MetSoc Airey Award


The MetSoc Airey award is a memorial to the late H.T. Airey, who played a role of fundamental importance in the creation and organization of the Annual Conference of Metallurgists for MetSoc of CIM.

This award is supported by:

2022 Recipient

Tony Warner

Tony Warner


Citation: In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the Canadian nickel and copper industries.

Born and educated in England, Dr. Tony Warner after obtaining his Ph.D. in Extractive Metallurgical Engineering at the Royal School of Mines, joined Inco in 1970 at the Port Colborne Research Stations where the laterite flowsheets for the future smelters in Indonesia and Guatemala were being developed.

In 1971 he transferred to Thompson as Supervisor Smelter Process Technology and then to PT Inco Indonesia in 1975 as Supt. Process Technology and in 1979 as Supt. Smelting and Converting. He returned to Canada in 1981 to the Copper Cliff Smelter as Supt. Smelter Projects and was involved in the SO2 abatement program and changes to the smelter at that time. In 1989 he transferred to Port Colborne as Supt. Research and Refinery Process Technology. He transferred to Sheridan Park in 1994 as Section Head Advanced Materials and then in August 1997 as Section Head Pyrometallurgy until he retired from Inco in 2005.

After a long summer retirement and to discover life after INCO, Tony joined HG Engineering the day it became WorleyParsons in 2005 where he has been having fun working and mentoring others on numerous metallurgical projects since then. His current role is Director Metallurgy Smelting and Refining for Worley Technology and Expert Solutions (TES) in Toronto.

1963 – G.M. Young
1964 – L.S. Renzoni
1965 – F.J. McMulkin
1966 – J.M. Carter
1967 – R.D. Hindson
1968 – J.H Walsh
1969 – J.G. Sibakin1970 – H.L. Ames
1971 – R.W. Fraser
1972 – V.N. Mackiw
1973 – D.W. McLean
1974 – G. Savard and R. Lee
1975 – G.R. Heffernan
1976 – H.M. Wright
1977 – P.G. Thornhill
1978 – R.C. Bell
1979 – W. Curlook1980 – W.A. Gow
1981 – T.R. Meadowcroft
1982 – H. Veltman
1983 – T. Dancy
1984 – B.H. Morrison
1985 – M.D. Head
1986 – G.G. Hatch
1987 – J.C. McKay
1988 – P. Tarassoff
1989 – D.R. Weir1990 – C.A. Sutherland
1991 – G. Dube
1992 – M.C. Bell
1993 – J.P. McGeer
1994 – R.A. Bergman
1995 – M.M. Avedesian
1996 – K.V. Konigsmann
1997 – D.G.E. Kerfoot
1998 – B.O. Wasmund
1999 – K.G. Thomas2000 – J.G. Peacey
2001 – M. Rigaud
2002 – No Award
2003 – A. Grau
2004 – P. Duhaime
2005 – G. Bolton
2006 – J. Gruzleski
2007 – C. M. Diaz
2008 – J. J. Jonas
2009 – C. Fleming2010 – J. E. Dutrizac
2011 – E. Ozberk
2012 – P.J. Mackey
2013 – R. Guthrie
2014 – M. Chalkley
2015 – C.Twigge-Molecey
2016 – H. McQueen
2017 – M. Solar
2018 – S. Marcuson
2019 – D. Boyd
2020 – J. Kapusta
2021 – Z. Xu


NEW for 2023: The main nominator of the award-winning candidate will be recognized and invited to the COM 2023 Awards Banquet in Toronto, Ontario.

The Airey Award should be seen as the most prestigious award for a MetSoc member in Canadian metallurgy and materials. Recognition of a career contribution or an outstanding individual contribution based on at least 15 years of input. The contributions and impact must be to the benefit of Canada.

Contribution to Canadian metallurgy  and materials can include:

  • Research and development leadership
  • Research and development contribution
  • Development of processes or products of significance
  • Technological leadership
  • Industrial leadership fostering a climate resulting in major technological development

All nominees must have a minimum of five years of CIM National membership and be in good standing.  Membership is not required to be consecutive but the member has to have the current and previous year in good standing. Exceptions to this membership requirement may be made in the case where a candidate has a substantial historical record of contributions to MetSoc.


NEW supporting documents required for 2022 Awards nominations

The nominator has 6 steps to complete.  The documents can be uploaded to our online nomination system.

  1. Fill in the contribution box – a summary of why this person is being nominated (see item 3) with any information listed above that is not included in the CV.
  2. Fill in the citation – in 15 words this person is being recognized for.
  3. The CV should contain the items listed below. If the CV does not contain these items, consider adding them to the Contribution box and letter statement:
    1. Major contributions relevant to the award
    2. A record of at least five relevant patents and/or papers authored by the nominee plus a count of other patents and papers
    3. A service history related to CIM/MetSoc if applicable
    4. A record of the years of membership in CIM
    5. A listing of volunteer activities if applicable
    6. A listing of awards previously received
    7. A listing of academic achievements
  4. One written letter by the nominator on letterhead describing in full length why this candidate is nominated for the award.
  5. A minimum of 3 Endorsers (outside of company colleagues) – these endorsers simply must support with an online approval click, however, a supporting letter is also welcomed and encouraged.
  6. Airey Award: This award requires an additional letter of support by a peer in the field on letterhead for a total of 2 letters included in the nomination package.  Additional weight and marks may be considered by the committee if additional written letters of peer support are added to the nomination package (Max 5 additional uploads will be allowed).

Start Nomination

Please refer to the REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS FOR NOMINATION webpage.


  • A nominator can put forward only one candidate up for nomination in each award category.
  • No Member of the Executive Board shall be nominated for a MetSoc administered award while in office. The nomination will be held until the term on the executive board is expired.
  • The nominators are responsible for verifying that all conditions of the award have been satisfied and all procedures were properly followed in making the nomination.
  • All nominations will stand for three years.
  • The adjudication of the award shall be made by the MetSoc Awards Committee of The Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM.
  • The award shall be presented at the Awards Banquet of the Conference of Metallurgists.
  • Posthumous awards will be allowed only if the candidate has already been shortlisted.
  • Self-nominations are not permitted.
  • Each award shall be made from time to time as circumstances warrant with no more than one award recipient per year.

There is no cash prize for this award.

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