CIC Fellowship is a senior class of membership that recognizes the merits of CIC members who have made outstanding contributions across multiple areas:

  • Scientific, Engineering and Technical Contributions
  • CIC, CSC, CSChE Activities
  • Management of Science, Engineering or Technology
  • Teaching, Mentorship, and Public Awareness

In general, candidates have made contributions in all four areas with outstanding contributions in a subset. Nominations are made by the CIC membership, either individually or by Local Sections and Subject Divisions. Nominations for CIC fellowships are completed by filling in the FCIC Nomination Form and sending it to the awards team at Nominations are reviewed by the CIC Fellowship Committee, a four-member committee of peers, that makes recommendations to the CIC Board for approval. New Fellows are announced and certificates are presented at an awards ceremony held in conjunction with annual conference of the Canadian Society for Chemistry or at the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. View the CIC Fellowship Nomination Terms of Reference / Guidelines.

Fellowship Committee Terms of Reference

Nomination deadline: November 15 annually

The 2023 Fellows of the CIC are:

Thomas Baumgartner, FCIC
York University
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Thomas Baumgartner received both his academic degrees from the University of Bonn, Germany. His MSc and PhD research in the group of Edgar Niecke dealt with fundamental phosphorus chemistry. From 1999-2002 he worked with Ian Manners at the University of Toronto on organometallic materials. He then started his independent career as a “Habilitand” under the mentorship of Jun Okuda (Mainz and RWTH Aachen, Germany). From 2006 to 2017 he worked in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Calgary, since 2013 as Full Professor and Associate Head (Research). In 2017, he joined York University as Full Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier-1) in Sustainable Organomain Group Materials. His research program involves the multidisciplinary development of novel materials for efficient and sustainable use, conversion, and/or storage of energy. He has received several international awards, and lectureships, including a JSPS fellowship (Japan) and a Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In addition, he has been supporting the Canadian Chemistry community for many years, serving on various NSERC committees, such the Chemistry Discovery Grant Evaluation Group (as co-chair in his final year), and being actively involved with the CSC/CIC, most notably as CSC Director of Conferences from 2018-2021.

Gregory Patience FCIC
Polytechnique Montréal
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During his 14-year industrial career at DuPont, Gregory helped develop the process to partially oxidize n-butane to maleic anhydride in Wilmington DE: pilot plant operation, catalyst qualification, and reactor design. He supported the operation of the commercial plant in Spain and opened up a laboratory at the University of Oviedo as an invited researcher. He continued as an expat in Geneva, CH, managing the Fibres Technology Laboratory and travelled throughout Europe helping manufacturers trouble-shoot operations and supporting Lycra® business development. Now a chemical engineering professor at Polytechnique Montréal, Gregory was awarded a Canada Research Chair, and has trained 250+ highly five of whom have start-ups and seven have become professors. His research involves fighting malaria, LiFePO4 manufacture for batteries, converting wasted natural gas to diesel, deriving specialty chemicals from glucose, and depolymerizing plastics. He has consulted for dozens of start-ups and multinational corporations. Elsevier promoted Gregory’s book Communicate science papers, presentations, and posters effectively as one of the top resource guide books every graduate student should own. The Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec presented Professor Patience with the Honoris Genius — Engagement Social prize and his alma mater–the University of Calgary–selected him for the Schulich Technical Achievement Alumni Award.

Christopher Linham Edmund Swartz, FCIC
McMaster University


Dr. Christopher Swartz is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University, and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Chair in Process Automation and Information Technology. After completing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he joined Simulation Sciences Inc. in Fullerton, California, and served thereafter as a faculty member at the University of Cape Town for 11 years before joining McMaster University in 2000. He was a Visiting Associate at the California Institute of Technology in 1992 and a Senior Visiting Fellow at Imperial College, London, in 1999. His research focus is on applied optimization in process operation and design, with research thrusts including design for dynamic performance, dynamic real-time optimization, optimal scheduling, and supply chain operation and design. Most of his research projects enjoy industrial interaction through the McMaster Advanced Control Consortium of which he has been Director for 15 years. Chris Swartz has served as Treasurer of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, Treasurer of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and was the recipient of the CSChE’s D.G. Fisher Award in 2019 for contributions to the field of systems and control.