In accordance with this year’s theme, Chemical Engineering - Future Solutions, we’ve organized a series of workshops, and industry tours that we hope will showcase some of the future engineering technologies, as well as raise awareness of the opportunities available to the chemical engineers of tomorrow. Check out the list of events.
May 26-28, 2017: The Women in Chemistry Toronto - Leaders Overcoming Gender Inequality in Chemistry (LOGIC) Retreat
This 3-day retreat will develop the leadership and mentorship skills of participants, in addition to fostering productive discussions concerning gender bias in chemistry. With activities both at University of Toronto and across the greater Toronto area, the LOGIC retreat promises a fun and inclusive environment for the discussion of gender diversity issues, where participants can develop their professional skills and build close-knit ties in the STEM community. Register online until April 1, 2017. Everyone is welcome!
Don't miss the Canadian Society for Chemistry's centennial conference! A number of professional development events will be available to young scientists and researchers, including a workshop on green chemistry, an industry case study, career and industry discussion panels and the CSC Student-Indsutry Speed Networking Evening! All are welcome to attend, regardless of whether you are presenting research.
2017 CSC, CSChE, CSCT and CIC members can attend the afternoon seminar and networking session on green, clean and sustainable chemistry free of charge and will receive a significant discount tickets to the CIC/SCI Canada Awards Dinnner. This year's award winners include Bonnie Schmidt of Let's Talk Science, Molly Schoichet of the University of Toronto and Murray McLaughlin of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada. Registration will open in early 2017. If you have any questions regarding student member attendance, please contact email@example.com.
66th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference
Taking place in beautiful Québec City, the CSChE 2016 student program presented a wealth of interesting programming. Undergraduate and graduate students attended workshops, competitions and other CSChE 2016 techcnial programming. Check out conference pictures on the CIC Flickr account!
Queen's Chemical Engineering Research Day – Poster Session
The Fall semester kicked off with a running start for Queen's University and Royal Military College Chemical Engineering students. On September 9, the Queen's Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association (CEGSA), in conjunction with the Queen’s Department of Chemical Engineering and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) hosted the 2nd Annual Chemical Engineering Research Day, open to undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in Kingston.
99th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2016)
Held in picturesque Halifax, CSC 2016 provided a vast number of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the chemical sciences. Students presented their research in poster or oral presentations and competed for the more than 50 student prizes and awards. Those thinking about their careers participated in the CSC Professional Development Track career discussion panel, workshop and/or the CSC speed networking evening. Finally, the various divisional mixers that took place throughout the conference presented an ideal opportunity to strike up a conversation with a potential graduate or post-doctoral supervisors, or with potential employers.
4th Annual Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) Symposium: Innovations in Chemistry towards Sustainable Urban Living
Taking place at the University of Toronto (St. George Campus) the 4th annual GCI symposium connected attendees with industrial leaders to discuss current developments and future goals in sustainable urban living. This year's symposium featured a crash course in green chemistry, industrial and academic talks by leaders in the field, including John Warner, Richard Blackburn and Tom Enright. They highlighted current breakthroughs and methods towards sustainable infrastructure and lifestyle. Students could also participate in a poster session, several networking events and an open panel discussion between conference attendees and sustainable living experts. For more information, visit the GCI Symposium website. Event pictures have been posted online.
41st Science Atlantic-CIC Chemistry Conference
One of the longest running student conferences in Canada, ChemCon brought together undergraduate and graduate students from across the Atlantic provinces for a two-day colloquium. The 2016 conference took place at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, immediately preceding the 99th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition. Featuring keynote speakers Dr. Tomas Hudlicky (Brock University) and Dr. Michael Zaworotko (University of Limerick), ChemCon 2016 provided participating students with the opportunity to present their research, compete for awards, and connect with peers from the east coast. Find out more on the ChemCon 2016 website.
30th Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (WCUCC)
The University of Manitoba did an excellent job hosting the 30th annual WCUCC conference. Featuring plenary speakers Robert McMahon (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Jörg Stetefeld (University of Manitoba), Tim Kelly (University of Saskatchewan) and Peter Ross (Vancouver Aquarium), WCUCC 2016 covered a wide range of chemistry areas and provided an excellent opportunity for attending students to network with peers, present their work and learn about some of the exciting undergraduate research taking place in Western Canada. Attendees also had the opportunity to have dinner near The Forks National Historic Site and closed the conference with a rousing night of karaoke.
University of Toronto/CIC Toronto Local Section Career Fair
A joint effort by the Chemical Institute of Canada Toronto Section and University of Toronto ChemClub, this highly successful Career Fair provided young chemists and chemical engineers with the skills and connections crucial to a successful career. This unique event offered both the classic career fair booth exhibition and a series of speakers from academia, the private sector and the non-profit sector who will be giving talks or participating in career-focused panel discussions
Visit the Toronto Local Section Website to see their blog post on the event.
CIC/SCI Canada Green, Clean and Sustainable Chemistry Seminar: Innovation Through Collaboration
The CIC/SCI Canada Green, Clean and Sustainable Chemistry Seminar, held in Toronto on April 7, was a great success. The afternoon seminar saw about 60 professionals and students in attendance. Speaker presentations covered a wide range of topics surrounding sustainability in the chemical industry, from new developments in the field to current industry problems to career advice. Students and industry attendees were able to mingle during a coffee mixer and during the awards reception. The CIC/SCI Canada Awards Dinner honoured both industrial and student merit award winners, with Vicky Sharpe giving a keynote speech that was both informative and heartfelt. Event photos are now available online. Next year's event will be held in Toronto in late spring.
