History

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, Queen’s University and Waterloo.

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 endeavors, as well as those of leaders in Canadian and global materials science.

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 died 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.

 

D.K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lectures

Year

Speaker

Association

1964

W.G. Pfann

Bell Laboratories

1965

G.M. Pound

 

1966

T.J. Rowland

 

1967

J.W. Cahn

NIST

1968

W.S. Boyle

Bell Laboratories

1969

Z.S. Basinski

NRC

1970

J.W. Christian

Oxford

1971

J.D. Livingston

 

1972

J.A. Davies

 

1973

J.S. Dugdale

 

1974

T.S. Hutchinson

RMC

1975

A.R. Mackintosh

Copenhagen

1976

T.B. Massalski

Carnegie-Mellon

1977

W. Schilling

 

1978

J.P. Hirth

Washington State

1979

P.C. Clapp

 

1980

M. Brown

U. Cambridge

1981

W.B. Pearson

Waterloo University

1982

 

 

1983

M. Brown

U. Cambridge

1984

W. Nix

Stanford University

1985

A.S. Argonne

 

1986

J.L. Smith

 

1987

J.W. Steeds

Bristol

1988

J.D. Embury

McMaster

1989

A. Seeger

 

1990

W.C. Weingard

Gov’t of Canada

1991

M.H. Loretto

Birmingham

1992

S. Howie

 

1993

C.J. Humphreys

U. Cambridge

1994

J.K. Brimacombe

UBC

1995

J.K. White

 

1996

R.W. Seigel

 

1997

J.W. Evans

Univ. of California, Berkeley

1998

J.W. Cahn

NIST

1999

J.M. Toguri

Toronto

2000

F.R.N. Nabarro

Witwatersrand

2001

B.R. Conrad

INCO

2002

W. Wallace

NRC

2003

M. Chaturvedi

Manitoba

2004

W. Nix

Stanford

2005

M. Rappaz

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

2006

R.E. Loehman

Sandia National Laboratories

2007

Y. Brechet

INPG Grenoble

2008

I. Robertson

U. Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2009

L. Edwards

ANSTO

2010

M. Ashby

Cambridge, UK

2011

C. Ravindran

Ryerson University

2012

C. N. Tome

Los Alamos National Laboratory

2013

P. Voorhees

Northern University

 

MetSoc Award Winners

Year

Canadian Metal Physics Award

Canadian Metal Chemistry Award

1977

Z.S. Basinski

NRC

 

 

1978

T.S. Hutchinson

RMC

 

 

1979

W.B. Pearson

Waterloo

 

 

1980

J.S. Kirkaldy

McMaster

 

 

1981

J. Carbotte

McMaster

 

 

1982

C.M. Mitchell

UBC

 

 

1983

J.J. Jonas

McGill

 

 

1984

J.D. Embury

McMaster

 

 

1985

L.M. Howe

AECL

 

 

1986

M.Duesbury

AECL

 

 

1987

R. Smith

Queen’s

 

 

1988

G.C. Weatherly

McMaster

L.M. Pidgeon

Toronto

1989

K.T. Aust

Toronto

A.D. Pelton

Ecole Polytechnic

1990

G.R. Purdy

McMaster

J.M. Toguri

Toronto

1991

F. Weinburg

UBC

W.W. Smeltzer

McMaster

1992

K. Tangri

Manitoba

E.W. Dewing

Alcan

1993

S.R. MacEwen

Alcan

E. Peters

UBC

1994

U. Franklin

Toronto

J.E. Dutrizac

CANMET

1995

S. Saimoto

Queen’s

A. McLean

Toronto

1996

G.J.C. Carpenter

CANMET

C.B. Alcock

Toronto

1997

H.W. King

Victoria

W.T. Thompson

RMC

1998

J.W. Rutter

Toronto

N.S. McIntyre

Western

1999

W.R. Tyson

CANMET

G.P. Demopoulos

McGill

2000

U.Erb

Queen’s

C. Bale

Ecole Polytechnic

2001

H. McQueen

Concordia

D.B. Dreisinger

UBC

2002

W. Youdelis

Windsor

E. Krause

INCO

2003

D. Lloyd

Alcan

C. Hansson

Waterloo

2004

D. Wilkinson

McMaster

P.Sundararajan

Carleton

2005

M. Wayman

U of Alberta

G. Irons

McMaster

2006

A. Plumtree

Waterloo

W. Caley

Dalhousie

2007

R. Gauvin

McGill

G. Kipourus

Dalhousie

2008

D. Perovic

Toronto

T. Etsell

Alberta

2009

R. Drew

Concordia

S.A. Argyropoulos

Toronto

2010

D. Boyd

Queens

K. S. Coley

McMaster

2011

J. Cahoon

Manitoba

R.henein

Alberta

2012

M. Chaturvedi

Manitoba

R. Guthrie

McGill

2013

W. Pooles

UBC

  1. A.    Alfantazi

UBC

 

