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.

Symposium: Sustainable Development, Environment and Recycling 
Lead Chair: Roki Fukuzawa, 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 will be featured in this symposium.

Technical presentations

Oral Presentations:

2nd China-Canada Nonferrous Metallurgy Forum

  • "Investigating Parameters Effecting Sulfur Transfer in Laterite Calcination", Ian Candy

Health & Safety in Operations

  • "A Structured Approach to the Conducting of Site Risk Reviews", Tom Gonzales and Sudhir Thakurdin
  • "Case Study: The Utility of the ISO 45001:2018 Framework to Generate Risk Profiles and Mitigation Strategies for the Worker/Arsine Gas Exposure Risk", Terrence Koehler, Brian Krysa, Anastasiya Mitsui


  • "Application of Advanced Directional Drilling and Artificial Permeability Creation for In-Situ Recovery of Minerals", Raegan Brown and Paul Krawchuk
  • "Hydrometallurgical Strategies for Higher Impurities in Copper Refining", Jeff Adams, Jacqueline Fossenier, Jack Shannon, Cinziana Sist

Process Control, Optimization & Instrumentation

  • "Monitoring Furnace Sidewall Integrity Using Multivariate Statistical Models", Terry Gerritsen, Richard MacRosty, Tom Plikas, Ravi Pula


  • "Campaign Life Extension and Refractory Management of Copper Making Furnaces", Marcio Caçador, Blair Climenhaga, Hamid Ghorbani, Tom Gonzales, Majid Maleki, Afshin Sadri
  • "Copper Smelting: 2019 World Copper Smelter Data", Tom Gonzales, Gary Walters
  • "Comparison of Smelting Technologies", Tom Gonzales, Gary Walters, Matthew White

Sustainability & Waste Management

  • "A Comparison of Roasting Technologies for Arsenic Removal from Copper Concentrates", Kamal Adham, Sabrina Francey, Cassandra Lee
  • "Air Granulation of Copper Slags for Iron Silicate Production Part 2: Drawing Parallels from Air Granulation of PGM Converter Slag", Andrew MacMillan, Mahdi Mahdi, Darryl Metcalfe, Daan Sauter, Lily L.C. So, Jennifer Woloshyn
  • "Designing Sustainable Prosperity - A Collaborative Effort to Build Resilience in the Copper-Producing Regions", Doris Hiam-Galvez

Poster Presentations:

Process Control, Optimization & Instrumentation

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


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

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