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The Sustainability Section provides a forum for the exchange of knowledge and skills in technical and environmental areas between professionals in the metallurgical and materials industry. The Section’s activities reflect the current needs of the industry. Our mandate is to provide leadership in knowledge sharing and professional development for a broad range of environmental fields, and in the development of environmental practices and standards.


COM 2024: WALSIM X: Water, Air, Land Sustainability Issues in Mining and Metal Extraction

Bringing together the community to discuss mining, mineral processing, metallurgy, and materials with a common interest in sustainability. Participate in the 63rd Annual Conference of Metallurgists on August 19 – Thursday, August 22, 2024, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Submit an abstract!

Current Initiatives

CrossTalk webinar series developed by the emerging professionals of the light metals section. Learn more by visiting our conferences and events section.

Awards & Scholarships

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

MetSoc Sustainability Scholarship


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.


Brittany MacKinnon


Brittany (Britt) MacKinnon joined Hatch in June 2019 after completing her Applied Sciences degree in Chemical Engineering and Certificate in Business at Queen’s University. Since joining Hatch, Britt has worked with the Pyrometallurgy sector practice on a Greenfield Pig Iron Feasibility Study, with the Hydrometallurgy sector practice on a Battery Recycling Project, with the Advisory practice on a Catastrophic Risk Assurance Project, and most recently with the Pyrometallurgy sector practice on an Integrated Steelworks Expansion FEL2. Britt is passionate about continuous learning and understanding the dynamic Canadian metallurgy sector. Britt enjoys collaborating with others to find innovative solutions to challenges, especially about how to create a more sustainable metallurgical industry.

Members of the Sustainability Committee

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