2013

Lee Bilheimer in 2013, in his 86th year. Lee joined CIM in 1970 and became a life member in 2000. He received the McParland Memorial Award for Excellence in Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability in 1995 for his work as a mining engineer.

Henry (Hank) Bloy on Christmas Eve, 2013. He had been a life member of CIM for more than 20 years. Hank received several honours over the course of his long career in the industry including the CIM Distinguished Service Medal in 1985. In addition, he received the BTA Bell Commemorative Medallion for service to the Canadian mining industry on the occasion of the 100th Continuous Year of Publication of the Canadian Mining Journal, and the William H. Cameron Award. Hank also served as manager of the Mining Association of Manitoba for more than a decade, and was chair of the John T. Ryan Safety Committee for many years.

James (Jim) K.B. Booth on Nov. 11, 2013 at the age of 91. Jim first joined CIM in 1959, after moving to Canada from his native England to work for Rio Tinto. He eventually left Rio Tinto to chart his own course and wound up founding a mining consultancy firm in collaboration with his partners Derry and Michener. Jim became a CIM life member in 1991.

William (Webb) Cummings (1926-2013) had been a life member of CIM since 1989. Webb first joined CIM as a mining engineer in 1950. He spent much of his life and career based in British Columbia but worked across the country and abroad.

R. Bruce Fergusonon Sept. 24, 2013 at the age of 68, the same year he became a CIM life member. He worked as a metallurgical engineer for many years, most recently in Nevada, and joined CIM in 1976.

Anders Haag had been a CIM member since 2003. He had worked in Chile for Xstrata since 2000, where he served as the company’s regional manager. Anders passed away in 2012 at the early age of 48.

R.G. (Bob) Hilker on April 23, 2013, at the age of 83. A life member of CIM, Bob founded his own successful geological consulting company, Tron Duik Consultants Ltd., in 1969.

Barbara Jewers moved to Fort McMurray from her native Nova Scotia in 1990, where she worked as an engineer with Syncrude for 23 years. She passed away on Sept. 17, 2013 at the age of 46.

Thomas William Kierans (1913-2013) was a genuine visionary in the engineering field. Tom began his career in 1939 when he went to work in the Sudbury Nickelbelt and eventually became Inco’s head safety engineer, during which time he introduced some important reforms. In the late 1960s and early 1970s Tom helped design the Churchill Falls Hydropower project in Labrador. Later he accepted a post at the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s engineering faculty. Tom’s legacy will be forever associated with the unique ability to see engineering solutions to environmental problems. Some of his most significant projects and ideas include the Great Recycling and Northern Development (GRAND) Canal of North America, Strait of Belle Isle Fixed Link, Southside Hills development, and Deltaport. Tom first joined CIM in 1945. He was 100 years old when he passed away in November 2013.

Gregory W.R. Kuzyk (1944-2013), a life member of CIM, was trained as a mining engineer and worked at Atomic Energy Canada’s Underground Research Laboratory for 26 years. He was 68 years old when he passed away on July 3, 2013.

Saulius (Sal) Masionis on Oct. 21, 2013 at the age of 70. Sal moved to Canada from Lithuania in 1949, and enjoyed his career in the world of finance, working as a stock broker with Brant Securities for 20 years. Sal joined CIM in 2009 and was a member of the CIM Toronto Branch.

Michael P. Ranallo in August 2013. He became a member in 2001. 

Douglas R. Beaumont became a member in 1970 and a life member in 2002. He died on June 30, 2013.

Jack McOuat became a junior member in 1957, a member in 1967 and a life member in 1996. He died on July 30, 2013.

Edward William (Ted) Woolfrey, at home in Medicine Hat, Alberta, on Nov. 24, 2013 at 72 years of age. The founder of Torcal Industries Ltd., Ted joined CIM in 1994.


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