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CSChE to key on membership recruitment.

Membership recruitment was a focal point of the discussion at the CSChE board meeting on October 18, just prior to the annual Chemical Engineering Conference. Incoming president M. Avedesian, FCIC, pledged to work with director of education and student affairs J. Simandl, MCIC, director of membership, I. Yaraskavitch, MCIC, and director of graduate and continuing education, R.H. Crotogino, MCIC, to ensure a CSChE presence in each university department of chemical engineering and to recruit more undergraduates as Associate Members of the society. They will organize visits by CSChE officers and directors to each department.

The board agreed to provide Associate Membership to undergraduate students for a maximum of four years for a one time fee of $20, effective May 1, 1993. The current fee for student Associate Members is $20 per year. CSChE treasurer J. Chomyn, MCIC, will recommend that CSC and CSCT adopt this policy as well. Yaraskavitch will bring further recommendations for increasing membership based on the CESSE survey results to the board in February.

Treasurer Chomyn reported that revenue for 1992 is under budget due to a decline in membership. Expenses, however, are also below budget and he anticipates the society will finish the year ahead of budget with a $15,000 deficit.

The board agreed to contribute $3500 towards National Chemistry Week 1992 and to develop mechanisms for increasing CSChE participation in this activity.

Chomyn reported that finances for The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering are in good order and predicted a break even position at the end of 1992. Chomyn will present a balanced 1993 (Mark III) budget to the board in February.

It was agreed to continue the Zajic Scholarship in Biochemical Engineering at its current level ($1000/annum) for 1993 and 1994 and to adjust the value of the award for subsequent competitions based on the capital available. In the meantime, Simandl and Chomyn will continue to seek new sources of funding.

The outgoing director of education and student affairs, L. Cramer, MCIC, and the treasurer presented a proposal, accepted by the board, that travel subsidies for students to attend conferences be calculated on a head/miles formula. The board agreed that effective May 1, 1993, students must be Associate Members to qualify for travel subsidies and asked Simandl to investigate the feasibility of extending this requirement to all student scholarships and awards.

The board awarded $240 to the students participating in a conference on gender equality at the University of Waterloo, with the proviso that they prepare a report for ACCN.

On the recommendation of M. Cuenca, MCIC, director representing the E&BM Division, the board established an Industrial Committee including Cuenca, M. Gladu, MCIC, director of science and industrial policy and A.V.G. Borruso, MCIC, director of human resources planning.

Director of publications M. Gray, MCIC, reported that he had been appointed chair of the ACCN Management Committee. The committee wants to have more applied content, more discussion and opinion pieces and more columns in the magazine. With respect to The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, the editor and staff are working on decreasing the backlog of papers and containing costs.

Incoming vice-president, A. Meisen, FCIC, reported that he is co-chairing a committee to ensure that the recommendations of the report The Future of Engineering Education in Canada are being addressed, prioritized and implemented. This report was a joint initiative of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers and the National Committee of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science. He asked the directors for suggestions of what actions the industrial sector can take.

It was agreed that CSChE sponsor, without financial responsibility, the 1994 Process Systems Engineering Conference in Korea and be an Official Participating society for Pacifichem '95. Director of conferences A.I. Miller, FCIC, plans to contact local sections in the locations designated as conference sites beyond 1995 and determine their commitment with respect to organizing the conference.

In other business, the board agreed that The Institute should not pursue a museum project at this time, approved the preparation of new membership certificates, ratified all members elected between March 26, 1992 and September 14, 1992 and approved the revised by-laws of the Chemical Education Division. For more information on any matter discussed at the meeting, please contact the appropriate officer or director or the national office.
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Title Annotation:Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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