Founded in 1898, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading not for profit technical society of professionals in the Canadian Minerals, Metals, Materials and Energy Industries. CIM has over 14,000 members, convened from industry, academia and government. With 10 Technical Societies and over 35 Branches, our members help shape, lead and connect Canada’s mining industry, both within our borders and across the globe.
CIM has always maintained three main objectives:
- to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and technology
- to foster networking, professional development
- to recognize excellence and outstanding achievements in the minerals industry
Over 100 years of service
CIM was formed only 31 years after Canada was founded. The Institute was incorporated in 1898 by an Act of the Parliament of Canada as the Canadian Mining Institute. In 1920, it became the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and in 1990, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum.
CIM was the result of individuals in the mining industry seeking a vehicle for lobbying for safety laws and workers' protection, as well as a method of ensuring the communication of ideas. Led by a very capable group of dedicated members, CIM soon came to attract new members from all across Canada.
In 1998, CIM celebrated its centennial, looking back over the past 100 years and recognizing its success. CIM has grown from a small association to Canada's leading professional association for the minerals related industries, with technical Societies and over 30 local Branches across Canada and one overseas.