Student Awards

Year

Chemistry

Physics

Poster

1990

B.R. Davis

Queen’s

D. Muscat

McGill

M.P. Butron-Guillen

McGill

1991

E. Benguerel

McGill

Z. He

Manitoba

P. Clark
S.W. Barker

Queen’s
McMaster

1992

R. Shonewille

Toronto

W. Poole

McMaster

W. Chang

Western

1993

H. Liao

Toronto

W. Chang

Western

D. Emadi

McGill

1994

M. Torvant

Toronto

D.G. Goski
P.H. Boldt

TUNS
McMaster

A.H. Clarke

Western

1995

D.P. Bishop

TUNS

P. Wnajara

McGill
Queen’s

A.H.Clarke

Western

1996

J.R. Kish
K.T.Conlon

McMaster
McMaster

M.L. Turi

Queen’s

B.X. Cheng

Western

1997

S. Omelon

McGill

G. Taraschi

McGill

S. Ferenczy
T.C. Nguyen

Toronto
Waterloo

1998

K. Jaansulu

RMC

C. Leon

McGill

K. Boyle

McMaster

1999

N. Porter

Toronto

R. Kearsey

Carleton

G. Moldoveanu

McGill

2000

M. Kaye

Queen’s

H. Jin

Queen’s

N.M. Ritsumeikan

McMaster

2001

G. Plascencia-Barrera

Toronto

M. Zarinejad

McGill

J. Joannides

Toronto

2002

 

 

 

 

J. Go

UBC

2003

R. Clemmer

Waterloo

P. Poruks

Queen’s

A. Mark
S. Sengupta

Queen’s
Toronto

2004

S. Turcott

McMaster

F. Zarandi

McGill

R. Lottey

UBC

2005

J. Fan

McMaster

E. Caron

UBC

 

Manitoba

2006

S.J. Jaffer

Waterloo

D. Park

McMaster

D. Keogh

McMaster

2007

P. Proa-Flores

McGill

N. Braidy

G. Dmytrowich

McMaster

University of Saskatchewan

Q. Zhang

E. Bellhouse

M. Zaeajev

McMaster

McMaster

INRS

 

Past Chairs, Vice-Chairs & Conference Venues

Year

Chair

Vice-Chair

Venue

1989

U. Erb

Queen’s

R. Harris

McGill

RMC

1990

R.A.L. Drew

McGill

J.J. Byerley

Waterloo

RMC

1991

J.D. Boyd

Queen’s

T.A. Utigard

Toronto

RMC

1992

D.S. Wilkinson

McMaster

A. Petric

McMaster

RMC

1993

W.A. Miller

Toronto

W.F. Caley

TUNS

RMC

1994

W.F. Caley

TUNS

H.W. King

Western

RMC

1995

H.W. King

Western

N.S. McIntyre

Western

RMC

1996

N.S. McIntyre

Western

G. Demopoulos

McGill

Western

1997

G. Demopoulos

McGill

G. Palumbo

Ontario Hydro

McGill

1998

G. Palumbo

Ontario Hydro

D.D. Perovic

Toronto

RMC

1999

D.D. Perovic

Toronto

G.R. Purdy

McMaster

RMC

2000

G.R. Purdy

McMaster

P.H. Lindon

Laurentian

RMC

2001

P.H. Lindon

Laurentian

M. Chaturvedi

Manitoba

Laurentian

2002

M. Chaturvedi

Manitoba

G. Kipouros

Dalhousie

Manitoba

2003

G. Kipouros

Dalhousie

J. Beddoes

Carleton

Dalhousie

2004

J. Beddoes

Carleton

D.M. Maijer

UBC

Carleton

2005

D.M. Maijer

UBC

M. Brochu

McGill

UBC

2006

M. Brochu

McGill

G. Botton

McMaster

McGill

2007

G.Botton

McMaster

Tom Estell/Reg Eadie

U. Alberta

McMaster

2008

T. Estell / R. Eadie

Alberta

 

 

 

2009

K. Pilkey / M. Daymond

Queen’s

 

 

 

2010

S. Corbin

Waterloo

 

 

 

2011

L. Bichler / S. Yannacopoulos

UBC (Okanagan)

 

 

 

2012

R. Klassen

Western

 

 

Western

2013

N. Provatas/K. Bevan

McGill

 

 

McGill

2014

J. Szpunar/Q. Yang

Saskatchewan

 

 

Saskatchewan