History

History of the Canadian Materials Science Conference

The list of past D.K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lecturers and Award recipients clearly demonstrate the rich history associated with the Canadian Materials Science Conference. The Conference established its roots in 1951 when the late T. S. Hutchison, a professor of solid-state physics at the Royal Military College, and colleagues at Queens University, the University of Toronto, Alcan and the National Research Council began holding annual summer meetings at RMC. These meetings quickly became known as the Canadian Metal Physics Conference, with the self-proclaimed mission of fostering the development in Canada of a then modest research activity in physical metallurgy.

The continuing success of the conference, made possible in part by the organizing efforts of Wendy Jackson, attracted the interest of metallurgists engaged in chemical processing. In 1976, under the leadership of Professor J.M. Toguri of the University of Toronto, a metal chemistry component was added to the conference. In 1987, after an incredible 37 continuous years of Conference stewardship, Professor Hutchison relinquished his role to Professor W.T. Thompson. Shortly thereafter, to acknowledge changes that had taken place in the mission of most universities with metallurgical programs, the name of the Conference was changed to the Canadian Materials Science Conference.

The Conference was held at RMC until 2000, excepting 1996 and 1997, when the College was undergoing renovations. Since 2001, the Conference has been hosted at a different venue each year. Past hosts have included Carleton, Laurentian, Manitoba, Dalhousie, University of British Columbia, McMaster University, University of Alberta, University of Waterloo, UBC Okanagan, Western University, McGill University, University of Saskatchewan, Queen’s University and Dalhousie.

The conference maintains a significant student component. The importance of this emphasis is indicated by the names of past student award winners, many of whom now hold positions of considerable authority in universities, industry or research establishments. It is one of the aims of the conference to instill in students an appreciation and excitement for materials science technologies by providing a friendly but intellectually challenging forum for presentation of their endeavours, as well as those of leaders in Canadian and global materials science.

About the D.K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lecture

The MacDonald Memorial Lecture remembers the achievements of David Keith Chalmers MacDonald, born in Glasgow in July 1920. From an early age, he demonstrated considerable ability in mathematics and physics, and he graduated from Edinburgh University with first class honours. During the Second World War, owing to deficient eyesight, he served at the Military College of Science at Bury, where his remarkable talents for original research combining experimental and theoretical aspects became apparent.

In 1951, the year of the first Canadian Metal Physics Conference (the direct predecessor of the Canadian Materials Science Conference), MacDonald came to Canada. He and others associated with the National Research Council (NRC) soon became prominent and regular attendees at this annual conference. It was at the National Research Council that MacDonald developed an intense interest in the solid state at extremely low temperatures. He produced many papers of the highest quality during his tenure at the NRC. In 1957, MacDonald was diagnosed as having a rare neurological ailment that would lead to gradual debilitation of his limbs, and eventual death. His reaction was characteristic of his personality, and he increased the pace of activities to make the most of the time remaining. During this difficult period, the NRC, under Dr. Steacie, assisted him by providing special nursing and transportation services.

Keith MacDonald passed away in 1963. His honours included election to the Royal Society at a relatively young age, recipient of the Gold Medal of the Canadian Association of Physicists an honorary Professorship at the University of Ottawa, five books published, as well as the high esteem of his colleagues. MacDonald enjoyed a sense of achievement that is usually attained only at a more advanced age. He died a stricken but not unhappy man. It is no exaggeration to say that his contributions to metal physics in Canada set a standard that is yet to be surpassed.

The D.K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lecture has been a prominent feature of the Conference since 1964, and conference attendees have enjoyed Memorial Lectures presented by some of the leading figures in Materials Science, both from a Canadian and global perspective.

The continuing success of the conference, made possible in part by the organizing efforts of Wendy Jackson, attracted the interest of metallurgists engaged in chemical processing. In 1976, under the leadership of Professor J.M. Toguri of the University of Toronto, a metal chemistry component was added to the conference. In 1987, after an incredible 37 continuous years of Conference stewardship, Professor Hutchison relinquished his role to Professor W.T. Thompson. Shortly thereafter, to acknowledge changes that had taken place in the mission of most universities with metallurgical programs, the name of the Conference was changed to the Canadian Materials Science Conference.

