Who We Are

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading not-for-profit technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industries.

CIM was formed only 31 years after Canada was founded.  The Institute was incorporated  in 1898 by an Act of the Parliament of Canada as the Canadian Mining Institute. In 1920, it became the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and in 1990, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.

CIM's members, convened from industry, academia and government, help shape, lead and connect Canada’s mining industry, both within our borders and across the globe.

CIM is a proud member of the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance.


A resource sector that is broadly recognized and respected as an engine for sustainable growth and prosperity.


To champion the world’s best practices and expertise for integrated resource development at home and globally.

Strategic Goals

1. Create, curate and deliver relevant, leading-edge knowledge

CIM strives to challenge and advance the level and quality of knowledge for the betterment of our members, the sector we serve and society at large. Our print and web resources as well as our educational and technical sessions at branch, national and international events facilitate CIM’s efforts to discover, examine and share meaningful insights and to drive innovation for the evolution of ideas, which resonates at the very core of our mission.

2. Foster a robust, connected and engaged CIM community

Drawing upon the valuable connections forged throughout our rich 120-year history and fortified by the critical insights and expertise found in our 10 technical societies and 30 branches, CIM serves as an important connector and conduit for a community that is as vast and as rich as the industry itself. From exploration and extraction through to production and reclamation, from the rock face to the corporate tower, our constituents are involved in every facet of the mining cycle, and together we are made stronger than the sum of our parts.

3. Expand awareness of the essential contribution mining makes to society

The minerals, metals and materials we extract and process are critical building blocks for the very foundation of modern society. By separating fact from fiction and by tapping into and conveying scientifically based knowledge to help educate the public about the essential role our industry plays, CIM helps meet the evolving needs of our communities for a sustainable future and inspires tomorrow’s generations to join our efforts.

4. Achieve organizational and operation excellence

In addition to the three core strategic goals, an overarching operational goal was developed to address the Institute’s ability to deliver on the strategic plan. Components include: aligning capacity; organizational structure and resources; evolving the financial (national-constituent) model towards a more sustainable CIM; and the development of the information technologies that support the strategic plan.

Become a CIM Member

A CIM membership can help enhance your professional profile, develop your business network and build your company’s profile. The Canadian Institute of Mining Metallurgy and Petroleum offers multiple membership types, with different levels of engagement to meet any mining industry professional’s business needs and career goals.

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CIM really is the strongest representation of what mining is.

Tim Skinner, Distinguished Service Award Winner 2019