CIM Hydrometallurgy Section Committee Members 2018/2019
M. Dry (Mike)
M. Dry (Mike)
BSc (Chem Eng) University of Cape Town, South Africa
PhD (Eng) University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Owner of Arithmetek Inc., Specialist in process modelling.
Sasol, Mintek, Lakefield Research/SGS.
Quarter century in applied research in hydrometallurgy, over fifteen years of process modelling experience covering base metals, uranium, gold, exotic metals, in sulphate and chloride environments.
1331 Hetherington Drive
Peterborough, Ontario K9L 1X4
Tel: (705) 743-7837
E-mail: mike.dry AT arithmetek.com
A. Burns (Alexander)
A. Burns (Alexander)
Alex earned his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering (hydrometallurgy) at the University of British Columbia in 2015, where he studied a new process for the refining of uranium solutions by electrolytic reduction and precipitation. He also holds bachelor's degrees in Mining Engineering and Computer Science from Queen's University. He was named a MetSoc Emerging Professional in 2016.
Alex currently works as a Process Engineer at Noram Engineering in Vancouver, BC. He also serves in an advisory role at BC Research, Noram's research subsidiary, and continues to be involved in education at UBC by assisting with graduate student supervision, acting as an industry advisor for design projects, and as a guest lecturer. Previously, Alex has worked at Vale Inco and Cameco's technology centres as a research engineer.
NORAM Engineering and Constructors, Ltd.
Suite 1800 - 200 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 1S4
E-mail: alexander.burns AT alumni.ubc.ca
C. Sist (Cinziana)
C. Sist (Cinziana)
Cinziana Sist was born in the Montreal area and attended McGill University where she earned a Master degree in Metallurgical Engineering under the supervision of George Demopolous. Her thesis topic was Nickel Hydroxide Precipitation from Aqueous Sulphate Media. In 2004 she joined Hatch Ltd. as a hydrometallurgist, where she gained extensive experience in process design and technical support as a specialist in nonferrous hydrometallurgy.
In 2016, she joined Barrick Gold as a project manager in Strategic Technical Solutions where her goals are to evaluate innovative projects aimed at increasing revenue while implementing more environmentally favorable processing methods. Her career experience includes being part of commissioning teams, providing operational support and plant optimization services, mass & energy balance modeling, process design criteria development, capital & operating cost estimation, testwork and data analysis, technology evaluations, and numerous other responsibilities in the extractive metallurgy field.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Tel: (647) 965-2469
E-mail: csist AT barrick.com
CHAIR, STUDENT SUPPORT
N. Verbaans (Niels)
N. Verbaan (Niels)
Niels Verbaan is a principal metallurgist in the Hydrometallurgy group and has 16 years experience at SGS Minerals, Lakefield Site. Niels obtained his Masters degree (MSc) in Raw Materials processing at Delft University in the Netherlands and a Masters degree (MEng) in Hydrometallurgy at McGill University in Canada.
At SGS Niels has been extensively involved in vanadium, nickel laterite, niobium/titanium, scandium and REE process development projects. Specifically since 2008, he worked as Project Manager for many of the known REE junior mining companies, including carbonatites, peralkaline granites as well as ionic clay style deposits.
Niels is a member of CIM and the Hydromet Section of MetSoc. Within the field of REE he served as member on the organizing committees of the 2012 and 2013 REE Symposia. He chaired the organizing committee of 2014 and 2016 (IMPC 2016, Quebec City). In addition, Niels chaired an expert panel employed by the Government of Canada focussed on the development of a Canadian REE industry and is a co-chair on its “Leaching and Separation” technical committee. Within SGS Niels initiated and managed an internal program that led to the successful design and operation of a REE separation pilot plant that produced simultaneous 3N PrNd and 2N LaCe product streams.
Niels has authored close to 20 publications in technical conferences and holds a patent on the extraction of precious, rare and base metals from complex oxide and sulphide ores. A second patent on the extraction of REE is under consideration.
