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43rd Canadian Mineral Processors Conference
Ottawa, Canada, January 18-20, 2011

With 501 delegates, the 43rd annual Canadian Mineral Processors Conference, held in Ottawa from January 18th to 20th, was the largest to date. The technical program involved the presentation of 35 papers relating to the areas of operations, plant optimization, flotation, advanced technologies, gold processing and comminution. On Wednesday afternoon, Tony Lipiec gave a special presentation regarding the establishment of the best practice guidelines in mineral processing for NI 43-101.

From a student perspective, the most valuable aspect of this conference was the networking opportunities. At the first lunch of the conference, I had the opportunity to sit at a table with someone working on enargite processing, my graduate thesis topic, as well as another delegate working in microwave application, my undergraduate thesis topic. Finding someone working on similar projects, as well as knowledge gained discussing these topics, is seemingly expected for most experienced delegates, but for a student this interaction is truly exciting. Throughout the rest of the conference’s coffee breaks, lunches, dinners and receptions, I spent my time meeting a variety of people who shared their experiences, opinions and knowledge, as well as engaged in a variety of discussions with my fellow students and myself.

CMP coordinators did an amazing job organizing this conference; especially their efforts in making the students feel welcome and facilitating the student / industry interaction. It is an exciting prospect to be a part of a society which is so hospitable, helpful and generous to the various students in attendance.

Brandon Chambers, post-graduate student at Queen’s University, Canada

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