44th Southern Ontario Undergraduate Chemistry Conference (SOUSCC)
The Trent University Chemistry Department, alongside their Undergraduate Chemistry Society, hosted the 44th annual SOUSCC conference. This conference provided undergraduate researchers with the opportunity to showcase their hard work and meet their peers from across the province. It also provided students interested in pursuing research with the opportunity to see what can be accomplished in a research lab.
Toronto Local Section - Mill Street Brewery Tour
The Toronto Local Section hosted a guided tour of Mill Street Brewery with Kaitlin Vandenbosch. Kaitlin completed her M.Sc. in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University and is currently the Quality and Brewing Technical Manager overseeing beer quality and production at Mill Street. The tour will be followed-up by a social mixer during which participants received one free drink token and a selection of items from Mill Street's delicious menu.
Vancouver Local Section - Effective Visual Design Workshop
Join Felice Frankel (award-winning science photographer and research scientist at MIT) for a workshop on how to develop images that fully capture your research. This event, offered in conjunction with the CIC Vancouver Local Section, is designed for graduate students and post docs and will address best approaches to creating images and figures for scientific journal submissions and presentations. Space is limited. Please RSVP no later than February 29.
UBC Chemistry Forum 2016
On March 1, the Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) hosted one of its biggest annual activities: Chemistry Forum 2016. Admission to this student-organized was complimentary and featured eight professional speakers from industry and academic settings talking about how a baccalaureate in chemistry helped shaped their current career path. This year's speakers included Natalia Zisman, Adil Kassam, Kitty Yu, Walter Cicha, Joel Kelly, Glen Brenner and Jason Hein. Students had the opportunity to converse with guest speakers on a personal level and receive valuable career tips while building their professional network. A catered lunch was provided for registered attendees.
UBC Department of Chemical and Biological Egineering Research Day
The theme of this graduate student-organized event is Energy Solutions for a Sustainable Future and will feature guest speakers Dr. Sylvian Coulombe (McGill University), Dr. Chris Wilmer (University of Pittsburgh) and Dr. Axel Meisen (FCAE), as well as an Industry Discussion Panel, Bridging Academia and Industry with a Focus on Entrepreneurship. Undergraduate and graduate student registrants will have the opportunity to compete in the Undergraduate Design Teams Competition, as well as the Poster and 3-Minute Thesis Competitions. The Engineering Research Day provides the ideal opportunity for students in Vancouver to learn about their field, expand their professional networks and present their work. For more information, visit the Engineering Research Day website or Facebook page, or email the organizing team.
Chemistry Career Night 2016
On February 2, students at Simon Fraser University (SFU) held Chemistry Career Night 2016. Featuring speakers from Switch Materials, Inc., Ballard Power Systems, BC Research, Phyton Biotech, Xenon Pharmaceuticals and SFU Graduate Studies, the event generated a great deal of interest among students and faculty. The SFU Chemistry Student Society used a speed-mentoring format for their event, maximizing the networking potential between participating students and industry representatives.
CIC Edmonton Local Section: Professional Development Session
This sold-out event took place on January 21, 2016 and featured short presentations on career topics, led by industry and career development experts. Speakers Dr. Rina Carlini of Optimal Science Consulting, Conrad Siegers of TEC Edmonton, Ken Schmidt of Wilson Analytical, and Fiona Hess of INEOS discussed their experiences with industry and provided attending students with advice on navigating the job search, finding positions and networking. Attending students were able to engage with speakers in a Q&A session, mix informally over a post-session drink and speak with on-hand recruitment personnel from Gilead about potential careers within their company. Approximately 70 attendees were able to register before the event quickly ran out of space.
CSChE Grad-APEGA Professionals Mixer
On October 5, the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Graduate Students Association (CPEG) of the University of Calgary and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), in conjunction with the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), put off the CSChE Grad-APEGA Professionals Mixer. Graduate students attending the 65th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference gathered at the beautiful Bank & Baron P.U.B. in downtown Calgary and were given the opportunity to meet and network with industry representatives in the chemical engineering field. The event was a huge success. 47 graduate students were split into groups of 2-3 and given a timed meetings with the 20 participating industry representatives.These meetings were followed by a general networking session where students and industrialists continued to foster new connections over a pint. Next year's Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference will be hosted by Université Laval in the picturesque Québec City.
The CSChE Grad-APEGA Professionals Mixer was organized by CSChE 2015 Graduate Student Conference Chair, Karen Andrea Canon-Rubio (CPEG VP Student Life), and CSChE 2015 Graduate Student Organizing Committee members Luis Virla (CPEG President) and Yoshinori Casas (CPEG GSA Representative).
UBC Faculty Meet and Greet
On October 6, the University of British Columbia (UBC) Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) hosted its annual Faculty Meet and Greet, an event that is highly anticipated by both students and faculty at UBC. This event is an invaluable opportunity for undergraduate students - and not just because UCS provides complimentary wine, cheese and baguettes to attendees. The Meet and Greet specifically targets undergraduate students, with the overall goal of promoting student-instructor dialogue in a relaxed setting that isn't attainable in a lecture or lab. It's a great way for students to get to know their professors, to learn about academic and research opportunities and to scout for potential research supervisors for summer and Honours projects. This year's Meet and Greet was hailed for its welcoming and enjoyable atmosphere - a quality that drew in 9 faculty members and almost double the number of undergraduate students seen in previous years.
The Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) is the UBC chapter of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC). Their executive is a group of fun-filled, motivated students working hard to enhance the undergraduate experience of UBC chemistry students.