The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) has announced a new three-year partnership with Rio Tinto, aiming to strengthen technical capabilities and foster a robust, connected and engaged community of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals and materials industries.
CIM says it has a long history of supporting the professional development of its members and partners, with a focus on creating, curating and delivering relevant, leading-edge knowledge. Through this partnership, CIM and Rio Tinto will work together to expand awareness of the essential contribution mining makes to society and achieve organisational and operational excellence.
Rio Tinto recognises CIM’s important role in facilitating thought leadership and serving as an incubator for innovation and advancement in ESG practices and clean technologies that are instrumental in increasing energy efficiency, CIM says. In fact, the 2023 CIM Convention and Expo – for which Rio Tinto is an Official Convention Sponsor – will act as a platform for discussions on how to build trust and efficient processes to decarbonise the industry, it added.
“We are thrilled to partner with CIM for the next three years,” Nigel Steward, Rio Tinto Chief Scientist, said. “Rio Tinto benefits from one of the largest technology and R&D ecosystems in the industry, with more than 500 employees dedicated to R&D and a strong network of partners. We know that professional associations can play a critical role in supporting our objective of finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs. CIM’s reputation for fostering a connected and engaged community aligns well with our own values of care, courage and curiosity, and we look forward to working together to achieve our common goals.”
This partnership between CIM and Rio Tinto is a mutually beneficial opportunity that will enhance the technical capabilities of Rio Tinto’s professionals while providing opportunities for professional development and networking, according to CIM. CIM members will have access to the expertise and resources of a leading global mining company, and Rio Tinto will benefit from CIM’s leadership in professional and industry development. Together, CIM and Rio Tinto will work towards the common goal of supporting the growth and success of the mining industry in Canada.
CIM CEO, Angela Hamlyn, added: “We are excited to partner with Rio Tinto, a global leader in the mining industry. This partnership will allow us to expand our reach and impact, and provide valuable opportunities for our members to learn from and collaborate with our corporate partners. Together, we will work to support the professional development and success of our members and the continued growth
of the mining industry in Canada.”
The partnership began in January 2023 and will run for three years.
Rio Tinto has several mining and metal operations in Canada, including stakes in the Diavik diamond mine in the Northwest Territories (pictured), the Iron Ore Company of Canada and industrial minerals operations in Quebec.