Emerging Professionals Development Program

 

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.

 


Emerging Professionals

Find out how to apply:
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.

>>> Emerging Professionals Application


A Day in the Life of an EP

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

  • Treasurer/secretary/section chair
  • Presents a paper for COM and other conferences
  • Reviewer of papers
  • Presents a poster/assist in the organization of poster sessions
  • Assists in organizing short courses
  • Participates in organizing Webinars
  • Contributes to interviews with professionals in technical fields
  • Participates in technical Bulletins
  • Assists in the curation of MetSoc Publications-upcoming project

Current Emerging Professionals 2020

 

Alex Cao
Alex Cao

Vale Canada Limited – Hydrometallurgy
(2020 and 2021 Emerging Professionals recipient)

 

Alex received his Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Central South University in China. His interest in hydrometallurgy led him to obtain a Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering from the University of British Columbia, where his focus was on the electrorefining of high purity manganese. Prior to joining Vale, he spent three years working in metallurgical testing and project-development of spent lithium-ion battery recycling and manganese ores processing. He is currently working as a Senior Metallurgist in the Hydrometallurgy team helping with the process metallurgy challenges in Vale Base Metals operations.


François Cardin
François Cardin

Zinc électrolytique du Canada limitée – Sustainability
(2020 and 2021 Emerging Professionals recipient)

 

François Cardin completed a COOP program in Chemical Engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke in 2019. He did internships in petro-chemistry (Axiall Canada Inc. and Nalco Champion at Suncor), food and cosmetics (L’Oréal Canada and L’Oréal U.S.A.) and metallurgy (CEZinc). He obtained a metallurgist position at CEZinc, a zinc refinery in Quebec, after working with them on a major risk mitigation project. This project led to his first paper, presented at the MetSOC COM2020, with the title: Laboratory and Pilot Scale Study for Mercury (I) Chloride Oxidation to Mercury (II) Chloride Using Sodium Hypochlorite Dissociation in an Acidic Medium.

François’s priority is environment and safety, which is why he was chosen as an Emerging Professional recipient in sustainability.


Peng Chang
Peng Chang

Teck – Sustainability
(2020 and 2021 Emerging Professionals recipient)

 

Peng Chang holds a B.A.Sc. in chemical engineering from the University of British Columbia. He is a process engineer working with Teck’s Technical Services division, providing engineering and technical support to various Teck operating sites. Peng has a keen interest in sustainability in the mining and mineral processing industry. His recent projects have focused primarily on research and development of water treatment technologies for mine-impacted water. Peng has experience working in various R&D stages, from concept identification, developing bench test programs, and piloting.


Abdallah Elsayed
Abdallah Elsayed

Assistant Professor, University of Guelph – Light Metals
(2020 and 2021 Emerging Professionals recipient)

 

Dr. Abdallah Elsayed completed his undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering at Ryerson University with a research focus on light metal solidification and characterization. After completing his Ph.D., Abdallah was employed at Nemak Canada Corporation located in Windsor, Ontario as a research engineer. Abdallah joined the school of engineering at the University of Guelph in July 2017 with a research focus on advanced manufacturing and characterization of automotive and aerospace materials. Abdallah has more than 30 journal publications with numerous conference proceedings and presentations.

Abdallah is a professional engineer and member of ASM International, TMS and CIM. Abdallah was the 2020 recipient of the ASM International Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers and 2020 TMS Light Metals Division Young Leaders Professional Development Award.


Jessica Hiscocks
Jessica Hiscocks

Kingston Process Metallurgy – Light Metals
(2020 and 2021 Emerging Professionals recipient)

 

Jessica Hiscocks is a physical metallurgist who has done metallography and research on materials from Aluminum to Zirconium. Her early work was in solid state forming, including extrusion and friction stir welding, and her recent Post-Doc used computer simulation to optimize aluminum flow during sand casting.

Her current work involves the development of physical metallurgy services, research, and training at Kingston Process Metallurgy. She aims to help create a hub of academic and manufacturers relationships in Kingston, promoting light metals and sustainability.

Other fields of interest include the development and promotion of open-source software for metallographic analysis purposes, and studying Japanese.

Jessica is pleased to join the Light Metals section of MetSoc as an Emerging Professional.


Fangyu Liu
Fangyu Liu

Hatch – Hydrometallurgy
(2020 and 2021 Emerging Professionals recipient)

 

Fangyu Liu is a graduate process metallurgist at Hatch Ltd. He has gained process experience for the development of process design basis, process design criteria, process flow diagrams, process control diagrams, functional description, equipment sizing, mechanical equipment list, HAZOP study, mass balance, and steady-state process simulation. He has also developed a dynamic thickener model to simulate the tailing treatment process with extended experience on dynamic process simulation.

