Emerging Professionals Development Program

Tradeshow Networking Opportunities, Emerging Professionals


The Emerging Professionals (EP) Development Program helps emerging professionals to engage with our Society, participate in Society activities, become better acquainted with each other and make important contacts with CIM and MetSoc leaders over a period of two years.

The EP Program inspires new and returning graduates to envision themselves as future leaders in their field.


If you know someone in your company that should be in this program,  don’t hesitate to nominate them and work with them to submit an application.

Find out how to apply: Emerging Professionals Application 

MetSoc EPs are people who:Emerging Professionals

  • Want to make things happen in their society
  • Value community and professional involvement
  • Work in collaboration with others to accomplish goals
  • Commit to personal growth and developing leadership qualities
  • Our Professionals in the first five years of their career or
  • Are Professional in the first five years of returning from a career absence
  • Are Professionals located in Canada


Over the course of two years, EPs and MetSoc members will embark on an exciting journey of partnership, reflection, coaching, and inspiration.

Current Emerging Professionals 2019

Raphael Soldi

Sherrit International – Management 
(2018 and 2019 Emerging Professionals recipient)


A chemical engineer with 5 years of experience in the chemical process industry.

This includes an 18-month assignment in Madagascar at the Ambatovy Minerals Project, the worlds’ leading nickel laterite operation.

Soldi is now a dedicated chemical engineer with over 5 years in the resource industry, finding solutions to and addressing concerns regarding plant chemistry, engineering, and operations.

He’s spent his young career rotating through Process Engineering and Production Engineering roles in Canada and abroad.

I enjoy collaborating in multicultural settings and adapting to new environments. I would describe myself as an ambitious engineer who approaches new challenges with enthusiasm and curiosity.

Jasmina Omri

Goldcorp Porcupine Gold mines – Mineral Science
(2018 and 2019 Emerging Professionals recipient)


Jasmina Omri is a process metallurgist at Newmont Goldcorp based at the Penasquito mine in Mexico.

She is a highly skilled and adaptable individual with international experiences in mineral processing and gold extraction.

She is fully bilingual in French and English and is currently working to master Spanish as her third language.

Jasmina loves to travel the world, learn about new cultures, and enjoy the diverse outdoors.

Fariba Safizadeh

University Laval – Hydrometallurgy
(2018 and 2019 Emerging Professionals recipient)


Fariba Safizadeh is a research professional at Laval University (Quebec, Canada).

She has more than 15 years of R&D experience on extractive metallurgy and corrosion, in collaboration with different industrial corporations such as Hydro-Quebec, CEZinc (Canadian Electrolytic Zinc Ltd.), CCR (Canadian copper Refinery), Barrick Gold, AREVA (France), COREM (the Mineral Research Consortium).

Her fields of interest are electrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy, electrochemistry, and corrosion.

Fariba holds a BSc degree in Applied Chemistry from K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, and a Master in Energy and Materials Science from INRS (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique) in Varennes, Quebec.

She completed her PhD in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering at Laval University and continued at the postdoctoral level in two fields of Metallurgical Engineering and Chemical Engineering.

She has joined the Hydrometallurgy Technical Section of MetSoc (CIM) since 2018 as Emerging Professional (EP).

Yao Yao Ding

Heroux Devtek – Materials
(2018 and 2019 Emerging Professionals recipient)


Yao Yao Ding is the president and co-founder of B3D Performance Inc, an award-winning additive manufacturing [AM] engineering company dedicated to better [AM] technology adoption in the industry.

She is in charge of business relationships and development.  Before founding B3D, Yao Yao graduated from McGill University with a Ph.D. degree in Materials Engineering in 2016. In 2008 and 2011, respectively, she graduated from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) with a Bachelor in Biotechnology and a Master in Materials Engineering.

For the past few years, she worked as a material and technical consultant in additive manufacturing for the aerospace industry in Montreal.

She worked closely with OEMS and service providers for [AM] technology integration.

She has experience in managing research projects between academic and industrial partners worldwide.

She is experienced in AM material characterization (especially for Al and Ti alloy), failure analysis, non-destructive inspection, and mechanical testing.

In 2016-2018, she was an awardee of the Accelerate Program of MITACS Canada and in 2018, she obtained the Emerging Professional Award from the Metallurgy and Materials Society of Canada.

Lorena Tere

Hatch – Pyrometallurgy
(2017 and 2019 Emerging Professionals recipient)


Lorena has five years of experience as a process and mechanical EIT in copper, nickel, ferrochrome, gold, and other precious metals in Brownfield and Greenfield projects.

Familiar with the entire project lifecycle from conceptual study to detailed engineering and construction, Lorena has built process models for mass and energy balances, developed process flow diagrams, handled Hazard and Operating Risk Sessions, completed technical specifications for equipment packages and coordinated vendor engineering from design to delivery.

Lorena has participated in debottlenecking studies, analyzing operational data to determine the potential of a facility.

Lorena has also participated in strategic assignments to develop sustainable growth plans for clients.

Recent projects include:

  • ERG Kazchrome Debottlenecking Projects and New Smelter Conceptual Study
  • Flash Smelting option of Eldorado Olympias Phase III Gold Project
  • Altonorte Safety Audit
  • Vale Thompson Concentrate Load-Out Project
  • Freeport-McMoran Indonesia Copper Smelter and Precious Metals Recovery
  • Certej Gold Mine Development Study and CRH Joliette Coal Kiln Improvements Project.

Lorena has worked in projects in Canada, Kazakhstan, South Africa, and Chile.

Shannon Hoekstra

SRK Consulting – Hyrometallurgy
(2017 and 2019 Emerging Professionals recipient)

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Past Emerging Professionals Recipients:

François Audet
Foundry Solutions Metallurgical Solutions – Management

Alexander Burns
NORAM Engineering & Constructors, Ltd – Hydrometallurgy

Alison Cummings
Glencore-Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations – Pyrometallurgy

Patrick Gagnon
Tema Isenmann Inc – Mineral Science

Michael Molinski
Vale – Pyrometallurgy

Nishit Patel
Hatch – Pyrometallurgy

Ge Sa
Hatch – Light Metals

Mashael Alomair
Hatch – Materials

Ahmet Deniz Bas
University Laval – Hydrometallurgy

Stewart Cook
Fenix Advanced Materials – Management

Thomas Feldmann
5N Plus Inc – Hydrometallurgy

Sara Fitzel
Teck – Environment

David Levasseur
Centre de metallurgies du Québec – Light Metals

David Tomlinson
Teck – Management

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