CIM Distinguished Lecturers

For accomplishments in scientific, technical, management or educational activities related to the minerals industry

Origins & Conditions


CIM Distinguished Lecturers are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in scientific, technical, management or educational activities related to the minerals industry, and speak at CIM Branch and Student Chapter meetings across the country.

The CIM Distinguished Lecturers Award criteria and other information:

  1. Persons shall be selected as CIM Distinguished Lecturers on the basis of their distinguished service and accomplishments in scientific, technical or administrative activities related to the minerals industries.
  2. Not more than eight (8) Distinguished Lecturers shall be selected in any Council year.
  3. Each nomination shall be accompanied by a statement supporting the nomination.
  4. The nominations shall be submitted to a special CIM Distinguished Lecturers Selection Committee under the chairmanship of the CIM President-Elect with Awards Standing Committee Members.
  5. The Committee shall select the recipients, confirm their willingness to accept the honour and dedicate their time to give the Lectures, and inform the CIM Chief Executive Officer prior to the last meeting of Council preceding the Annual General Meeting.
  6. The CIM Distinguished Lecturers shall be honoured at the CIM Convention and shall be presented with a certificate.
  7. The CIM Distinguished Lecturers are expected to give their lectures as requested by CIM Branches, Technical Societies and Student Chapters. Universities may also request a lecture.
  8. In the case where the Distinguished Lecturer’s employer or the nominating body is unable to cover the expenses for a lecture, CIM National will cover the cost of air travel while the requesting body will cover local expenses (accommodation, transportation, etc.)



Phillip Mackey

Phillip Mackey is a well-known metallurgist in the field of non-ferrous extractive metallurgy. He was involved in the development of not one but two significant copper smelting technologies. Mackey obtained the BSc (Hons.) and PhD degrees from the School of Metallurgy at the University of NSW, Australia. He then moved to Montreal to join Noranda, where with others, helped develop the Noranda Process in the 1970s, the world’s first continuous copper smelting process, and later co-invented the Noranda Converting Process in the 1980s. These processes remain in operation at the Horne smelter, the only remaining copper plant in Canada. He has also worked extensively on the processing of lateritic nickel. Mackey has authored or co-authored more than 100 technical papers covering diverse aspects of non-ferrous metallurgy. The Phillip Mackey Symposium was held in his honor at the 2019 Copper Conference in Vancouver. He is a Past President of the Metallurgical Society, and a Fellow of CIM and TMS. His CIM and METSOC Awards include the Silver Medal; a Special Medal of Honour, the Selwyn G. Blaylock Medal and the Airey Award for “outstanding contributions” to the field of extractive metallurgy. He will be inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame in 2022.


Frank Cheng

Dr. Frank Cheng obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2000. He is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Pipeline Engineering at the University of Calgary. He is an internationally reputed researcher in corrosion science and engineering, and energy pipeline technology. His research aims to advance the fundamental understanding of pipeline corrosion and cracking phenomena, and to develop techniques for effective control of pipeline failures. 

Dr. Cheng has authored four books and over 270  journal papers, and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards. He is currently serving as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pipeline Science and Engineering

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