John Hopkins has almost 30 years’ experience working on a wide range of projects in technical and management roles. He has proven to be flexible and versatile while continuing to improve his skills and add value to client projects.
After obtaining his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis on mathematical modeling, he began his career working for CANMET as a Postdoctoral Fellow. At CANMET, John worked on gold leaching hydrometallurgy and dynamic simulation of leaching circuits.
Following CANMET, John moved to Vancouver to work with Fluor Daniel Wright as a process engineer, specializing in gold, copper and nickel processes. He expanded his expertise in modeling by becoming proficient in METSIM and being the go-to resource for mass balance calculations for flowsheet development.
Calgary and the oil sands were his next stop. His initial assignment was process engineer for the Albian Sands project. At the time, Albian was the first greenfield oil sands project to be designed and constructed in about 20 years. He spent ten years in Calgary working as a process engineer, progressing through the ranks to eventually become the functional leader for oil sands for SNC Lavalin. During his time in Calgary, John also accepted field assignments as a coordinator and pre-operations manager at Albian in Fort McMurray and Yanacocha, Peru.
John returned to Vancouver in 2010 to work with Fluor as a project/study manager. He was often seconded to owners’ teams during this tenure and worked on large copper projects including Pebble (Alaska) and Sierra Gorda (Chile). He also spent a year in Calgary managing several small projects in oil sands.
John joined Promet101 in 2016 as a consultant. During this time, John has assisted in debottlenecking projects and as the commissioning manager for a SART plant in Mexico. John’s continuing work includes improving in-house software products for commissioning and mass balance/plant auditing as well as CIP modeling. Currently, John is actively improving internal work processes and growing the Promet101 brand in the Vancouver market in particular, and the Canadian market in general.