacturing Ltd; and Anita G. Evans, geologist with the Photographic Survey Corporation. 

2001 – The CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves are incorporated into the National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. NI 43-101 was created after the Bre-X scandal to protect investors from misleading information relating to mineral properties. 

2022 –The CIM Leading Practice Guidelines for Mineral Processing (LPGMP) are the most recently published of a long line of standards and guidelines that have helped shape and direct the Canadian minerals and metals industry throughout its history. The LPGMP were prepared by the CIM Sub-Committee on Best Practice Guidelines for Mineral Processing and supplement the CIM Exploration Best Practices Guidelines and the CIM Estimation of Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves Best Practice Guidelines (2003). The Guidelines direct mineral processing professionals in providing input to the estimation of mineral resources and mineral reserves. 

“Looking back, CIM has made such significant contributions to Canada,” notes Anne Marie Toutant, CIM’s 115th president. “The future is equally exciting with the role that CIM and its members have in collaboratively unlocking the critical minerals and metals required for Canada’s sustainable future.” 

Over the year, CIM will celebrate the history of the organization, the achievements of the CIM community and Canadian minerals, materials and energy sectors. The centrepiece of this celebration will be the CIM Convention + Expo April 30 to May 3, 2023, in Montreal, where images, artifacts and other historical materials will be featured alongside technical programming and social activities that make this event an enduring highlight for the industry. 

“We look forward to welcoming everyone to CIMTL23, which is gearing up to be an exceptional and memorable event,” says CIM CEO, Angela Hamlyn. “This special milestone offers us a great opportunity to collectively celebrate the important contribution and accomplishments of our institute and the vital industry that we serve.” 

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About CIM 

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) has served as the leading technical industry institute in Canada for the past 125 years. CIM is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, facilitation of innovation, the celebration of excellence and the promotion of sustainable practices across the full spectrum of Canada’s minerals, metals, materials and petroleum industries. 

Rosemary Mantini 
Communications Manager 
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum 
514-939-2710 x.1355