The Hydrometallurgy Section focuses on the principles and practice of extraction of metals from ores or concentrates and their subsequent transformation into useable forms by means of environmentally sound aqueous processes.


COM 2023: Derek Kerfoot Memorial Pressure Hydrometallurgy Symposium August 21-24, Toronto Ontario

In memory of Derek Kerfoot for his important contributions to Canadian Hydrometallurgy throughout his career at Noranda, Sherritt and Inco (Vale). He is the inventor or co-inventor on 20 patents and won the 1997 MetSoc Airey Award and the 2009 Sherritt Hydrometallurgy Award.

Hydrometallurgy 2023: Phoenix, Arizona August 20-23 hosted by SME and co-organized by MetSoc

9th International Symposium on Hydrometallurgy Hydrometallurgy 2023 focuses on the many aspects of metallurgical processing including mineral processing, extractive metallurgy, environmental science and engineering.

Lead Zinc 2023: 10th International Conference on Lead and Zinc Processing, Changsha, China, October 18-23

Current Initiatives


The funding is calculated according to the following formula:

If the requests exceed the total funds budgeted, the determination of eligibility will be decided by the fund administrator.  In the case of a poster or a paper, the application should include:

To be eligible, students should be registered in a Canadian university at the time of the conference, in a Masters or PhD program related to the field of Hydrometallurgy. Students from the conference host city do not qualify for travel support. 

Awards & Scholarships

Our committee has created several awards for both professionals and students.

MetSoc Sherritt Hydrometallurgy Award

Hydrometallurgy Gordon M. Ritcey Ph.D. Award

Hydrometallurgy Ernest Peters Master's Award

Hydrometallurgy Lucy Rosato Undergraduate Scholarship

Hydrometallurgy John E. Dutrizac and Fathi Habashi Undergraduate Scholarships


Hydrometallurgy is part of the wider field of extractive metallurgy where the science and technologies of aqueous solution chemistry are applied in an environmentally sound and cost effective ways for the recovery of metals from a wide variety of metal-bearing sources, such as ores, concentrates, intermediates and recycled materials, into useable products for the society.

Hydrometallurgy technologies form an integral part of a growing number of metallurgical processes, both in operation and in development. Canada is richly endowed with mineral resources and is a world leader in hydrometallurgical production plants, technology development and education.

The Hydrometallurgy Section serves the hydrometallurgy community in Canada and abroad by:

The Section operates through a committee comprised of representatives from major mining companies in Canada, academic and research institutions, as well as technology vendors and engineering companies that have a strong presence in the field of hydrometallurgy.



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Members of the Hydrometallurgy Committee

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