CIM Convention 2017 explores a "New State of Mine"

MONTREAL, April 27, 2017 /CNW/ - The theme "New State of Mine" will drive powerful discussions about issues impacting the mining industry and its work force, during the CIM Convention 2017,  taking place at the Palais des congrès de Montréal from April 30 to May 3. The event, organized by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), is expected to draw in more than 5,000 mining industry participants from Canada and around the globe.

 "The basis of what we do in the minerals industry does not change, but how we do it does," says CIM president Michael Winship. "Committing to the diverse workforce required to build a stronger community and ensure succession, as well as adopting safety measures that result in zero injuries makes for a promising future – for generations ahead. Renewed and total commitment to innovation and best practices, combined with operational excellence, also paves the way to new strategies in community engagement."

A stimulating opening Plenary Session on Monday, May 1, will be inaugurated by Québec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, Pierre Arcan and will be moderated by the highly respected Carol Plummer, Vice-President, Project Development, and Southern Business for Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.

The distinguished panel will be comprised of some of the industry's top officials including Michelle Ash, Chief Innovation Officer, Barrick Gold Corporation; Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO, ArcelorMittal Mining Canada G.P.; Renaud Adams, Chief Executive Officer and President, Richmont Mines Inc.; Daniella Dimitrov, Mining Executive and Corporate Director, Excellon Resources Inc.; and Gerald B. Sanders, Propulsion and Power Division, Engineering Directorate, NASA Johnson Space Center. Some plenary speakers will be available for interviews from the press following the session.

The plenary will kick-off a three-day technical program arranged under eleven thematic streams.  "The Technical Program promises to address the latest in mining innovations and strategies for operational excellence," says Renaud Adams, general chair of CIM Convention 2017. "We will also be hosting Franco-Mine – a session on mining in French speaking West African countries – as well as the Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium (PTMSS). The CIM Convention is where the mining industry meets annually to exchange knowledge, network and conduct business. Whether you are a manager or an operator, a geologist or an engineer, a researcher or a practitioner, an educator or a student, you will find something exciting for you in Montreal 2017."

The EXPO: Also held in conjunction with this year's convention, the 34th instalment of the ExpoCanada's mining marketplace – will feature 450 exhibiting companies featuring the latest in mining equipment, tools, technologies and services. With lunches and daily receptions on the trade show floor, relationships, old and new, are sure to be solidified through networking.

While knowledge and business bring mining professionals together, the pride in and recognition of those who make the mining industry more promising, safe and sustainable is equally important.  On Monday evening, May 1, 500 convention attendees will slip into their fanciest attire to celebrate the line-up of 2017 CIM Award winners at the CIM Awards Gala, which will be moderated by renowned television host, Ben Mulroney.

A Press Room will be available on site at the CIM Convention for registered press representatives. Press interested in attending the event are invited to register online at CIM 2017 Convention – Media Centre.

About CIM

The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading professional association for the minerals industry with more than 10,000 members across Canada and globally. CIM is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge as well as the promotion of networking, innovation and sustainable practices for the mining industry.


SOURCE Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)

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