Presented to a business leader in a Canadian industry who has had a clearly positive impact on their business that is based on chemistry for its processes and/or services and on the Canadian industry as a whole.
The 2016 winner of the Canada Medal is:
John Blachford, H. L. Blachford Ltd.
, Presented by Lorenzo Ferrari, CIC/SCI Canada Chair (right)
John Blachford has led H.L. Blachford Ltd., a highly successful business involved in the chemical industry and the acoustics industry for four decades. The business has plants in Canada and the US and the UK. He is a strong supporter of research within his company, developing new products for Canada, the US and abroad. As a champion of Responsible Care®, Blachford has demonstrated that strong ethics play a key role in growing and sustaining business. He has been a strong supporter of the chemical industry associations.
Blachford received his BSc in chemical engineering followed by his PhD in chemistry from McGill University.