Student Program Lounge

Never mind getting a foot in the door, the student and young professionals program has four days of programming designed to swing that door open.

The student program will bring students direct access to professionals and professional resources that will help them build confidence, connection and job search skills to equip them for the journey in the mining and metals industry.

Join us at the Student Program Networking Lounge for the activities below.

Monday, May 3

event Keynote: Joe Lombard, Global Managing Director, Metals, Hatch

Understanding who you are, what you enjoy, what is meaningful to you and what you would like your future to look like is critical to charting your path forward. Joe, one of the world's foremost authorities on the design and construction of aluminum smelters, with more than 30 years of experience in the development and expansion of metallurgical facilities in Europe, North America and South Africa, will talk about the importance of being strategic with planning your future!

Time: 2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT

Joe Lombard

Global Managing Director, Metals


event Hatch and Teck present: The Future of Mining

We bring professionals from both Teck and Hatch to speak about the future of mining and what it means for students on their path to building a career in the mining and metals industry.

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

Jerred Workun

Senior Specialist, Operating Excellence

Julie Boulos

Process Engineer-in-Training, Pyrometallurgy

Tuesday, May 4

event Keynote: Carleigh Whitman, Director, Environment, Teck

Professional networking is vital to career growth and can be an amazing way to develop —not only professional relationships but— meaningful and long-lasting friendships. Carleigh Whitman, A sustainability and external affairs professional in the natural resources sector— will share some words of wisdom about networking and its ability to help students on their path to a successful career.

Time: 1:30pm - 1:50pm EDT

Carleigh Whitman

Director, Environment


event Industry Meet and Greet

An event for Students and Industry Professionals to connect, getting to know one another by exploring industry topics.

Time: 1:50pm - 3:00pm EDT

Wednesday, May 5

event Career Coach Mike Bird

Mike Bird is a Montréal-based career coach for new graduates and young professionals looking to confidently establish themselves in the working world.

Having worked with countless young people throughout his career, Mike leverages a unique combination of placement, teaching and competitive coaching experience to serve clients from all over the world. As the founder of CoachOiseau Career Coaching (, he helps clients figure out their next move, brand themselves as ideal candidates, and land their first “real” job faster. And for 1 hour, he will be giving students the tips and tricks needed to successfully land meaningful employment.

Time: 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT

Mike Bird

CoachOiseau Career Coaching


event YMP Presents The Future of Mining: A Conversation with Mining Leaders

Join a panel of leaders from across the mining sector to discuss the future of our industry and explore the risks & opportunities of digitizing mining operations.

Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT

Thursday, May 6

event Speed Mentorship

A fast-paced event providing students with a seat at the table with seasoned industry veterans and peers to discuss career and professional development.

Time: 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT

Students get access to the student program, the full Convention technical program and access to recordings of sessions on the CIM Academy. Not a CIM Member? Register as a non-member and receive a 1-year membership with CIM and get access to a wide variety of membership benefits to help you navigate and grow your career in the mining and metals industry!


Join us at CIMVTL21

Register by April 8 to get our early bird registration rates!