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MEI Online: People News: North America: October 10th 2003


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:: Winner of the 2003 INCO Medal

The Inco Medal is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to the person who has made a meritorious and practical contribution of outstanding importance to the mining and metallurgical industry of Canada.

"In recognition of lifetime achievement in the field of mineral comminution, including the development and application of SAG mill design concepts and technology transfer through industry standard textbooks and conferences such as the SAG89/96/2001 series."

Derek Barratt
This Year's Winner: Derek Barratt, Vancouver, BC

Derek Barratt is a native of Eltham in suburban London (UK), graduating from the Mineral Technology course, under Professor Marston Fleming at the Royal School of Mines in 1963 with a B.Sc. (Eng.) and ARSM, after spending a year at the McIntyre Porcupine gold mine near Timmins, Ontario (1960-61). His first real job was in Lynn Lake, Manitoba (Sherritt Gordon) where he benefited from the guidance of the late Jim MacLellan in operations and as mill engineer for the preliminary design of the Fox mine and pilot testing for the Ruttan mine. After three years in sunny Cyprus as assistant mill superintendent on a small copper mine under the watchful eye of the UN, Derek joined Wright Engineers Limited in Vancouver in 1970 as a senior metallurgical engineer, remained through the Fluor take-over, and became an independent consultant in 2000. Derek's project experience in grinding technology has been accumulated in North and South America, Southern Africa, Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia over the last 33 years in testwork, engineering, consulting, and plant commissioning, principally in the field of autogenous and semi-autogenous grinding.

Derek is a registered professional engineer in B.C., a chartered engineer in the U.K., a Fellow of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, a Life Member of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, and he holds memberships in the CMP of CIM and SME of AIME. He served as Overseas Member of Council of the IMM for Canada (1985-1993). Derek has authored/co-authored 33 technical papers, led the SAIMM Comminution School in 1991, and has served as committee member/chairman for planning SME technical sessions (1980-1988), all three SAG conferences in Vancouver (1989, 1996, and 2001), and the SME Mineral Processing Design, Practice, and Control Symposium held in October 2002 in Vancouver.




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