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

• Gisele Azimi (University of Toronto), Ahmet Deniz Baz (COREM), Ghazaleh Nazari (Hatch), and Ramanpal Saini (Vale) have joined the Hydrometallurgy Section Committee as of Aug. 27, 2018. Vladimiros Papangelakis (University of Toronto), Jeff Adams (Hatch) and Indje Mihaylov (Vale) have retired from the Committee after many years of dedicated service in various roles and positions.

• COM 2019, featuring Copper 2019 and including symposia on Copper Hydrometallurgy, Copper Electrowinning & Electrorefining, and the 2nd China-Canada Forum on NonFerrous Metallurgy, will take place in Vancouver, BC, on Aug. 18-21, 2019 (read more).

• Congratulations to our recipients of the 2018 Hydrometallurgy Undergraduate Scholarships: Carter Senis (Queen’s University) and William Dixon (McGill University), to our recipient of the 2018 Lucy Rosato Scholarship: Chenbo Xu (University of Toronto), to our recipient of the 2018 Ernest Peters Masters Award: Chengqian (Charles) Wu (Queen's University), to our recipient of the 2018 Gordon Ritcey Ph.D. Award: Denver Cowan (Queen's University).

• 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.