Industrial Tours

COM 2017 Industrial Tours

Continue your professional development by visiting local Vancouver area metallurgical and materials companies.

Tours offered:

  1. Sea to Sky sightseeing tour - CANCELLED
  2. Vancouver Labs City tour:  AuTec, CESL
  3.  Sherritt International, Fort Saskatchewan, AB


Sea to Sky Sightseeing Tour -Thursday, August 31

This tour has been CANCELLED.


Vancouver City Laboratory Tour- Thursday, August 31

The conference is proposing a one day local tour of laboratories operating in the Vancouver area.

Date: Thursday August 31
Price: $100 CAD
Tour includes: Bus transportation, lunch  

Schedule (times may vary)

  • 08:00 – Depart Hyatt Regency hotel
  • 09:00-11:30 – CESL Tour
  • 11:30-12:30 – Lunch (provided by CESL)
  • 12:30-13:30 – Transit to Autec
  • 13:30-15:30 – AuTec Tour
  • 15:30-Return to Hyatt Regency hotel

TeckCESL: (a) CESL Pilot/Demo Plant 12380 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, BC, Canada, V7A 4Z1

As part of Teck Resources Limited, CESL focuses on sustainable external and internal growth opportunities, technology transfer and improvement projects. CESL technology can treat a wide range of concentrates through to metal in an environmentally sound manner, including those which are challenged by low-grades and contain deleterious elements. Recent projects include:



Copper: Economical treatment of arsenic-bearing Cu concentrates yielding LME grade A cathode and highly stable residues • Sustainable processing of mercury-bearing Cu concentrates; with mercury deportment to a controlled sulphide product • Processing of bismuth-bearing Cu concentrates to improve salability

Nickel: Extensive testing of bulk concentrates (eg. Cu-Ni) to recover all payable metals • Economical treatment of lower grade Ni concentrates; including those with elevated Mg content • High recovery of platinum group metals from processing of various Ni- and Ni-Cu concentrates In addition to the proprietary CESL technology, CESL frequently works with partners to evaluate a variety of hydrometallurgical technology applications using its extensive bench, pilot, and demonstration facility in Richmond, British Columbia

Gold: Economic recovery of gold and silver from hydrometallurgical leach residues including those containing high levels of arsenic while maintaining the arsenic stability

The Richmond location is a 5600 square meter industrial facility with office and administration space. The facility hosts a wide range of hydrometallurgical testing equipment ranging from 1 liter batch pressure autoclaves up to a 1000 liter continuous six compartment titanium autoclave. Additional testing equipment capabilities include: grinding, flotation, atmospheric leaching, evaporation, solvent extraction and electrowinning, thickening and filtration, neutralization, atmospheric cyanidation and pressure cyanidation, cyanide recovery, and effluent treatment. The facility also contains onsite analytical capabilities including ICP-MS, LECO, AA and cyanide analysis.

CESL’s experienced personnel have a long history of working with industry clients to develop hydrometallurgical solutions using CESL or other technology to process a wide range of materials at all scales of testing including copper, copper-nickel, copper-nickel-PGM, nickel-cobalt, copper-gold and high-arsenic copper concentrates in an economic, responsible and sustainable manner.  

AutecAuTec: AuTec has a well-established, Vancouver-based metallurgical testing facility, with a history of excellence in serving its historic gold industry owners, Placer-Dome and Barrick Gold Corp. Since being re-launched as AuTec in 2015, the facility has been providing its extensive service portfolio into the wider mining industry. The laboratory facilities are within walking distance of downtown Vancouver, near Gastown, in repurposed buildings dating back to the early 1900s.

Though still owned by Barrick, AuTec has over 30% of its work originating from other miners, and is growing an excellent reputation for designing and providing comprehensive metallurgical testing, and analyzing outcomes. Reporting of results is often expanded to include flowsheet development options, enriched geo-metallurgical data sets and trouble-shooting analyses. Clients have access to high quality testing services using AuTec’s specialized equipment, including specialized technologies to characterize and treat complex gold ores.

In this tour, visitors will get insight into AuTec’s diversity of capabilities. Depending on the work programs underway, with client’s permission, visitors will have an in-depth tour of our laboratory facilities. Area tours will be led by experienced metallurgists, able to answer questions on current and past testing programs. Areas to be visited will include our sample preparation area, mineral processing laboratory, comminution facilities, hydrometallurgical laboratories, pressure oxidation laboratory (including our continuous autoclave), piloting facility, as well our world class analytical and mineralogical laboratories.


Sherritt Ni-Co Refinery & Pilot Plant tour- 2 days, Wednesday, August 30-Thursday, August 31

Schedule (times may vary)

Date: Wednesday, August 30 to Thursday August 31
Price: $1065 CAD
Tour includes: Flight, bus transportation to/from Fort Saskatchewan, accommodations in Edmonton, meals where indicated.


Wednesday, August 30

Note: participants in this tour will miss Wednesday afternoon sessions
  • 12:30 – Departure from Hotel
  • 13:30 – Arrival at YVR Airport
  • 15:00 – Flight to Edmonton
  • 17:24 – Arrival at Edmonton
  • 18:30 – Transfer from Airport to Edmonton hotel (at West Edmonton Mall)
  • 19:30 – Dinner/free time West Edmonton Mall

Thursday, August 31st

  • 08:30 – Departure from Hotel (breakfast at hotel included – meet in lobby at 8:15)
  • 09:00 – Tour (lunch hosted by Sherritt)
  • 15:15 – Leave Fort Saskatchewan to Edmonton Airport
  • 18:10 – Flight to YVR Airport
  • 18:42 – Arrival in Vancouver (accommodations not provided)

Commissioned in 1954 at Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, the Sherritt refinery was the first commercial operation to employ a hydrometallurgical process for the extraction and recovery of nickel and cobalt from sulphide minerals. The process as currently employed includes an ammoniacal pressure leach of mixed sulphides and precipitation of nickel and cobalt powders from purified leach solutions under hydrogen pressure in horizontal autoclaves. The technical portion of the trip will include tours of the Corefco Ni-Co refinery, which includes the original leach autoclaves from 1954 as well as more modern hydrogen reduction auctoclaves and the Sherritt Technologies pilot plant, which includes several autoclaves of about 30 L operating volume.




Call for Abstracts Deadline
Extended! Until January 31, 2017

Paper Submission Deadline
March 1, 2017

Paper Review Process Begins
February 1, 2017 – April 15, 2017

Final Paper Submission Deadline
May 1, 2017

Author Registration Deadline
May 15, 2017

Student Poster Session Opens
March 1, 2017

Early-bird Registration
June 23, 2017

Student Poster Session Closes
August 1, 2017


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Montreal, QC
H3Z 3C1, Canada

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