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MetSoc Sustainability Award

This award was created by Teck in order to promote innovation and development in the field of environmental control technology for the metallurgical and materials industry in Canada. Future advances in the industry depend on the development of environmentally safe technologies. The award recognizes significant contributions by a MetSoc member to the field of environmental science and engineering and sustainable development in the metallurgical and materials industry.

THE CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR IS OPEN for 2024. The deadline has been extended to February 29, 2024

This award is supported by:

2024 Recipient

Ian Cameron


Citation: In recognition of exceptional commitment to being a catalyst for positive change.

Ian Cameron is the Principal Metallurgist, Ferrous at Hatch Ltd. He develops client-focused solutions to produce iron and steel starting from basic raw materials and with an increasing focus on green technologies. Ian has extensive international experience in ironmaking process technology, plant operations, and new technology implementation. His experience includes iron ore processing, blast furnace design and operations, and novel ironmaking technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ian is the lead author of a new book, “Blast Furnace Ironmaking, Analysis, Control and Optimization” where he and his co-authors outline a first principles approach to complete blast furnace heat and mass balances. Ian is a 4-time winner of The Association of Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) Josef. S. Kapitan Award for best paper in the ironmaking division (2011/2019/2020/2022), and the 2023 Hunt-Kelly Outstanding Paper Award (second place) for his paper on reducing blast furnaces carbon emissions using scrap and reduced iron additions. Ian was further recognized by AIST winning the 2022 Thomas. L. Joseph Award (Ironmaking) and 2023 Benjamin F. Fairless Award (AIME) for distinguished contributions in the fields of ironmaking technology.

Ian holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in metallurgical engineering from McGill University and is a Professional Engineer in Ontario.

2023 – David Kratochvil​

2016 – (No award)

2010 – Chris Pickles 

2022 – N. Ahern 

2015 – C. Jia 

2009 – (No award)

2021 – (No award)

2014 – G.P. Demopoulos 

2008 – G. Monteith 

2020 – Bruce Conard 

2013 – Z. Xu 

2007 – L. Amaratunga 

2019 – Gillian Holcroft 

2012 – V.I Lakshmanan 

2006 – R. Rao 

2018 – not attributed 

2011 – R. Lawrence 

2005 – M. Kalin 

2017 – P.Queneau 


2004 – M. Sudbury 



The nominee must have a clear record of impact (important changes related to policy, procedure or process) on the environment. This record should be highlighted in the nomination letter and in the citation.

The Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM administers the award. The award can be given to an individual or a group of individuals.

There is no cash prize for this award.

MetSoc Sustainability Award

All nominees must have a minimum of five years of CIM National membership and be in good standing.  Membership is not required to be consecutive but the member has to have the current and previous year in good standing. Exceptions to this membership requirement may be made in the case where a candidate has a substantial historical record of contributions to MetSoc. The contributions and impact must be to the benefit of Canada.


The award nomination program is closed for 2024.


The nominator has 5 steps to complete.  The documents can be uploaded to our online nomination system.

  1. Fill in the contribution box – a summary of why this person is being nominated (see item 3) with any information listed above that is not included in the CV.
  2. Fill in the citation – in 15 words this person is being recognized for.
  3. The CV should contain the items listed below. If the CV does not contain these items, consider adding them to the Contribution box and letter statement:
    1. Major contributions relevant to the award
    2. A record of at least five relevant patents and/or papers authored by the nominee plus a count of other patents and papers
    3. A service history related to CIM/MetSoc if applicable
    4. A record of the years of membership in CIM
    5. A listing of volunteer activities if applicable
    6. A listing of awards previously received
    7. A listing of academic achievements
  4. One written letter by the nominator on letterhead describing in full length why this candidate is nominated for the award.
  5. A minimum of 3 Endorsers (outside of company colleagues) – these endorsers simply must support with an online approval click, however, a supporting letter is also welcomed and encouraged.

General Policies

  • A nominator can put forward only one candidate up for nomination in each award category. 
  • No Member of the Executive Board shall be nominated for a MetSoc administered award while in office. The nomination will be held until the term on the executive board is expired.
  • Each award shall be made from time to time as circumstances warrant with no more than one award recipient per year.
  • The nominators are responsible for verifying that all conditions of the award have been satisfied and all procedures were properly followed in making the nomination.
  • All nominations will stand for three years.
  • The adjudication of the award shall be made by the MetSoc Awards Committee of The Metallurgy and Materials Society of CIM.
  • The award shall be presented at the Awards Banquet of the Conference of Metallurgists.
  • Posthumous awards will be allowed only if the candidate has already been shortlisted.
  • Self-nominations are not permitted.