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MEI Online: People News: North America: May 4th 2007


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:: Jim Gowans, De Beers Canada’s President and CEO, is Named CIM President-Elect 2007

At its annual general meeting, held on Sunday April 29, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) has announced the appointment of Jim Gowans, President and CEO of De Beers Canada Inc., as President-Elect. “With over 30 years of global mining leadership experience, Jim Gowans was a natural choice to direct the institute in 2008," said Jim Popowich, incoming CIM President.

“De Beers Canada has been exploring Canada for over forty years, and as of this year, we will also be a fully fledged mining company," explains Jim Gowans, President and CEO of De Beers Canada and President-Elect of the CIM. “Now is the perfect time to take on a leadership role within the Canadian mining sector."

The President-Elect is a one-year term, followed by a year as president, then a year as past president, over which time Jim Gowans will have an extraordinary opportunity to influence change and lead the CIM into a new era as the association of choice for professionals in the minerals industries.

De Beers Canada is currently investing almost $2 billion to build two mines in northern Canada simultaneously. The Snap Lake Mine in the Northwest Territories will be commissioned for full production in the fall. Snap Lake will be De Beers’ first diamond mine outside of Africa, and Canada’s first fully underground diamond mine. The Victor Mine in northern Ontario will be Ontario’s first diamond mine and is reputed to contain amongst the most valuable diamonds in the world.

CIM is holding its 2007 Conference and Exhibition in Montreal from April 29 to May 2, 2007 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal. It is the foremost event for the Canadian minerals industry, where industry leaders and professionals come together to network and share knowledge. The conference theme, Energy and Mines, underpins one of the major challenges the minerals industry faces today.

Founded in 1898, the CIM is the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian minerals, metals, materials and energy industries with over 12,000 national members.




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