Professional Engineers Gold Medal
Larry Seeley, M.A.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng.
Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Seeley Group
Through a spectacular commitment to research, pursuit of innovative technologies and strong entrepreneurial skills, Dr. Larry Seeley has become an internationally recognized leader in developing successful mining and metallurgical processes, and profitable Canadian businesses.
In 1971, Dr. Seeley began a 24-year career with Falconbridge Limited in Sudbury taking on several research and operational roles to enhance the recovery of nickel, copper and cobalt; and to improve the environmental impact of these operations by reducing emissions and restoring mining sites to greenfield conditions. In 1992, he took on the newly created role of vice president of environmental services, where he developed and implemented both environmental and safety accountability frameworks for every role within the organization. He also fostered remediation of approximately 100 Falconbridge properties across Canada and oversaw the creation of the company’s first annual Public Environmental Report.
In 1995, he facilitated the management buyout of Lakefield Research Limited from Falconbridge and led its growth from 120 employees to over 1000 employees, and its evolution into the premier research and development facility for the mining industry with Canadian and international operations, serving nearly 50 per cent of all projects relating to the development of metal and mineral extraction processes worldwide. This, in part, led to his selection as a recipient of an Engineering Medal in the Entrepreneurship category at the 2003 Ontario Professional Engineers Awards gala.
Dr. Seeley and management sold Lakefield Research to SGS in 2002 and, two years later, he left to become president of start-up company Recapture Metals Limited, which would become a significant producer and recycler of gallium, a rare metal used in electronics, with facilities in Ontario, the United States and Germany. In 2009, Dr. Seeley negotiated its sale to Neo Material Technologies Inc., where he became vice president of corporate development.
In 2012, Dr. Seeley formed Seeley Group Ltd., which facilitates investments and development in commercial real estate, solar energy production, mining exploration and protein production from canola.
Throughout these endeavours, Dr. Seeley has maintained a keen interest in mentoring young engineers and developing the profession through his volunteer and financial support of numerous cultural, professional and educational institutions. These include the Canadian Metallurgical Society, the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering, the University of Toronto, Trent University, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Cambrian College and Science North.
Dr. Seeley has received numerous other awards such as Fellow and Past President’s Memorial Medal of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum; Honoree Life Member of Science North; Silver Medal of the Canadian Metallurgical Society; Industrial Practice Award of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers; induction into the Engineering Hall of Distinction at the University of Toronto; International Award of the Society of Chemical Industry; Governor Emeritus of Trent University; and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the Engineering Institute of Canada.