Join a Committee or Submit an Awards Nomination

Deepen your involvement with SME and make a difference in the mining community

As a member-led association, SME has many opportunities for members to get involved and make a difference in the mining industry. Two great ways you can make a difference:

  • Nominate a colleague or team for an award

  • Join an SME committee 

SME Awards Program

SME Award recipients represent the “best of the best” in the mining and minerals industry. Award winners are recognized for their high levels of expertise and unique contributions to the industry. Some notable names in the industry have been recipients of a prestigious SME award. Check out a list of past Award recipients below – you’re sure to recognize some of them.

  • Honor an industry colleague or team by nominating them for an SME award.

  • Awards are given for individual and group achievements.

  • All nominations must be submitted online by June 1.

  • Winners will be notified in September.

Explore award options

Select an award to learn more and start the online nomination process.


SME Committees

Joining an SME Committee is a great way for you to make the most of your membership. Reasons you should join a committee:

  • Enhance your professional competencies through the development of leadership, project management and other skills.

  • Showcase your skills and work style, as you plan and implement activities and projects for SME’s members.

  • Get to know other SME members and build your professional network.

  • Give back to the mining community through SME’s programs and services.

  • Volunteering is important, rewarding and enjoyable. Volunteers are the heart of a membership organization like SME. It’s a good feeling to know that you’re helping the organization and your colleagues in the mining industry. Best of all, volunteering can be a lot of fun.

Some SME committees, such as the various Divisions, accept volunteers throughout the year and at the SME Annual Conference in February. Other committees require nominations. Learn more about SME committees and volunteer opportunities here.