MetSoc Sustainability Award


This award was created by Teck in order to promote innovation and development in the field of environmental control technology for the metallurgical and materials industry in Canada. Future advances in the industry depend on the development of environmentally safe technologies. The award recognizes significant contributions by a MetSoc member to the field of environmental science and engineering and sustainable development in the metallurgical and materials industry.

This award is supported by:

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Recipient for 2022

Noelene Ahern

Noelene Ahern,


Citation: For her strong passion to solve environmental issues of significance to the metallurgical industry.
Noelene is currently the manager of the Acid Rock Drainage group at SGS in Burnaby, having previously worked in the mining and metals processing industry at Barrick Gold, Placer Dome and BHP Billiton. Noelene has worked on a number of the major environmental challenges faced by the gold industry including cyanide utilization, mercury management, and arsenic oxidation and removal from wastewater. Additionally, she has performed work in the areas of bioleaching and wastewater management. Currently she manages a group characterizing acid rock draining and metal leaching potential. Noelene was a past Chair of the Environment Section of Metsoc and during her tenure she started an innovative webinar series, covering many environmental topics. She is an advocate for sustainable living and enjoys growing her own vegetables, cycling, and tries to reduce, re-use and recycle everything! Noelene has a master’s degree from the University of Cape Town and a PhD from the University of British Columbia.

2004 – M. Sudbury
2005 – M. Kalin
2006 – R. Rao
2007 – L. Amaratunga
2008 – G. Monteith
2009 – No award

2010 – C. Pickles
2011 – R. Lawrence
2012 – V.I Lakshmanan
2013 – Z. Xu
2014 – G.P. Demopoulos
2015 – C. Jia
2016 – no award
2017 – P.Queneau
2018 – not attributed
2019 – G. Holcroft
2020 – B. Conard
2021 – No award


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 nominee must have a clear record of impact (important changes related to policy, procedure or process) on the environment. This record should be highlighted in the nomination letter and in the citation.

The Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM administers the award. The award can be given to an individual or a group of individuals.

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.


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.

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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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