Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC): Board of Directors nominations.
En vertu de l'article X, du reglement de I'ICC, le Comite des candidatures propose la candidature des personnes ci-dessous aux postes d'administrateur pour 2013-2014. Les membres sont invites a soumettre d'autres candidatures pour le poste de vice-president. Celles-ci doivent etre presentees par ecrit, etre accompagnees du consentement ecrit et signe par le candidat a remplir la charge s'il est elu, et doivent etre signees par au moins 25 membres en regle de l'Institut (article X, section 3 (d) du reglement de I'ICC). La date limite pour soumettre d'autres candidatures est jeudi 28 fevrier 2013. Advenant qu'un scrutin soit necessaire, les bulletins seront postes en avril. Les personnes elues par scrutin ou par acclamation entreont en fonction apres l'assemblee generale annuelle de l'Institute, qui aura lieu mardi, le 28 mal 2013, a Quebec, Que.
David Fung is the Chairman and CEO of the ACDEG Group of companies. He has business partnerships in North America, Europe anal Asia. He obtained his Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Que. and completed the senior business executive program at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia and received his professional designations of Audit Committee Certified and Human Resources and Compensation Committee Certified from the Directors College of Canada,
His operating experience includes deploying unit trains, terminals, marine vessels and trucking fleets to become the world's largest distributor of merchant sulphuric acid, He managed the research laboratory of one of the largest chemical companies in Canada. Subsequently, be became the president of a global engineering and proprietary equipment company with five divisions on four continents and chemical plant projects on six continents.
Fung is currently co-chair of the Members of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, vice-chair of the Canada China Business Council and the Chemical Institute of Canada, member of the Strategy for Partnership and Innovation Committee of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and past president of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. He is also a member of the national boards of directors of Canadian the Manufacturers & Exporters (past chair of the national board and current chair of the National Policy Committee), Canadian Standards Association Group (chair of the CSA Human Resources and Compensation Committee), Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Network, International Science and Technology Partnership Canada (chair of China Committee) and CentrePort Canada Inc. Fung is a strategic advisor of Cycle Capital Management Inc. (currently the largest clean technology venture fund in Canada), an Investment Champion for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and a member of the Gateway Performance Table of Transport Canada. He was awarded the 2009 Canadian Asian of the Year (business and public service category) by Asia Network Canada and the 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada.
During his terms as Vice President and, subsequently, President of the CSChE in 2006-8, Fung visited and met with the students and faculties of 20 chemical engineering departments across Canada.
Bruce Lennox, MCIC
Bruce Lennox is a physical organic chemist whose research activities focus on nanomaterials, sensors, and interfacial chemistry. He obtained his BSc, MSc, and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto. He began his academic career at McGill in 1987 after a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Imperial College in London, UK. In addition to traditional courses, Lennox has also been involved in the development of new courses that cut across the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry. Courses in advanced materials, nanoscience, and biological chemistry have resulted from this "horizontal" perspective of presenting advances and adventures in chemistry. His ongoing research involves the study of nanoparticles and ultrathin organic films. This research has led to a number of successful collaborations with physicists, engineers, pharmacologists, and neuroscientists. He was appointed Tomlinson Professor of Chemistry in 2004 and has served as Chair of McGill's Department of Chemistry since 2001. He has worked with colleagues to create research clusters in self assembled materials, green chemistry, nanochemistry, and neuroengineering. He has also been active in university research administration, and served on both NSERC and NRC grant selection committees and the scientific advisory boards of NanoQuebec and the NSERC NanoInnovation Platform, He currently serves as Chair of the NSERC Discovery Grant Chemistry Evaluation Group and as Director of the NSERC CREATE in Neuroengineering. He served as President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry in 2009-2010. Lennox was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2010 and the Royal Society of Canada in 2012.
Statement of Policy
I am honoured to stand as a candidate for CIC Vice-Chair for 2013-2014. My recent term as President of the Canadian Society for Chemistry revealed to me the exciting leadership opportunity that the Chemical Institute of Canada can have in shaping the future of Canadian science and technology. The three constituent societies provide the CIC with a window on the entire range of scientific discovery, innovation, and service in Canada, in a fashion that is quite unique amongst Canadian scientific societies in its breadth and depth. Chemists, chemical engineers and chemical technologists are at the centre of what is often stated to be of importance to Canadians--the desire to experience a high quality of life while contributing to the development of a sustainable society.
My experience and knowledge of the scientific community in Canada, particularly that of the pure and applied chemistry communities in Canada, will allow me to work to strengthen the CIC. My priorities for the coming year are four-fold:
1) At the heart of a strong society is a strong membership base. Increasing the membership in the CIC constituent societies is very important. Young professionals in industry, government, and the academic community in particular must be made aware of the benefits of membership--ranging from the immediate (e.g. publications, services, and world-class scientific meetings) to the future (policy-shaping and representation in national and international forums). The CIC is very much a member-oriented organization that speaks to those at all career stages and employment situations.
2) I believe that the CIC must continue to foster strong connections to other professional societies, both in Canada and abroad. The rate of integration of science and technology across disciplinary and national boundaries is ever-increasing. The CIC needs to be at the table when new trends and policies are being identified and implemented.
3) The role that any science and technology will play in Canada's future is quietly being shaped by a number of expert panel assessment reports commissioned by federal and provincial government ministries. This methodology is relatively new in the Canadian context. Many of the recent reports have a significant chemical sciences component, or potentially impact the practice of chemical sciences and engineering in Canada. I therefore believe that it is important the CIC and its members are made aware of these reports and if possible, be involved in all stages of their development and/or implementation. A scan of some recent report titles reveal that a great deal of policy benchmarking with chemical implications is being developed at a very rapid pace. Report titles include Informing Research Choices: Indicators and Judgment (2012), The State of Science and Technology in Canada (2012), Integrating Emerging Technologies into Chemical Safety Assessment (2012), Better Research for Better Business (2009), and Small is Different: A Science Perspective on the Regulatory Challenges of the Nanoscale (2008). Soon to be released reports include Socio-economic Impacts of Innovation Investments, The State of Industrial Research and Development in Canada, Harnessing Science and Technology to Understand the Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction, and Understanding the Potential Impacts of Energy Technologies on the Oil Sands Development. It is noteworthy that two recent CIC Chairs, Hadi Mahabadi and David Dolphin, currently serve on the expert panels associated with two of these reports.
4) The CIC and its constituent societies have played an important part of the public's understanding of chemistry and its many forms. I will continue to encourage CIC participation in outreach activities and partnerships with teachers and the media in bringing quality and stimulating information to schools and the public at large.
These broad priorities of course can only be tackled by working as part of a team. My term serving the CSC highlighted for me the importance of working with the member community, the Boards of the constituent societies, and the CIC Board of Directors.
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|Title Annotation:||Chemical Institute of Canada: For Our Future|
|Publication:||Canadian Chemical News|
|Date:||Jan 1, 2013|
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