CIM 2017 Convention - Montreal CIM 2017 Convention - Montreal

CIM in brief

Founded in 1898, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) is the leading technical society of professionals in the Canadian Minerals, Metals, Materials and Energy Industries.  CIM has over 14,600 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.

The first Annual Interprovincial Congress was held from March 1 to 3, 1899 at the Windsor Hotel in Montreal.


Pride and Vision is the title of a book published in 1998 to commemorate CIM’S 100 year anniversary. The book tells the story of CIM, from its roots in the first provincial mining associations, to its present status as an internationally respected, dynamic organization of more than 14,000 members.

CIM has been the professional association of mining engineers, metallurgists, geologists and others connected with Canada’s minerals industry for over one hundred years. It is member-driven and member-led.

Its formation was the vision of one man, B.T.A. Bell, a mining journalist of exceptional talent and energy. In 1891, he had convinced mining men in Quebec that their common interests could best be served in what became the General Mining Association of the Province of Quebec. Similar organizations soon emerged in Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia. A federation was formed in 1896, and two years later, the Canadian Mining Institute was born, with Bell as its first Secretary.  Then, as now, CIM’s main precepts were knowledge and fellowship.

The purpose of the Institute, which always strived to be relevant to a growing and increasingly diverse membership, addresses recurring issues since its beginnings. Its organizational structure, relations within the Institute, membership qualifications, and finances serve a strong governance and management model.

CIM’s history encompasses its load of discriminatory legislation, continuous improvement in services to a growing and changing industry, relationships with other institutions, and internal congresses. The Institute lived through world wars, boom and bust in the minerals industry as well as professionalism and environmental stewardship.