Plenary and Panel Sessions

Sunday, August 21 from 15:30-16:45

Plenary Panel Session – MetSoc and the Drive to Net Zero

The opening session will feature a panel discussion on the role of MetSoc and CIM in the Pathway to Net Zero. The purpose of the panel will be to explore ideas and views on how our metallurgy and materials community needs to proactively respond to support this imperative. Topic areas included (as they relate to MetSoc):

  • skills and skills training, education
  • private and public sector relationships
  • innovations in knowledge sharing and networking
  • unlocking the value of diversity and inclusion
  • outreach and societal engagement, policy development

Our panel will consist of MetSoc’s Past Presidents who can share valuable insights and perspectives as we shift to tackle this critical challenge.

Moderator: Janice Zinck, Executive Director, Geoscience and Mines, COM 2022 Conference chair


  • Elvi Dalgaard, Materials Analyst, Pratt & Whitney Canada
  • Priti Wanjara, Principal Researcher and Manager National Research Council
  • Rod Guthrie, Professor, McGill University
  • Chris Twigge-Molecey, Senior Advisor, Hatch
  • Joël Kapusta, BBA

Monday, August 22 from 8:30–9:10

Plenary Session – Canada’s Critical Mineral Strategy?

Andrew Ghattas, Director of Natural Resource Canada’s Critical Mineral Centre of Excellence, will outline Canada’s approach to advancing leadership in the responsible, inclusive and sustainable production of critical minerals, from mines to manufacturing.


Andrew Ghattas

Director of the Critical Minerals Task Force, Natural Resources Canada

Andrew has over 13 years policy experience with the Canadian Government in a variety of roles.

He joined Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) in 2020 as Director of the Critical Minerals Task Force, where his team works to develop and implement strategies for Canada on critical minerals, including mechanisms for collaboration with federal, provincial and territorial governments, industry and the U.S., EU, Japan & Australia, to seize emerging opportunities.

Prior to joining NRCan, Andrew was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Privy Council Office, where he led on a variety of economic portfolios including international trade, defence procurement and foreign direct investment. He also managed the Cabinet Committee on Defence Procurement and, more recently, the Cabinet Committee on Operations.

Andrew got his start at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 2007, where he worked on multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations and trade and market access policy, as well as serving as the Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister of Programs.

Andrew has a Master Degree in Public Administration Management from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from the University of Guelph.

Monday, August 22 from 13:30 – 15:10

Curated Panel Session – The Material Foundations of a Net-Zero Economy: Bottlenecks and Opportunities

Moderator: Nadim Kara, Senior Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Canada


  • Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, President and CEO, Prima
  • Marie-Pierre Paquin, Chief advisor, Office of the Chief Scientist, RioTinto
  • Hani Henein, Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta
  • Martin Tyrawskyj, Acting Program Director, National Research Council Canada
  • Ann Masse, Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Security, Rio Tinto

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Tuesday, August 23 from 8:30–9:10

Plenary Session – A Tale of Two Worlds – From the Present World to a Low-Carbon One: The Importance of Metals and the Role of Canada

Metals are central to the global energy transition towards a low-carbon world. For example, copper’s unrivalled electrical properties mean it is essential for all types of renewable energy, while nickel, cobalt and lithium are important battery metals; steel is essential for infrastructure projects. This presentation puts into perspective the importance of these metals and discusses new technologies now under early development to meet the needs of a low-carbon world. This includes new technologies based on green hydrogen as a reductant, high-temperature electrolytic techniques, and other exciting approaches. Canada’s role in providing critical metals is also examined.

Phillip Mackey

Phillip Mackey

P.J. Mackey Technology Inc.

Phillip Mackey is known worldwide as one of Canada’s most prominent metallurgists in the field of non-ferrous extractive metallurgy.

He is one of the few Canadians to have advanced the development of two significant copper smelting technologies that have benefited copper metallurgical plants around the world. He co-developed the Noranda Reactor Process and co-invented the Noranda Converting Process, which has produced more than 4 million tonnes of copper since the late 1990s and remains the world’s third most productive copper converting technology.

