The importance of the metals industry in the energy transition: Canada’s opportunity



In collaboration with the CIM Foundation, MetSoc is proud to host a free online learning session with Canadian Mining Hall of Fame, Phillip J. Mackey

Phillip J. Mackey, P.J. Mackey Technology Inc.

Date: May 25, 2022

Time: 12:15-13:30 (Eastern time)


The metals industry will play an indispensable role in the transition to a low-carbon economy. Canada has good metal reserves and a wealth of expertise and knowledge in mining and metallurgy. This lecture will review metal production in Canada and look at emerging technologies for low-CO2 metal production, including the use of hydrogen from renewables. The lecture also discusses how Canada can capitalize on the increasing world demand for metals.

Phillip Mackey

Phillip Mackey is known worldwide as one of Canada’s most prominent metallurgists in the field of non-ferrous extractive metallurgy.

He is one of the few Canadians to have advanced the development of two significant copper smelting technologies that have benefited copper metallurgical plants around the world. He co-developed the Noranda Reactor Process and co-invented the Noranda Converting Process, which has produced more than 4 million tonnes of copper since the late 1990s and remains the world’s third most productive copper converting technology.

In addition, Mackey is a prolific author of technical papers, renowned lecturer, and inspirational mentor of young metallurgists. Mackey mentored the next generation of metallurgists as a professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury, and as a Special Lecturer at McGill University in Montreal.

He is a strong supporter of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) and is a Past President of the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc). The Phillip Mackey Symposium was held in his honour at the 2019 Copper Conference in Vancouver.



Foundation CIMF and the MetSoc Fund

The CIM Foundation (CIMF) is a not-for-profit charitable foundation (registration number 11883 4480 RR001). The Foundation supports educational programs and activities such as the Distinguished Lecturers program, promotes the industry as an enviable career choice, and provides scholarships.


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