John Bianchini had just graduated with his BASc in engineering from the University of Toronto in 1985, when he was hired by Hatch Ltd. He was quickly assessed as a potential leader in the company and given every opportunity to demonstrate his leadership and management skills. Bianchini, a process engineer, carried out work in South Africa and Australia, and was named Hatch’s Global Managing Director, Metals in 2004. He has expertise in process development and the evaluation of hydrometallurgical and chemical processes in the base metals industries. He has been particularly effective in introducing clients and colleagues to innovative process design, new methodologies and emerging technologies. More specifically he led the charge for advancing pilot plant facilities through design, disciplined project execution, and operation of the facilities. The Richards Bay Mineral’s million-ton expansion project in South Africa was completed in 19 months, and remains one of the fastest expansion projects of comparable size in the history of Hatch.