Awards & Scholarships

Gerald R. Heffernan

Gerald R. Heffernan

AIME Benjamin F. Fairless Award* in 1983

For his foresight in recognizing new trends in steelmaking and leadership in incorporating new design features and technology in steel plants built under his direction.
Deceased: 2021

Gerald Heffernan was trained as a metallurgical engineer at the University of Toronto. He pioneered the efficient, self-contained steel production facility known as mini-mills, which now account for 200 million tons of the world’s 700-million-ton steel output. Heffernan established six steel mills based on advanced EAF and continuous casting technology. He also built an industry-leading Canadian steelmaking company, Co-Steel, which has employed more than 3,000 people in three countries.

Heffernan has served as a director of the Business Council on National Issues, a director and vice chairman of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a member of the Ontario government’s Committee on Government Productivity, and a member of the federal government’s Neilson Commission. He has held other leadership roles with Texas Industries Inc., Clairvest Group, Cesaroni Technology, Van Rob Inc. and Vivosonic Inc.

Heffernan holds several awards and designations, including the APEO Gold Medal, Officer of the Order of Canada, the U.K.’s Institute of Metals Bessemer Gold Medal for technological innovation in the steel industry; and was also inducted into the Canadian Science and Engineering Hall of Fame, and Canadian Business Hall of Fame.