Professional Development

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Formal activity (program participation)

  • Attend CIM branch- and society-level training programs
  • Take part in short courses and workshops arranged by CIM’s technical societies
  • Obtain the latest information relevant to your field through CIM’s technical webinars
  • Participate on a CIM Committee in areas such as Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices for Resource and Reserve Definition; Diversity and Inclusion; and others

Informal activity (attendance and participation)

  • Attend CIM’s national and branch-level events, especially those that feature technical and career-relevant presentations
  • Learn about the latest developments in your field during the annual CIM Convention and EXPO featuring a comprehensive multi-stream technical program
  • Learn about new standards, best practices and related guidelines through the Global Mining Guidelines Group, CAS-ISO, and technical sessions at conferences
  • Participate in CIM society conferences such as the Canadian Mineral Processors Conference; Maintenance, Engineering and Reliability/Mine Operators’ Conference; and the Conference of Metallurgists
  • Take part in other CIM-sponsored seminars and meetings such as MEMO, MECA, etc.
  • Acquire and/or update your knowledge through CIM’s technical webinars and workshops
  • Attend a CIM Distinguished Lecture
  • Mentor a student or young professional at the branch or national level
  • Support students seeking to present a paper at a conference or submit a paper to CIM Journal for peer review

Participation (volunteer engagement)

  • Serve on CIM Council and/or one of its various committees
  • Serve on CIM branch and society executive bodies
  • Contribute to conference organizing committees and technical program committees
  • Participate in government-related activities on CIM’s behalf (e.g. attending trade missions, interacting with foreign dignitaries, etc.)
  • Contribute to CIM-government initiatives such as the Centre for Excellence in CSR
  • Join groups related to new areas of development such as rare earths and chromite, genomics and mining, and others
  • Become a social media “champion” by helping to disseminate information to a broader audience 


  • Be a CIM Distinguished Lecturer
  • Present at CIM events at the national, society and branch levels
  • Be part of international delegations that feature CIM’s contribution to the industry

Contribution to knowledge

  • Participate in CIM’s Standards, Best Practices and Valuation committees
  • Participate in CIM’s effort to develop and disseminate CSR best practices and contribute to CIM’s development of an online mining safety portal
  • Submit articles for publication in CIM Magazine
  • Submit technical papers to CIM Journal and Canadian Metallurgical Quarterly
  • Serve as peer reviewer for any CIM-published journal, through participating CIM society

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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 membership’s value for me over my career has been personal development – from developing leadership skills, feeding my hunger for learning, debating new ideas, understanding diverse perspectives, building relationships, coaching and being coached, and getting over my fear of public speaking!

Marilyn Spink, CIM Distinguished Lecturer 2018-2019