John Meech

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A graduate of McGill University and Queen’s University, Dr. John Meech was a professor in the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering for 26 years. During this time he inspired many people with his passion and generosity, and guided many generations of students in their pursuit of careers in mining engineering. Dr. Meech was also the Director of CERM3—the Centre for Environmental Research in Minerals, Metals, and Materials.

While studying at McGill University, Dr. Meech was inspired by Professor Tal Salman, one of Canada’s most outstanding mineral processing engineers, whose knowledge was described as “genius level”. John came to regard Dr. Salman as a father figure in his professional life; it was he who inspired Dr. Meech to pursue the field of mineral processing.

After graduating from McGill, Dr. Meech spent four years in Zambia with Roan Consolidated Mines Ltd working on research and development projects in milling and smelting. When he returned from Zambia in 1973, he joined the Mining Department at Queen’s University, where he conducted research on flotation, processing copper and gold ores, iron ore beneficiation, environmental control, and simulation modeling for process control.

At UBC, Dr. Meech’s teaching and professional activities included process control, unit processes and flotation, and environmental protection and expert systems. His work resulted in over 100 technical publications. As director of CERM3, he led 30 faculty researchers, including some of Canada’s top environmental scientists and engineers, to develop several new methodologies to mine more effectively and efficiently with regard to economic, technical, social and environmental concerns.

Outside of his professional life, Dr. Meech was devoted to his wife, his sons and also his two golden retrievers, Jordan and Sandy. He inspired family, friends, colleagues and students with his passion for life, love of learning, and commitment to excellence in everything that he did. He always went that extra mile to help people, and will be sadly missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to spend time with him.

The impact of your support

Dr. Meech was an inspiration to the many faculty, staff and students with whom he worked. The establishment of an award in his memory will allow his contributions to the field to live on in perpetuity.

Your donation will support an award in his name. It will be awarded to a mining engineering student, with preference to a student who shows leadership.

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