Oct 2-5, 2011, Hilton Bonaventure Hotel
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Conference General Plenary

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What’s next for the Metallurgy and Materials Community? The organizing committee has decided to dedicate joint plenary sessions which will highlight the future of metallurgy and materials technology which will derive from the core technical themes of the conference. Plenary topics include:

Speakers include:

CIM Past President: Chris Twigge-Molecey, Hatch

Global Challenges of the Mining Industry

Global growth, particularly driven by China, is putting tremendous stress on the minerals and metals supply chain. Demand for urban infrastructure and housing, consumer goods and electronics requires materials that can only be derived from mining. A basic expectation for Canadian mining companies working around the world is to exceed the appropriate international safety, social and environmental norms and to properly engage with local stakeholders, while returning a suitable profit to shareholders.

Managing risk associated with climate change, political instability and venal governments adds further challenges to the normal range of geological, technical, human and market risks. In his presentation "The mining Industry's Global Challenge" Chris Twigge-Molecey will provide insight into the leadership and innovation being demonstrated by the Canadian Mining industry on this dynamic global landscape.
View video: http://youtu.be/o0QpIkRFzpY

President: Jean Simon, Rio Tinto, Primary Metal - North America

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Senior Director NRU Operations: David Cox, AECL

NRU Vessel Repair Project

In May 2009, following a Class 4 power outage that affected most of Eastern Ontario, including the Chalk River Laboratories site, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) announced to its various stakeholders that a small heavy-water leak in the NRU reactor had been detected during routine monitoring while the reactor was being readied for return to service. Over the next 15 months AECL located, inspected, repaired and returned the NRU reactor to service. This presentation will focus on the extensive efforts required to support the unique activities associated with reactor vessel inspection and repair including initial assessment, repair site challenges, repair preparation and finally repair execution. Specifics to be included in the presentation include: Initial leak search and assessment of the vessel condition through the use of specialized tooling and non-destructive evaluation which resulted in one of the largest single NDE inspection campaigns ever carried out in the nuclear industry. Specifics related to the challenges of executing a repair through 12 cm access ports at a distance of nine meters including the development of the specialized tooling. The importance of development of repair techniques through mock up testing to perform welding repairs on a thin wall aluminium vessel and the measures taken and engineering challenges overcome to achieve a successful repair. The final repair process, including site preparation, weld execution and final NDE inspection techniques.
View video: http://youtu.be/DdU1KzslN6U

Fathi Habashi, Universite Laval


The year 2011 marks the 50th Anniversary of Conference of Metallurgists organized by the Metallurgical Society of CIM. The Metallurgical Society was originally the Metallurgy Division of CIM. The name change took place in Kingston at the Sixth Conference of Metallurgists in 1967, the same year that Canada celebrated its Centennial. The change of name reflected the growing stature of the organization. The recommendation to organize a Metallurgy Division emanated from a group of metallurgists, in the Ottawa Branch of CIM in September 1944. This was approved at the CIM Annual General Meeting in Québec City on April 18, 1945. The sponsors hoped "to enhance the influence of the Institute by providing a medium whereby metallurgical members could more readily exchange the results of their professional work and discuss problems arising there from". This hope has certainly been fulfilled.

Senior Director Workforce Development: Barbara Kirby, Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR)

Canadian Mining Credentials Program – Certification: Recognizing and Retaining Skills

This presentation will describe the Canadian Mining Credentials Program - a new nationally-recognized skills recognition and certification program for the mining industry. The latest research by the Mining Industry Human Resources (MiHR) Council estimates that between now and 2021 the industry will need to hire approximately 112,000 workers to both support growth in the industry and replace retiring workers. Almost 35,000 of these new hires will be required in skilled occupations that have up until had now lacked a national recognition system, including production miners, development miners, heavy equipment operators and mill operators. The presentation will also touch on the complex collaborative effort required to bring this program to fruition, key observations from the pilot sites and why the program forms an essential part of the industry strategy to address the looming labour shortage.