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 (Britannia Museum, Sky Gondola), Britannia Beach BC
  2. Vancouver Labs City tour:  AuTec, CESL
  3.  Sherritt International, Fort Saskatchewan, AB


Sea to Sky Sightseeing Tour -Thursday, August 31

Date: Thursday August 31
Price: $215 CAD
Tour includes: Bus transportation, lunch   

Schedule (times may vary)

  • COM2017_SeatoSkyTour8:30am - Pickup from the Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Tour over the Lions Gate Bridge to North Vancouver
  • Tour along the Sea to Sky Highway to Squamish
  • Scenic stop at Shannon Falls
  • 10:00am - Visit the Britannia Mine Museum (2 hour stop)
  • 12:00pm - Depart the Britannia Mine Museum
  • 12:30pm - Visit the Sea to Sky Gondola (2 hour stop)
  • 2:30pm - Depart the Sea to Sky Gondola
  • Drive along the Sea to Sky Highway back to Vancouver
  • 3:30pm - Drop off at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

Feel the spray from British Columbia’s third highest waterfall, Shannon Falls before ascending 335 metres (1,100 feet) to the top of the Sea to Sky Gondola for stunning views of Howe Sound. Here you can cross the Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge and walk along forest trails to viewing platforms.

Take a trip through history as you experience the life of a miner with this admission and guided tour of the Britannia Mine Museum. This historic copper mine, situated between Whistler and Vancouver, has been in operation since the early 20th century and was once one of the largest copper mines in the British Empire. Get a fascinating look at mining’s evolution over the years, as told by the museum's collection of interactive exhibits, films and hands-on activities, try your hand at gold panning and take a ride on the mine train as you travel inside a real mine tunnel.

Advised clothing: Dress in layers as temperatures within the train tunnel at Britannia Mine Museum are consistently 12 ℃ (54 ℉). Comfortable walking shoes are advised. Don’t forget the fixings! Depending on the weather consider bringing sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, gloves and a waterproof outer layer. Any excess items can be stored in the vehicle while you’re exploring.
Accessibility: Moderate mobility is required at each of the tour stops as they include hills, stairs and uneven terrain. There’s a lot to explore. Be prepared to do plenty of walking.


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: As part of Teck Resources, CESL focuses on sustainable external and internal growth opportunities, technology transfer and improvement projects.

As part of Teck Resources, 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.

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.


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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