At SGS Niels is responsible for the project management of large and complex hydrometallurgical projects, and the training and mentoring of Senior Metallurgists. His areas of expertise include general metallurgical process development, the design, construction and operation of complex hydrometallurgical pilot plants, and data compilation, analysis and presentation to clients. He offers expertise in a wide range of commodities, with a strong focus on rare earth elements and minor metals.
SGS Minerals Services
E-mail: niels.verbaan AT sgs.com
D. Filippou (Dimitrios)
D. Filippou (Dimitrios)
Dimitrios Filippou obtained a Dipl.Eng. degree in Mining and Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (Greece), and a Ph.D. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from McGill University (Canada).
He has extensive experience in zinc, iron, arsenic and titanium hydrometallurgy in sulphate and chloride media.
Since 2003, he works for Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium at the company’s Technology Centre in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec, where he currently holds the position of Metallurgist, TiO2 Products.
His fields of interest also include R&D project management, process scale-up and costing, and Life Cycle Analysis.
He has authored several papers and in 2010, he was awarded a TMS Best Paper Award for a publication in the JOM journal. He is also a licensed engineer.
Rio Tinto Fer & Titane / Rio Tinto Iron & Titanium
Service de la technologie / Technology Department
1625, route Marie-Victorin
Sorel-Tracy, Québec, J3R 1M6
E-mail: Dimitrios.Filippou AT riotinto.com
M. Agnew (Michael), ing., FCIM
Michael Agnew has over 30 years of metallurgical project and operating experience as a manager, executive, corporate director and consultant. Since 2006, Mr. Agnew has been the principal of Michael Agnew Inc., a process metallurgy consulting company focused on providing technology evaluation and selection, implementation and integration of innovative technologies, and marginal improvements of existing technologies. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. Agnew was the Senior Vice President, Technology for Noranda Inc. (later Falconbridge Limited). Prior to that, he held senior positions with Magnola Metallurgy Inc., and various support and managerial positions with Canadian Electrolytic Zinc. Mr. Agnew was awarded Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum in 2009 for a life-time contribution to Mining and Metallurgy. He is also a member of the Order of Engineers of Québec, and is a member of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society and a member society of The American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Engineers. Mr. Agnew is currently on the Board of Directors of Ivernia Inc. (TSX:IVW) and has been at different times on the Boards of Directors of four privately held Corporations between 2004 and 2012. Mr. Agnew received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1975.
E-mail: Michael.agnew AT sympatico.ca
S. Alam (Shafiq)
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
University of Saskatchewan
Room #1C123, College of Engineering
57 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK
Canada S7N 5A9
E-mail: shafiq.alam AT usask.ca
A.D. Bas (Deniz)
Deniz currently works as a Researcher at COREM where he leads research and technical projects in extractive metallurgy and flotation, including pilot plant scale trials. Deniz received his B.Sc. in mining engineering (2009) and M.Sc. in the field of hydrometallurgy (2012) from Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey. He earned his Ph.D. in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from Université Laval, Canada (2017). Upon completing his Ph.D., he worked a Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Engineering at the same university.
Deniz has more than eight years of hands-on experience in (bio)hydrometallurgy and mineral electrochemistry, and has co-authored 14 SCI journal papers as well as 13 conference proceedings. He has recently been appointed Assistant Editor for Minerals Engineering (Elsevier). He is the recipient of the 2016 Gordon M. Ritcey Ph.D. Award and has been named the 2017 MetSoc Emerging Professional. He has served as member of the organizing committees of several international conferences including COM 2016-XXVIII IMPC, Extraction 2018, and COM-Copper 2019. He volunteers as social media ambassador for MetSoc. He is a member of CIM, SME, and TMS.
1180, rue de la Minéralogie
Canada G1N 1X7
Tel: 418-527-8211, ext. 485
E-mail: ahmet-deniz.bas AT corem.qc.ca
J. Budac (James)
James Budac received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Victoria where he designed and synthesized new novel fluorinated complexing agents for the production of volatile metal complexes of copper, nickel and cobalt. After spending two years as a visiting scientist in a Canadian government lab in Agassiz, British Columbia, Dr Budac took a position in the Technical Services department at Inco’s nickel electro winning refinery in Thompson Manitoba.
