A prime networking opportunity

The 2016 CIM convention was a great success

by Danielle Cameron
A male delegate of the CIM convention sitting at a console with joysticks.

From May 1 to 4, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) hosted the CIM Convention 2016 in Vancouver, B.C. — Robert Hawkins photo

From May 1 to 4, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) hosted the eagerly anticipated CIM Convention 2016 in Vancouver, B.C. With the goals of exchanging knowledge, fostering business relationships and celebrating the latest achievements and technology, it’s safe to say this year’s event was a great success.

May 1st was a day set aside for education, with workshops available throughout the day, covering a number of pertinent issues. The courses offered were: Recent Developments in Mining Disclosure Standards and Compliance Issues with NI 43-101, Overview of Mineral Resource Estimation and Simulation, Mining 101: An Introduction to Mining and Mineral Processing, and State of Practice in Water, Tailings and Waste Management.

The plenary session held on Monday, May 2nd, was in keeping with the conference theme, “Leading Excellence.” It brought together key individuals from all different sectors and was moderated by Colin Joudrie, vice-president of business development and general manager hydromet with Teck Resources. Panelists included James Gowans, president, CEO and director of Arizona Mining; Phillips S. Baker, president and CEO of Hecla Mining Company; Randy Smallwood, president and CEO of Silver Wheaton; and Donald R. Lindsay, president and CEO of Teck Resources.

There were also technical sessions, and a management and finance day organized by the CIM Management and Economics Society.

Another exciting part of the conference was the expo. There was a wide array of exhibitors representing companies from the mining, energy and related sectors. The attendance was nicely spaced out, allowing for attendees to have valuable one-on-one time with the exhibitors.

“Despite the low foot traffic at the expo, many exhibitors expressed that that allowed more relaxed conversations and, as a result, good quality contacts,” said Robert Hawkins, Canadian Mining & Energy magazine sales representative.

We encourage everyone to attend next year’s CIM conference, and doing so will be more vital as the industry evolves.

“Each month that goes by elevates the recovery in the extractive industries,” said Hawkins, “so that by next year's event in Montreal, things should be ready to rock again.”

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