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Value Chain Series Nickel

May, 2021


May, 2021

From Mine to Money-What Investors Need to Know About Nickel

This series offers a learning experience that others do not: worldwide expertise in a neutral and non-promotional format.


Presented by the Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM (MetSoc) and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), the webinar workshop series explores the value chain of a single commodity. The audience will learn from experts in their fields about key issues that are needed to navigate the metals markets. The inaugural webinar will be on nickel: at the intersection of deposit, technology, and the markets. The webinar will be facilitated by Crux Investor.


Jeff Donald – Nickel Event Organizer, The Metals Company, MetSoc of CIM
Boyd Davis – Series coordinator, Kingston Process Metallurgy Inc., MetSoc of CIM
Matthew Gordon – Facilitator, Crux Investors
Mark Selby – Nickel Workshop Advisor, Canada Nickel

Target Audience

This webinar is intended for investors or industry participants interested to learn more about nickel.


Lourdes Valle, BHP

Ron Schonewille, Glencore

Peter Fenato, Vale

Johnna Muinonen, Dumont Nickel

Brian Oliver, Vale

Ian Lipton, AMC Consultants

Mark Mistry, Nickel Institute

Jim Lennon, Red Door Research Ltd

Ken Hoffman

Watch the Recordings

Part 1

Part 2

Schedule and Topics

DAY 1 – MAY 19, 2021 8:00 – 11:00 EASTERN TIME ZONE

8:00 Welcome & Introduction (Jeff Donald & Boyd Davis)
8:05 – 8:20 Nickel: A New Supercycle Emerging? Hype or Reality (Mark Selby)

  • Nickel is different than other metals
  • Lack of discoveries/pipeline
  • Significant supply challenges, fundamental shifts
  • Downstream relatively more important

8:20 – 8:50 Nickel Markets: Near, Medium & Long-term -Supply/Demand Outlook

  • Jim Lennon
  • Ken Hoffman

8:50 – 9:40 Discussion Panel & Q & A

9:40 – 10:00  Nickel Processing – why difficult and why expensive?

  • Why is Nickel so Difficult? (Boyd Davis)
  • Why is Nickel so Expensive? (Jeff Donald)

10:00 – 10:15  Nickel – Environmental Impacts of Nickel (Steven Brown)

10:15 – 10:55 Q&A

10:55 – 11:00 Day 1 – Closing Comments, Intro for Day 2

DAY 2 – MAY 20, 2021 8:00 – 11:00

Detailed Geology & Process Discussions


8:00 – 8:45 Geology & Exploration & Mining of Nickel

Location, Ore Types, Discoveries, Mining

  • Existing Nickel Supply & Resources (Peter Fenato)
  • Emerging Supplies
    • Low-grade sulphides (Johnna Muinonen)
    • Deepsea nodules (Ian Lipton)Emerging Supplies

8:45– 9:00 Q&A


9:00 – 9:40 Primary Processing of Nickel

  • Introduction (Jeff Donald)
  • Mineral Processing (Johnna Muinonen)
  • Primary Processing (Ron Schonewille)
  • HPAL- Laterites (Lourdes Valles)

9:40 – 10:00 Q&A

10:00 – 10:30 Refining/Processing for end-use of Nickel

  • Introduction (Jeff Donald)
  • Refining of Preliminary Intermediates (Brian Oliver)
  • Refined Products (Brian Oliver)
    – Cathode, pellets, powder, briquettes, crowns, sinter, Tonimet, utility, FeNi, NPI
  • Battery Material Feeds control panel (Mark Selby)

10:30 – 10:40 Recycling of Nickel (Nickel Institute)

  • Mark Mistry, Senior Manager, Public Policy, Nickel Institute

10:40 – 11:00 Q & A for all & Closing Comments


MetSoc - Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM

About our Facilitators

Crux Investor