In February of 2000 Dr Budac moved to Alberta where he took a position with the Process Technology group in Sherritt’s Fort Saskatchewan nickel refinery where he eventually reached a position as manager of the process technology group.
During the years from 2000 to the present he has been involved with the Hydrometallurgy Section of MetSOc where he has held positions as secretary and chair. Dr Budac has also participated in the organization of the 2004 Pressure Hydrometallurgy Conference in Banff and the 2009 Ni/Co Conference in Sudbury.
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta T8L 2T3
E-mail: jbudac AT sherrittmetals.com
L. Centomo (Liana)
Liana Centomo was born in Montreal and attended McGill University. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering in 1990. Upon graduation, she joined the Noranda Technology Centre as a research scientist. She started in a research group developing titanium powders using a reactive plasma torch. She then worked in the chemical extractive group developing processes to treat nitrates from groundwater and a flowsheet to reduce metals to undetectable limits. She also worked closely with the Horne smelter understanding the stability of their residue ponds.
In 1996, she transferred to CEZinc as a process metallurgist in the Hydrometallurgical production department. She occupied the position of Superintendent of the Technical Department from 2000 to 2010. The areas of responsibilities include evaluation of feed material, development of flowsheets for all the plant to increase revenue and decrease costs, short term plant support, improvement projects using six sigma methodology, production planning and business development. She has been promoted to Director of Technology and Environment as of January of this year. Her added responsibilities include managing the environmental team and product distributions.
860 Boulevard Cadieux
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Québec J6S 4W2
Tel: (450) 373-9144 x 2279
E-mail: liana.centomo AT glencore-ca.com
M.J. Collins (Mike)
Mike Collins earned a doctorate in Chemistry from McMaster University in 1984. Following completion of a visiting fellowship with the National Research Council in Ottawa, he joined the Research group of Sherritt Gordon Mines Limited, in Fort Saskatchewan, in 1985.
Mike became Research Manager at Sherritt in 1997 and held several management positions with Dynatec Corporation, Metallurgical Technologies Division, between 1997 and 2007.
Since the reacquisition of Dynatec by Sherritt International Corporation in 2007, Mike has managed the Research and Analytical groups (together called Process Development) within the Sherritt Technologies Division.
Work at Sherritt and Dynatec has primarily involved laboratory and pilot plant testing in the field of pressure hydrometallurgy. Mike has published seventy technical papers and is the holder of eight patents. He has chaired symposia, edited proceedings and presented at short courses for numerous MetSoc conferences and is the 2005 recipient of the Sherritt Hydrometallurgy Award.
8301 113 Street
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta T8L 4K7
Tel: (780) 992 8187
E-mail: mcollins AT sherritt-tech.com
T. Feldmann (Thomas)
- 2017 to present: Hydrometallurgical Scientist at 5N Plus, Inc.
- 2014-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University, Dept. of Mining and Materials Engineering – extraction of minor metals such as Sc and Ge in collaboration with 5N Plus, Inc.
- 2010-2013: Doctoral studies at McGill University, Dept. of Mining and Materials Engineering, project on crystallization kinetics of calcium sulphate phases during HCl regeneration via reactive crystallization.
- 2007-2010: Worked as a Research Analyst at McKinsey & Company in the Basic Materials Practice in Düsseldorf, Germany.
- 2001-2007: Studied Industrial Engineering at Technical University Bergakadamie Freiberg, Germany, with a focus on Non-ferrous Metallurgy and Industrial Management (Logistics, Production Management). Master’s Thesis concerned with optimization of an electrolytic passivation process for tinplate.
- 16 journal and conference papers as main or co-author, 1 patent application submitted (HCl regeneration process).
5N Plus Inc.
