This national individual award, sponsored by GreenCentre Canada, is presented to an individual working in Canada who has made significant contributions to advance green chemistry and/or engineering, including the technical, human health and environmental benefits.
The 2018 winner of the Canadian Green Chemistry and Engineering Award (Individual) is:
Michael Cunningham, FCIC
Michael Cunningham holds a faculty position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University. He held an Ontario Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Engineering from 2010–2015. After completing his PhD at the University of Waterloo, he accepted a position at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada. In 1996, he moved to Queen’s University and initiated a research program in polymer science, focusing on the development of greener processes to make novel polymeric materials. Cunningham has been active in teaching the principles of green chemistry and engineering not only to undergraduate and graduate students at Queen’s University but also to industrial practitioners through lecturing at short courses designed to educate participants from industry. He has taught over a thousand industrial scientists and engineers how to take a greener chemistry approach to their polymer manufacturing. He has collaborated with many Canadian and international companies in the development of greener polymeric materials and processes, a role that strengthens Canada’s manufacturing sector in addition to the benefits of a healthier environment. Cunningham has also been active in outreach activities, giving lectures with demonstrations on green chemistry and engineering at public schools and children’s summer camps, and participated in numerous Ontario Ministry of Environment activities.