Report of the CSChE president: October 2000-October 2001. (CSChE Bulletin SCGCh).
As highlighted on the Society web site www.chemeng.ca, CSChE is a member of three key alliances -- The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), North American Alliance of Chemical Engineers (NAAChE) and the Engineering institute of Canada (EIC).
As a member of CIC, CSChE works to advance the cause of chemical professionals in Canada in partnership with The Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT).
NAAChE involves CSChE in an international partnership with AIChE and the Instituto Mexicano de Ingenieros Quimicos (IMIQ). In its second year of operation, NAAChE continues to pursue joint initiatives in the area of sustainable development. NAAChE sponsored symposia on this topic were held at Member Societies' conferences in 2001 including the CSChE conference in Halifax. Alliance membership in other NAAChE organizations provides CSChE members with access to benefits available to individual members of these Societies at a reduced cost. The NAAChE website was launched early in 2001 -- check it out at www.naache.org.
Other technical societies are adopting the model pioneered by NAAChE. The CSC has established a similar relationship with the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) was engaged in similar discussions with its American counterpart.
With the retirement of Glenn Taylor as AIChE executive director in early 2001, the CSChE President and CIC Executive Director travelled to New York City to meet the incoming executive director, John Sofranko. The objective was to better understand the activities and objectives of our American counterpart. In 2001 the AIChE was unusually active in Canada offering a week of professional development courses in Toronto, and holding technical conferences in Montreal and Toronto.
At the October 2000 meeting of the CSChE Board, the Society voted to remain a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) for 2001. EIC is a federation of eight engineering technical societies -- IEEE, CSME, CSCE, CMBES, CGS, CSChE, CSEM and CNS -- pursuing common interests and cooperation. As CSChE president, I have actively participated in Institute activities during 2001 in an attempt to answer three questions about the EIC: what is it?, why should we participate? and how should we participate? CSChE presence on the EIC website www.eic-ici.ca was enhanced in 2001. The Board will reevaluate continued membership in the EIC at its October 2001 meeting.
The most active strategic initiative for the Society in 2001 was professional development courses and workshops. Diana Del Bel Belluz, MCIC, was hired as executive co-ordinator east, to extend previous Western Canadian initiatives in this area to Eastern Canada. A course calendar for a full national program of 10 short courses was developed for 2001. Marketing of the courses included:
* Production of an 8-page, 2-colour hard copy promotional brochure with 6,500 inserted into the June issue of ACCN, 1,000 mailed in late June to industry and posting of the brochure on the CSChE website in PDF format.
* Direct contact with associations such as the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA) and Canadian Petroleum Products Institute (CPPI).
* Placement of an advertisement in the August issue of the Canadian Industrial Equipment News trade magazine, which has a circulation of over 18,000.
* Use of free advertising services offered by provincial engineering organizations.
* Placement of an ad in Canadian Chemical News/L'Actualite chimique canadienne (ACCN).
The Society has started to establish itself as a provider of excellent courses. Although registration results were mixed, CSChE committed to hold advertised courses. The infrastructure to support a program of this magnitude was established in 2001 providing a strong base for future offerings. Success will depend on continuing to develop relationships with other organizations including provincial engineering bodies along with chemical-related technical and company associations.
Process Safety Management (PSM) Subject Division
The Process Safety Management (PSM) Subject Division is a clear example of the vibrant communities we need to build and rebuild within the CSChE. This subject Division provides a forum primarily directed at industry professionals, supports all elements of LIVE and was enthusiastically received by CSChE members. In its first year of operation, Division membership has grown to almost 50 members. The Division Executive Committee met face-to-face on four occasions. The Subject Division website recently came online at www.cheminst.ca/division/psm/index.htm. The PSM Division has received support and endorsement by Environment Canada.
An educational package on Responsible Care[R], sponsored by the Chemical Education Trust Fund and the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA) was delivered to the chemical engineering departments at 22 Canadian universities. Special thanks to Paul Amyotte, FCIC, of Dalhousie University who guided the development of this project with support from the National Office.
The Halifax conference will feature a full symposium on Process Safety & Loss Management, with the participation of many non-chemical engineers, thanks to the efforts of the Division members. Members of the PSM Division were key participants in AIChE's Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) conference held in Toronto in the first week of October.
The 50th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference was held October 15-18, 2000 in Montreal. The event was a financial, technical and social success, a superb celebration of a major anniversary for the Society and a great start for the new chiliad.
The 51st Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Halifax promises to be another rousing technical and social success. [See p. 34 for the photos.]
The 4th Biennial National Student Conference of the CSChE will be held March 15-17, 2002 in Edmonton (hosted by the University of Alberta).
