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The Canadian Society for Chemistry 2002 Awards

The Alcan Lecture Award is awarded to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguishing contribution in the fields of inorganic chemistry or electrochemistry while working in Canada. Award: A framed scroll, a cash prize of $2,000 and travel expenses, if required.

The Alfred Bader Award in Organic Chemistry is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to a scientist who will not have reached the age of 60 by January 1 of the year of nomination, for excellence in research in organic chemistry carried out in Canada. Award: A framed scroll, a cash prize of $3,000 and travel expenses.

The Bio-Mega/Boehringer Ingelheim Award for Organic or Bioorganic Chemistry is awarded to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant whose PhD thesis in the field of organic or bioorganic chemistry was formally accepted by a Canadian university in the 12-month period preceding the nomination deadline of March 1 and whose doctoral research is judged to be of outstanding quality. Award: A framed scroll and a cash award of $2,000.

The Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry is awarded to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has made an outstanding contribution to industrial or academic inorganic chemistry, while working in Canada, within the five calendar years preceding the year of nomination. This contribution may include, but not be restricted to, published research. Sponsored by the Inorganic Chemistry Division. Award: A framed scroll and travel expenses for a lecture tour.

The Clara Benson Award is presented in recognition of a distinguished contribution to chemistry by a woman while working in Canada. Sponsored by the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC). Award: A framed scroll, a cash prize of $1,000 and travel expenses, if required.

The Maxxam Award is awarded to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution in the field of analytical chemistry while working in Canada, Award: A framed certificate, a cash prize of $1,000 and travel expenses, if required.

The Bernard Belleau Award is awarded to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to the field of medicinal chemistry through research involving biochemical or organic chemical mechanisms. Award: A framed scroll, a cash award of $1,000 and travel expenses, if required.

The R.U. Lemieux Award is awarded to an organic chemist who has made a distinguished contribution to any area of organic chemistry while working in Canada. Sponsored by the Organic Chemistry Division. Award: A framed scroll, a cash prize of $1,000 and reasonable travel expenses, if required.

The W.A.E. McBryde Medal is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition for a significant achievement in pure or applied analytical chemistry by a young scientist working in Canada. Sponsored by Agilent Technologies Canada Inc. Award: A medal, a cash prize of $1,000 and reasonable travel expenses, if required.

The Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research Lecture Award is awarded to a scientist residing in Canada, who shall not have reached the age of 40 years by April 1 of the year of nomination and who has made a distinguished contribution in the fields of organic chemistry or biochemistry while working in Canada. Award: A framed scroll, a cash prize of $2,000 and travel expenses, if required.

The Noranda Lecture Award recognizes early achievement in the awardee's independent research career. It is awarded to a scientist residing in Canada, who has made a distinguishing contribution in the field of physical chemistry while working in Canada. Award: A framed scroll, a cash prize of $1,000 and travel expenses, if required.

The John C. Polanyi Lecture Award is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to a scientist for excellence in research in physical and theoretical chemistry or chemical physics carried out in Canada. Sponsored by Xerox Research Centre of Canada. Award: A framed scroll, a cash prize of $3,000 and travel expenses, if required.

The E.W.R. Steacie Award in Chemistry is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to chemistry while working in Canada. Sponsored by Sciex Inc., Division of MDS Health Group. Award: A framed scroll, a cash prize of $2,000 and travel expenses, if required.

Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering 2001 Awards

The Best Paper Published in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering is awarded to the author(s) of the best paper published in a 12-month period in The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. No application is necessary. Award: An engraved tankard.

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering Corporate Achievement Award recognizes Canadian-based companies which have achieved significant and recent commercial success as a result of innovative chemical engineering research, design and practice. Companies having more than 500 employees will compete in one category and those with less than 500 employees in a second category. Award: A sculptured award.

The Award in Industrial Practice is awarded to a resident of Canada, a Canadian citizen or a Canadian group who has made a distinguished contribution in the application of chemical engineering or industrial chemistry to the industrial sphere. This contribution shall relate to the practice of chemical engineering and/or industrial chemistry. Preference shall be given to activities specific to Canadian industry. Sponsored by Bayer Inc. Award: A plaque and a cash award of $1,500.

The Jules Stachiewicz Medal is given jointly by the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering to recognize contributions in the field of heat transfer, including design, research, manufacturing and teaching. The CSChE will select the recipient for even numbered years and the CSME will select the recipient for odd numbered years. Award: A medal, a framed certificate and a cash prize of $500.

The Syncrude Canada Innovation Award is awarded to a resident of Canada, who shall not have reached age 40 by January 1 of the year of nomination for a distinguished contribution in chemical engineering while working in Canada. Award: A framed scroll and a cash prize of $2,000.

The R.S. Jane Memorial Lecture Award is presented to a person who while resident in Canada has made an exceptional achievement in the field of chemical engineering or industrial chemistry. Award: A framed certificate and a cash prize of $3,000.

Canadian Society for Chemical Technology 2001/2002 Awards

The Norman and Marion Bright Memorial Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in Canada to the furtherance of chemical technology. The person so honoured may be either a chemical sciences technologist, or a person from outside the field who has made a significant and noteworthy contribution to its advancement. Award: An engraved medallion and a cash prize.

The NOVA Chemicals Ltd. Award for Chemistry Teaching in Community and Technical Colleges is offered each year to an outstanding teacher in the area of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering technology or chemical technology. Award: A framed scroll, a cash prize of $1,000 and travel expenses, if required.

Jean Belanger Nominated for CIC Chair 2001-2002

The Nominating Committee, appointed under the terms of CIC By-law Article X, Section 1, has proposed the candidates listed below to serve as Institute officers for 2001-2002. Further nominations are solicited from the membership. CIC By-law Article X, Section 3 (d) states: "Further nominations for the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair must be submitted in writing, must have the written and signed consent of the nominee to serve if elected, and must be signed by no fewer than twenty-five (25) members in good standing of The Institute."

The deadline for receipt of any additional nominations is Friday, January 19, 2001. If any elections are required, ballots will be mailed in February. Those elected whether by ballot or acclamation will take office immediately following the annual general meeting of The Institute on May 27, 2001 in Montreal, QC.


Jean Belanger, MCIC, retired, Ottawa, ON.

Belanger graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1957 with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Chemical Engineering) and began his working career with Shell Canada at its Montreal East refinery.

