Montreal: CIM Dinner Conference featuring Marilyn Spink – Is Engineering a Commodity?

April 25, 2019 all-day
Bier Markt
1221 René-Lévesque Blvd W
Montreal, QC
Canada H3G 1T1

En français


CIM Montréal, in collaboration with CIM MES Montréal and McGill University’s COSMO, are pleased to present:


Marilyn Spink, P. Eng.

DMC Mining Services


who will deliver a presentation on:

Is Engineering a Commodity?


Abstract: Marilyn builds a passionate case for taking the time to do the engineering well before putting a shovel in the ground. She walks the audience through several large complex global minerals projects she has been involved with over her 30 year career in the minerals industry and openly shares her lessons learned – the war wounds and the successes. Mine development has the potential to build wealth, but can also destroy capital, if the engineering, particularly process engineering, is not given the due diligence it deserves. Several resources and simple approaches are presented which can help ensure better project outcomes such as slowing down, creating a positive project team culture, “getting the right people on the bus”, rewarding desired behaviour – externally & internally, continuously educating our clients, transferring knowledge from grey hairs and investing in well thought out engineering workflows. What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing and expecting different results. Can you imagine the wealth we could build in our industry if all stakeholders shifted their thinking to ensure the engineering phase was set up for success this time around?


BIO: Marilyn Spink’s engineering career began in mining and pulp & paper and moved into steelmaking operations working as a metallurgical engineer in both the US & Canada. She was bit by the “capital project bug” and moved into consulting as a process engineer. In succeeding roles, as an Engineering Manager, she led multi-discipline teams to deliver large capital, complex minerals projects globally. Her goal now is to share “lessons learned” with project stakeholders, so we as can deliver minerals projects better moving forward. As a Professional Engineer, Spink is appointed Vice President of Professional Engineers Ontario, a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers and a member of CIM for over 20 years. She is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

To read a profile of Marilyn Spink, please read “Why are there still so few women in mining?” in the CIM Magazine.


Thursday, April 25, 2019
11:30am – 1:30pm



Arrival – 11:30 to 12:00
Lunch Served – 12:00
Talk – 12:30 to 1:30


Bier Markt

1221 René-Lévesque Blvd W
Montréal, QC H3G 1T1

Venue & Location


COST (taxes are included)

Fee: $50
Life Members/Retired: $40
Students: $10

Debit or credit cards are not accepted.


Seats are limited so please register by Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 4:00pm. To RSVP, please contact Lise Chartrand, Secretary, CIM Montréal Branch, at: or tel.: 514 425-5553, to secure your place if you are interested in attending. This is an excellent networking opportunity.




Thank you to our sponsors, CIM Foundation and McGill University’s COSMO (Stochastic Mine Planning Laboratory).



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