SGS is pleased to announce that Steve Williams, Global Vice President of Metallurgy and Vice President of North American Minerals, has been recognized as a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Mining. This status is given to CIM members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the mining, metallurgical and petroleum industries. This prestigious award is only granted to a very small number of the industry’s leading experts each year. Mr. Williams’ citation was focused on his contribution to bankable feasibility studies and the vision he has had incorporating geometallurgy into such programs.

Mr. Williams has more than 25 years of experience in the mining industry in both plant operation and laboratory-based metallurgical testing development. His expertise has focused on the minimization of technical risk in bankable feasibility studies. Throughout his career, Mr. Williams has been involved in over 100 extractive metallurgy projects from all over the globe at both the laboratory and pilot plant scale areas, including grinding, flotation, leaching, cyanidation and gravity operations.

Based on this practical testing and plant background, Mr. Williams developed industry leading approaches to improve the bankability of feasibility studies that have changed the expectations of the financial industry. These new approaches have focused around understanding ore variability in the prefeasibility and feasibility stages and how that mitigates poor performance, recovery and thus cash flow during operation.

The award will be presented within the next year at a CIM event.