Belanger then returned to Ottawa and joined the Department of National Defense as a technical officer in charge of petroleum products. In 1962, following post-graduate studies in economics, he transferred to the Department of Trade and Commerce as an industrial development officer responsible for the chemical industry. Between 1962 and 1978, he assumed increasing responsibilities in trade and industrial policy culminating in his appointment to the post of director general of industrial policy in 1971, then of the Chemical Branch, in the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce, in 1973. In this last position, he had responsibility for the chemical, plastics, specialties, petroleum products, pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, as well as for energy considerations within the department. In 1978, Belanger was appointed director, Defense, External and Cultural Affairs in the Programs Branch of the Treasury Board Secretariat.

In 1979, Belanger acceded to the position of president for the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA). During his tenure, CCPA initiated RESPONSIBLE CARE, an ethically-based initiative which drives companies, with the personal commitment of their CEO, to handle safely their products from their initial conception to their eventual disposal. This initiative has now been adopted by the chemical industry in over 40 countries throughout the world. For his role in the development of this initiative, Belanger was named to the Global 500 Roll of Honor of the United Nations Environment Program in 1990. He has also been awarded the Environmental Medal of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) (UK), the Vanguard Award of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (USA), and the International Award of the SCI, Canadian Section. In 1997, he was named a Fellow of The Chemical Institute of Canada.

In November 1996, Belanger was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was appointed by the Prime Minister, in 1996, to the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.

Since his retirement from CCPA, Belanger has served as a consultant to a number of sectoral associations on the subject of product stewardship, to two other Canadian non-chemical associations on the subject of voluntary approaches to environmental management and to the OECD on the subject of voluntary approaches as alternatives to regulations.

During his working career, Belanger served on the Boards of the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association and the Environmental Science and Technology Alliance of Canada, as well as on the Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade (chemicals) and the International Trade Advisory Committee (Environment) to the Minister of International Trade of Canada. He also served as council secretary of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) for the period 1993-1995.

Belanger married Molly O'Keefe in 1958 and together, they had five children all of which are married; he also has nine grandchildren. His wife, Molly, died in 1996. Together, they were very involved for many years in Marriage Encounter, an international movement, operating in many religions, designed to strengthen the relationship of married couples at the core of family life. They served as a leadership couple for Canada for a number of years. Belanger has also been involved in various functions with the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa as well as in his church and children's schools.


Eric Mead, FCIC, Instructor, Chemical Technology, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Saskatoon, SK

Mead was born and raised in Saskatoon, SK, and received all of his higher education from the University of Saskatchewan. Upon completion of his graduate work with Dr. R.E. Verrall, he received an M.Sc. in Chemistry in 1973. The same year he started with the Chemical Technology Program at Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Kelsey Campus and has continued to teach there to the present. In addition he has taught for Northlands Community College in Laronge, SK, and for the University of Saskatchewan in North Battleford, SK, one of their many off-campus locations. He has helped design two teaching laboratories and has written several laboratory manuals. Mead joined the executive of the North Saskatchewan Section of the CIC in 1980 and has served in several capacities ever since, including Vice-Chair, Chair and CSCT representative. Mead has helped at the CSC Conference held in Saskatoon in 1986 by organizing and managing the Exhibition. He also assisted the CSChE Conference in Saskatoon in 19 99, looking after Facilities, Logistics and the Exhibition. Mead joined the CSCT Board of Directors in 1994, served as Vice-President from 1995 to 1996 and as President from 1996 to 1998. In 1996, he helped to establish an agreement with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board that provides for joint accreditation of Canadian Chemical and Chemical Engineering Technology Programs to be done by the CSCT and the CTAB. Mead has received The Polysar Award from the CSCT in 1987 and was elected as a Fellow of the CIC in 1999.

Jean Belanger -- Candidat officiel au poste de president de l'ICC pour 2001-2002

En vertu de l'article X, section 1, du reglement de l'ICC le Comite des candidatures propose la candidature des personnes listees ci-dessous aux postes d'administrateurs pour 2001-2002. Les membres sont pries de fournir d'autres candidatures. L'article X, section 3, du reglement de l'ICC precise ce qui suit: D'autres candidatures pour les postes de president et de vice-president doivent etre presentees par ecrit, etre accompagnees du consentement ecrit et signe par le candidat, qui s'engage a remplir la charge s'il est elu, et doivent etre signees par au moins vingt-cinq (25) membres en regle de l'Institut.

Les membres ont jusqu'au vendredi 19 janvier 2001 pour faire parvenir de nouvelles candidatures. Advenant qu'un scrutin soit necessaire, les bulletins seront postes en fevrier. Les personnes elues par scrutin ou par acclamation entreront en fonction immediatement apres l'assemblee generale annuelle de l'Institut, qui aura lieu le 27 mai 2001, a Montreal, au Quebec.


Jean Belanger, MCIC, retraite, Ottawa (Ontario)

Belanger a recu son diplome de l'ecole secondaire de l'Universite d'Ottawa, ou, pendant sa derniere annee, il a ete president du conseil etudiant. Il a ensuite obtenu un baccalaureat cum laude en sciences appliquees (genie chimique) de l'Universite d'Ottawa en 1957. Il a entrepris sa carriere professionnelle chez Shell Canada, a la raffinerie de Montreal-Est.

M. Belanger est ensuite retourne Ottawa, d'abord comme membre de la fonction publique, au ministere de la Defense nationale, a titre d'agent technique responsable des produits petroliers. En 1962, apres des etudes superieures en economie, il est passe au ministere de l'Industrie et du Commerce comme agent responsable du developpement industriel dans l'industrie chimique. Entre 1962 et 1978, il a assume des responsabilites toujours plus grandes dans le domaine commercial et en matiere de politique industrielle, jusqu'a occuper les postes de directeur general charge des politiques industrielles, en 1971, et de directeur general de la division de la chimie du ministere de l'Industrie et du Commerce, en 1973. Dans ce dernier poste, il etait charge des industries des secteurs de la chimie, des plastiques, des produits specialises, des produits petroliers, des produits pharmaceutiques et des appareils medicaux, ainsi que des questions d'energie, dans la mesure ou elles touchaient son ministere. En 1978, M. Belange r a nomme directeur responsable de la defense, des affaires exterieures et des affaires culturelles a la direction generale des programmes du Secretariat du Conseil du Tresor.

En novembre 1996, M. Belanger a recu le titre d'officier de I'Ordre du Canada. Il a egalement ete nomme par le premier ministre, en 1996, a la Table ronde nationale sur l'environnement et l'economie.

