· Clash of the Materials Technology Panel Discussion
A highlight was the first-day panel discussion with John Campbell from the University of Birmingham, Mathieu Brochu from McGill and Priti Wanjara from National Research Council Canada. Each championed their respective technologies (from advance casting to powder-fed Additive manufacturing), outlining the advantages/disadvantages and their optimal applications. Who won? Only the viewer can discern that!
· Honouring Dr. Xinjin Cao, NRCAN with the Advances in Materials Manufacturing V Symposium
Dr. Cao was the one who initiated, organized and co-chaired all the previous four Advances in Materials Manufacturing Symposiums during COM 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2020. He was also the Vice-Chair and Executive Committee Member in the Materials Section for the MetSoc of the CIM. This symposium honoured his memory
· Giving Back to the Community- WATERFIRST Donation Challenge
To Celebrate COM, we asked our online community of followers to share photos, stories, and announcements to bring the community together. For every post added, MetSoc made a donation to WATERFIRST- this non-profit help address water challenges in Indigenous communities in Canada through education, training and meaningful collaboration.
· Celebrating 60 years of COM
Although the community could not meet in person, activities to commemorate and celebrate the conference took place. The memory wall where the community was invited to share pictures, quotes, thoughts on the current COM or past COM provided much delight.