2017-2018 Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) Board of Directors Call for Nominations

The CSC passed its By-laws in May 2013 to meet the requirements for the new Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. Under the Act, elections are for directors to the Board. At their first meeting upon election, the directors will be appointed as officers or to a portfolio. If elected, the positions specified below will be assigned to these candidates at the first meeting of the Board.

The appointed nominating Committee has proposed the candidates listed below for election to the Board of Directors in 2017–2018. Further nominations for any position may be made in writing by any 10 or more voting Members of the Corporation: each nomination must be accompanied by the candidate’s written agreement to serve if elected, a curriculum vitae and a recent photograph. The deadline for receipt of additional nominations is Monday, April 29, 2017. Nominations should be sent to CIC National Office. If any elections are required, ballots will be sent out in May. Those elected, whether by ballot or acclamation, will take office immediately following the annual general meeting of the Society on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Toronto, Ont.

Kim Baines

Kim Baines, FCIC
University of Western Ontario
To be elected for two years 2017-2019
President 2017–2018
Past President 2018–2019

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.

Deborah Nicoll Griffith

Deborah A. Nicoll-Griffith, MCIC
Endoparagon Inc.
To be elected for a three-year term 2017-2020
Vice President 2017–2018
President 2018–2019
Past President 2019–2020

Deborah A. Nicoll-Griffith received her B.Sc. from Bishop’s University and received her PhD from University of British Columbia in synthetic organic chemistry. This was followed by a post-doc at University of Toronto and an NSERC industrial post-doc fellowship at Bio–Research Laboratories in Senneville, Que. She has extensive knowledge of drug discovery and early development with broad expertise from infectious diseases to drug metabolism. Excellent communicator and collaborator as evidenced through her 19 year career at Merck Frosst Canada and 6 years at Merck & Co. in New Jersey. Nicoll-Griffith is presently founder and president of EndoParagon Inc, a Canadian company carrying out R&D towards novel therapeutics and diagnostics for Chagas’ disease and other neglected tropical diseases. She has won many industrial awards for her research as well as her leadership.

Rui Resendes

Rui Resendes, MCIC
FireRein Inc.
To be elected for one additional year
Past President 2017–2018

Rui Resendes graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in chemistry, specializing in advanced materials. He began his career with Bayer MaterialScience as a senior research chemist. Resendes has filled numerous leadership roles in research and business development with Bayer MaterialScience and LANXESS. In 2007, Resendes assumed the role of director of commercial development, chemistry and materials, at Queen’s University’s Technology Transfer Office, PARTEQ Innovations where he led the creation of GreenCentre Canada – the world’s first Green Chemistry commercialization centre. As the centre’s founding executive director Resendes founded and financed three spin-off companies: Switchable Solutions, Forward Water Technologies, and Precision Molecular Design.

In 2015, Resendes was appointed chief operating officer at Fielding Chemical Technologies Inc. – a global leader in resource recovery that puts Green Chemistry into practice. In 2017 he became President and CEO of FireRein Inc. At FireRein, his team of firefighting professionals and green chemists have put their heads together to come up with the world’s first, bio-based and 100% renewable firefighting gel – Eco-Gel™.

In 2013, Resendes was announced as one of Canada’s 2013 Clean50honorees, an award given to individuals who have made the greatest contributions to sustainable development in Canada.

Jason Pearson

Jason Pearson, MCIC
University of Prince Edward Island
To be elected for a three-year term
Treasurer (2017–2020)

Jason Pearson is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PE. He graduated with a PhD in theoretical and computational chemistry from Dalhousie University under the supervision of Russell J. Boyd in 2007. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Peter M.W. Gill at the Australian National University before joining the faculty at UPEI in 2009.

Pearson's research interests are in the areas of theoretical and computational chemistry. Most recently, he and his group have developed a series of computational techniques to probe and interpret the distributions of electron pairs in chemical systems.

Alison Flynn

Alison Flynn, MCIC
University of Ottawa
To be elected for a three-year term
Director of Accreditation (2017–2020)

Alison Flynn obtained her PhD in orgnic chemistry from the University of Ottawa and is a bilingual associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the university. Her research is in the area of chemical education where her group studies student learning in chemistry, including understanding of core concepts, problem-solving skills, and effectiveness of new pedagogies and online learning tools. She has received numerous awards in teaching and learning, including the Canadian Network for Innovation’s Award for Instructional Design and Innovation, uOttawa’s Excellence in Education Prize, and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s Brightspace (D2L) Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning.

Flynn has been a member of the CSC’s Accreditation committee since 2014 and is also heavily involved in the CSC’s Chemistry Education Division. As uOttawa’s 2016 Chair in University Teaching, she is developing and evaluating two new initiatives for students, based on developing self-regulated learning skills. She is on eCampusOntario’s founding Board of Directors, an organization that brings together Ontario’s 45 universities and colleges to support students, faculty, and administrators in expanding, developing, and improving access to innovative, high quality online and technology-enabled learning opportunities.

To be elected for a three-year term
Director of Conferences (2017–2020)

CSC Directors continuing on the Board are:

  • Jim Gleason, MCIC, McGill University, Director of Subject Divisions (2016-2019)
  • Dietmar Kennepohl, FCIC, Athabasca University, Director of Local Sections (2015–2018)
  • Hans-Peter Loock, MCIC, Queen’s University, Director of Awards (2015–2018)
  • Michel Gravel, MCIC, University of Saskatchewan, Director of Student Affairs (2015–2018)
  • Chris Swyngedouw, MCIC, Exova, Director of Professional Status (2015–2018)
  • Matt Heuft, MCIC, Xerox Research Centre of Canada (2016–2019)
  • Kathy Jansen, FCPC Representative