En 1979, Jean Belanger obtenait le poste de president de l'Association canadienne des fabricants de produits chimiques (ACFPC). Pendant son mandat, l'ACFPC a lance le programme de GESTION RESPONSABLE, une initiative de nature ethique, qui sert de regle de conduite aux entreprises et qui est assortie d'un engagement personnel de leur president-directeur general a manipuler les produits en toute securite de leur conception initiale a leur eventuelle elimination L'industrie chimique de plus de 40 pays a adopte ce programme. Pour le role qu'il a joue dans la realisation de ce projet, M. Belanger figure depuis 1990 au palmares mondial de l'ecologie du Programme des Nations Unies sur l'environnement. Il a egalement recu la Medaille de l'environnement de la Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) (G.-B.),le Vanguard Award de la National Association of Chemical Distributors (E.-U.) et le Prix international de la section canadienne de la SCI. En 1997, il a ete nomme Fellow de l'Institut de chimie du Canada.

Depuis sa retraite de I'ACFPC, M. Belanger est consultant aupres d'un certain nombre d'associations sectorielles sur la bonne gestion des produits, ainsi qu'aupres de deux autres associations non chimiques canadiennes sur la gestion environnementale volontaire. L'OCDE le consulte egalement sur les demarches volontaires comme solutions de rechange aux reglementations.

Au cours de sa carriere M. Belanger a siege au conseil de l'Association canadienne des fabricants de produits chimiques et a l'Alliance canadienne des sciences et des technologies de l'environnement, de meme qu'au Groupe consultatif sectoriel sur le commerce international (produits chimiques), ainsi qu'au Comite consultatif sur le commerce international (environnement) du ministre canadien du Commerce international. Il a aussi ete secretaire du Conseil international des associations chimiques (ICCA) de 1993 a 1995.

M. Belanger a epouse Molly O'Keefe en 1958 et ils ont eu cinq enfants qui sont tous maries; ils ont egalement neuf petits-enfants. Son epouse Molly est decedee en 1996. Ils ont participe pendant longtemps a Marriage Encounter, un mouvement international englobant de nombreuses religions, concu pour renforcer la relation des couples maries dans le cadre de la vie familiale. Leur couple a servi d'exemple pendant de nombreuses annees partout au Canada. M. Belanger a egalement exerce de nombreuses fonctions aupres des Bergers de l'espoir, a Ottawa, de meme que dans son eglise paroissiale et aux ecoles qu'ont frequentees ses enfants.


Eric Mead, MCIC, Instructeur, Technologie chimique, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology Saskatoon (Sask.).

Ne et eleve a Saskatoon (Sask.) Eric Mead a fait toutes ses etudes superieures a l'Universite' de la Saskatchewan. Apres ses travaux de deuxieme cycle avec le Dr R. E. Verrall, il a recu sa matrise en chimie, en 1973. La meme annee. il amorcait le programme de technologie chimique au Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Campus Kelsey, ou il enseigne depuis. En outre, il a enseigne au Northlands Community College, a Laronge (Sask.) et l'Universite de la Saskatchewan, a North Battleford (Sask.), l'un des nombreux etablissements de l'universite hors campus. Il a aide a la conception de deux laboratoires d'enseignement et a redige plusieurs manuels de laboratoire. M. Mead s'est joint a la direction de la section Saskatchewan Nord de I'ICC en 1980 et a occupe plusieurs fonctions depuis, dont celles de vice-president de president et de representant de la SCTC. Eric a prete son concours a la Conference de la SCC tenue a Saskatoon en 1986 en se chargeant de l'organisation et de la gestion de l'exposition. Il a aussi aide a l'organisation de la Conference de la SCGCH a Saskatoon en 1999, s'etant occupe des installations, de l'organisation materielle et de l'exposition. M. Mead s'est joint au conseil d'administration de la SCTC en 1994; il y a occupe le poste de vice-president de 1995 a 1996 et celui de president de 1996 a 1998. En 1996, il a contribue a la conclusion d'une entente avec le Bureau canadien de l'agrement de la technologie, qui est charge de l'agr ement conjoint des programmes de technologie du genie chimique de la SCTC et de La CCAT. Mead s'est vu decemer le Prix Polysar de la SCTC, en 1987, eta recu le titre de Fellow de l'lCC, en 1999.

Sundararajan Nominated for CSC President


The Nominating Committee appointed under the terms of CSC By-law 14(i) has proposed the candidates listed below for election to the Board of Directors in 2001-2002. Members are reminded of the provision of By-law 15(f) which states: "Further nominations for any officer position may be made in writing by any ten or more Voting Members of the corporation. Further nominations for directors to be elected by Divisions [or Regions] in any year may be made by any five members in good standing qualified to vote for the said director [i.e. a member of the Division(s) or Regions the director will represent]." Each nomination must be accompanied by the candidate's written agreement to serve if elected, a curriculum vitae and a recent black and white photograph. The deadline for receipt of additional nominations is Friday, January 19, 2001. If any elections are required, ballots will be mailed in February. Those elected, whether by ballot or acclamation, will take office immediately following the annual general meeting o f the Society on Sunday, May 27, 2001 in Montreal, QC.


P. (Sundar) Sundararajan, MCIC, principal scientist, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Mississauga, ON.

P. (Sundar) Sundararajan came to Canada in 1969, with a PhD from Madras University, India. After a postdoctoral tenure with Bob Marchessault, FCIC at the Universite de Montreal and with Paul Flory at Stanford University, he returned to Universite de Montreal as an attache de recherche. Sundararajan joined the Xerox Research Centre of Canada in 1975. He was manager of the Materials Characterization Group for 10 years and is currently a principal scientist.

During his 25-year industrial career, Sundararajan kept a keen interest in fundamental research and in maintaining academic collaborations. He has 95 refereed publications and holds six patents. He was an adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Waterloo from 1989 to 1995. He served as a member of the Sheridan Park Technical Coordinating Committee for three years and as its chairman from 1986-1987. He spent six months during 1990, as a resident at the Comell Theory Centre, Cornell University. He was a reviewer for National Science Foundation major grants on several occasions, and serves as reviewer for a number of ACS journals. He was a member of the University Partnership Committee at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. Sundararajan was the chair of program chair for six technical conferences. Sundararajan was the program chair of the 82nd CSC Conference held in Toronto in 1999.


John C. Vederas, FCIC, Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

John Vederas obtained his B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Stanford University in 1969, and his Ph.D. in organic synthesis with George Buchi at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973. He subsequently did postdoctoral work on biosynthesis and secondary metabolism with Christoph Tamm at the University of Basel and on enzyme mechanisms with Heinz Floss at Purdue University, In 1977 he joined the faculty of the University of Alberta, where he was promoted to full professor in 1987 and was made University Professor in July 2000.

Vederas has served as Secretary-Treasurer and Chairman of the Biological Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), and has been involved in organization of numerous national and international conferences, including Pacifichem 2000. He has also been on grant evaluation panels for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.