The Conference was held at RMC until 2000, excepting 1996 and 1997, when the College was undergoing renovations. Since 2001, the Conference has been hosted at a different venue each year. Past hosts have included Carleton, Laurentian, Manitoba, Dalhousie, University of British Columbia, McMaster University, University of Alberta, University of Waterloo, UBC Okanagan, Western University, McGill University, University of Saskatchewan, Queen’s University and Dalhousie.

The conference maintains a significant student component. The importance of this emphasis is indicated by the names of past student award winners, many of whom now hold positions of considerable authority in universities, industry or research establishments. It is one of the aims of the conference to instill in students an appreciation and excitement for materials science technologies by providing a friendly but intellectually challenging forum for presentation of their endeavours, as well as those of leaders in Canadian and global materials science.

YearRecipientOrganization
2022Donald R. SadowayMassachusetts Institute of Technology​
2021Julia GreerCalifornia Institute of Technology
2020
2019Franz SpaepenHarvard University
2018Mary Anne WhiteDalhousie University
2017Javier LlorcaPolytechnic University of Madrid
2016Haël MughrabiUniversity of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
2015David S. WilkinsonMcMaster University
2014G. KirczenowSimon Fraser University
2013P. VoorheesNorthern University
2012C.N. TomeLos Alamos National Labs
2011C. RavindranRyerson
2010Mike AshbyCambridge University
2009Lyndon EdwardsANSTO
2008Ian RobertsonU. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2007Yves BrechetINPG Grenoble
2006R.E. LoehmanSandia National Laboratories
2005M. RappazEcole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
2004W. NixStanford
2003M. ChaturvediManitoba
2002W. WallaceNRC
2001B.R. ConradINCO
2000F.R.N. NabarroWitwatersrand
1999J.M. ToguriToronto
1998J.W. CahnNIST
1997J.W. EvansUniv. of California, Berkeley
1996R.W. Seigel
1995G.K. WhiteCSIRO Division of Applied Physics
1994J.K. BrimacombeUBC
1993C.J. HumphreysU. Cambridge
1992S. HowieCavendish Laboratory
1991M.H. LorettoBirmingham
1990W.C. WeingardGov’t of Canada
1989A. SeegerMax Planck Institute
1988J.D. EmburyMcMaster
1987J.W. SteedsBristol
1986J.L. Smith
1985A.S. ArgonMIT
1984W. NixStanford University
1983M. BrownU. Cambridge
1982
1981W.B. PearsonWaterloo
1980M. BrownU. Cambridge
1979P.C. ClappUniversity of Connecticut
1978J.P. HirthWashington State
1977W. SchillingInstitut für Festkörperforschung
1976T.B. MassalskiCarnegie-Mellon
1975A.R. MackintoshCopenhagen
1974T.S. HutchinsonRMC
1973J.S. DugdaleNational Research Council of Canada
1972J.A. DaviesChalk River Nuclear Laboratories
1971J.D. LivingstonGeneral Electric Research Laboratory
1970J.W. ChristianOxford
1969Z.S. BasinskiNRC
1968W.S. BoyleBell Laboratories
1967J.W. CahnNIST
1966T.J. RowlandUniversity of Illinois
1965G.M. PoundCarnegie Institute of Technology
1964W.G. PfannBell Laboratories

The Metal Physics Award

History: The Metal Physics Award was conceived by Professor T.S. Hutchison of the Royal Military College of Canada to recognize achievements in fundamental physics of importance to the understanding of metals as materials. At the time of its first award to Z.S. Basinski in 1977, the advancement of dislocation theory was the very essence of the kind of achievement the award was intended to recognize. Although the Award since that time has been awarded for excellence in a much broader range of research achievements including advancement in non-metallic materials.

