Canada is a global leader in mining, not only in its ability to unlock the value of mineral deposits, but also in the transfer of leading- edge best practices in the areas of safety, technology, finance, corporate social responsibility and community development. It is imperative that we continue to take the lead in these areas and, to this end, we can all play an important role.
CIM is working hard to support Canadians and Canadian mining companies, both on the home front and abroad. It liaises closely with various governmental departments such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, has demonstrated world-class leadership in the area of resource and reserve definition, and was selected by the Canadian government to develop the newly established Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility. In keeping with CIM’s extended global reach, the CIM Conference and Exhibition 2010 will have a significant international component.
When the 2010 organizing committee met for the first time more than a year ago, one of our early tasks was determining an appropriate theme for the conference. A number of excellent suggestions were put forth, all of which revolved around the importance of mining to people and communities, and the continued development of the global standard of living. The chosen theme for this year’s conference, “Mining – Your Foundation for a Better World,” is a reflection of the historical role that mining has played in the development of communities, countries and economies, and an affirmation of the impact mining has on everyday life.
Mining is clearly a global activity, and the CIM Conference and Exhibition has customarily reflected this. The tradition continues at this year’s conference, with an emphasis on the strong mining industry ties between North America and Latin America. The Plenary Session, Technical Program, and Management and Finance Day all include significant Latin American components.
Pablo De la Flor, vice-president Corporate Affairs, Compañía Minera Antamina S.A., will join this year’s honorary chair, Don Lindsay, president and CEO of Teck Resources Limited, and an impressive lineup of speakers at this year’s Plenary Session. The Technical Program includes two sessions dedicated to Latin American mining projects, and a number of other presentations will also address social and community development in Latin America. The final session of Management and Finance Day will entail a panel discussion of industry executives and experts on the business side of the global mining industry, centred on the theme of “Mining Developments in Latin America within the Global Context.”
The CIM Conference and Exhibition 2010 in Vancouver is just around the corner and the organizing committee, a host of dedicated volunteers and the CIM national office are working hard on finalizing last-minute details to ensure delegates, exhibitors and visitors enjoy the best mining conference in North America. Vancouver has just welcomed the world for the Winter Olympics — what better venue for welcoming the mining world to the CIM Conference and Exhibition 2010 this coming May.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Sean Waller is president and director, Candente Copper Corp., CIM District 6 vice-president, and general chair of the CIM Conference and Exhibition 2010.