Most Prestigious Award in Canadian Metallurgy Goes to Hatch Expert

August 11, 2015

Mississauga, ON – Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey of Hatch is this year's recipient of the Airey Award, the most prestigious award in Canadian metallurgy, presented by the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). The Airey Award is presented to industry leaders for outstanding individual contribution based on at least 15 years of input, including research and development, process development, technology or industrial leadership.

Dr. Twigge-Molecey is being recognized for his diverse body of work for 43 years at Hatch, including roles as the Managing Director responsible for China, Latin America, and technologies, and today as Senior Advisor. “I’ve had four or five different careers at Hatch,” says Dr. Twigge-Molecey, PhD, mechanical engineering. “The first 20 years were very technical, when all my patents were generated and I was deeply involved in project work. Then I got into the management side, building international business operations primarily in Russia, South America and China.” That included his extensive involvement in the Canada-China Business Council.

He is the third Hatch employee to receive the Airey Award. Founder Dr. Gerry Hatch received it in 1986, and executive director Dr. Bert Wasmund a decade later. "I am honoured to be in such esteemed company as the previous Airey recipients—giants in the metallurgical industry," says Dr. Twigge-Molecey.

Reflecting on his career highlights, he notes "I am most proud of my arsenic removal patent" developed earlier in his career. Today he and other Hatch engineers are in the process of evolving that patent into an upgraded arsenic fixation technology for such applications as South American copper deposits where arsenic needs to be stabilized.

Sina Mostaghel, award chair, NFPM executive committee, MetSoc, nominated Dr. Twigge-Molecey for the Airey Award. "As a firm believer in technology transfer, training and mentoring of young professionals, Chris has worked as an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering, and has published more than 40 papers and edited six books,” most recently, Metallurgical Plant Design.

The Airey Award will be presented on Tuesday, August 25 at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the MetSoc awards banquet and reception as part of the Conference of Metallurgists (COM 2015) hosted by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).

Dr. Twigge-Molecey will also give a talk at COM 2015 on “50 Years of Evolution of Metallurgical Engineering Companies in Canada” – one of 20 Hatch experts presenting there, including Nils Voermann, Global Managing Director, Technologies.

Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey and Nils Voermann are available for interviews at COM 2015.

To set up an interview or for more information, please contact:

Glenn Sakaki
Global Director, Marketing & Communication
Tel: +1 905 403 4241

About Hatch

Hatch is an employee-owned, multidisciplinary professional services firm that delivers a comprehensive array of technical and strategic services, including consulting, information technology, engineering, process development, and project and construction management to the Mining, Metallurgical, Energy, and Infrastructure sectors. Hatch has served clients for over six decades with corporate roots extending over 100 years and has project experience in more than 150 countries around the world. With over 10,000 people in over 65 offices, the firm has more than $35 billion in projects currently under management.