Both Montreal and Halifax have benefited from the support of Linda Huskins, a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), in the National Office. Her extensive experience with meeting logistics, has allowed the dedicated volunteers in the host communities to focus on the technical program and the special touches that ensure each Canadian chemical engineering conference truly reflects the traditions and character of the host city and region.
The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (CJChE) continues to enjoy an excellent global reputation, under the guidance of editor Pierre J. Carreau, FCIC. Faced with erosion of its subscription base due to cost-cutting in university and corporate libraries, the CSChE Publications Committee has reviewed options for electronic publication of the Journal over the past year. CSChE will be signing a contract with NRC's CISTI to put the Journal online with an expected launch date of January 2002.
An exciting new CIC/CSChE employment service will be launched at this year's Halifax conference. This service, delivered in partnership with Brainhunter.com, provides members with a full-featured, bilingual, integrated Internet Career Site in a no-cost, no-risk, revenue-sharing model. The site allows employers to post jobs online, and allows CSChE members to post their resume and profile confidentially online if desired, as well as to apply to posted jobs. It allows for employers to search the member resume database (if the members have identified that they will allow such access to their confidential profile). The product includes such advanced features as pre-screening of applicants, and search agents for both job seekers and employers.
Membership in the Society stabilized in 2001. The student membership category introduced last year at the Montreal conference has been successful in attracting a greater number of undergraduate student members. The Society's challenge is to retain these students as members after their graduation.
A phone campaign in August led by National Office staff, with support from the Board, helped stabilize the membership. In many cases, attempts to contact individuals were thwarted by a lack of up-to-date information in CSChE's membership database. The ability for individuals to update their own contact and employment information via the website in 2002 should reduce this problem.
Canadian Chemical News/L'Actualite chimique canadienne (ACCN) remains the primary publication for communicating with members. During the past year, you will have noticed changes in the format and content of ACCN. CSChE has actively participated in this improvement project via the ACCN Editorial Board. Members were surveyed in May/June and the results formed the basis of the new graphic design (see September issue on Process Safety Management) and will help in the ongoing content improvement.
Recognizing that active communication with our members was needed throughout the year, the CSChE Board has established a 6 person task group led by Murray Gray, FCIC, CSChE Past President, to examine this area. The other members of this task group were drawn from the general membership. This group has recommended the increased use of email and web-based communication vehicles as the Society seeks to communicate more frequently with its members. Upgrades to the National Office computing infrastructure have allowed increased use of mass e-mail during 2001. These electronic messages can be targeted to Local Section or Subject Division communities within the CSChE membership. Look for new web-based services including membership renewal and Career Services in the coming months.
At the recently concluded 6th World Congress of Chemical Engineering in Melbourne, Australia, Alistair Miller, FCIC, one of the signatories of The London Communique, reported on what CSChE had done with this 1997 Communique. Alistair served as the CSChE representative and played a strong role in shaping The Melbourne Communique.
Melbourne is a natural successor to London, containing the same commitment to fostering sustainable development but, given the growing recognition that sustainability has gathered in the intervening four years, Melbourne is a good deal more explicit. Unlike The London Communique, Melbourne was signed on behalf of the represented societies rather than in a personal capacity in the hope that the national societies will formally adopt it. The CSChE Board will be reviewing The Melbourne Communique and voting to adopt it at its October 2001 meeting.
The Path Forward
The Board of Directors, together with incoming Officers and Directors and National Office staff, met in Ottawa September 21-23, 2001 to review existing Society programs and activities, and to develop a strategic action plan to take the Society into the foreseeable future (2004). This was a sharply focused and highly productive session with active participation by all attendees.
The Board re-affirmed its commitment to the current Strategic Plan, developed by the 1997 CSChE Board, to advance the professional careers of its members by continuing to move ahead on four fronts summarized in the acronym "LIVE." Following formal adoption of the strategic action plan by the CSChE Board at its October meeting, details will be communicated to members via the CSChE website and ACCN.
Renewal of the diverse communities that comprise the CSChE is key to the future of this Society. Vital Local Sections, Subject Divisions and Student Chapters will draw together the chemical engineering community in Canada, producing a level of activity that lasts beyond the annual national conference and reaching into the local community where you work and live.
The Board has shifted responsibilities of Board members to better reflect the strategic directions of the Society under LIVE. The involvement of the general membership through a task group approach will help ensure that initiatives reflect the needs and are built on the experience of the membership. While Board members are frequently the 'champions' of a particular initiative, we are all volunteers who need the help and input of members to achieve the Society's goals. As the Board establishes priorities for the future, the voice of the membership in identifying services of value and initiatives they support will play an important role in Board decisions.
It has been a privilege to serve as your President for the past year. I have been capably supported by the members of the CSChE Board and the National Office Staff. To each one of them I extend my sincere appreciation for their dedicated work on behalf of the Society and for their encouragement.
John D. Hazlett, MCIC
October 10, 2001
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