Plenary Session I – October 14, 2020

John Dutrizac Plenary Session on Economic and Social Contributions of Metallurgical Innovations – Past, Present, and Future

This session consists of a plenary talk by Dr. Peter Warrian, on “Can Canadian Metallurgy Make the Same Contribution to the Economy and Society that It Did in the Past ?”, followed by a panel discussion around Innovation Models and their Success in Wealth Generation.


Dr. Peter Warrian

Senior Research Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto

Dr. Peter J. Warrian is a Senior Research Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. He is Canada’s leading academic expert on the steel industry. He was formerly Research Director of the United Steelworkers of America and Chief Economist of the Province of Ontario.

His current research is on knowledge networks, supply chains and digital manufacturing. As a member of the Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada he has worked on the inter-face between the steel industry and the auto industry, particularly in the area of lightweight materials and the interaction of software and advanced materials.

Panel Discussion – October 14, 2020

Current innovation ecosystem in Canada and projects into the future

Moderator: Sam Marcuson

The goal of Panel discussion:  To discuss the Innovation ecosystem from economic and technical perspectives and topics related to the value created by R and D in metallurgy and mining.

Gillian Holcroft

CMIC [Innovation Manager, Processing] and GLH Strategic

Stephen Beckermann  

Hatch, Director of Technology Commercialization

Peter Warrian

Economist and Distinguished Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy

John Steen


Rob Stephens

Tech2Strat Consulting Inc

Plenary Session II – October 15, 2020

A Practical Journey through Additive Manufacturing, a Retroactive Look at the Recent Past, Present and Future


Mohammad Ehteshami

Retired CEO, GE Additive

Most recently, Mohammad was president and CEO, GE Additive, prior to that he was Vice President & General Manager at GE Additive – focused on the additive product strategy. In this role, Mohammad provided strategic direction to the technical and product road-maps for the GE Additive portfolio.

Mohammad was Vice President & General Manager for GE Additive, helping to launch the business in September 2016. Mohammad was named Vice President & General Manager of Engineering for GE Aviation in 2014. Mohammad has more than 30 years’ experience at GE Aviation where he began as a design engineer in 1984. He then held several engineering positions before he became manager of Development Assembly and Instrument Operations in 1998. In 2000, he became manager of the Combustor Design Engineering Center of Excellence, and also provided strong leadership achievements in globalization and New Product Introduction (NPI). He was appointed General Manager of GE Aviation’s Rotating Parts Center of Excellence in 2003.

Mohammad was then appointed Vice President of Engineering for GE Oil and Gas in 2006, leading a diverse engineering team that supported many complex product offerings across the life cycle of the equipment. In this role, Mohammad delivered NPI success by executing excellent on-time delivery and first time yield.

Plenary Session III – October 15, 2020

Energy Transition Outlook – a Global and Regional Forecast Until 2050


Narasi Sridhar

CEO, MC Consult LLC

Dr. Sridhar is a Vice President of DNV GL and Program Director in the Materials Technology Development section of DNV GL, USA. He is also a Research Professor in the Materials Science & Engineering Department at The Ohio State University. His main technical interests involve life prediction and risk assessment of structures and systems and innovative energy use technologies. From 2008 to 2017, he was the Program Director for the Materials Program in the DNVGL Strategic Research & Innovation. From 1989 to 2007, he worked at the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses and the Division of Mechanical and Materials Engineering in Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas in various managerial capacities. From 1981 through 1989, he worked at Haynes International, Kokomo, Indiana as a Group Leader of the corrosion group. He obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1980. He has published over 190 papers and book chapters and has several patents. He is a Fellow of NACE International and has received numerous awards, including the NACE Frank Newman Speller and Technical Achievement awards, the Dechema Vaaler award, the R&D 100 award, The International Corrosion Society Edward Greco award, and the Institute of Metals Guy Bengough award.