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:

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.

Latest News

• Alex Burns was elected the new Secretary, and Cinziana Sist was elected the new Treasurer of the Hydrometallurgy Section as of Aug. 28, 2017.
• The Extraction 2018 Meeting, which includes the Gordon Ritcey Symposium on Advances in Hydrometallurgical Solution Purification Separations, the Processing of Critical Metals Symposium and the Hydrometallurgy 2018 Symposium, will take place in Ottawa, ON, on Aug. 26–29, 2018 (read more).

• Congratulations to our recipients of the 2017 Hydrometallurgy Undergraduate Scholarships: Chenbo Xu (University of Toronto) and William Courchesne (McGill University), to our recipient of the 2017 Lucy Rosato Scholarship: Sahar Ayaz (University of Toronto), to our recipient of the 2017 Ernest Peters Masters Award: Eric Shum (University of Toronto), to our recipient of the 2017 Gordon Ritcey Ph.D. Award: Ajanthia Gunaratnam (UBC), and to our 2017 Emerging Professionals: Deniz Bas (Université Laval) and Thomas Feldmann (5N Plus).

• The Section encourages student involvement in the field of hydrometallurgy by offering student support for conferences, scholarships and awards each year. See details at Student Support/Affaires étudiants.

• Please join our LinkedIn group MetSoc Hydrometallurgy Section!