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Hydrometallurgy John E. Dutrizac, Fathi Habashi and Henry Salomon de Friedberg Undergraduate Scholarships

2023 Recipients


William Slaney

Memorial University

My name is William Slaney, and I am from Torbay, Newfoundland. I recently graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Process Engineering. During my time as a Co-op engineering student, I had the opportunity to work at a hydrometallurgical processing plant. I gained knowledge of various operations such as leaching, solvent extraction, and electrowinning. I am passionate about optimizing processes, and I hope to be a part of improving the recovery of precious minerals. As I begin my engineering career, I hope to continue to learn about hydrometallurgical processes and contribute to providing resources for the global energy demand through the production of natural resources.


Jilai Zhang

University of Toronto 

Jilai studied at the University of Toronto, where he completed a degree in Chemical Engineering. He is passionately interested in industrial processing, especially the technologies used to convert natural resources into useful products and materials. For his undergraduate thesis project (Supervised by Prof. V. Papangelakis), he investigated methods of improving freeze crystallization techniques for water recovery from hydrometallurgical effluents. Jilai works in extractive metallurgy at Hatch Ltd. where he is excited to apply his skills and learn how the metals industry is innovating and adapting to reduce its impact on our climate and environment. In his free time, Jilai loves cooking, hiking, and exploring nature.

Before 2020 we offered two Hydrometallurgy scholarships. In 2020 these were renamed. 

2022 – Dutrizac Scholarship: Julia Twinney, Queen’s University 
– Habashi Scholarship: Audrey Scanlan, Carleton University

2021 – Dutrizac Scholarship: Brendan Hubert, Queens University  
– Habashi Scholarship: Andre Santoso, University of Montreal 

2020 – Dutrizac Scholarship: Andrew Borschnek, Queen’s University  
– Habashi Scholarship: Ahmed Kabil, University of Toronto 

2019 – Jungwoon Lee of Queen’s University, and Adrian Singer of McGill University 

2018 – Carter Senis of Queen’s University, and William Dixon of McGill University 

2017 – Chenbo Xu of the University of Toronto, and William Courchesne of McGill University 

2016 – James Cruikshanks of Queen’s University 

2015 – Justin Riggio of McGill University 

2014 – Cooper Meadows of the University of Saskatchewan, and Cameron Hill of McGill University 

2013 – Jonathan Leung and Raphael Soldi-Giribaldi, both of the University of Toronto 

2012 – Corinne Nicole Smith and David Clive Elliott, both of Memorial University 

2011 – Sara Fitzel of the University of Alberta and Jordan Zampini at McGill University. 


Purpose of the Scholarship

To encourage undergraduate students at Canadian universities to enter the engineering field and science discipline of hydrometallurgy, the Hydrometallurgy Section offers three scholarships:


John E. Dutrizac (1940-2019) received a B.A.Sc. and a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the University of Toronto. In 1968, he became a Research Scientist at CANMET, where he studied a variety of hydrometallurgical processes over the next nearly fifty years. His work involved the integration of chemical metallurgy with applied mineralogy to improve our understanding of various processes, especially those related to the recovery of zinc and copper, and the characterization of iron residues. Dr. Dutrizac produced over 250 publications in these and related fields. He also edited numerous conference proceedings volumes, including those of the Iron Control in Hydrometallurgy Symposia series. John Dutrizac served as Chairman of the Hydrometallurgy Section and President of the Metallurgical Society of CIM. He received many national and international awards and was a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. He was a giant of hydrometallurgy in Canada and internationally, and his legacy continues to greatly benefit those of us in the metallurgical field.


Professor Emeritus of Extractive Metallurgy at Laval University in Quebec City, Fathi Habashi was born in Al-Minia, Egypt on October 9, 1928. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cairo (1949), a Dr. techn. degree in Inorganic Chemical Technology from the University of Technology in Vienna, and honorary degrees from the Technical University of Oruro in Bolivia and the Saint Petersburg Mining Institute in Russia. Dr. Habashi taught at the Montana School of Mines and worked at the Extractive Metallurgical Research Department of Anaconda Company in Tucson, Arizona before joining Laval in 1970. He has also been guest professor or guest lecturer at a number of other universities or institutions, and consultant to the United Nations Development Program for the Cuban Laterite Project. He has authored numerous textbooks on metallurgy and the history of metallurgy, including Principles of Extractive Metallurgy in 4 volumes, and edited Handbook of Extractive Metallurgy in 4 volumes. In 1998 Professor Habashi was named a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy, and Petroleum and in 1999 he received its silver medal. He is an Honorary Professor at the Technical University of Oruro in Bolivia, Honorary Citizen of the city of Oruro, Governor at the Fondation de l’Université Laval, and Member of Le Cercle des Ambassadeurs in Québec City.


