Industrial Tours

COM 2017 Industrial Tours

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

Tours offered:

  1. Britannia Mining Museum, Britannia Beach BC
  2. Vancouver Labs City tour: ALS, Autec, CESL, Kemetco, SGS

Britannia Mining Museum (located 1 hour away from hotel)

 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.

Climb aboard the museum’s on-site mine train, which will take you on a trip inside one of the former mining tunnels. Along the way your guide will share stories about the mine’s colorful past. Many of the guides used to work at the mine as employees, adding further insight to your visit. Continue inside the sprawling mill building to learn about the inner-workings of one of the last-remaining gravity-fed mills in North America. Finish your tour with a chance to pan for gold at the museum’s gold-panning station, taking home any of your lucky finds.  



Vancouver City Laboratory Tour

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

ALS: The Vancouver laboratory now offers ultra trace metals analysis by High-Resolution Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (HR-ICPMS) for environmental matrices including biota, water and seawater samples. This is the most advanced technology available for analysis of trace metals and one of the first broad applications of this powerful instrumentation in a commercial environmental laboratory in Canada.

Autec: As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation, AuTec strives to find innovative solutions for the extractive industry with a particular focus on intrinsic challenges (e.g. refractoriness, preg-robbing behaviour, and arsenic content) and extrinsic challenges (e.g. fresh water conservation and jurisdictional bans on cyanide).

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

Kemetco: Kemetco Research offers a wide range of metallurgical process development and environmental capabilities. Kemetco Research has a well equipped extractive metallurgy laboratory and experienced staff capable of carrying out metallurgical test programs ranging from simple scoping tests to complex flowsheet development and optimization.

SGS: Vancouver facility, we provide geochemical analysis, high definition mineralogy, metallurgical process testing and development, geometallurgical services, environmental services and trade services.

Details about the tour will be provided later.  



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 30, 2017

Student Poster Session Closes
August 1, 2017


Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM
3500 de Maisonneuve West, Suite 1250
Montreal, QC
H3Z 3C1, Canada

Show Management
Tel.: (514) 939-2710, ext. 1329
Fax: (514) 939-2714


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