Hydrometallurgy is part of the wider field of extractive metallurgy where the science and technologies of aqueous solution chemistry are applied in an environmentally sound and cost effective ways for the recovery of metals from a wide variety of metal-bearing sources, such as ores, concentrates, intermediates and recycled materials, into useable products for the society.
Hydrometallurgy technologies form an integral part of a growing number of metallurgical processes, both in operation and in development. Canada is richly endowed with mineral resources and is a world leader in hydrometallurgical production plants, technology development and education.
The Hydrometallurgy Section serves the hydrometallurgy community in Canada and abroad by:
- Organizing timely and relevant technical conferences and short courses which provide a great forum for learning, exchange of ideas and networking opportunities
- Recognizing outstanding achievements in the field of hydrometallurgy
- Providing encouragement and support for students involved in hydrometallurgical studies and research
- Making select technical publications available on this web site.
The Section operates through a committee comprised of representatives from major mining companies in Canada, academic and research institutions, as well as technology vendors and engineering companies that have a strong presence in the field of hydrometallurgy.