Awards & Banquet

Extraction 2018 Conference Banquet
Date: Tuesday, August 28
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Canadian Museum of History
Cost: $95.00*
*Please note that registration rates are listed in CAD and do not include 13% tax.

Honor your colleagues in the global extractive metallurgy community at the Conference Banquet. The evening will feature presentation of awards from MetSoc, SME, TMS, and AIME. Learn more about the evening’s honorees below. A three course meal with wine and transportation is included in with purchased tickets.

Banquet Bus Shuttle Information
A shuttle bus will depart from the Westin Ottawa hotel lobby from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The returning shuttle bus will depart from the museum at 9:45 p.m.


The MetSoc Innovation Award

The award supports the important role of innovation as a fundamental foundation to the development and growth of the Canadian metallurgical industry. The award recognizes outstanding innovation in the industry, specifically innovations that have been implemented and are practiced technology, and to which a company or group of individuals are the prime contributors.

2018 Recipient - Acousto Ultrasonic-Echo (AU-E) non-destructive testing (NDT) technique developed in Canada by Dr. Afshin Sadri and the Hatch NDT team

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Summary of the AU-E technology and process

Acousto Ultrasonic-Echo (AU-E) is a patented non-destructive testing (NDT) technique developed in Canada by Dr. Afshin Sadri and the Hatch NDT team that assesses the refractory lining condition of pyrometallurgical vessels with a particular focus on smelting furnaces. AU-E is based on stress wave propagation principles, in which wave reflections are caused by alterations in the refractory properties. The AU-E technique involves analyses of the received reflections to assess the condition and thickness of the refractory lining being tested. AU-E is used by clients in the metallurgical industry to provide accurate, quick and economical refractory condition measurements and to assess when furnace refractory should be repaired, and how to economize on the scope of repairs. Since its development in the early 2000s, AU-E has been employed at over 170 major commercial furnaces around the world for numerous commodities including non-ferrous and precious metals, iron and steel, and non-metals like glass and alumina. Many of these furnaces employ repeated AU-E inspections for routine refractory lining assessment. In addition, more than 10 journal papers have been published, and presented at over 50 different conferences around the world, on the topic of the AU-E technique. AU-E is an outstanding Canadian innovation that has greatly benefited the pyrometallurgical industry in terms of cost and safety, both in Canada and globally.


The MetSoc Airey Award

The Airey Award is a memorial to the late H.T. Airey, who played a fundamental role in the creation and organization of the Annual Conference of Metallurgists (COM). This award, supported by XPS Expert Process Solutions, is in recognition of highly significant contributions to the advancement of metallurgy in Canada and is considered the Society’s most prestigious award.

2018 Recipient – Sam Marcuson, Vale (retired)

In recognition of Sam’s exceptional and unique leadership contributions to the metallurgical industry, profession and education in Canada.

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Dr. Sam Marcuson is an industry consultant and adjunct professor specializing in process technology and technology management. Formerly, he was Vice President at Vale Canada Limited, formerly Inco Limited, where he led the Base Metals Technology Department and provided technical advice and guidance to the corporation. Appointed to this position in 2008, Sam served as a member of the Vale New Caledonia Board of Directors and the Vale Canada Management Committee. Previous positions within the Vale and Inco organizations included Supervisor of Process Development, Superintendent of Smelter Technical Services, Manager of Process Metallurgy and Director of Process and Product Research. Sam holds M.S. and Eng.Sc.D. degrees in Mineral Engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary. Prior to joining Inco (now Vale) in 1980, he worked in the research department of Engelhard Minerals and Chemicals Corporation (now part of BASF).

Dr. Marcuson is a member and Fellow of the Metallurgy & Materials Society of CIM and served on the Board of Directors in a number of positions, including President. He was Chairman of the 1986 Annual Conference of Metallurgists. He is an adjunct professor at both the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Committee to the Lassonde Institute of Mining at University of Toronto. In 2005 he was awarded the CSChE Environmental Improvement Award. Sam was deeply involved in the 1988-1994 SO2 abatement project at the Copper Cliff smelter, leading development of a unique process for producing blister copper from nickel–containing chalcocite. Under his leadership unique technologies for enhancing nickel and copper recoveries were developed and commercialized. In addition to technical papers on the chemistry and engineering of metal recovery and refining, Sam has written and presented articles on diverse topics including academic/industry collaboration, innovation, 19th and 20th century historical metallurgy and sustainability. Most recently as Chairperson of the Metsoc Historical Metallurgy Committee he organized an oral history project about leaders in Canadian mining and metallurgy conducted by the Canada Science and Technology Museum. A current interest and passion is the interface between technology, innovation and business, including sustainability in the resource industry.