YearCanadian Metal Physics AwardYearCanadian Metal Physics Award
1977Z.S. Basinski, NRC2000U.Erb, Queen’s
1978T.S. Hutchinson, RMC2001H. McQueen, Concordia
1979W.B. Pearson, Waterloo2002W. Youdelis, Windsor
1980J.S. Kirkaldy, McMaster2003D. Lloyd, Alcan
1981J. Carbotte, McMaster2004D. Wilkinson, McMaster
1982C.M. Mitchell, UBC2005M. Wayman, U of Alberta
1983J.J. Jonas, McGill2006A. Plumtree, Waterloo
1984J.D. Embury, McMaster2007R. Gauvin, McGill
1985L.M. Howe, AECL2008D. Perovic, Toronto
1986M.Duesbury, AECL2009R. Drew, Concordia
1987R. Smith, Queen’s2010D. Boyd, Queen’s
1988G.C. Weatherly, McMaster2011J. Cahoon, Manitoba
1989K.T. Aust, Toronto2012M. Chaturvedi, Manitoba
1990G.R. Purdy, McMaster2013W. Poole, UBC
1991F. Weinburg, UBC2014M. Militzer, UBC
1992K. Tangri, Manitoba2015M. Niewczas, McMaster
1993S.R. MacEwen, Alcan2016N. Provatas, McMaster
1994U. Franklin, Toronto2017G. Botton, McMaster
1995S. Saimoto, Queen’s2018R.A. Holt, Queen’s University
1996G.J.C. Carpenter, CANMET2019Daolun Chen, Ryerson University
1997H.W. King, Victoria2020
1998J.W. Rutter, Toronto2021Hatem Zurob, McMaster Univerity
1999W.R. Tyson, CANMET2022Scott X Mao, University of Pittsburgh​

The Metal Chemistry Award

History: The Metal Chemistry Award was conceived by Professor H. Hancock of the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1988 to recognize outstanding contributions to metallurgical chemistry as epitomized by the inaugural winner, Professor L.M. Pidgeon of the University of Toronto. Since the time of its inception, the award has included recipients from universities, industry and government laboratories engaged in research activities ranging from hydrometallurgy, molten salt chemistry, corrosion and fundamental physical chemistry bearing upon smelting and refining processes.

YearCanadian Metal Chemistry AwardYearCanadian Metal Chemistry Award
1988L.M. Pidgeon, Toronto2006W. Caley, Dalhousie
1989A.D. Pelton, Ecole Polytechnic2007G. Kipourus, Dalhousie
1990J.M. Toguri, Toronto2008T. Etsell, Alberta
1991W.W. Smeltzer, McMaster2009S.A. Argyropoulos, Toronto
1992E.W. Dewing, Alcan2010K. Coley, McMaster
1993E. Peters, UBC2011H. Henein, Alberta
1994J.E. Dutrizac, CANMET2012R. Guthrie, McGill
1995A. McLean, Toronto2013A. Alfantazi, UBC
1996C.B. Alcock, Toronto2014J. Luo, Albert
1997W.T. Thompson, RMC2015V. G. Papangelakis, Toronto
1998N.S. McIntyre, Western2016I. Zhitomirsky, McMaster
1999G.P. Demopoulos, McGill2017F. Cheng, U of Calgary
2000C. Bale, Ecole Polytechnic2018P. Chartrand, Polytechnique Montreal
2001D.B. Dreisinger, UBC2019David Shoesmith, University of Western Ontario
2002E. Krause, INCO2020
2003C. Hansson, Waterloo2021Mansoor Barati, University of Toronto
2004P.Sundararajan, Carleton2022Joseph McDermid, McMaster University​
2005G. Irons, McMaster

