CrossTalk – Panel Discussions on Light Metals


CrossTalk – Heavy conversation about light metals is a series of panel discussions with experts in the industry providing technical and professional development advice revolving around light metals.

Overall Goal: Inform students about working in the light metals industry

  • Personal: What it takes to succeed (education, skills, gaps)
  • Sector: What career paths are available in light metals industry sectors (how large, what industries served, emerging sectors) Employment-related (what employers, jobs)
  • Technologies: What categories of technologies are used in the light metals industry (computer/automation/chemical/material)

Want to learn more about the inspiration behind CrossTalk, read this interview with the organizers.

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CrossTalk #3

Theme: Aluminum Recycling

Date: May 11, 2022

In this discussion, we’ll hear from three major players in the aluminum recycling industry.  Learn what skills are required to prosper in this industry and participate in an informal discussion afterward.

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CrossTalk #2

Theme: Digital tools for light metals development and process optimization

Date: January 26, 2022, at 1:30 PM EST.

In this discussion, you will hear from a range of software providers, developers and users from the light metals industry.  Learn about the skills and experiences that will help you thrive in this sector.

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CrossTalk #1

Theme: Working in Aluminum Casting

Date: September 22, 2021

Speakers: Corey Vian-Stellantis, Robert MacKay-Nemak Canada Corporation, and François Racine-AluQuébec

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This session is organized by the Emerging Professionals from the Metsoc Light Metals section.

  • Jessica Hiscocks, Kingston Process Metallurgy
  • Abdallah Elsayed, University of Guelph
  • Michael Benoit, The University of British Columbia

Special thanks to:

  • Sumanth Shankar, Light Metals Chair
  • Julie Lévesque, Past Light Metals Chair
  • Georges Houlachi, Membership Services Chair
Jessica Hiscocks

Jessica Hiscocks

Abdallah Elsayed

Abdallah Elsayed

Michael Benoit

Michael Benoit

METSOC is a constituent society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
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