Henry worked in the field of extractive metallurgy for 40 years in both areas of pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy.  After receiving a Metallurgy Master’s Degree at McGill University, Henry joined the Noranda Technology Centre in 1977 and then joined Teck in 1979. 

Henry began his journey with Teck as an Engineer in Training at Teck’s Trail Operations. During his time in Trail Henry assisted in the start-up of various plants, including Zinc Pressure Leach, the Copper Products Plant, and the KIVCET lead furnace which was essential to the long-term success of the operation. Starting in 1996 Henry took a position at Quebrada Blanca in Chile where he was involved in the successful commissioning of the first large-scale secondary sulphide heap leach operation. After 5-years he moved back to Trail for several years before joining CESL in Richmond in 2007 where he worked until his retirement in 2016.  

Henry was passionate about his work and metallurgy. This passion helped him foster innovation in the workplace, increase fundamental understanding and support the development of metallurgists through his ties to UBC.  He was a mentor to many. Henry’s expertise and love of learning supported numerous staff and other Teck projects during his career.  Henry’s expertise supported numerous projects during his career, and his passion for development of metallurgists left an impactful legacy. 

Scholarship Terms

In 2020, in memory of John Dutrizac and to encourage undergraduate students at Canadian universities to enter the discipline of hydrometallurgy, the Hydrometallurgy Section has instituted the John E. Dutrizac Scholarship of $2,500 annually. 

In 2020, in recognition of Fathi Habashi and to encourage undergraduate students at Canadian universities to enter the discipline of hydrometallurgy, the Hydrometallurgy Section has instituted the Fathi Habashi Scholarship of $2,500 annually.

In 2024, in recognition of Henry Salomon de Friedberg and to encourage undergraduate students at Canadian universities who are passionate about metallurgy, are analytical, and intend to work in the field of mining or metallurgy, to enter the discipline of hydrometallurgy, the Hydrometallurgy Section has instituted the Henry Salomon de Friedberg Scholarship of $2,500 annually.

In addition to the cash award mentioned for each award or scholarship, we award one free registration for the conference at which we present the award or scholarship, plus free admission to the social events we sponsor at that conference.

Hydrometallurgy John E. Dutrizac and Fathi Habashi Undergraduate Scholarships


Scholarship Criteria Applicants must be a full-time students at a Canadian University in their 2nd, 3rd or 4th (final) year of a program at the undergraduate level and intend to work or carry out research in a field of science and engineering with relevance to hydrometallurgy. CIM student membership is not required but CIM members may be given preference over non-members. Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens or Permanent Resident students; however, International students attending a recognized Canadian educational institution are welcome to apply. Awarding of these scholarship will be based upon applicants’ academic achievements and motivation in the field of science and engineering with relevance to hydrometallurgy. Consideration will be given to the applicant’s past work experiences and extracurricular activities.

No formal application forms are given. The applicant is requested to submit a written application in English or French, including the following documentation to the CIM MetSoc Hydrometallurgy Section Scholarship Committee:

  1. Student Statement Letter – Prepare a maximum 200-word statement explaining: Applicant’s career objectives in hydrometallurgy Applicant’s educational objectives How this scholarship would help the applicant attain the above objectives Why the applicant wants to work in the field of hydrometallurgy and how he/she will maintain involvement with the hydrometallurgical industry or research community. The Committee reserves the right to contact the reference persons provided by the scholarship applicants.
  2. Student Resume – Indicate internships, work and/or co-op experience, academic courses and projects related to the applicant’s intended area of study in college or university. Extracurricular activities should be highlighted as an important aspect of the application.
  3. Official Transcript – Request and submit one original transcript to date from the applicant’s school(s).
  4. Name, title and contact information for 2 reference persons – The referees could be faculties, employers, teachers, coaches, etc. At least one referee should be familiar with the applicant’s academic performance. The Committee reserves the right to contact the reference persons provided by the scholarship applicants.
  5. Applicants of the Lucy Rosato Scholarships are automatically enrolled in the Hydrometallurgical Undergraduate Scholarships.

Submit your application

Email your application package to Georgios KolliopoulosChair of Student Support at:

Application deadline: March 01, 2024


The scholarship application program is closed for 2023.