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Conference of Metallurgists
Toronto, Canada, August 25-30, 2007

The Annual Meeting of the Metallurgical Society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum took place this year at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Participants were over 1200 from all over the world. The first conference started in 1961 as a modest event held at McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario. Over the years, this meeting has grown in size and stature to become a large international event that became known as the Conference of Metallurgists. The 46th conference this year hosted the 6th International Copper Conference with its 8 symposia that included the 37th Hydrometallurgy Meeting. Copper 2007 was co-organized by six International Professional Societies: the Institutos de Ingenieros de Minas de Chile, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy, Resource and Environmental Technology of Germany, the Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society known as TMS, the Society for Mining Engineers known as SME, and the Metallurgical Society.

Plenary speakers were senior executives of Xstrata Copper, Norddeutsche Affinerie, Nippon Mining, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., Teck Cominco, and IIMCh. Technical sessions, with approximately 330 technical presentations, addressed key issues in: economics and markets; mineral processing; electrowinning and lectrorefining; pyrometallurgy; hydrometallurgy; fabrication and applications; process control, optimization, and Six-sigma; and sustainable development, HS&E, and recycling.

Joel Kapusta from Air Liquide in Montreal was the Conference Chairman while Christopher Twigge-Molecey of Hatch was Cu 2007 Conference Chairman. Professor George P. Demopoulos of McGill University is the Metallurgical Society President. They were assisted by a number of devoted members and others. Conference Coordinator was Brigitte Farah assisted by a team of excellent co-workers.

Five short courses were given by international experts in their fields and have many years of experience in the copper industry:

  • Electrowinning and Electrorefining of Copper
  • Industrial Energy Management
  • Pyrometallurgy of Copper with a Focus on Converting
  • The Hydrometallurgy of Copper Concentrates
  • Processing of Aqueous Effluents in the Copper Industry

A reception for all the delegates was held on Sunday evening August 26. On Monday noon was the conference luncheon where distinguished metallurgists were honoured, Tuesday was the Historical Metallurgy Luncheon at noon, while the conference banquet took place as usual in the evening. The Bookstore was open during the conference to make available to the delegates the proceedings volumes as well as other books.

The Copper 2007 proceedings volumes that were available at the conference are:

  • Volume I - Plenary / Copper and Alloy Casting and Fabrication / Copper Economics and Markets, 513 pages
  • Volume II - Mineral Processing, 388 pages
  • Volume III - The Carls Diaz Symposium on Pyrometallurgy: Book 1, 586 pages, Book 2, 732 pages
  • Volume IV - The John Dutrizac Symposium on Copper Hydrometallurgy: Book 1, 491 pages, Book 2, 348 pages
  • Volume V - Copper Electrowinning and Electrorefining, 704 pages
  • Volume VI - Sustainable Development, HS& En And Recycling, 406 pages
  • Volume VII - Process Control, Optimization, and Six Sigma, 241 pages

The next Copper Conference is planned to take place in Hamburg, Germany in 2010. In addition to its primary focus on copper, the technical program included also the Light Metals 2007 Symposium and the Copper in Steel Symposium. The delegates also had the opportunity to attend Industrial Tours, the Metals Trade Show, as well as a number of social events. The organizers have prepared tours to Niagara Falls, to the CN Tower the tallest freestanding building in the world, the Kensington Market, China Town, and Little Italy.

The next Conference of Metallurgists will take place in August 24 - 27, 2008 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Let us meet again there.

Fathi Habashi Laval University, Quebec City, Canada Fathi.Habashi@arul.ulaval.ca




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