Student Awards

YearChemistryPhysicsPoster
1990B.R. Davis, Queen’sD. Muscat, McGillM.P. Butron-Guillen, McGill
1991E. Benguerel, McGillZ. He, ManitobaP. Clark , Queen’s & S.W. Barker, McMaster
1992R. Shonewille, TorontoW. Poole, McMasterW. Chang, Western
1993H. Liao, TorontoW. Chang, WesternD. Emadi, McGill
1994M. Torvant, TorontoD.G. Goski, TUNS
P.H. Boldt, McMaster
A.H. Clarke, Western
1995D.P. Bishop, TUNSP. Wnajara, McGill Queen’sA.H.Clarke, Western
1996J.R. Kish, McMaster
K.T.Conlon, McMaster
M.L. Turi, Queen’sB.X. Cheng, Western
1997S. Omelon, McGillG. Taraschi, McGillS. Ferenczy, Toronto
T.C. Nguyen, Waterloo
1998K. Jaansulu, RMCC. Leon, McGillK. Boyle, McMaster
1999N. Porter, TorontoR. Kearsey, CarletonG. Moldoveanu, McGill
2000M. Kaye, Queen’sH. Jin, Queen’sN.M. Ritsumeikan, McMaster
2001G. Plascencia-Barrera, TorontoM. Zarinejad, McGillJ. Joannides, Toronto
2002J. Go, UBC
2003R. Clemmer, WaterlooP. Poruks, Queen’sA. Mark, Queens
S. Sengupta, Toronto
2004S. Turcott, McMasterF. Zarandi, McGillR. Lottey, UBC
2005J. Fan, McMasterE. Caron, UBCManitoba
2006S.J. Jaffer, WaterlooD. Park, McMasterD. Keogh, McMaster
2007P. Proa-Flores, McGillN. Braidy, McMaster
G. Dmytrowich, U. of Saskatchewan
Q. Zhang, McMaster
E. Bellhouse, McMaster
M. Zaeajev, INRS
YearOral PresentationPoster Presentation
2015M. Nemcko, McMaster
W. Judge, Dalhousie
S. Mahboubi, McMaster
J.-H. Poehls, Dalhousie
W. Tan, Toronto

Fracture of Materials, Student Award

YearRecipient
1999S. Yandt, Carleton
2000L. Gavard, Ecole Nationale des Mines (visiting McGill)
2002H. Zhang, U. of Alberta
2004J. Weiler, Western
2007Feng Xu, Queen’s

Past Chairs, Vice-Chairs & Conference Venue

YearChairVice-ChairVenue
1989U. Erb, Queen’sR. Harris, McGillRMC
1990R.A.L. Drew, McGillJ.J. Byerley, WaterlooRMC
1991J.D. Boyd, Queen’sT.A. Utigard, TorontoRMC
1992D.S. Wilkinson, McMasterA. Petric, McMasterRMC
1993W.A. Miller, TorontoW.F. Caley, TUNSRMC
1994W.F. Caley, TUNSH.W. King, WesternRMC
1995H.W. King, WesternN.S. McIntyre, WesternRMC
1996N.S. McIntyre, WesternG. Demopoulos, McGillWestern
1997G. Demopoulos, McGillG. Palumbo, Ontario HydroMcGill
1998G. Palumbo, Ontario HydroD.D. Perovic, TorontoRMC
1999D.D. Perovic, TorontoG.R. Purdy, McMasterRMC
2000G.R. Purdy, McMasterP.H. Lindon, LaurentianRMC
2001P.H. Lindon, LaurentianM. Chaturvedi, ManitobaLaurentian
2002M. Chaturvedi, ManitobaG. Kipouros, DalhousieManitoba
2003G. Kipouros, DalhousieJ. Beddoes, CarletonDalhousie
2004J. Beddoes, CarletonD.M. Maijer, UBCCarleton
2005D.M. Maijer, UBCM. Brochu, McGillUBC
2006M. Brochu, McGillG. Botton, McMasterMcGill
2007G.Botton, McMasterTom Estell/Reg Eadie, U. AlbertaMcMaster
2008Tom Estell/Reg Eadie, AlbertaU. Alberta
2009Keith Pilkey/Mark Daymond, Queen’sQueen’s
2010Stephen Corbin, WaterlooU. Waterloo
2011L. Bichler/S. Yannacopoulos, UBC (Okanagan)UBC (Okanagan)
2012R. Klassen, WesternWestern
2013N. Provatas/K. Bevan, McGillMcGill
2014J. Szpunar/Q. Yang, SaskatchewanU. Saskatchewan
2015Stephen Corbin,Dalhousie
2016Marek NiewczasMcMaster
2017Arnaud WeckKayla GreydanusU of Ottawa
2018Anastasia Elias, University of AlbertaJohn Nychka, University of AlbertaUniversity of Alberta
2019M. Millitzer, UBCUBC
2020Bradley Diak, Queen’sCanceled
2021Bradley Diak, Queen’sOnline
2022Yu Zou and Chandra Singh, UofTUniversity of Toronto