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Convention to look at the changing face of mining

April 23, 2019  

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Intelligence. Information. Innovation. Influence: the letter “I” will connect thousands of professionals from all fields of mining during the annual Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), April 28-May 1.

Expected to draw over 5,000 delegates from across Canada and around the globe, the three-day conference, tradeshow and business and networking event – held at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal – will feature more than 200 technical oral presentations by industry thought leaders.

“I believe that those who have been attending the convention regularly are in for some nice surprises this year as we inject innovative approaches to content delivery,” says CIM’s CEO, Angela Hamlyn.

With enhanced focus on mining operations, the technical streams will delve into Sustainable Mining, Innovation, Automation and Data, Rocks to Resources, Health and Safety, and People and Communities. Two select symposiums will also take place in parallel to the CIM Convention: the 7th North American Iron Ore Symposium and the 17th North American Mine Ventilation Symposium (NAMVS 2019).

“CIM has been encouraging the exchange of knowledge, recognizing excellence and bringing people in the mining industry together for 121 years” explains Hamlyn. “This convention’s strong corporate support, valuable partnerships and high registration numbers are fostering one of the most visionary technical programs that we have ever put on.”

The program will be kicked off by a newly formatted, dynamic and interactive plenary exploring “The Changing face of Mining” through many lenses. The plenary will begin with opening remarks from Assistant Deputy Minister, Minerals Sector, Natural Resources Canada (ADM), Glenn Mason.

Day two keynote speakers will be Janice Zinck, Director at CANMET Mining, Natural Resources Canada and CIM President 2018-2019; and Cathy Gallagher-Louisy, Senior Director, Consulting and Partnerships, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. The session will begin with opening remarks from Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources (PS), Paul Lefebvre. Zinck will discuss Crushing the Consumption Conundrum, and following her address the six finalists of Impact Canada’s $10-million Crush It! Challenge will be announced by Minister Paul Lefebvre. Gallagher-Louisy will then educate the room on How to Harness Diversity Dividend and Mitigate Diversity Debt.

The business of mining is big at the CIM Convention. The sold-out 36th edition of the EXPO, Canada’s Mining Marketplace, will host 475 exhibiting companies featuring the latest in mining equipment and solutions. New this year: 40 live presentations on the Innovation Stage will add activity and inspiration to the Expo floor.