COM 2019 + Copper 2019

August 18-21, 2019
Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hatch is excited to be a gold sponsor of the 58th Conference of Metallurgists (COM) and Copper 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. Join us from August 18-21 for courses, industry mixers, plenary sessions, and more. COM 2019 will also host the 10th International Copper Conference & Trade Show, an event that has not been held in North America since 2007!

Hatch will have several experts sharing their expertise and experience as part of COM 2019, providing new and innovative research and case studies. Presentations are detailed below.

Monday, August 19: Sustainable Development, Environment and Recycling Symposium

Lead Chair: Roki Fukuzawa, Hatch and Co-Chair: Doris Hiam-Galves, Hatch

This symposium will cover topics such as renewable energy in mining and processing, energy conservation and climate change, water conservation and effluent elimination, new treatment processes, life cycle analysis, risk assessment, sustainable materials management, and waste processing and recycling. A full day session on Designing Sustainable Prosperity as a means of Building Resilience in the Copper Producing Regions will be featured in this symposium.

Watch a video interview with Roki Fukuzawa, here.

Technical presentations:

Monday, August 19

Sustainability & Waste Management, Meeting Room 18

  • Doris Hiam-Galvez presents "Designing Sustainable Prosperity - A Collaborative Effort to Build Resilience in the Copper-Producing Regions" at 10:25 a.m. PST

Health & Safety in Operations, Meeting Room 14

  • Tom Gonzales and Sudhir Thakurdin present "A Structured Approach to the Conducting of Site Risk Reviews" at 10:50 a.m. PST
  • Anastasiya Mitsui, Brian Krysa, and Terrence Koehler present a case study on “The Utility of the ISO 45001:2018 Framework to Generate Risk Profiles and Mitigation Strategies for the Worker/Arsine Gas Exposure Risk" at 2:50 p.m. PST

Refractories, Meeting Room 9

  • Majid Maleki, Afshin Sadri, Marcio Caçador, Hamid Ghorbani, Blair Climenhaga, and Tom Gonzales present "Campaign Life Extension and Refractory Management of Copper Making Furnaces" at 10:50 a.m. PST

Pyrometallurgy, Ballroom AB

  • Tom Gonzales and Gary Walters co-present "Copper Smelting: 2019 World Copper Smelter Data" alongside external colleagues at 11:40 a.m. PST

Designing Sustainable Prosperity, Meeting Room 18

  • Roki Fukuzawa moderates the panel discussion “Industries that will be needed in the future” featuring Doris Hiam-Galvez at 2:00 p.m. PST

Copper Surveys II & Flash Smelting, Meeting Room 10

  • Tom Gonzales, Gary Walters, and Matthew White present "Comparison of Smelting Technologies" at 2:25 p.m. PST

Hydrometallurgy, Room 8/15

  • Jeff Adams, Jack Shannon, Jacqueline Fossenier, and Cinziana Sist present "Hydrometallurgical Strategies for Higher Impurities in Copper Refining" at 4:55 p.m. PST

Tuesday, August 20

Simulation and Data Analytics, Meeting Room 17

  • Ravi Pula, Terry Gerritsen, Tom Plikas, and Richard MacRosty co-present "Monitoring Furnace Sidewall Integrity Using Multivariate Statistical Models" alongside external colleagues at 11:15 a.m. PST

Arsenic in Copper, Meeting Room 18

  • Kamal Adham, Cassandra Lee, Sabrina Francey, A.M.S. Hussein, David Lemieux, Jean-Philippe Mai present "A Comparison of Roasting Technologies for Arsenic Removal from Copper Concentrates" at 2:50 p.m. PST

In Situ Recovery (ISR), Meeting Room 9

  • Raegan Brown and Paul Krawchuk present "Application of Advanced Directional Drilling and Artificial Permeability Creation for In-Situ Recovery of Minerals" at 4:05 p.m. PST

Wednesday, August 21

Waste Management, Meeting Room 18

  • Lily L.C. So, Darryl Metcalfe, Mahdi Mahdi, Jennifer Woloshyn, Daan Sauter, and Andrew MacMillan co-present "Air Granulation of Copper Slags for Iron Silicate Production Part 2: Drawing Parallels from Air Granulation of PGM Converter Slag" at 8:00 a.m. PST

2nd China-Canada Nonferrous Metallurgy Forum, Meeting Room 14

  • Ian Candy co-presents "Investigating Parameters Effecting Sulfur Transfer in Laterite Calcination" with external colleagues at 8:50 a.m. PST

Poster Presentations:

Process Control, Optimization & Instrumentation

  • "Understanding and Increasing the Control System's Reliability" by Mina Salama


  • "Analysis and Development of Improved Concentrate Burners" by Tom Gonzales, Matthew White, and W. Taylor