APGO Pub Night in Ottawa


Grab a pint, enjoy the complimentary food, and enjoy an evening of networking and socializing. Cash bar.


Guest speaker: 

Dr. Chris Fleming,
Senior Metallurgical Consultant, SGS Minerals


Thursday, May 26th
6:30 p.m.  

The Fox and the Feather Pub & Grill 
283 Elgin Street 



The Role of the Host Mineral in Process Selection for Gold Ores &
The Role of Gold in the Global Economy


This is a two-part presentation.  The first part of the presentation discusses the various mineralogical forms in which gold is found in nature, and how knowledge of the mineralogical form of the gold and the host minerals is used to select the optimum process for recovering gold from the particular deposit. The second part of the talk discusses worldwide gold production over the ages, and the changing role of gold metal in the global economy.



Chris Fleming has a Ph.D.in Chemistry from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and has spent much of his 43 year career in research and research management, initially at Mintek in South Africa and more recently with SGS/Lakefield Research in Canada.  He has authored or co-authored 85 technical publications, been awarded 15 patents, and contributed to several technical books on various aspects of extractive metallurgy.

He emigrated with his family to Canada in 1990 to join Lakefield Research, becoming General Manager in 1992 and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 1995, when the company was privatized through a management buyout from Lakefield’s former owners, Falconbridge. In this role, he was intimately associated with the ~ 10 fold growth and global expansion of that company from 1995 to 2002.  After the acquistion of Lakefield Research by SGS in 2002, Chris took on the role of Vice President, Global Metallurgy, with technical responsibility for SGS ’s world wide metallurgical operations. Chris has recently retired from management, but continues in the role of Senior Metallurgical Consultant for SGS Minerals.