Published On: 11/24/2015

International mining society advocates unite to form technical partnership

Industry professionals worldwide will share benefits

Mining is a global business and the mobility of mining professionals across geographic boundaries has never been greater. In an effort to better serve the global minerals industry and their members, four of the world’s most influential mining organizations have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the Global Mineral Professionals Alliance (GMPA).

“By entering into this MoU, the participating societies have guaranteed access to education, public information, business networking and technical exchange opportunities for mining and minerals industry professionals worldwide,” said Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “The mutually beneficial relationship of the GMPA partners will promote the minerals industry and advance the professional development of members across a wide range of disciplines and areas of expertise.”

Participating organizations are the:

  • Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM)
  • Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
  • Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. (SME)
  • Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM)

“Visiting Member” status for one year will be offered to individuals who are members of one of the participating organizations and are living and working in a host society’s region. Services and benefits will include technical workshops and meetings, access to print and online libraries, print and online publications and host member registration rates for conferences. Over time, the GMPA intends to invite all professional and technical mining organizations from around the world to consider membership in the Alliance.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or