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41st Canadian Mineral Processors Operators Conference
Ottawa, Canada, January 20-22, 2009

Attendance was about 350 which included delegates from USA, Australia, Botswana, France, Peru, Germany, Turkey, Chile, and UK. Thirty eight papers were presented covering all areas of mineral processing including two historical papers. In addition to the booklet of Abstracts, the delegates received also a 672-page, hard cover proceedings volume and a CD. On January 19, a short course on Mine Drainage and Effluent Treatment was held and on January 21 the Awards Banquet.

The Canadian Mineral Processors is a division of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. It has its origin in early 1957 when superintendents from three major Ontario gold mills met to discuss problems of mutual interest. A decision was made at the end of the meeting to invite all superintendents of the Porcupine area to meet annually. The meetings proved to be useful and attracted superintendents from other provinces. At about that time, the Extractive Metallurgy Division of the Mines Branch in Ottawa, was beginning a research work on gold metallurgy and needed to be advised by the mill superintendents about their problems that required immediate solution. As a result, a meeting was held in January 1962 at the Mines Branch which later became known as CANMET, acronym for Canada Center for Mining and Technology, under the Chairmanship of Dr. Kenneth W. Downes (1909-1996) at that time. The conference was attended by 25 superintendents and it was decided at that meeting to hold another one in January 1963. Since then, the event became an annual event, always held in Ottawa in January of each year and became known as the Annual Operatorís Conference.

When in 1967 representatives from other metal industries attended the meeting it was decided to expand the sphere of activities to include other metallurgical operations and to form Canadian Mineral Processors. At the January 1981 Meeting it was decided to affiliate with the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Membership grew gradually to became around 500 and included not only gold processors from Ontario but also producers of metallic, non-metallic, and fuel minerals, as well as academics, consultants, research organizations, and technical personnelís from equipment and chemical suppliers from all over Canada. The papers in the proceedings volume of the 41st Meeting are organized in six equal sections as follows: Flotation, Operations, Laboratory and pilot plant, Precious metals, new ideas and technology, and Comminution.

Ottawa, capital of Canada, is today completely different from that of the 1960s. It is now a modern and fascinating metropolis with a population of over 1.2 million. The meeting was very well organized, thanks to the numerous volunteers who did an excellent job.

Fathi Habashi - Laval University, Canada, Fathi.Habashi@arul.ulaval.ca




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