MetSoc Silver Medal


The Silver Medal, which was initiated in 1986, is awarded to individuals who have built, sustained and developed the Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM into the present strong, internationally renowned organization.

2020 Recipient

Mary Wells

Mary Wells

University of Guelph

Mary Wells earned her Metallurgical and Materials Engineering degree from McGill University and her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1996. She joined the University of Guelph in 2017 as Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.  

Prior to the University of Guelph, she was a Professor in the Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo. Her research addresses the relationship between processing, structure and properties for advanced metallic alloys used in the transportation sector.   

Professor Wells has spent the past decade addressing the continued under-representation of women in the engineering profession. In 2013, she was appointed the chair of the Ontario Network for Women in Engineering. To improve the gender diversity of the engineering profession, she has led initiatives to both understand the root causes of the lack of participation of women in engineering as well as programs to address these barriers. 

Professor Wells is the past president of the Metallurgy and Materials Society of Canada which is part of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. She is the co-author of two books on women in mining published by CIM: Women of Impact and Women of Innovation.  


1986 – J.M. Toguri
1987 – N.G. Thomas
1988 – M. Rigaud
1989 – J.E. Dutrizac
1990 – W.T. Thompson
1991 – W. Williams
1992 – P. Tarassoff
1993 – L. Seeley
1994 – G.M. Ritcey
1995 – A. Plumpton
1996 – B.R. Conard
1997 – E. Ozberk
1998 – G.L. Bolton
1999 – F. Habashi
2000 – C. Dìaz
2001 – J.M. Walsh
2002 – A. Vahed
2003 – C. Twigge-Molecey
2004 – H. Henein
2005 – J. Finch
2006 – P.J. Mackey
2007 – H. W. King
2008 – S. Marcuson
2009 – G.P. Demopoulos
2010 – M. King
2011 – J. Kapusta
2012 – A. Allaire
2013 – N. Stubina
2014 – G. Richards
2015 – M. Sahoo
2016 – D. Wilkinson
2017 – D. Boyd
2018 – P. Wanjara
2019 – B. Davis
This award is administered by the Past Presidents of the Society.  Nominations at large are not collected, but if you have a suggestion of a member that deserves this recognition, please advise us at


The Silver Medal is to recognize individuals who have contributed effectively over a long period, to the growth of MetSoc.  The nomination(s) for, and award of, the Silver Medal is the responsibility of the Past President and is not open to general nominations from the membership at large. Balloting is by all Past Presidents. 

There is no cash prize to this award.

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

METSOC is a constituent society of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
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