Vederas' research interests in bioorganic chemistry are described in ca. 160 publications and include antimicrobial peptides (bacteriocins), enzyme mechanism and inhibition, biosynthesis of secondary metabolites, peptidomimetics and new synthetic methods. During the course of his career, he has also edited three books and obtained 6 patents. For his research work, he has received the 1986 Merck Sharp Dohme Award (now Merck Frosst Award) from the CIC, and the 1991 John Labatt Award from the Canadian Society of Chemistry. In addition he has been recognized by the University of Alberta through a 1991-92 McCalla Research Professorship, a 1992-93 Killam Annual Professorship, the Faculty of Science Award for Excellent Teaching in 1993, the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1995, and University Cup for Research and Teaching in 1998. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1997.

Statement of Policy

Key objectives of the CSC continue to be increase in membership, visibility and communication among chemists in Canada. These include undergraduate and graduate students, as well as established professionals in academia and industry. Sustained effort is essential to fully relate CSC's goal of being a premier professional society comparable to its international counterparts in other highly technologically advanced countries. The Society must continue to support activities of local sections, many of which are very enthusiastic and have numerous endeavours that promote chemical education and the appreciation of our profession by the public. The CSC needs to improve its financial strength, especially at the national level and in some divisions. An attractive way to achieve this without raising dues could be organization of additional scientific meetings with international participation. In addition, the Society should continue to improve its visibility at the national level through web pages, ACCN and active cont act with the news media. The goal would be to have CSC attain the same level of prominence and per capita membership participation as its U.S. counterpart while maintaining a uniquely Canadian perspective.

Sundararajan Candidat officiel au post de president de la Scc pour 2001-2002

Le Comite des candidatures, nomme en vertu des dispositions du reglement 14(i) de la Societe canadienne de chimie (SCC), propose la candidature des personnes listees ci-dessous aux postes de membres du conseil pour 2001-2002. Il est rappele aux membres que le reglement 15(f) precise ce qui suit : [much less than] Des candidatures additionnelles pour les postes d'administrateurs peuvent etre soumises par ecrit par au moins dix membres votants de la Societe. D'autres candidatures aux postes de directeur a elire par les divisions (ou les regions) en n'importe quelle annee peuvent etre faites par au moins cinq membres en regle de la Societe pourvu qu'ils aient le droit de voter pour ces directeurs (c.a-d. des membres de la ou des divisions ou regions que l'administrateur representera). [much greater than] Chaque candidature doit etre accompagnee du consentement ecrit et signe par le candidat, qui s'engage a remplir la charge s'il est elu d'un curriculum vitae, ainsi que d'une photographie recente en noir et blanc . Les membres auront jusqu'au vendredi 19 janvier 2001 pour faire parvenir de nouvelles candidatures. Advenant qu'un scrutin soit necessaire les bulletins seront postes en fevrier Les personnes elues par scrutin ou par acclamation entreront en fonction immediatement apres l'assemblee generale annuelle de la Societe qui aura lieu dimanche le 27 mai 2001, a Montreal au Quebec.


P. (Sundar) Sundararajan, MCIC, chercheur principal, Centre canadien de recherche Xerox, Mississauga (Ontario)

P. (Sundar) Sundararajan est venu au Canada en 1969, en possession d'un PhD del'Universite de Madras, en Inde. Apres son stage postdoctoral avec Bob Marchessault, FCIC, a l'Universite de Montreal, et Paul Flory, l'Universite Stanford, il est devenu attache de recherche a l'Universite de Montreal. En 1975, M. Sundararajan est entre au service du Centre canadien de recherche Xerox, ou il a dirige le Croupe de caracterisation des materiaux pendant dix ans. Il y occupe actuellement le poste de chercheur principal.

Au cours de sa carriere industrielle de 25 ans, M. Sundararajan a demontre un vif interet pour la recherche fondamentale et la poursuite de sa collaboration avec le monde universitaire. Il compte 95 publications dans des revues a comite de lecture et detient six brevets. Il a ete professeur associe de chimie a l'Universite de Waterloo de 1989 a 1995. Il a ete membre du Comite de coordination technique de Sheridan Park pendant trois ans et president du meme comite en 1986 et 1987. En 1990, il a ete resident pendant six mois au Cornell Theory Centre, de l'Universite Cornell. Il a ete a plusieurs occasions analyste reviseur pour la remise de subventions importantes de la National Science Foundation et reviseur pour de nombreuses publications de l'American Chemical Society (ACS). Il a aussi ete membre du comite de partenariat avec les universites du Centre canadien de recherche Xerox. M. Sundararajan a occupe la presidence ou la direction du programme de six conference techniques, et a preside le 82c Congres de la SCGCh qui eu lieu Toronto, en 1999.


John C. Vederas, MCIC, Department de chimie, Universite de l'Alberta, Edmonton (Alb.).

John Vederas a obtenu sa maitrise en chimie de l'Universite Stanford, en 1969, et son doctorat en synthese organique avec George Buchi, au Massachusetts Institute of Technology, en 1973. Il a par Ia suite fait des travaux post-doctoraux sur la biosynthese et le metabolisme secondaire avec Christoph Tamm, a l'Universite de Bale, ainsi que sur les mecanismes enzymatiques avec Heinz Floss, a l'Universite Purdue. En 1977, ii s'est joint au Department de chimie de l'Universite de I'Alberta, a ete promu professeur titulaire en 1987 et [much less than] University Professor [much greater than] en juillet 2000.

M. Vederas a occupe les fonctions de secretaire-tresorier et de president de la Division de chimie biologique de l'Institut de chimie du Canada (ICC), et a participe a l'organisation de nombreuses conferences sur les plans national et international, dont Pacifichem 2000. II a aussi fait partie de comites d'evaluation des subventions du Conseil de recherches en sciences naturelles et en genie, du U.S. National Institue of Health, du National Cancer Institute et de l'Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.

Les interets de recherche du professeur Vederas se situent en chimie bio-organique et comprennent les peptides antimicrobiens (bacteriocines), les mecanismes et l'inhibition enzymatiques, la biosynthese des metabolites secondaires, la peptidomimetique et les nouvelles methodes de synthese. Au cours de sa carriere, M. Vederas a publie quelque 160 articles, trois livres scientifiques et obtenu six brevets. Pour ses travaux de recherche, il s'est vu attribuer le Prix Merck, Sharp et Dohme 1986 (aujourd'hui le Prix Merck Frosst) de l'ICC, ainsi que le Prix John Labatt de la Societe canadienne de chimie. En outre, l'Universite de l'Alberta lui a rendu hommage en lui decernant le Professorat de recherche McCalla 1991-1992, le Professorat annuel Killam 1992-1993, le Prix d'execellence pedagogique de la Faculte des sciences, en 1993, le Prix Rutherford pour l'excellence de l'enseignement au niveau du baccalaureat en 1995, ainsi que la University Cup pour la recherche et l'enseignement en 1998. Il a ete nomme Fellow de la Societe royale du Canada en 1997.

