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Membership decline also concerns CSCT.

At its first meeting since the newly-elected board took office, the CSCT adopted a Mission Statement and Objectives, reconfirmed its status as a Constituent Society of The Institute, and the officers and directors undertook to draft strategies for their areas of responsibilities.

Kim Johnstone, MCIC, as director of membership, and with the assistance of the other board members will draft strategies to address the declining membership. She noted that the society is not well known by chemical technologists and must be promoted. The need to attract and retain graduating technologists as members and the importance of promoting cCT certification were noted.

Treasurer David Thorn, MCIC, reported that revenue to date for 1992 was below budget due to declining membership. He asked directors to advise him of anticipated expenses in their areas of responsibility to enable him to develop the 1993 budget.

Thorn said that accreditation is very important and the Society's accreditation of chemical technology programs requires a standardized procedure and should include a site visit. He agreed to prepare a proposal for consideration.

Paul Walsh, MCIC, director of awards, said the society is not receiving sufficient appropriate nominations for the Norman and Marion Bright Award and the Award for Excellence in Teaching in Chemical Technology Programs sponsored by Novacor Chemicals Limited. He will draft strategies for increasing nominations and also review the selection process.

Former president Jack Clark, MCIC, attended part of the meeting and agreed to continue to handle certification applications and to assist in publicizing the program to employers of chemical technologists and to educational institutions. The board agreed that up to 50% of the co-op work experience could be credited to the work experience requirements for cCT certification.

Kerry Cesekas, MCIC, reported that the committee looking at national standards for technologists was addressing the matter by considering the competencies required. A preliminary report on chemical technologists will be available soon and will be circulated to the board for comment. President Jack Mackey, MCIC, reported that he has agreed to serve on the Steering Committee looking at chemical technology programs at Ontario colleges. Cesekas and Mackey will keep the board advised of the work in this area and the board agreed that all efforts at harmonization of the cCT with other certification programs should be made through these committees.

The importance of interesting and involving students in the society, was discussed and the board agreed that it should do everything possible to assist and support faculty advisors. Murray Morello, MCIC, and David Thorn, MCIC, will serve as co-directors of education and student affairs. Morello stressed the need to interact with College Chemistry Canada (|C.sub.3~), the association of chemistry faculty at colleges of applied arts and technology.

The board approved the revised bylaws of the Chemical Education Division, now affiliated with all three Constituent Societies of The Institute, and also agreed to affiliate with the Environment Division.

The board supported a proposal from former CSCT President Karen George, MCIC, to organize a workshop following the 1994 Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference in Winnipeg and asked that she submit more details as planning progressed. The board discussed the proposal from the CIC Strategic Planning Committee for a revised governance structure which would eliminate council and establish a joint board, which would include the three CIC officers and the president, vice-president and treasurer of each Constituent Society. While some believed that a dominant CIC with secondary societies would be preferable, it was agreed that if the structure included strong societies, the CSCT should have equal status with the other societies. The board passed a motion recommending that the CSCT have full representation on the CIC board as outlined in the committee's proposal.

Jack Mackey will continue to represent the society on the ACCN Management Committee and he encouraged all directors to submit information on their portfolios and items of interest to chemical technologists to the editor for publication in ACCN.

Natasha Hollbach, MCIC, reported that the Industrial Adjustment Service Committee on Technicians and Technologists, on which she represents the society, would soon submit its final report. She will provide information to the board and to ACCN.

The board will meet again in February 1993 in Ottawa at the time of The Institute and society winter business meetings.

CSCT officers:

President: Jack Mackey, MCIC, Imperial Oil Limited, Sarnia, ON.

Vice-president: Natasha Hollbach, MCIC, N. Hollbach Consultants Ltd., Almonte, ON (Credentials Committee).

Treasurer: David Thorn, MCIC, New Brunswick Community College, St. John, NB (Also co-director, education and student affairs, director of accreditation).

Past President: John Cody, MCIC, British American Bank Note Inc., Ottawa, ON.


Kerry Cesekas, MCIC, Ortho Pharmaceutical, Toronto, ON (Committee on National Standards for Technologists).

Kim Johnstone, MCIC, Nova Husky Research, Calgary, AB (Director of Membership).

Murray Morello, MCIC, Seneca College, Toronto, ON, (co-director, education and student affairs, |C.sub.3~ liaison).

Jasmine Prucha, MCIC, Ashland Chemicals Limited, Laval, PQ.

Paul Walsh, MCIC, Imperial Oil Limited, Sarnia, ON (director of awards, Nominating Committee).

CSCT Mission and Objectives

Mission Statement

The CSCT is a national organization of chemical and biochemical technicians and technologists and technology educators which adds value for the membership.


* To develop and maintain high standards in the profession and enhance the usefulness of chemical technology to industry and the public.

* To administer awards for persons involved in practicing, studying or promoting chemical/biochemical technology.

* To publicize the standards and qualifications of members.

* To maintain a dialogue with educators, government and industry to assist in the technology content of the life long education process of chemical/biochemical technology.

* To attract people to the profession, to form local membership chapters and to promote student members' involvement in the activities of the society.

* To interface with other societies and solicit their support.

* To promote and provide input into human resource benefits for members.
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Title Annotation:Canadian Society of Chemical Technicians
Publication:Canadian Chemical News
Date:Jan 1, 1993
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