TMS Extraction & Processing Division (EPD) Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes outstanding long-term service to industries served by the Extraction and Processing Division by consistently providing technical and/or operating knowledge that has enhanced the competitiveness of the industry.

2018 Recipient – Peter Hayes, University of Queensland

In recognition of forty-plus years of an extractive metallurgy career, developing an undergraduate program, textbooks used worldwide, research for fifty-plus major international companies, 300-plus publications, and best paper awards.

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Professor Peter Hayes is currently Professor and program leader in Metallurgical Engineering within the School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Prof Hayes obtained BSc (Metallurgy),1970 and MSc (Metallurgy), Newcastle on Tyne (UK),1972, and PhD (Metallurgy), University of Strathclyde, Scotland,1974.He took up a British Steel Corporation Postdoctoral Fellowship 1974-75 and was appointed lecturer in materials at The University of Queensland 1976. Prof Hayes has been activity involved in program and curriculum development in the field of metallurgical engineering over a several decades, establishing the BE in Minerals Process Engineering in 1985 and dual major BE Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering in 2006. Prof Hayes is the author of the undergraduate student textbook “Process Principles in Minerals and Materials Production”, first published in 1985; it is now in its 3rd edition. He has taught courses in chemical thermodynamics, hydro-, pyro- and electro-metallurgical processing.

The focus of Prof. Hayes’ research is on the high temperature processing of minerals and materials, with particular application to the pyrometallurgical production and refining of metals. His research interests include chemical equilibria, reaction kinetics and mechanisms. Prof Hayes has over 300 research publications in international journals and conferences. A feature of the research has been the focus on developing further understanding the fundamental science underpinning metallurgical processes and providing support for the improvement of industrial operations. Prof Hayes has built strong research collaborations with industry; he was foundation Director of the Pyrometallurgy Research Centre, Pyrosearch, and continues to be active in the field.


TMS/SME/AIME James Douglas Gold Medal

The James Douglas Gold Medal, established in 1922, recognizes distinguished achievement in nonferrous metallurgy, including both the benefication of ores and the alloying and utilization of nonferrous metals. Dr. James Douglas, founder of Phelps Dodge Corporation and twice President of AIME, was also an AIME Honorary Member. He was an industrialist, a mining engineer, a metallurgical engineer and a noted inventor of metallurgical equipment.

2018 Recipient – Michael S. Moats, Missouri University of Science and Technology

In recognition of his knowledge and contributions to the field of electrometallurgy.

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Dr. Michael S. Moats is an associate professor of Metallurgical Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He has dedicated his 20+ year career to extractive metallurgy with specific emphasis on non-ferrous electrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy. Starting with his first summer job at Big River Zinc and continuing to his current roles as professor, AMIRA project leader, Copper Refinery Group facilitator, and SME/TMS member, he has focused his efforts on the improvement of industrial process through training and research. Dr. Moats earned his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1992 and 1995, respectively. As an undergraduate, he was awarded the A.P. Green Medal as UMR's outstanding graduating senior and the SME-MPD national scholarship (now called the Klimpel Scholarship).

For the past 11 years, Dr. Moats has been a professor of metallurgical engineering at the University of Utah and Missouri University of Science and Technology. During his academic tenure, he has focused on teaching inside and outside of the classroom. Michael continued his focus on non-ferrous education by publishing two books, two book chapters, 28 journal papers and 29 conference proceedings since 2010. He has also edited three conference proceedings. In total, he has 41 peer reviewed journal articles and 48 conference proceedings. His most cited source is the book Extractive Metallurgy of Nickel, Cobalt and Platinum Group Metals. According to Google Scholar, his works have been cited 635 times and he has an h-index of 15.

Dr. Moats has also been very active serving the non-ferrous metallurgy industry through professional societies and leading the Copper Refinery Group. Mike is an active member of SME and TMS. He serves on the executive committee of the SME -Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division, where he is presently the Vice Chair. He was/is also the TMS representative to the International Copper Meeting for 2013 and 2016. For TMS and SME, he has helped co-organize Electrometallurgy 2012 and 2016, Ni-Co 2014, and Hydrometallurgy 2014. He also played a role in establishing and now in administering the SME Career Grant and PhD Fellowship programs. Finally, Dr. Moats has been serving as the unpaid facilitator for the Copper Refinery Group for the past nine years. The Copper Refinery Group is a consortium of eight copper refineries in North and South America which meets semi-annually for technical exchange meetings and plant tours.