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.

Latest News

• Mike Dry has been elected the new chair of the Hydrometallurgy Section as of Sept. 13, 2016.

• The Hydrometallurgy of Nickel and Cobalt 2017 Symposium (read more), and the 7th International World Gold Conference (read more) will be part of COM 2017 in Vancouver, BC, on Aug. 27–30, 2017.

• Congratulations to our recipient of the 2016 Hydrometallurgy Undergraduate Scholarship: James Cruikshanks (Queen's University), to our recipient of the 2016 Lucy Rosato Scholarship: Emma Dodds (UBC), to our recipient of the 2016 Gordon Ritcey Award: Deniz Bas (Université Laval), and to our 2016 Emerging Professional: Alex Burns (NORAM Engineering).

• The Section encourages student involvement in the field of hydrometallurgy by offering student support for conferences, scholarships and awards each year. See details at Student Support/Affaires étudiants.

• Please join our LinkedIn group MetSoc Hydrometallurgy Section!