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 the MetSoc of CIM.

This award is supported by:

2020 Recipient

Joël Kapusta

BBA Inc.

Citation: For outstanding contributions in Canada in submerged bath injection processes.

Dr. Kapusta joined BBA in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in applied geology, a Master of Science in mineral processing, and a Ph.D. in process metallurgy. With more than 30 years of experience, Dr. Kapusta specializes in extractive metallurgy of nonferrous and precious metals and is a key developer and promoter of sonic injection in bath smelting, converting, and refining. He also has experience in mineral processing, hydrometallurgy, and the production and optimum utilization of industrial gases in metallurgical plants. He has been actively involved in applied R&D, technology development and implementation, plant audits and process optimization, as well as techno-economic feasibility evaluation, technical due diligence and risk assessment.Dr. Kapusta was president of the Metallurgical and Materials Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) in 2007-2008 and chairman of the board in 2008-2009. He also was a member of the council of the Extraction and Processing Division of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers in 2006-2007 as Chair of the Copper, Nickel and Cobalt Committee. Dr. Kapusta has organized or co-organized several symposia for both MetSoc and TMS. More recently, he was chair of the 50th Conference of Metallurgists anniversary celebrations in 2011 in Montreal and chairman of Copper 2019, the 10th Edition of the Copper International Conference in Vancouver.
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



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.

There is no cash prize for this award.


Start Nomination

Please refer to the METSOC AWARDS page for details on nomination dates and deadlines.



Nominator uploads either a concise CV of nominee or in the case of a process, a recent paper, relevant to the process being nominated, to the website. Nominator/co-nominators should consider approaching nominees themselves to request the CV. In the case of a process, the recent paper is likely already available.

The CV should contain the following information:

  • Major contributions relevant to the award
  • A record of at least five relevant patents and papers authored by the nominee plus a count of other patents and papers.
  • A service history related to CIM/MetSoc if applicable
  • A record of the years of membership in CIM.
  • A listing of volunteer activities if applicable
  • A listing of awards previously received
  • A listing of academic achievements

If the CV does not contain all items, the nominator should fill in the information in the Contributions text box in the online form (this will be available in the software system when the Call opens).


  • A nominator can put forward only one candidate up for nomination in each award category (as of 2020).
  • No Member of the Executive Board shall be nominated 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.
METSOC is a constituent society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
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