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About Alberta NWT Nunavut Regional CMP

Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP) is a Technical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIMM).  A non-profit group of volunteers who are passionate about improving the mineral processing industry worldwide.  Promoting the industry through sharing of ideas and development of our students and new graduates getting into the profession.

It began in 1957, as an operator-oriented group called the Canadian Gold Metallurgists. Their first meeting took place at the Mine Branch of the Canadian Centre for Mining & Energy Technology (CANMET) in 1964 in Ottawa.   CMP was formed in 1968 by including base metal producers.   The first meeting of CMP was held in 1969.  The CMP joined CIMM in 1981.

The CMP is organized across the country into ten Regions with a Representative from each Region having a seat on the Board of Directors.  Regions include: Newfoundland/Labrador, Maritime, N.W. Quebec, Montreal, N.E. Ontario, Toronto, Lake Superior, N.W. Ontario, Central Ontario Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta/NWT/Nunavut and British Columbia/Yukon.

Oil sands mining and extraction processing utilizes similar principles from the mineral processing industry.   The past collaborations between mineral processing operators, vendors, academics, consultants and government, which has proven to be very beneficial to the industries.  The success of the collaborations are linked to having members get together to exchange ideas and best practices, professionalism and ethics.

In 2004, the Alberta/NWT/NU, which is a substantial region did not have an active chapter.  At a time where increased development and processing of the oil sands was taking place.  Many operators coming from other extractive metallurgy operations were also being recruited to Fort McMurray from other mining and processing industries.  These operators also had a history with CIMM and CMP.  A regional chapter was established in Fort McMurray and founded by Fred Rizzuto who at the time was Operations Engineer for Extraction with Shell Albian Sands.

Each region hosts at least one Technical Conference and Regional Board Meeting each year, which may include a Mine/Mill tour.

One critical priority of the regional groups and Technical Conference is to invite the instructors and students from the regional mineral processing educational institutions.  This promotes new interactions and networking between new students coming into the industry and the operators and vendors.  Our branch is pleased to invite the students from the local Keyano College, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, N.A.I.T and S.A.I.T students free of charge.

Another critical requirement of the chapter is to recruit and have passionate operators as executive members.  The regional chapter could not survive without support of the local operators.  Our chapter is always looking for operations people to join our group.  Our goal is to have at least one representative from local operations.  We have been fortunate, with our regional operators who have always been helpful by contributing presentations and financial support to our group.  We are always searching for good presentations from operators, vendors and/or academia.    The best papers are the ones done in collaboration which include an operator.

Over the years, we have had many people representing Shell, Syncrude, Suncor, CNRL, Teck, Imperial Oil, Alberta Energy Regulators (AER) and others participate in our executive committee and/or present at the conference.    We are grateful to have amazing support from the University of Alberta and other educational groups for presentations.  We also are grateful for the support of our vendors.  No doubt we could not exist without the support of the vendors which work with operators to provide presentations and of course financial support to sponsor our expenses and student admissions.  If interested in sponsorship of our event, please contact us for our levels of support and donation process.

 Make a positive impact – give back to the industry – Become a Speaker!

It is important to get an opportunity for mineral process professionals to share their successes and failures, improve public speaking by presenting, promote the industry, create awareness, acquire professional development, networking (both technically & socially), investigate employment opportunities, improve relationships, trust, and reputation.  Companies will often cover membership dues and giving back to the industry satisfies our ethical responsibility.  Through conferences like ours, successful people from mineral processing industry give back to the industry by supporting students, improving processes, reducing cost, managing environmental problems and working together.

As stated on national web site, The formation of the Canadian Gold Metallurgists was predicated on the principle of “Cost plus tails”, i.e. obtaining the lowest possible cost per ton of ore milled (including reclamation costs) with the highest recovery possible. This focus on operators and their interests is maintained as a priority today.

To join the association one would just need to register as a national member.  Please visit our national website www.cmpsoc.ca for details. 

If you are an operator, vendor, consultant or academic and wish to do a paper/presentation at our conference please contact us with your proposal. We look forward to establishing contact with our industry champions.