New CIC Chair and CSC President Elected

June 21, 2017

Chemical Institute of Canada

The Chemical Institute of Canada introduced its new executive at the CIC Annual General Meeting in Toronto, Ont. on May 31, 2017 CIC Chair, Milena Sejnoha, National Resources Canada has taken on the role as CIC Chair.

Milena Sejnoha, MCIC

Milena Sejnoha, MCIC
National Research Council

Milena Sejnoha, MCIC, graduated from McGill University in Montréal, QC, from the department of chemical engineering with a BEng in 1983, and a MEng in thermodynamics in 1986. She is presently director, research and development of Materials and Processes at the National Research Council, serving the automotive, aerospace, defense and construction sectors. She has thirty years of experience in industry and government in management, research & development, technology commercialization, and policy development. Negotiation and management of international S&T collaborations. Previously she worked at QIT Fer et Titane as a research engineer and as a project development supervisor developing new products and managing pilot plants, and at CANMET Energy where she was head of the process engineering section in charge of developing, licensing, and deploying new industrial drying and reactor technologies. Sejnoha also held the position of manager of Climate Change Technology Development Group at Natural Resources Canada and was responsible for developing and managing S&T delivery programs for climate change mitigation. She subsequently became Director of Energy Technology Policy where she developed information on Canada’s energy technology innovation capacity. She became the Director of Energy Science and Technology Programs providing funding to federal laboratories and Canadian industry to develop innovative and cleaner energy technologies.

She was president of the CSChE in 2007 and a member of the organizing committee for the 50th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Montréal in 2000.

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Canadian Society for Chemistry

Kim Baines, University of Western Ontario was welcomed as Canadian Society of Chemistry President, taking on the role following the CSC Annual General Meeting in Toronto, Ont. on May 31, 2017.

Kim Baines,; FCIC
University of Western Ontario

Kim Baines received her BSc from St. Mary’s University, Halifax and her PhD under the tutelage of the late Adrian Brook from the University of Toronto. She then spent one year as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Dortmund, Germany with the late Wilhelm Neumann. She joined the faculty at the University of Western Ontario in 1988 where she is now professor of chemistry. Her research focuses on the synthesis and reactivity studies of fundamentally interesting, low valent main group molecules with new and interesting bonding paradigms with the goal of providing materials for future innovations. She was awarded the inaugural J.C. Polanyi Prize for Chemistry from the Government of Ontario in 1988, the Clara Benson Award from the Canadian Society of Chemistry in 2002, the Florence Bucke Prize for Science from Western in 2004, a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2015 and the CIC Montreal Medal in 2016. She was appointed as chair professor at Soochow University in Suzhou, China, and has been named to the University Students Council Teaching Honor Roll at Western several times. She won 1st Prize with Melanie Lui in the inaugural CSC Inorganic Mixer Dance Competition (2015). She served as chair of the Department of Chemistry at University of Western Ontario (2005–2014), chair of the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (2005–2007), on Grant Selection Committee 24 (2002–2005) at NSERC, as group chair for the NSERC Chemistry Evaluation Group (2008–2011) and on the Canadian Society of Chemistry Board of Directors (2005–2008) where she was director of conferences. She also served as the scientific program chair for the 87th Canadian Conference and Exhibition in London, Ont.

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