Tel: (514) 856-0644 ext. 2360
E-mail: thomas.feldmann AT 5nplus.com
G. Houlachi (Georges)
Georges Houlachi is senior research scientist at the Hydro-Québec Research Institute (LTE) in Shawinigan. He has previously worked at the Noranda Technology Centre in Montreal as Principal Scientist with expertise in hydro/electrometallurgy. During these years he has contributed in the development and implementation of several electrochemical processes for the copper and zinc refining.
He is now involved in projects relating to energy reduction for the electrometallurgy industry. He is the author of 33 papers and 14 patents. He co-edited the copper Cobra 2007 (EW&ER) and presented at short courses for MetSoc conference. He is the organizer of the Canadian ElectroMetallurgy Consortium and the Zinc Processors meetings. He is the 1999 recipient of the Sherritt Hydrometallurgy Award. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from American University in Lebanon and followed graduate studies at the École Polytechnique in Montreal.
Hydro Quebec, LTE lab
600 avenue de la Montagne
Shawinigan, Quebec G9N 7N5
Tel: (819) 539-1400 x-1307
E-mail: houlachi.georges AT lte.ireq.ca
Department of Materials Engineering
University of British Columbia,
Tel: (604) 822-3666
Email: wenying.liu AT ubc.ca
T. McCoy (Tannice)
Tannice McCoy has over 15 years of hydrometallurgical project and operating experience as a researcher, metallurgist and project manager with Teck Resources Limited. She currently is a Senior Process & Project Manager, Process Development with Teck. Her primary focus has been laboratory, pilot and demonstration plant testing for Teck’s CESL Process processing copper, copper-nickel, gold-silver and platinum group metal concentrates. She was part of the commissioning, start-up and optimization team for the 10,000 tpa CESL plant constructed by Vale in the Carajas region of Brazil.
Tannice has published several papers in the hydrometallurgical space for copper, copper-nickel and nickel concentrates and has co-invented a technology to separate nickel and cobalt from impurities. Tannice currently manages the Analytical, Process Development and Engineering groups within Teck’s Hydromet group supporting operations in problem solving and flow-sheet improvement and in the commercialization efforts for the CESL Process.
Teck Resources Limited
Trail, British Columbia
Tel: (778) 296-4944
E-mail: tannice.mccoy AT teck.com
G. Nazari (Ghazaleh)
Ghazaleh Nazari is a senior process engineer at Hatch, Mississauga, and has been working with the Hydrometallurgy group. She holds a Bachelor degree (2008) and a PhD (2011) in Materials Engineering and a minor degree in Business and Engineering Management (2011) from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. Upon completing her PhD, Dr. Nazari joined Hatch as an NSERC Industrial Research & Development (IRDF) Postdoctoral Fellow. During her time at Hatch, Ghazaleh has been assigned as the Process Lead, Process Manager, and Study Manager on several projects. In addition, she has taken on the role of leading the research and technology development projects within the hydrometallurgy group at Hatch globally.
Sheridan Science & Technology Park
2800 Speakman Drive
Mississauga, Ontario, L5K 2R7
Tel: (905) 403-4200 ext. 7855
E-mail: ghazaleh.nazari AT hatch.com
R. Saini (Ramanpal)
Ramanpal Saini is a Professional Engineer with a Master’s Degree in Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto, where his focus was on high temperature aqueous chemistry within industrial autoclaves. He has experience in the municipal wastewater and nutrient recovery industries, and has extensive prototyping knowledge for commercial applications.
Since 2014, he has been with Vale Base Metals in his current role as a Senior Research Scientist with the Technology and Innovation Group. His focus is on high temperature acid leaching, solvent extraction, and effluent treatment applications for the company’s hydrometallurgical plants, world-wide. Ramanpal provides practical solutions to operational issues faced by modern processing plants that include laboratory test programs, onsite piloting campaigns, capacity improvement initiatives, and equipment performance reviews.
Vale Technology and Innovation Group
2060 Flavelle Blvd.
Mississauga, Ontario, L5K 1Z9
E-mail: ramanpal.saini AT vale.com