Enonce de politique

La SCC maintient pour objectifs fondamentaux une augmentation de ses effectifs, un accroissement de sa visibilite et une amelioration de ses communications aupres des chimistes au Canada. On entend ici tant les etudiants de premier et de deuxieme cycles que les professionnels etalis dans le monde universitaire et dans l'industrie. Un effort soutenu s'impose pour realiser tout a fait le but de la SCC, soit de devenir une societe professionnelle de premier plan comparable a ses equivalents internationaux dans d'autres pays hautement evolues sur le plan technologique. La Societe doit continuer a soutenir les activites des sections locales, dont plusieurs sont tres enthousiastes et procedent a de nombreuses initiatives qui font valoir aupres du public les etudes en chimie et font mieux connaitre notre profession. La SCC doit consolider sa stabilite financiere, particulierement au niveau national et dans certaines divisions. Un moyen interessant d'y arriver, et ce, sans hausse des cotisations, consisterait a organ iser un plus grand nombre de reunions scientifiques accueillant des participants de l'etranger. En outre, la Societe doit continuer a accroitre sa visibilite a l'echelle nationale par le biais de pages WEB, de l'ACCN (Actualite chimique canadienne) et de contacts efficaces avec les medias. La SCC pourrait ainsi atteindre le meme niveau de proeminence et de participation proportionnelle de ses membres que sa contrepartie aux E.-U. tout en maintenant une perspective uniquement canadienne.


D.W. (Dave) Schwass, Sr. Environmental Advisor, NOVA Chemicals Corporation, Calgary, AB

Dave Schwass, a native Albertan, joined NOVA Corporation after graduation from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (1988). As Senior Environmental Advisor, Schwass provides environmental leadership and support to the NOVA Chemicals' Research & Technology and Olefins and Polyolefins businesses. Schwass has previously been Corporate Environmental Advisor; Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Audit Team Leader; and Senior Environmental Specialist within the chemical manufacturing, gas transmission and international businesses. Prior to NOVA, he spent-time with both the federal and provincial governments and for a period had his own consulting practice. Schwass is a certified auditor in both Canada and the U.S. in the areas of environmental, health and safety in addition to being a Chartered Chemist.

Schwass has been actively involved in the Canadian Society for Chemistry including holding numerous executive positions in the Calgary Section and recently was the Treasurer for the CSC2000 Conference in Calgary. He is a charter member and past officer of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta and is a director of the Alberta Plastics Recycling Association and of the Rockyview Gas Co-op Ltd.

Directors 2001-2004 Inorganic Chemistry Division

Douglas Stephan, FCIC, Department of Chemistry, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON

Doug Stephan was born in 1953 in Hamilton, ON, where he completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, in 1976. As an NSERC of Canada Scholar, he completed his graduate work on studies of catalytic asymmetric synthesis in 1980 at the University of Western Ontario, London, ON, under the aegis of Professor N.C. Payne, MCIC. The following two years, he held a NATO postdoctoral Fellowship at Harvard University in the laboratories of R.H. Holm.

In 1982 Stephan became an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, where he was subsequently promoted through the ranks to Professor in 1992. He has served on the NSERC of Canada grant selection committee and is currently on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry and Organometallics. In 1995, he spent a DFG/NSERC supported sabbatical in the laboratories of Professor G. Erker in Munster Generally, Stephan's research interest focuses on the synthesis and applications of transition metal chemistry. Most recently, his group has developed a number of applications of Zr-P and Ti-S chemistry in stoichiometric and catalytic reactions as well as uncovering a new class of highly active olefin polymerization catalysts.


D.W. (Dave) Schwass, conseiller senior en environnement, NOVA Chemicals Corporation. Calgary (Alb.).

Dave Schwass, originaire de l'Alberta, s'est joint la NOVA Corporation apres avoir termine ses etudes l'Universite de Lethbridge ou il a obtenu un baccalaureat es sciences en chimie (1988). A titre de conseiller senior en environnement, M. Schwass assure l'initiative et le soutien en matiere environnementale aux activites de recherche et de technologie des produits chimiques et aux activites relies aux olefines et polyolefines. M. Schwass etait auparavant conseiller en environnement pour de grandes entreprises, chef d'equipe pour la securite, la sante, l'environnement et l'evaluation des risques, ainsi que specialiste senior en matiere environnementale pour l'industrie de fabrication de produits chimiques et de transport du gaz au niveau international. Avant de se joindre au groupe NOVA il a passe quelque temps aux gouvernements faderal et provincial et, pendant une certaine periode, possedait son propre cabinet de consultation. M. Schwass est veificateur agree tant aux Etats-Unis qu'au Canada dans les domai nes de l'environnement, de la sante et de la securite, en plus d'etre chimiste agree.

Schwass a pris une part active a la Societe canadienne de chimie; il y a ccupe de nombreux postes de direction dans la section de Calgary et, recemment, a ete tresorier pour la Conference SCC2000, Calgary. 11 est nembre fondateur et ancien membre du bureau de l'Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta et est administrateur de l'Alberta Plastics Recycling Association et de la Rockyview Gas Co-op Ltd.

Administrateurs 2001-2004 Division de chimie inorganique

Douglas Stephan, MCIC, Departement de chimie, Universite de Windsor, Windsor (Ont.).

Doug Stephan est ne a Hamilton (Ont.) en 1953 ou il a termine ses etudes de premier cycle en chimie a l'Universite McMaster, en 1976. A titre de boursier CRSNC du Canada, il a effectue ses etudes graduees en synthese asymetrique catalytique l'Universite Western Ontario, a London (Ont.), en 1980, sous l'egide du professeur N. C. Payne, MCIC. Les deux annees suivantes, il etait titulaire d'une bourse postdoctorale de l'OTAN a l'Universite Harvard, dans les laboratoires de R. H. Holm.

En 1982, Stephan devint professeur adjoint a l'Universite de Windsor, a Windsor (Ont.), ou il a subsequemment ete promu au rang de professeur agrege en 1992. Il a fait partie du Comite d'evaluation des subventions du CRSNG et siege actuellement aux comites de redaction du Journal canadien de chimie et d'Organometallics. En 1995, il a decroche une bourse DFG/CRSNG pour realiser une annee sabbatique dans les laboratoires du professeur G. Erker, a Munster. En regle generale, les recherches de Doug Stephan portent principalement sur La synthese et les applications des composes des metaux de transition. Plus recemment, son groupe a mis au point uncertain nombre d'applications issues de Ia chimie Zr-Pet Ti-S dans des process us stoechiometriques et catalytiques, et decouvert une nouvelle categorie de catalyseurs hautement efficaces de polymerisation des olefines.