Dr. Liu completed his Ph.D. in metallurgical and materials engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, USA with a research focus on the electro-reduction of rare earth elements in the molten salt system.

In 2019, Fangyu was selected as a member of the Young Leaders Committee in the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). In 2020, he received the Emerging Professional Award from the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) of Canada.


Brittany MacKinnon
Brittany MacKinnon

Hatch – Sustainability
(2020 and 2021 Emerging Professionals recipient)

 

Brittany (Britt) MacKinnon joined Hatch in June 2019 after completing her Applied Sciences degree in Chemical Engineering and Certificate in Business at Queen’s University. Since joining Hatch, Britt has worked with the Pyrometallurgy sector practice on the Nucor Benson Pig Iron Feasibility Study, with the Hydrometallurgy sector practice on the Northvolt battery recycling project, and most recently with Advisory on a Catastrophic Risk Assurance project.

Britt is passionate about continuous learning and understanding the dynamic Canadian metallurgy sector. Britt enjoys collaborating with others to find innovative solutions to challenges, especially about how to create a more sustainable metallurgical industry. Britt is an enthusiastic catalyst for positive change in her approach to project work and interactions with teammates and clients alike.


Roberta Neumann

Teck – Sustainability
(2020 and 2021 Emerging Professionals recipient)

Roberta Neumann graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelors of Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2015. Following graduation she worked for Fluor, where she worked with both project management and construction management teams on a gas processing plant in northern BC.

Roberta joined Teck Resources in 2018 as a process engineer with the technical services group in Richmond, BC. Since joining, Roberta has worked on numerous water treatment projects, including process development for future water treatment plants, and operation and optimization of existing facilities. Roberta is looking forward to an exciting and rewarding career in responsible resource development.


Sable Reid

Rio Tinto – Sustainability
(2020 and 2021 Emerging Professionals recipient)

 

Sable Reid has three years of experience as a Process Metallurgist at the Rio Tinto operated Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. located in Lac de Gras, Northwest Territories. Prior to her role at Diavik, Sable completed her Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and her Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at University of Toronto. Throughout her studies, she completed multiple innovative research projects aimed at process/production improvements, revenue generation, and technology development in collaboration with multiple industry leaders such as Rio Tinto, General Electric Power and Water, and Universal Alloy Corporation. Her interests include sustainable development and extractive metallurgy. She is an enthusiastic and ambitious engineer looking forward to growing her career in the Metallurgy field.


Arthur Stokreef

Glencore – Pyrometallurgy
(2020 and 2021 Emerging Professionals recipient)

 

Arthur attended Queen’s University and studied mining engineering. In his master’s degree, he supported a research contract between Kingston Process Metallurgy and a custom copper smelter. The scope of this work was to study the client’s flash smelting process and complete proof of concept testing of a sensor. The project concluded with a plant trial of the sensor at the client site.

After graduating school, Arthur started work at Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations as a project metallurgist at their nickel smelter. In this role, he has become very interested in data analytics, which he uses in tandem with his process knowledge to support the operation. He has used this new passion to co-develop a training program to teach other engineers at Glencore how to analyze data with python.


Lorena Tere

Hatch – Pyrometallurgy
(2017 and 2020 Emerging Professionals recipient)

 

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

 


Past Emerging Professionals Recipients:

Raphael Soldi
Sherrit International – Management
2018-2019

Jasmina Omri
Goldcorp Porcupine Gold mines – Mineral Science
2018-2019

Fariba Safizadeh
University Laval – Hydrometallurgy
2018-2019

Yao Yao Ding
Heroux Devtek – Materials
2018-2019

Shannon Hoekstra
SRK Consulting – Hydrometallurgy
2017-2019

François Audet
Foundry Solutions Metallurgical Solutions – Management
2016-2017

Alexander Burns
NORAM Engineering & Constructors, Ltd – Hydrometallurgy
2016-2017

Alison Cummings
Glencore-Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations – Pyrometallurgy
2016-2017

Patrick Gagnon
Tema Isenmann Inc – Mineral Science
2016-2017

Michael Molinski
Vale – Pyrometallurgy
2016-2017

Nishit Patel
Hatch – Pyrometallurgy
2016-2017

Ge Sa
Hatch – Light Metals
2016-2017

Mashael Alomair
Hatch – Materials
2017-2018

Ahmet Deniz Bas
University Laval – Hydrometallurgy
2017-2018

Stewart Cook
Fenix Advanced Materials – Management
2017-2018

Thomas Feldmann
5N Plus Inc – Hydrometallurgy
2017-2018

Sara Fitzel
Teck – Environment
2017-2018

David Levasseur
Centre de metallurgies du Québec – Light Metals
2017-2018

David Tomlinson
Teck – Management
2017-2018

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