Representatives of the Sudbury branch of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM Sudbury) have won the prestigious Mel W. Bartley Outstanding Branch Award; an award given annually to the local branch judged to have made the most progress toward achieving the aims and objectives of the national Institute.
The award is named after the 1976-77 CIM president and was established in 1977 by the CIM Thunder Bay branch.
Sudbury Branch Chair Trang Tran-Valade says she is very proud of her executive team, who implemented a number of new activities for members over the last couple of years.
“Our membership was very supportive of the programs we introduced at monthly meetings, including a concerted effort to step up the mentorship of future mining professionals.”
Tran-Valade explained that college and university students who attended local branch meetings benefited from fun but effective ice-breaker activities that connected them with seasoned industry professionals and learn about various facets of the industry. “Many of those mining professionals have become mentors to the students,” she added.
CIM National President Garth Kirkham presented the award to Tran-Valade and CIM branch colleagues George Darling and Peter Villgren.
Several other Sudburians active with CIM were also honoured recently:
· Peter Edmunds earned the CIM Fellowship Award, which recognizes members for their outstanding contributions to the mining, metallurgical and petroleum industries;
· Oliver Koski was presented the CIM Community Service Award for his contribution to the local branch and his longstanding community involvement.
· Damien Duff was bestowed the Julian Boldy Geological Society Service Award, recognizing exceptional service to the Geological Society of CIM; and · Allan Akerman accepted the McParland Memorial Award, recognizing outstanding performance in civil engineering design, general plant design, project engineering, and/or management of mine plants, acknowledging innovations in mine plant installations or in operating and maintenance methods, and major improvements in equipment used in mining or equipment manufacturing.