The Brimacombe Fund

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The Brimacombe Fund is an endowment fund established in 1998 to honour the late Dr. J. Keith Brimacombe. The charitable purpose of the Brimacombe Fund is to foster education, research and innovation in the science of metallurgical/materials process engineering. A major endeavor of the Fund is to support the Brimacombe Prize

J. Keith Brimacombe, O.C., F.R.S.C., F.C.A.E., Ph.D., P.Eng., was one of the finest metallurgical engineers on the world stage in the later quarter of the 20th Century. Over his twenty-seven year career at the University of British Columbia, he pioneered the application of mathematical models, laboratory and industrial measurements, to shed light on complex metallurgical processes spanning both the ferrous and non-ferrous industries. For his ground-breaking research he earned the reputation of being one of the most innovative intellectual giants in his field for which he received over thirty major national and international awards.

Dr. Brimacombe dedicated his career to developing the intellectual potential of young people and believed passionately in the importance of the human resource to the well-being of a nation. His efforts demonstrated how universities should work with industry - by providing leadership in areas that are intellectually challenging and of long-term benefit to the economy. Dr. Brimacombe exemplified the importance of leadership by serving as President of the Metallurgical Society of CIM, President of both the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) and the Iron and Steel Society (ISS) of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME) during his career. At the time of his passing he was President-Elect of AIME. He was also President and CEO of the newly established Canada Foundation for Innovation.


Major funding for the Brimacombe Fund is provided by the Brimacombe Continuous Casting Course. In addition, the generosity of corporations and individuals are a significant and important source of funding. The contributions that have been made over the years by corporations and individuals are gratefully acknowledged.

Corporate Donors

American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers • Dofasco • Alcan International Limited • Atlantic Metals Corporation • SMI -Texas • Air Liquide America Corporation • Air Liquide France • Nippon Steel Corporation • Accumold (Division of Concast Canada Inc.) • IPSCO Inc. • Kawasaki Steel Corporation • American Iron and Steel Institute • Manufacturing Research Corporation of Ontario • Hatch Associates Ltd. • AltaSteel Ltd. • J. Mulcahy Enterprises • Charter Steel • Alcan Aluminium Limited • Auburn Steel Company, Inc.

Individual Donors

Haruhiko Okumura • Robert Lee • Gustavd Sucre • Shoji Taniguchi • Hani Henein • John A. Meech • Nobuyuki Komatsu • Sushil Kumar • Yoshihito Mimura • Eiichi Takeuchi • Masatsugu Uehara • Junpei Konishi • Toshio Takaoka • Yoshiyuki Nagasaka • Yasuhiro Fukunaka • Frank F. Aplan • Alfonso Castillejos • Michael McNallan • Alexander Scott • Alejandro Bustos • Carlos Pinheiro • Toshihiko Emi • Alexander McLean • Louisa Davis • Helen R. Mills • Hans Schade • Joel Kapusta • Nebojsa Milosavljevic • Zoran Slovic • Shoji Taniguchi • Kenneth Coley • Dan Ashman • Bill Sherwood • Estelle Paget • Mitsutaka Hino • Nedam Abed

Fund Administration

The Brimacombe Fund is administered by the Vancouver Foundation located in Vancouver, BC. The complete address is:

Vancouver Foundation, Suite 200
475 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC CANADA V6B 4M9
Phone: 604.688.2204
Fax: 604.688.4170

The Vancouver Foundation has over 70 years of experience in guiding not-for-profit organizations to build capacity and strengthen their goals. The Vancouver Foundation has close working relationships with leading financial institutions and has the professional staff, management experience, sophisticated board supervision needed to manage endowments effectively.

How to Contribute

Contributions to the Brimacombe Fund at the Vancouver Foundation can be easily made online at any time and in any amount.

To make an online donation using either Visa or Matercard go to and click the “Donate Now” link button. Then in Step 1 choose “To a Specified Fund” and type in “Brimacombe Fund.” Then click “Search.” The Fund name will be displayed. Check it and fill in the requested information.

If you instead wish to donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to Vancouver Foundation, referencing The Brimacombe Fund on the memo line.

Those interested in discussing a larger current gift or a deferred gift, such as a bequest, a life insurance policy or a charitable remainder trust may wish to speak directly with a Vancouver Foundation staff member.

Questions regarding contributions to the Brimacombe Fund should be directed to:

Stacie Graham
Direct Phone Line: 604.629.2725