CEEC International Announces 2023 CEEC Medal Recipients


CEEC International Announces 2023 CEEC Medal Recipients

CEEC International is delighted to announce the recipients of the prestigious 2023 CEEC Medal, honouring excellence in Technical Research and Operations & Design.

Each year the CEEC Medal aims to celebrate and recognise the contribution that outstanding research and field work plays in improving energy-efficiency, water management, and emissions reductions  globally.

This year, the competition was exceptionally fierce, with a record number of nominations. Due to the high quality of submissions and close scoring, two High Commendations have been awarded in each category.


Winners of the 2023 CEEC Medal

Technical Research:

Title: Can We Shift to A New Paradigm of Flexibility in Mining and Processing to Build Mines Powered Exclusively by The Variable Input of Renewables?

Authors: Malcolm Powell, Andy Reynolds, Shannon McCrae, Jenny Agnew, Ryan Bracey, David Way, Craig Phasey, Thomas Littlechild, David Manning

Affiliated Organisations: Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Comminution Reimagined, Inspire Resources Inc., Novamera, Sedgman, EnergyFlex, Juwi Renewable energy


Operations & Design:

Title: Trade-Off Realities in HPGR vs. SAG Milling – A Practical Comparison of Tropicana and Gruyere Comminution Circuits

Authors: Ivka Lovatt, Michael Becker, Brian Putland, Reg Radford, John Robinson

Affiliated Organisations: Orway Mineral Consultants, Gold Fields, AngloGold Ashanti Australia


High Commendations

Technical Research:

  • Title: Pinto Valley Mine, Copper Recovery Study with the Novacell™
  • Authors: Sherwin Morgan, Peter Amelunxen, Brandon Akerstrom, Lonn Cooper
  • Affiliated Organisations: NovaCell, Jord International Pty Ltd, Capstone Copper


  • Title: Development of Fine High-Pressure Grinding for Mineral Processing Plants
  • Authors: Robert McIvor, Claude Gagnon, Bern Klein, Amit Kumar
  • Affiliated Organisation: Corem, University of British Columbia


Operations & Design:

  • Title: Potential and Impact of Sensor-Based Sorting on the Grinding Circuit Performance for a Polymetallic Ore
  • Authors: Priscila Esteves, Lucas Monteiro Correa E Lopes, Pablo Pina, Wellington Gomes, Thiago Jatobá
  • Affiliated Organisations: Steinert Latinoamericana, Nexa Resources, MinPro


  • Title: Pilot Testing and Plant Design Comparison of Dry VRM Milling plus Magnetic Separation with AG and Ball Milling plus Magnetic Separation for Grange Resources' Southdown Ore
  • Authors: Dean David, Dian Olwagen, Dr. Carsten Gerold, Christian Schmitz, Stefan Baaken, Chris Stanton, Michael Everitt
  • Affiliated Organisations: Wood, Grange Resources, Loesche.


Janine Herzig, Executive President of CEEC International, praised the winners, stating, “The outstanding research and operational excellence demonstrated by this year’s CEEC Medal winners are truly inspiring. These contributions are pushing the boundaries of innovation and sustainability in the mining industry.”

Grant Ballantyne, Chair of the Medal Evaluation Committee, added, “We were thrilled with the exceptional quality and volume of nominations this year. It was a very competitive selection process, and we are proud to recognise the hard work and ingenuity of all nominees.”

CEEC International extends sincere thanks to everyone who participated in the nominations. Your efforts are vital in driving forward excellence in the resources sector. We encourage continued contributions and are excited to announce that nominations for the 2024 CEEC Medal are now open.

For more information, please visit the CEEC International website.