Sunday, 3 February 2013

Canadian Mineral Processors 2013

The Canadian Mineral Processors is an annual meeting, held each year in Ottawa. I have attended three of these conferences but this year there was no representation from MEI, although a number of our close contacts were there, including our flotation consultant Prof. Dee Bradshaw.

Dr. Norm Lotter, of Xstrata Process Support, Canada, and a member of the Minerals Engineering editorial board, is a regular attendee, and I thank him for providing this short report on the event:

The Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP), a division of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), held their 45th national conference in Ottawa during the week ending 25th January 2013. 

Phil Thwaites with CMP Vice-President
Pierre Julien
A record 660 delegates attended.  Two keynote speakers presented interesting topics:  “From Electrons to Dollars”, by Kevan Ford, Vice President of SNC Lavelin; and “Manual Control, Process Autromation – or Operational Performance Excellence?” by Phil Thwaites, Manager of Process Control and the EIT Scheme, Xstrata Process Support.   Phil was awarded CIM Distinguished Lecturer for the lecture season 2012/13 in recognition of his contributions to best practices in Process Control. 

A total of 35 papers was presented at the conference, covering Geometallurgy, Comminution, Design and Development, Process Control and Flotation.  The conference is well-known and supported by industry for its practical mix of operations projects, innovation and method development, and greenfield project papers.

We would appreciate further comments on the conference from anyone who attended.

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