In addition, Mackey is a prolific author of technical papers, renowned lecturer, and inspirational mentor of young metallurgists. Mackey mentored the next generation of metallurgists as a professor at Laurentian University in Sudbury, and as a Special Lecturer at McGill University in Montreal.

He is a strong supporter of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) and is a Past President of the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc). The Phillip Mackey Symposium was held in his honour at the 2019 Copper Conference in Vancouver.

Tuesday, August 23 from 13:30 – 15:10

“Big Idea” Session – Transformational R&D

This session will feature multiple speakers presenting work in progress or novel research in development.
Each presenter will have 5-minutes to discuss their research in development and a question panel will follow from the audience.
Presentations will follow a PowerPoint template inspired by the PechaKucha style of 20 slides at 15 seconds each.

The “Big Idea” Speakers:

  • Mike Kelland, Planetary Technologies – Using oceans as carbon sink via metallurgical processing and site remediation
  • Danielle Coudé, AluQuébecTransformations in post consumer and industry recycling of Aluminium in Quebec
  • Stephen Stokreef, Queen’s University – Economic Implementation of Carbon Capture in Ultramafic Mines
  • Sumanth Shankar, McMaster University – Art of hiding Shrinkage : new solidification paradigm for thin walled structural Al castings
  • Kris Mackowiak, KPM – Mg Recovery from Al scrap via Chloride Salt Electrorefining
  • Nathan Stubina, Sherritt International Corp – Chimera: Complimentary processing of complex concentrates and laterite ores
  • Gaofeng Li, NRC – Recycling of rare-earth containing NdFeB hard magnets into advanced powders for high-performance electrical part applications
  • Fei Wang, The University of British Columbia – Using CO2 to produce critical metals

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Wednesday, August 24 from 11:50 – 14:15

Free Lunch & Workshop Session – Inspiration from Unexpected Places: People, Innovation, and the Pathway to Net Zero

This Workshop will include a lunch and will follow with group discussions on the COM theme of the Pathway to Net Zero.
By reservation only (space is limited)!

Inspiration from Unexpected Places: People, Innovation, and the Pathway to Net Zero

People with great ideas are motivated to work on projects that are interesting, involving, exciting, satisfying, or personally challenging – much like the transition towards a low-carbon future. There is no question that tackling one of the world’s toughest challenges will require an elevated level of innovation driven by people with new ideas and skills. But where do we find the right people with the right mindset – or do we support creating it ourselves?

We will explore innovation over time, the people that helped us with breakthrough ideas, and the talent needs of the future to meet our net zero goal. The discussion is followed by round-table workshops to incorporate your views on people, talent, and innovation needed to drive our net-zero goal in mining and metals. The ideas generated from our round-table discussions will be included in a white paper and distributed to the session attendees at a later date.

Chelsie Klassen

Chelsie Klassen

Global Director, Community Engagement and Social Performance, HATCH

Chelsie knows what motivates people and keeps them ‘ticking’. Growing up in a small town in Northern Ontario, Chelsie connects her humble roots to all aspects of her work by listening intently and integrating stakeholder feedback into major project design. Her empathetic and proactive approach ensures that local cultural traditions are respected, and social risks are managed. Chelsie has more than 15 years of experience in community engagement, issues management, and communications that spans across the energy, metals, and infrastructure sectors. Recently, she has been spending her time supporting community engagement activities for the largest proposed solar project in the world. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management, and a Master of Laws. She was recognized by Oilweek magazine as a Rising Star in the oil and natural gas industry for outstanding leadership in communications and was named a United Nations (UN) Innovator by the UN Global Compact. Chelsie prides herself on personal connections that she makes along her journey and enjoys collecting local art that remind her of places she has visited – including an Inuvialuit jacket that she hangs in her home office from her work in the Northwest Territories, Canada, and a painting by the Numina sisters from the Northern Territory, Australia.

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