The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum (CIM) is a non-profit technical society of Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industry professionals. CIM has over 120 years of history beginning in 1898 and has more than 10000 members from all over the globe. The current president of CIM as of 2021 is Roy Slack. CIM has 10 technical societies and 33 branches including MetSoc.
CIM was born 31 years after Canada was founded and was incorporated in 1898 by an Act of the Parliament of Canada as the Canadian Mining Institute. It later became the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in 1920, and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum in 1990.
CIM is also a member of the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance and below are its vision, mission, and strategic goals in their own words:
Vision: A resource sector that is broadly recognized and respected as an engine for sustainable growth and prosperity
Mission: To champion the world’s best practices and expertise for integrated resource development at home and globally.
- Create, curate, and deliver relevant, leading-edge knowledge.
- Foster a robust, connected, and engaged CIM community.
- Expand awareness of the essential contribution mining makes to society.
- Achieve organizational and operation excellence.
Becoming a CIM member can help boost one’s professional profile and expand one's business network. This helps members to build their company profile and stay ahead on the competitive curve. CIM branches are located strategically in three districts across Canada – the Western District, the Central District, and the Eastern District.
Membership with CIM
CIM has a mentorship program, national membership and corporate membership. The national membership includes individual members, retired members, life members, student members, recent grad members, and digital members. A Life Member refers to any person whose number of membership years and age totals to or exceeds 100 years. They get all the benefits of a full National Individual Membership at a reduced cost.
CIM also has an awards category where it honors the industry's finest for their outstanding contributions in various fields. Awards categories include Branch and Society Awards, Early Career Awards, Exploration Awards, Sustainability Awards, Safety Awards, Career Excellence Awards, and Social Responsibility and Education Awards.
Professional Development with CIM
Professional development programs include Edumine, CIM Short Course: Mining 101, CIM Short Course: Reality-based Asset Management, CIM Academy, CIM 2020 Technical Program Series, CIM Webinars, Distinguished Lecturers, McGill Seminars, and Mentorship
1. Global Mineral Professional Alliance (GMPA) – GMPA is a collaboration between leading professional organizations for minerals around the world. CIM is one of its founding partners.
GMPA strives to:
- Foster the exchange of knowledge and technology.
- Promote professional and technical excellence across mineral industries.
- Provide programs for education and professional development.
- Facilitate opportunities for knowledge sharing, business networking fellowship, and public information.
Member institutes of GMPA in addition to CIM are the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), The Institute of Materials, Minerals, and Mining (IOM3), Peruvian Institute of Mining Engineers (IIMP), The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) and Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME).
2. Canadian Mining Hall of Fame (CMHF) – CMHF was established in 1989 and has become an enduring source of information that shares the significant contributions of individuals who shaped Canada’s global mining industry. CMHF recognizes and celebrates individuals who have helped build the mining industry in Canada. Canada is the leader of the global mining industry and its capital markets facilitate the majority of all mining equity raised globally.