MetSoc Brimacombe Award

Origin of the Brimacombe Award

In January 1998, the MetSoc Board of Directors created this award to honour the memory of Professor J. Keith Brimacombe who was an innovative giant in the field of materials process engineering.

2021 Recipient

Wenying Liu

University of British Columbia

Citation: For early and important contributions to the science and engineering of hydrometallurgical processes.

Wenying is an Associate Professor at the Department of Materials Engineering, UBC. Her research focuses on developing sustainable hydrometallurgical processes for metal extraction from ores and managing contaminant release from mine waste materials. She has worked closely with government agencies and the private sector on a range of projects, such as copper heap bioleaching with Teck Resources, refractory gold ore leaching with Barrick, chalcopyrite heap leaching with JX Nippon, arsenic management with BQE Water, and prediction of long-term quality of mine waste rock drainage with NRC.

Wenying joined UBC in 2013 as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and was appointed an Assistant Professor affiliated with the Industrial Research Chair in Hydrometallurgy in 2015.

She has been an active member of MetSoc since 2017 and serves on the Hydrometallurgy Section Committee and the MetSoc Awards Committee. She was on the organizing committee and the short course organizer for COM 2021 Chloride Metallurgy Symposium.

Wenying obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering in China and a PhD degree in Mineral Processing from the University of Queensland in Australia.



2009 – P. Wanjara
2010 – P. Coursol
2011 – M. Brochu
2012 – L. Bichler
2013 – E. Asselin
2014 – A. Phillion
2015 – M. Barati
2016 – K. Chattopadhyay
2017 – S. Mostaghel
2018 – J. Song
2019 – H. Zurob
2020 – P. Lind

NEW Criteria for 2022 Awards nominations


The Brimacombe award is to recognize early-career MetSoc member achievers who have made noteworthy contributions in any of the scientific and technological disciplines relevant to MetSoc.

Preference will be given to an individual who has demonstrated the ability to collaborate with all parts of the metallurgical and materials community.

The nominees of this award must be individuals working for a Canadian academic, industrial, or government organization, who are within the first 10 years of their professional career at the time of nomination.

All nominees must have a minimum of three years of membership in the Institute and be in good standing.  The contributions and impact must be to the benefit of Canada.

There is no cash prize for this award.

Start Nomination

Please refer to the REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS FOR NOMINATION webpage.



NEW supporting documents required for 2022 Awards nominations

The nominator has 5 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.


  • 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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