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The CIC Medal is presented as a mark of distinction and recognition to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the science of chemistry or chemical engineering in Canada, this is the CIC’s top award.
The 2024 winner of the CIC Medal is:
Warren Piers, FCIC, obtained his B.Sc. at UBC in 1984 and continued as a NSERC Postgraduate Scholar, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1988. He spent two years at CalTech as an NSERC and Killam Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1990, he was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph, moving to the University of Calgary as an Associate Professor in 1995. In 2000, he was promoted to the S. Robert Blair Chair in Polymerization Catalysis, and in 2013, was named a Tier I Canada Research Chair in the Mechanisms of Homogeneous Catalysis. His research interests include the development of main group and transition element-based homogeneous catalysts for chemical transformations important for the chemical industry and reactions relevant to clean energy. His work is described in over 240 scholarly publications and 15 patents. Besides national awards, he has held a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Invitation Fellowship (2014) and a Humboldt Research Award at the University of Tübingen (2015-2017). He has given over 250 invited lectures at conferences, companies, and Universities around the globe, including several named lectures. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).