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53rd Annual Conference of Metallurgists (COM 2014)
Vancouver, Canada, September 28 - October 1, 2014


The 53rd annual Conference of Metallurgists (COM 2014) was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, September 28 to October 1, 2014. The theme “Prosperity through Process Advancements” featured aspects of processing through every one of the 13 symposia. From base and light metals to rare earths to nanomaterials, processes are critical to making metals and materials in an economical and safe way, and this was highlighted at COM 2014 with technical programming over a range of topics, including process control, flowsheet development, and materials manufacturing.

264 Presentations were programmed featured on symposium topics:

  • Arsenic Metallurgy & the Environment
  • Process Control Applications in Mining & Metallurgical Plants
  • From Concept to Engineering: Metallurgical Process and Flowsheet Development
  • Risk Management
  • Rare Earth Elements (REE) Extraction, Processing, Separation and Economics
  • Bill Davenport Symposium
  • Vanadium Symposium Honouring Professor Gilles Allard
  • Metals & Mineral Processing & the Environment in Memory of Dr. Ram Rao
  • Light Metals Production, Processing and Applications
  • Advanced Materials Manufacturing
  • Nanoscale Materials Characterization
  • Multiscale Modelling and Simulations of Failure in Structural Materials (round table)
  • Process Safety Management

The plenary featured a very open discussion between participants and speakers Nils Voermann (Hatch), Jean-Francois Turgeon (Executive Vice President, Tronox), Michael Agnew (Principal, Michael Agnew Inc.), Phillip Mackey (President, P.J. Mackey Technology Inc) on “Metallurgy in the 21st Century -The Balance between Operational Excellence and Technological Step-change”. Speakers used examples to show the impact of technology and best practice on operations. The discussion was moderated by conference chair, Boyd Davis, and will be available on www.metsoc.org for viewing.

Another special event included the “Role of Extractive Metallurgy- Searching for a Suitable Support to the Resources Industry”. Distinguished Society Directors from different part of the world (TMS, SME, MMIJ, SAIMM, IIMch, CIM) shared how they are addressing the different challenges currently faced by the resources industry at their respective countries with the aim to maintain a healthy, sustainable, and profitable mining and metals business.

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