MetSoc Technical Sections

The Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM (MetSoc) consists of six Technical Sections:

  • Sustainability
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Light Metals
  • Materials
  • Minerals Science and Engineering
  • Pyrometallurgy

To contact any of the Chairs of Section, join CIM and see our member Directory


The Sustainability Section provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and skills in technical and environmental areas between professionals in the metallurgical and materials industry. The Section’s activities reflect the current needs of the industry. Our mandate is to provide leadership in knowledge sharing and professional development for a broad range of environmental fields, and in the development of environmental practices and standards.

Christopher Pickles

Robert M Buchan Department of Mining, Queen’s University


The Hydrometallurgy Section focuses on the principles and practice of extraction of metals from ores or concentrates and their subsequent transformation into useable forms by means of environmentally sound aqueous processes.


Alex Burns
Fluor Corporation


Light Metals

The Light Metals Section is concerned with light metals such as Aluminum, Magnesium, Titanium, Lithium, Strontium and Silicon. The Section examines issues such as extraction and refining, fabrication and applications, materials characterization, recycling and the potential for industrial and commercial development.

Julie Lévesque
Chargée de projets R&D, Centre de métallurgie du Québec



The focus of the Materials Section is on all secondary processing of materials. The Section is concerned with aspects of the in-situ performance of materials, under a full range of service conditions (thermal, mechanical and chemical). Emphasis is also placed upon the micro design and engineering of high-performance materials, advanced processing technologies and microstructure and property characterization of both metallic and non-metallic inorganic materials.

Yu Zou
Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Toronto


Minerals Science and Engineering

The Mineral Sciences and Engineering Section brings together scientists, engineers and academics in Mineral Processing, Mineralogy and other related subjects. Emphasis is on fundamentals, research and development. The constituents of the section are mostly researchers and development engineers from industry, research centers and universities.

Sanja Miskovic
Assistant Professor
Multiphase Systems, Separation Processes, Process Intensification, Industrial Radiography



The Pyrometallurgy Section promotes the active exchange of information within the Canadian base metal industry. This group of researchers and industrial operators focuses on thermodynamics, slag chemistry, process fundamentals, furnace design, operating practices, minor element behavior and off-gas treatment.

Tanai Marin

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