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    Build momentum with the Chemical Institute of Canada! Join us over the next few weeks as we look back on 2019 and look forward to 2020 and towards 2021.

    We Represent the Chemical Sciences

    While the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) was formally established in 1945, the preceding events and societies that led to the modern organization can be dated back to 1901. For nearly 120 years, we have brought chemical sciences professionals together across the country through conferences, recognition, communities, and outreach. Today, we strive to continue to build and support Canada’s chemical sciences guided by our four pillars: grow, learn, recognize, and connect.

    What We Do

    • Promote the value and importance of the chemical sciences to the public and the next generation of professionals.
    • Recognize outstanding achievements in the chemical sciences across Canada.
    • Organize Canada’s premier annual conferences for the chemical sciences and chemical engineering.
    • Connect members through a network of local sections, student chapters, and subject divisions.
    • Publish The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
    • Accredit undergraduate-level chemical science programs and certify chemical technologists globally.

    Our Membership Serves Three Societies

    Our Communities


    Our Members

    in 2019

    • 2020 Membership is complimentary for students attending Canadian institutions and individuals on parental leave.
    • An events calendar on the CIC website was added to help members find relevant events and submit their own events.
    • Our new website launched in 2019, and our print magazine became the online CIC News.
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    Recognizing Excellence

    Every year, the CIC and its constituent societies present more than forty awards to members who have made exceptional contributions to the chemical sciences. This includes awards for work by promising students, work in green chemistry, and CIC fellowships.

    CIC Medal

    Linda Nazar, OC
    University of Waterloo

    The CIC Medal is the top award from the CIC, which recognizes a distinguished individual who has made an outstanding contribution to chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada.

    Montréal Medal

    Cathleen M. Crudden, FCIC
    Queen’s University

    The Montréal Medal/Médaille de Montréal is a mark of distinction for an individual who has shown significant leadership or has made an outstanding contribution to chemical sciences in Canada.

    A CIC Fellowship is a distinctive type of membership that recognizes the merits of a CIC society member who has made an outstanding contribution to their field. In 2019, we were delighted  to award fellowships to:

    • Francois Bertrand, FCIC, Polytechnique Montreal
    • Josephine Hill, FCIC, University of Calgary
    • Stephen Westcott, FCIC, Mount Allison University
    • Mark Workentin, FCIC, University of Western Ontario
    • Zhongxin Zhou, FCIC, Gilead Alberta ULC

    Across the three societies, we have 17 awards to recognize the  outstanding contributions of students and young professionals at all levels of Canadian post-secondary institutions:

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    Our Charity: Chemical Education Fund

    The CIC’s Chemical Education Fund (CEF) is a registered charity that promotes education in the fields of chemical sciences, chemical engineering, chemical technology, and related disciplines. CEF’s goal is to inspire the next generation of chemical science professionals and engage the public by developing educational materials and through outreach activities, such as seminars and conferences.

    Canadian Chemistry Brings
    the World Together

    For the International Year of the Periodic Table, University of Waterloo and Chem 13 News magazine launched the ‘Timeline of Elements’ project, where students from 118 schools in 28 countries created hexagonal artwork based on the discovery story of each element.

    2019 CIC Award for
    Chemistry Education

    Professor W. Stephen McNeil is the winner of the 2019 CIC Award for Chemistry Education for his outstanding contribution to post-secondary chemistry education at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

    2019 Lionel High School
    Chemistry Scholarship

    The Lionel High School Chemistry Scholarship is a scholarship to assist high school students in financial need in pursuing post-secondary studies in the chemical sciences up to four years.

    Anita Rodrigues 
    Frank Hurt Secondary School, Surrey, BC
    Josephine Shasko
    Belmont Secondary School, Victoria, BC

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    CIC News

    Chemistry has been dubbed the “central science” because of the many different facets that link it with so much of what happens in research and development. In much the same way, CIC News can be regarded as the “central medium” for information and insights about chemistry in Canada.

    This is where you can come for the people, places, and events that bring the central science to life.

    Tim Lougheed, CIC News Editor

    A look at the long-lived agents that plague Canada’s northern environment, and how the presence of these chemicals adds to the complicated effects a changing climate will have on this region.

    A Q&A encounter with Eugenia Duodu, founder of a Toronto-based group
    that offers the city’s low-income youth an experience of the value of science, technology, engineering,
    and mathematics.

    The lead author of a landmark report on Canada’s science policy objectives criticizes the lack of progress and calls for widespread vocal demands that the government should do much more.

    University of Alberta researchers applied the latest analytical technology to compile an unprecedented on-line archive of thousands of metabolites found in a humble glass of milk.

    A University of Ottawa chemist, and Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, demonstrates how to turn a network of professional connections into an initiative for helping set more effective science policy.

    A chemical engineering student at Ryerson University points out the unsettling implications of a lack of life-cycle analysis in the solar panel industry.