MetSoc Award for Research excellence


The MetSoc Research Excellence Award was established by the Aluminum Company of Canada Limited for “a highly significant contribution to the field of metallurgy”.

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2021 Recipient


Boyd Robert Davis,


Citation: For being at the forefront of research, opening a laboratory and forming many young professionals.

Boyd Davis completed his undergraduate degree in Engineering Chemistry and Masters and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering at Queen’s University. He began consulting in computational thermochemistry and molten salt electrochemistry, initially with Noranda, and then began Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc. with Alain Roy in 2002. The company provides chemical process development for clients around the world and integrates lab and pilot work with economic and technical feasibility. It also runs an accelerator for start-up companies in the ChemTech space.

Boyd has had a long history of engagement with MetSoc dating back to helping to run the CMSC at RMC in the early 1990s and has been on the board of directors twice, serving as the society president in 2014. He has organized a symposium with Joel Kapusta on New Technology Implementation once every nine years since 2002 and was the initiator and co-chair of Extraction 2018 in Ottawa as well as the Value Chain Series that started in 2021.

In addition to company technical work, Boyd continues to volunteer to guide undergrad thesis students and has supervised almost two dozen graduate students since 2004, and also guest lectures in chemical engineering courses as a way to attract students to chemical metallurgy.


1966 – L.M. Pidgeon, M.B.E.
1967 – W.C. Winegard
1968 – J.S.G. Kirkaldy
1969 – F.A. Forward1970 – W.H. Gauvin
1971 – C.S. Samis
1972 – J. Convey
1973 – J. Leja
1974 – W.M. Armstrong
1975 – K.W. Downes
1976 – W.M. Williams
1977 – A. Hone
1978 – H. Ross
1979 – J.M. Toguri1980 – F. Weinberg
1981 – W.G. Davenport
1982 – E. Peters
1983 – W.- K. Lu
1984 – C.R. Masson
1985 – G.M. Ritcey
1986 – S.N. Flengas
1987 – R.I.L. Guthrie
1988 – J.K. Brimacombe
1989 – E.W. Dewing1990 – J.J. Jonas
1991 – A. McLean
1992 – J.E. Gruzleski
1993 – E.B. Hawbolt
1994 – J.E. Dutrizac
1995 – G.C. Weatherly
1996 – J.A. Finch
1997 – N.J. Themelis
1998 – R. Meadowcroft
1999 – E. Krause2000 – H. McQueen
2001 – T.T. Chen
2002 – J.A. Szpunar
2003 – G. Kaiura
2004 – J. Laskowski
2005 – D. Dreisinger
2006 – E. Ozberk
2007 – G. A. Irons
2008 – R. Berezowsky
2009 – A. Plumtree2010 – Mahesh Chaturvedi
2011 – Gary R. Purdy
2012 – David S. Wilkinson
2013 – C. Ravindran
2014 – M. Sahoo
2015 – D. Chen
2016 – Z. Xu
2017 – G.P. Demopoulos
2018 – not attributed
2019 – H. Henein
2020 – V. Papangelakis

NEW Criteria for 2022 Awards nominations


The MetSoc Award is the premier award for contribution to the metallurgy or materials field by a MetSoc member academic or research scientist in any Canadian research laboratory or Canadian university. The award recognizes a lifetime contribution in teaching and research or outstanding individual work resulting in a significant breakthrough in the metallurgy or materials practices. 

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. The contributions and impact must be to the benefit of Canada.

There is no cash prize for this award.

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Please refer to the REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS FOR NOMINATION webpage.



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. Research Excellence 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).


  • 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.
  • Each award shall be made from time to time as circumstances warrant with no more than one award recipient per year.
  • 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.
METSOC is a constituent society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
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