MetSoc Innovation Award
Origin of the Innovation Award
The purpose of the Innovation award is to support the important role of innovation as a fundamental foundation to the development and growth of the Canadian metallurgical and materials industries. The award recognizes outstanding innovation in the industry, specifically innovations which are implemented and practiced commercially and to which a company or group of individuals are the prime contributors.
The innovation to be rewarded should have been successfully adapted in a commercial scale operation. Recognizing the long lead-time to industrial acceptance of an innovation, a 15-year maximum duration from first demonstration should be used as a guideline. The contributions and impact must be to the benefit of Canada.
Acousto Ultrasonic-Echo (AU-E) non-destructive testing (NDT) technique developed in Canada by Dr. Sadri and the Hatch NDT team that assesses the refractory lining condition of pyrometallurgical vessels with a particular focus on smelting furnaces.
1989 – Stelco Inc. (Stelco Coilbox)
1990 – Inco Limited (Pressure Carbonyl Process)
1991 – G. Savard and R. Lee (Annular Tuyere)
1992 – Sherritt Gordon Limited (Zinc Pressure Leach Process)
1993 – Noranda Minerals Inc. (Noranda Process)
1994 – Hatch Associates Limited (Solid Copper Cooling Systems for Furnace Refractory Protection)
1995 – Timminco Metals and L.M. Pidgeon (The Pidgeon Magnesium Process)
1996 – No award
1997 – Inco Limited (The Oxygen Flash Smelting Process)
1998 – Noranda Inc. (The Gaspe Puncher)
1999 – Facility for the Analysis of Chemical Thermodynamics (The F*A*C*T Computational System)
2000 – Kidd Metallurgy Division of Falconbridge Ltd. (Kidd Process Technology)
2001 – No Award
2002 – QIT-Fer et Titane
2003 – CEZinc (Jarofix Process)
2004 – Dynatec
2005 – Eco-Tec (Acid Purification Unit)
2006 – Inco Ltd. (SO2/Air Cyanide Destruction Process)
2007 – McGill Gas Dispersion Sensor Technology
2008 – No Award
2009 – Shrouded Tuyere Slag-Make Converting Process (Air Liquide and Xstrata Nickel)
2010 – No award
2011 – No award
2012 – Hatch Autoclave Technology Group
2013 – Liquid Metal Cleanliness Analyzer system (MMPC, Rio Tinto Alcan and ABB)
2014 – No Winner
2015 – SART Process(developed by Lakefield Research Ltd)
2016 – Calcium Thiosulphate Leaching of Gold Process (Barrick Gold)
2017 – Advanced KIVCET™ Technology with Continuous Drossing and Slag Fuming, developed by Teck
Nominator uploads either a concise CV of nominee or in the case of process, a recent paper, relevant to the process being nominated, to the web site. 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 online form the information in the Contributions text box (this will be available in the software system when the Call opens).
- 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.