Thomas P. Hynes Re-elected to ICMI Board of Directors

Thomas P. Hynes has been re-elected to a four year term as director of the International Cyanide Management Institute, the body that administers the Cyanide Code, a program of best practice for the gold industry, by the organization’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Hynes is the former Executive Director of the Canada Mining Innovation Council based in Ottawa, Canada; he retired from the position in 2013. He has extensive experience in the Canadian mining industry as a government regulator, in industry operations and in research. From 1993 to early 2011, Mr. Hynes was employed by Natural Resources Canada’s Mining and Mineral Sciences Laboratories, the largest mining research laboratory in Canada where he became Director General. He was previously the Vice President of Environmental Stewardship for the International Council for Metals and the Environment (the forerunner to the International Council on Metals and Mining), and participated in the Secretariat for the stakeholder group that drafted the Cyanide Code. Mr. Hynes holds a Master of Science degree in environmental biology from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

ICMI has been established to administer the International Cyanide Management Code for the Manufacture, Transport, and Use of Cyanide in the Production of Gold (Cyanide Code).  The Cyanide Code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold using cyanide and companies producing and transporting this cyanide. It was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee.  The objective of the Cyanide Code is to improve the management of cyanide used in gold mining and assist in the protection of human health and the reduction of environmental impacts.  A detailed list of the operations covered by signatory companies’ applications, along with the full text of the Cyanide Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at

Friday, June 12, 2015