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.

2022 Recipient

Leili Tafaghodi-Khajavi Leili Tafaghodi

McMaster University

Citation: In recognition of her contributions to advancing the science of metallurgy.

Leili Tafaghodi is an Associate Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering department at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. Her research expertise includes thermodynamics and kinetics of metal extraction processes, sustainable high-temperature materials processing, and reutilization and recycling of waste materials. Prior to joining McMaster, she was an Assistant Professor and the Extractive Metallurgy Industry Chair at the University of British Columbia. She obtained her Ph.D. in thermodynamics of silicon refining at the University of Toronto. Some of her recent and current projects are Hydrogen-based production of direct reduced iron, Metallurgical refining of silicon and silicon alloys, Reutilization of ferrochromium slag as construction material and Sulfur deportment in nickel laterite calcination.



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
2021 – W. Liu


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 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.


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.

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.
  • 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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