Atlantic Region

Susan Boyd, FCIC, Department of Chemistry, Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, NS

Susan Boyd is a professor and chair in the department of chemistry at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, NS, where she has been teaching since 1979. Having begun her scientific life at the biological end of chemistry as an immunochemist (PhD from McGill under the supervision of A. Sehon), she now focuses her research interests at the physical end of the field, specifically in the area of computational chemistry. Among honours Boyd has received, she is very proud of her MSVU Alumnae Teaching Excellence award. Boyd has been active with the CIC Atlantic Section for many years, and has carried almost every Section portfolio at one time or another, including being the Chair from 1995 to 1997. During this period, she instituted publication of CIC Directory of the Atlantic Chemical Industry as a Section initiative, a booklet which is now in its 3rd edition and is distributed to all students graduating with chemistry honours degrees, chemical engineering degrees, or chemical technology diplomas in the Atlant ic region.

Analytical Chemistry Division

Ricardo F. Aroca, MCIC, Materials Surface Science Group, School of Physical Sciences, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON.

Ricardo Aroca, born in Chile in 1943, obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Chile in 1964 and his PhD in chemistry in 1970 in molecular spectroscopy) from Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. In 1970, he joined the faculty of the University of Chile. In 1974, he moved to Toronto, ON, where, after working as a research associate, he joined the faculty of the University of Toronto. In 1985, he joined the faculty of the University of Windsor, where he has been a full professor since 1987. He has served as chair of the department of chemistry at the University of Chile; member of the Board of the Chilean National Research Council; member of Scientific Advisory Committee of The Institute for Chemical Science and Technology of Canada (ICST) in 1990-1994; chair of the Research Board of the University of Windsor in 1995; and member of the Grant Selection Committee for Analytical and Physical Chemistry of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) in 19 96-1999. His research in vibrational spectroscopy, theory and applications of surface-enhanced vibrational spectroscopy includes more than 195 research papers in international journals. His group has been studying the spectral properties and the structure of thin solid films and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayers of electroactive organic materials such as phthalocyanine and perylene derivatives.

Region de l'Atlantique

Susan Boyd, MCIC, Department de chimie, Universite Mount Saint Vincent, Halifax (N.-E.).

Susan Boyd est professeure et directrice du department de chimie l'Universite Mount Saint Vincet, a Halifax (N.-E.), ou elle enseigne depuis 1979. Ayant amorce sa carriere scientifique en chimie a titre d'immunochimiste (doctorat de l'Universite McGill sous la supervision de A. Sehon), elle dirige aujourd'hui ses recherches en chimie physique, plus precisement dans le domaine de la chimie computationelle. Au nombre des distinctions qu'elle a recues, Susan est tres fiere de son Prix d'excellence pedagoguique des anciens de l'UMSV. Susan a joue pendant plusieurs annees un role fort actif a la Section Atlantique de l'ICC, et a detenue presque tons les postes de cette section a un moment on un autre, dont celui de presidente de 1995 a 1997. Au cours de cette periode, elle a mis sur pied le Repertoire des industires chimiques de la region de l'Atlantique de l'ICC, brochure qui en est maintenant a sa triosieme edition et qui est distribuee tons les diplomes en chimie, en genie chimique ou en technologie chimique d e la region de l'Atlantique.

Division de chimie analytique

Dr Ricardo F. Aroca, MCIC, Groupe sur les sciences de surface des materiaux, Ecole des sciences physiques, Universite de Windsor, Windsor (Ont.).

Ne au Chili, Ricardo Aroca a obtenu son baccalaureat en chimie de I'Universite du Chili en 1964 et son PhD en chimie (spectroscopie moleculaire) en 1970 de I'Universite d'etat de Moscou en Russie. En 1970, il s'est joint au corps professoral de l'Universite du Chili. En 1974, ii damenage a Toronto ou, ayant travaille comme associe de recherche, il se joint au corps professoral de l'Universite de Toronto. En 1985, il se joint au corps professoral de l'Universite de Windsor, ou il est professeur titulaire depuis 1987. II a siege a titre de president du department de chimie de la faculte des sciences l'Universite de Chili et a ete aussi membre du Conscil de recherche national chilien. De 1990 a 1994, ii a ete membre du Comite de consultation scientifique pour I'insitute des Sciences et Technologies de la Chimie (ISTC). En 1995, il a preside le Conseil de recherche de l'Universite de Windsor. De 1996 1999, il a ete membre du Comite de selection des subventions pour la chimie analytique et physique au Conseil de Recherches en Sciences et en Genie du Canada (CRSNG). Sa recherche en spectroscopie vibrationnelle, sa theorie et ses applications en spectroscopie vibrationnelle a haute resolutions de surface comporte plus de 195 publications dans les revues internationales. Son equipe a etudie Les proprietes spectrales et la structure de films solides tres fins ainsi que les mono-couches (Langmuir-Blodgett) des materiaux organiques electroactifs tels que Les derives du phtalocyanine et du perylene.

Report of the President, October 1999 to October 2000

Strategic Directions for the CSChE

Over the past year, the Board has worked to implement the strategic plan of the Society to deliver value to members, under the areas of Life-Long Learning, Involvement and Commitment, the Voice of Reason and Ethics and Social Responsibility. The focus this year has been on continuing initiatives under LIVE, and launching new initiatives that span one or more strategic directions.

Life-Long Learning

The most important strategic direction for the future of the Society is providing chemical engineers with timely professional development courses and workshops. Bruce Peachey, MCIC, Executive Co-ordinator West, has continued the effort to identify needs for professional development courses, to recruit instructors and find innovative ways to deliver courses. Notable successes in the past year have included courses in process control, safety and loss management, and greenhouse gases and life cycle analysis.

Three professional development courses are scheduled for October in Montreal, on process safety management, process integration and capital project management. A course on risk assessment and management for continuous improvement will be held in Toronto, ON, in November. Like the courses offered in Western Canada over the past year, these courses were selected to appeal to chemical engineers from a range of industries.

These efforts represent significant progress toward our long-term goal of providing professional development opportunities to chemical engineers in Canada. The challenge as we move forward is to sustain and increase the number of offerings to meet the needs of different regions and specializations within the profession.

North American Alliance of Chemical Engineers (NAAChE)

In March 2000, the joined with the AIChE and the Instituto Mexicano de Ingenieros Quimicos (IMIQ) to form an alliance of the North American Chemical Engineering societies from the three NAFTA countries. The objectives of NAAChE are:

1. Societal Issues; Form collaborative programs utilizing the unique skills of NAAChE members for the benefit of society in countries that are parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA Countries) and the world.

