SPECIAL THANKS

Nathan StubinaI would like to thank all of the delegates, guests, authors, exhibitors, members of the organizing committee and sponsors who attended the 2009 Conference of Metallurgists (COM) in Sudbury this August. This conference, held in conjunction with Nickel-Cobalt 2009, attracted more than 550 delegates. Considering the world economic situation, I am very pleased with the attendance. Together, we were able to bring together colleagues from diverse areas such as business, operations, academia and research. We were happy to welcome delegates from 26 different countries.

The social events included the opening reception held at Dynamic Earth (sponsored by Hatch), the Jim Finch Dinner (sponsored by Barrick Gold and Teck), the Bill Davenport Extractive Dinner (sponsored by WorleyParsons) and the Student-Industry Mixer (sponsored by Barrick Gold). These events provided excellent opportunities to network with others who share our passion for life-long learning. I would also like to thank the many other companies who purchased booths at our Trade Show or who sponsored individual events. In particular, a special thank you to our Platinum Level sponsors: Hatch and VALE INCO.

I would like to congratulate the recipients of our various CIM and MetSoc awards. These people work tirelessly for the good of our society and our industry. I am particularly pleased that we were able to award the Keith Brimacombe Award to Priti Wanjara. This is the first time that MetSoc was able to award this honour.

I hope that you enjoyed the technical program. Ron Schonewille worked in conjunction with the various symposia chairs to provide an extremely strong program that covered many diverse areas. The Historical Metallurgy Luncheon was very well attended and we were treated to two excellent speakers: Larry Southwick and Joe Fyfe. I also enjoyed our three plenary speakers: John Redstone, Sam Marcuson and Stephen Lewis. They left us with many issues to contemplate. The Short Courses were a great success. We were able to provide the delegates with five high quality choices, presented by world-class experts.

This conference was co-sponsored by TMS; however, I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of our sister societies (AusIMM, SAIMM, GDMB, MMIJ, and SF2M) in soliciting papers for the technical program.

Finally, I would like to personally thank the MetSoc staff (Brigitte, Ronona and Anne) for their dedication to this event. We would not be able to provide you with such a quality conference without them! If you were not able to purchase the conference proceedings while onsite its not too late to order the books online; click her for more details.

Please join me in Vancouver next year. That COM incorporates Lead-Zinc 2010 and promises to be a great event. In 2011 we move to Montréal for a very special event: the 50th Conference of Metallurgists. Please visit our website for more details on these two great events. Thank you for attending COM 2009 and I truly hope that you enjoyed yourselves.

Nathan M. Stubina, Conference Chair
Barrick Gold Corporation
nstubina@barrick.com




 

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