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, CSCT 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 2022 Fellows of the CIC are:

Pascale ChampagnePascale Champagne, FCIC
National Research Council of Canada
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Dr. Pascale Champagne joined the NRC as the Director General of the Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre in 2021. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Champagne was the Scientific Director at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique in Quebec.  During her career spanning over 28 years, she held various roles, starting in 1993 as an environmental engineer in training (EIT) consultant with Ferguson Simek Clark in Yellowknife, then a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. Between 2005 and 2021, she was a Professor of Civil and Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University, as well as the inaugural Director of the Beaty Water Research Centre from 2017 to 2020. She also spent 9 years as the Canada Research Chair in Bioresources Engineering between 2012 and 2021.

As a researcher, her studies focussed on the development of alternate water and waste management strategies and environmentally sustainable approaches, and on integrated bioresource management. Her research activities were interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary and she collaborated and evolved synergistic relationships with a number of researchers in these fields: to develop new integrated bioresource management practices; to introduce alternate aqueous and solid waste management approaches; and to create unique opportunities for the bioenergy and bioproducts sectors.

Dr. Champagne earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Biology from McGill University and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph. She also holds a Masters and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Carleton University. She is the author and co‑author of over 265 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and technical reports in her area of research.


Deborah Nicoll-Griffith

Deborah Nicoll-Griffith, FCIC
EndoParagon Inc.

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Dr. Deborah Nicoll-Griffith completed a Biochemistry Honours B.Sc. from Bishop’s University and a Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of British Columbia.  At UBC she trained under the late Professor Larry Weiler.  She is retired from Merck Frosst Canada Inc and Merck & Co where she worked for over 25 years and served as a Senior Director.  Deborah’s career contributions in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry have been instrumental in the discovery and early development of small molecule drug therapies in the treatment of asthma, pain, osteoporosis, and infectious diseases.  She currently owns and operates EndoParagon Inc, a research-focused life sciences company.  Deborah is a recent Past-President of the CSC and is the current Vice-Chair (in-coming Chair) of the CIC.  In these leadership CSC/CIC roles she has championed inclusion, transparency and providing member value.


David R. J.

David R. J. Palmer, FCIC
University of Saskatchewan
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Professor David Palmer obtained his B.Sc. (Honours) and PhD in Chemistry from Queen’s University at Kingston and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, before starting his independent career at the University of Saskatchewan in 1999. Dr. Palmer’s research in enzyme catalysis has led to discoveries in enzyme structure-function relationships, antibiotic biosynthesis, inhibitor design, and chemoenzymatic synthesis. He has been a leading contributor to the Canadian Chemistry community for many years: as Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan from 2010–2019; as Chair of the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Division of the CSC in 2005–06; as a conference and symposium organizer, including the co-founding of the Western Canadian Medicinal Chemistry Workshop; as a four-year member of the NSERC Discovery Grant Evaluation Group for Chemistry, two as co-chair; and as a faculty advisor to the Leaders Overcoming Gender Inequities in Chemistry (LOGIC) conference in 2019. Dr. Palmer is a dedicated teacher, and a proud mentor of present and future scientists, teachers, and leaders.


Ajay Ray

Ajay K. Ray, FCIC
University of Western Ontario
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Dr. Ajay Ray is an internationally renowned researcher, leader, educator, and mentor in chemical engineering discipline. He has served as Department Chair of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Western University between 2009 and 2020. He has made seminal research contributions in the field of solar photocatalysis, moving bed technology for difficult separation and reactive separation, and optimization. His applied research ranges from synthesis of novel eco-friendly materials for renewable energy and clean potable water, devising innovative approaches of process intensification for purification of biologics, and application of multi-objective optimization in the improvement of industrial chemical processes. His research resulted in a deep understanding of technologies for applications in energy, environment, health, and water, the humanity’s most important challenges for next generation.