Enabling Innovation in Metallurgy

Speakers were specially invited for their expertise (Speakers list below) Topics will include: Enabling Innovation

  • Historical Review of Innovation in the Canadian Metallurgical Industry
  • Developing teams of innovators
  • Collaboration and Innovation

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Symposium Chair(s):
Nils Voermann James Budac
Nils Voermann, Hatch
James Budac
Sherritt International


Featured Abstracts

Prof. Elicia Maine, Simon Fraser University: How Can Canada Excel in Materials Innovation?

As more multinational chemical and materials firms move to open innovation models, advanced materials ventures, often spun out of universities, are of increasing importance to creating and commercializing new materials and processes. These ventures are typically focused on breakthrough technologies that provide a window on innovation for the large multinational firms. Yet, such ventures face daunting challenges in their route from lab to market. Advanced materials innovations, underlying new product development across many industries (such as energy generation, energy storage, water treatment, transportation, and biomedical devices) typically take 5-15 years from invention to commercial product. Although advanced materials innovation enables broad value creation across many sectors of the economy, these long commercialization timelines, coupled with high capital investment and sustained uncertainty, deter investment. Drawing on observation and analysis of over 100 advanced materials ventures, strategies and policies are proposed which can reduce technical and market risks and accelerate advanced materials commercialization. This Keynote presentation draws on a paper published in Nature Materials. entitled "Accelerating Advanced Materials Commercialization" which can be accessed here https://www.nature.com/nmat/journal/v15/n5/full/nmat4625.html

 Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey, Hatch: Disruptive, Sustaining and Efficiency Innovations

 For any organization it is important to choose the appropriate innovation strategy, selecting the correct one of the six “games” as defined by Cote and Miller. Are you creating a new market or not? Within either, are you targeting an autonomous innovation, a closed–system innovation, or a platform innovation? Beyond these categories are you looking for incremental improvements, moves to adjacencies, or disruptive innovations? There are four fundamental triggers for successful innovation that will be discussed. They are directly related to availability of funding and therefore to progress, if not necessarily success. They are Strategy, Disaster, Changing Constraints, and Inspiration. Each has different characteristics and time scales, with all but Inspiration driven by market pull. In our capital-intensive sector, Inspiration, when not driven by one of the other three factors, typically takes the longest to achieve commercial application (on average 15+ years). Illustrations of Canadian successes based on each approach will be presented. Discussed will be the Stelco Coil Box as Strategy, the Shrouded Tuyere from Inspiration, the Ferro-nickel Furnace design from Disaster with both pressure leaching and the flash furnace as disruptive technologies. Constraint as in changing environmental regulations has driven a wide range of innovations of all types and scales. The classical theory of “diffusion of innovation” developed by Everett Rogers will be revisited.

Speaker Company Topic
Michelle Ash  Barrick Gold Corporation Mining re-imagined
Boyd Davis Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc. Integrated Process Development
Glenn Dobby Woodgrove Technologies Inc.   Creating Synergy Between a small technology enterprise and large mining companies
Michael Flynn Canada Mining Innovation Council   Towards fundamental transformation of the mining industry
Simon Hille Goldcorp Inc.   Innovating to zero
Markus Erwee Mintek Improved knowledge sharing to break down barriers to innovation
V.I. (Lucky) Lkshmanan Process Research ORTECH inc Is there room for new ideas in metallurgy?
Elicia Maine Simon Fraser University How can Canada excel in Materials innovation?
Samuel Marcuson Marcuson & Associates A case study in industry-academic collaboration:  The Vale-Cytec-University consortium on Processing low grade ultramatic nickel
Bo Pelech Mayor Wilson/Applied Innovation On the front line of Innovation
Chris Twigge-Molecey Hatch Disruptive, sustaining and efficiency innovations

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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