2. Environmental, Health and Safety: Develop and improve training programs, share learning and propose guidelines to improve the environment, health and safety in NAFTA Countries and the world.

3. Professional Development and Mobility: Facilitate a professional educational program that helps improve individual skills and promotes worker mobility among member countries.

4. Reciprocity: Offer individual members of any NAAChE organization the opportunity to receive benefits available to individual members in any other NAAChE organization.

The activities of NAAChE support the L, V and E elements of our strategic plan. NAAChE has already sponsored symposia on sustainable development at the three society's conferences in the fall. Alliance memberships in our partner organizations were offered to members in 2000 for the first time.

Process Safety Management Subject Division

Under the leadership of director Gerry Phillips, the is establishing a new Subject Division in Process Safety Management (PSM). The purpose of the PSM Subject Division is:

* To promote awareness, education, and use of PSM tools, services and techniques within Canadian facilities including manufacturing operations, research facilities, and laboratories.

* To further the advancement of and development of new PSM ideas, theorems, tools, services and techniques.

* To monitor the degree of effectiveness of implementation of PSM to identify gaps in knowledge or application that can be addressed by Life Long Learning programs.

This Subject Division provides a forum directed mainly at industry professionals, and supports all of the elements of LIVE. The immediate goals of the new Subject Division are: to develop and update publications and other information tools on Process Safety Management; to offer professional development courses, seminars and workshops; to organize sessions at CSChE Conferences and independent symposia; and, to develop educational materials. Past CSChE President Paul Amyotte, MCIC, is already working with staff at Head Office on preparing an educational package on Responsible Care[R], sponsored by the Chemical Education Trust Fund and the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA).

Involvement and Commitment Initiatives

Dan de Verteuil, MCIC, Executive Co-ordinator East, developed a mentoring program involving chemical engineering students and industrial mentors. A pilot program involving students at the University of Waterloo was run during the fall of 1999, with the intention of expanding CSChE mentoring efforts over time to involve all members at various stages of their careers. Student participation in the first offering of the mentoring program was disappointing; therefore, the program is being retried with more junior students at Waterloo, and also at University of Western Ontario. The work during the 2000-2001 academic year will determine whether students need mentoring earlier in their programs, and if the need for mentoring is affected by co-operative education programs.

Three Local Sections of the CSChE have been reactivated; Ottawa as a joint section with the CIC, Calgary and Vancouver. Local Section executives have been selected and the sections are actively planning their 2000/2001 programs. Credit is due to Jean-Francois Legault, MCIC for his vigorous work on behalf of Local Sections.


The CSChE is now involved in two key alliances that provide value to members. As a constituent society of the CIC, the CSChE is associated with the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) in common endeavours on behalf of chemical professionals in Canada such as: development of awards (e.g., the recently initiated Faculty Advisor awards), lobbying, dealing with policy issues (e.g., media relations), communications and marketing, and website development. With the launch of NAAChE, we are now committed to an international linkage to bring value to members.

The CSChE joined the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) in order to participate in the continuing education efforts of the Institute, and to link to other engineering societies in Canada. Over the past several years, the provincial engineering associations have been moving away from using registered continuing education units to allow engineers to demonstrate continuing competence; therefore, a registry of continuing education units offered by the EIC has little value to CSChE members. With our major commitments to two other alliances, the Board was unable to sustain the necessary level of commitment to the EIC to make continued participation valuable. Consequently, the Board voted in March 2000, to leave the EIC in 2001. This decision was reversed at the meeting on October 15, 2000, but the challenge of finding value in EIC membership remains.

Membership and Communications

The erosion in membership in the Society continued in 2000. The total number of members dropped from 1,045 to 979, due to decreases in almost every membership category. The initial effort to market memberships to students during 1999-2000 was disappointing. A subsequent review of student memberships led by director Janet Elliott, MC IC, led to a complete redesign of the student membership package and a redesign for all of our communications with students and Student Chapters.

The Board spent considerable time discussing the future of group memberships, particularly due to concerns regarding the fairness of this program with its restricted access. The drop in group members, from 113 in 1999 to 77 in 2000, and a mini-survey of the existing group members emphasized several key points:

1. The major successful initiatives of the Society have not been communicated effectively to many members.

2. Many chemical engineers in process operations, engineering contracting and engineering service companies still do not feel that the CSChE delivers enough value to justify payment of full fees.

3. Renewal of the group memberships requires special attention every year due to turnover in the key contacts in companies. In some cases, the overhead in organizing the group for membership each year is a barrier.

These observations emphasize that although group membership may need to be revised in future, a key issue facing the CSChE is effective communication with members and prospective members. We need to examine the options for effective delivery of services to members at a fair price. The Board will debate a motion at its meeting in Montreal, QC, to examine membership services, the means of communicating with members and the way we package membership services. A group led by director Caroline Hyndman, MCIC, began considering alternative membership packages in 2000, but a more extensive revision of our member communications is clearly required. The CSChE must strive for timely, personalized communications with members using electronic methods much more extensively. This approach promises to allow us to reduce costs and fees and at the same time enhance service and communication with members.


The 49th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference was held October 3-6, 1999, in Saskatoon, SK. The event was a financial, technical and social success, which showed that smaller centres can effectively mount a national conference.

The 3rd Biennial National Student Conference of the CSChE was held March 10-12, 2000, in Thunder Bay, ON (hosted by Lakehead University). The students and faculty at Lakehead organized a first-rate event for delegates from many of the chemical engineering programs in Canada.

The 50th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Montreal promises to be both a major anniversary for the Society and one of our best attended conferences.

In Saskatoon, Thunder Bay and Montreal, the successful elements of the conferences are the dedicated volunteers that give the CSChE conferences their character. Each conference truly mirrors the host city and region through the dedication of the volunteers on the organizing committees.


The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering continues to enjoy an excellent global reputation, under the guidance of Editor Pierre Carreau, FCIC, but like many journals its subscription base has been eroded by cost-cutting in university and corporate libraries. Tom Harris, FCIC, and the CSChE Publications Committee have been examining the options for electronic publication of the Journal in order to keep it in the forefront of research publications. They anticipate bringing recommendations forward after meeting in Montreal.

Board Restructuring

During the past year, the CSChE Board decided to keep the number of Board members constant, but to shift the responsibilities of Board members to better reflect the strategic directions of the Society under LIVE. Vice-President John Hazlett, MCIC, has begun an initiative to revise the by-laws of the Society to reflect these changes, and to generally update the by-laws to reflect the current practices of the Society. The revised by-laws will be submitted to the CSChE membership in 2001 for approval.

Concluding Remarks

Despite the continued decline in membership, the long-term value of the CSChE is demonstrated by the success to date of our major initiative in life-long learning, the attendance at conferences over the past four years, and the continued strength of The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. The new initiatives of NAAChE and the PSM Subject Division add to the range of activities to offer our members. We are building a stronger and better Society, but to paraphrase W.P. Kinsella, "If you build it, they will come, but first you need to keep reminding them what you have built." The Society needs to communicate its successes effectively, in order to fulfill its mandate of "providing leadership and services for all chemical engineers in Canada to achieve and maintain their professional competence in meeting industrial and societal needs."

Murray R. Cray, FCIC

November 3, 2000

CSCT Award Winners in 2000

The NOVA Chemicals Ltd. Award for Chemistry Teaching in Community and Technical Colleges/Prix de Nova Corporation of Alberta Decernes a des Enseignants en Chimie d'Instituts Techniques ou de Colleges Communautaires

Sponsored By/Parraine par: NOVA Chemicals Ltd.

This award is offered each year to an outstanding teacher in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineer technology or chemical technology.

Ce prix sera offert chaque annee a des personnes qui ont contribue de maniere exceptionnelle a l'enseignement de la chimie, de la biochimie, de la technologie du genie chimique ou de la technologie chimique.

Matthew McKim

New Brunswick Community College -- Saint John

Matthew McKim, MCIC, PEng, is an instructor at the New Brunswick Community College -- Saint John (NBCC-SJ). He received a diploma in chemical technology from the Saint John Institute of Technology (now NBCC-SJ) in 1972, and later received his BSc in chemical engineering in 1978 and an MEng in environmental engineering in 1984 from the University of New Brunswick. Mr. McKim is faculty advisor to the Local Student Chapter of the CSCT, which was the winner of the 1999 CSCT Merit Award. He has been particularly effective in involving his students in community projects, which have ranged from raising funds for food banks to cleaning local beaches and streams. He won the 1998 NBCC Excellence Award in Education in recognition of his teaching skills. He has received a number of awards for his volunteer work in promoting environmental citizenship amongst his students and the public. Before joining the College in 1987, he was employed in environmental consulting and research.

Norman & Marion Bright Memorial Award/Prix Commemoratif Norman et Marion Bright

The Norman and Marion Bright Memorial Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in Canada to the furtherance of chemical technology.

Le Prix Commemoratif Norman et Marion Bright est presente a une personne qui aura contribue de maniere exceptionnelle a l'avancement de la technologie chimique au Canada.

Marvin B. Silbert

Marvin Silbert and Associates, Consulting Chemists -- Toronto, ON

Marvin Silbert holds BSc. and PhD degrees in chemistry from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. After completing postdoctoral work at Yale University and the University of Michigan, he initially pursued an academic career. After teaching for a few years, he decided to move to something more practical and joined Ontario Hydro's nuclear operations, where he was responsible for the water chemistry within the various boiler, cooling and waste treatment systems. After working at several locations within Ontario Hydro, he left to become manager of technical and consulting services with Drew Chemical and is now an independent consultant, providing water-treatment and training services to a wide spectrum of industrial clients. He is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and an active member of the Chemical Institute of Canada where he is a Fellow, Chemputing columnist for ACCN and the recipient of the Norman & Marion Bright Award for 2000.

Water Filtration Plant Tour Shows Off Ottawa's Clean Water

On September 21, 2000, a small group from the Ottawa CIC/CSChE Local Section gathered at the Britannia Water Filtration Plant. We were given a tour of the facility including the pilot plant and laboratory areas by Jean Boulet. Awareness of the situation in Walkerton, ON, generated a wide range of questions from the participants. There was also ample supplementary information available as hand-outs. Ottawa is fortunate to start with water which is quite "clean". A tour of the Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre, which is downstream and where waste treatment occurs, is being contemplated so that members can see "both ends" of the process!

ICASS 2000 in Winnipeg!

Eminent research scientists from around the world descended on Winnipeg, MB, on August 13-16, 2000, to participate in the 46th International Conference on Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy (ICASS 2000) which was held at the University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB. Kudos to Doug Goltz (professor, University of Winnipeg), MCIC, and especially the outstanding performance of Diane Goltz, past manager of conferences for the CIC. Their hard work and dedication left no doubt that this year's ICASS Conference was the best ever organized! The sessions spanned a wide range of topics from spectroscopy to biomedical imaging to polymer characterization. The highlight of ICASS 2000 was the six oral presentation sessions on chemical speciation organized annually by C.L. Chakrabarti (aka "Chak"), FCIC. See you there next year!

John A. Weil of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, was the recipient of the Gerhard Herzberg award, which was presented by the Spectroscopy Society of Canada in honour of his lifetime contributions to Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (EPR). Weil is perhaps best known for his work on the application of EPR spectroscopy to the understanding of defect centers in quartz. The accuracy and precision of this work has earned him an international reputation. He is highly respected by peers both in academia and industry. Weil came to the University of Saskatchewan in 1971 and is currently still actively pursuing his research interests as professor emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan.

In a delightful and entertaining keynote address entitled 'EPR: Then and Now', Weil humorously noted that his achievements in EPR were only possible because it was the only part of the electromagnetic spectrum that his close personal friend, the late Gerhard Herzberg, did not investigate.

The award was presented at the Society's annual meeting banquet on August 15 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Weil received the award plaque and a prize of $1,000. The Herzberg Award is Canada's highest award for spectroscopy given by the Spectroscopy Society of Canada. It is named after Gerhard Herzberg, a Canadian Nobel Prize winner in 1971 for his achievements in the field of spectroscopy. Weil was honoured by receiving the award particularly due to his friendship with Herzberg. It was unfortunate that Herzberg passed away last year.

There were also two student awards given out at the ICASS meeting. The award for Best Student Poster was given to Manon Losier, department of chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Supervisor: Professor Frederick Cantwell, FCIC) for her poster entitled 'Metal Ion Speciation by Metal-Ligand Microdrop Solvent Extraction: Avoiding Perturbing Effects'. The Best Student Oral Presentation Award was given to Nicole E. Baryla, department of chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB (Supervisor: Professor Charles A. Lucy, FCIC) for her presentation called 'Atomic Force Microscopy Studies of Surfactant Wall Coatings in Capillary Electrophoresis'. Both students received a certificate and $1,000 prize.

John Murimboh, MCIC

Nouri M. Hassan, MCIC

(with additional information from Mike Hinds, president, Spectroscopy Society of Canada)
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