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University of Ottawa

The Keith Fagnou Award is presented to a scientist residing in Canada who has made a distinguished contribution to organic chemistry while working in Canada. Eligible candidates must have received their Ph.D. no more than 12 years prior at the time of initial nomination.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2023 winner of the Keith Fagnou Award is:

Sophie Rousseaux, MCIC
University of Toronto
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Sophie Rousseaux obtained a B.Sc. in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Ottawa in 2007. She remained at the University of Ottawa for her PhD, working with Prof. Keith Fagnou on Pd-catalyzed aliphatic C–H bond functionalization reactions. In 2010, she moved to MIT to complete her graduate research with Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald, working on Pd-catalyzed dearomatization reactions. From 2012–2015, she worked with Prof. Harry L. Anderson, University of Oxford, on the self-assembly of porphyrin nanorings as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow and Glasstone Research Fellow. During her time at Oxford, Sophie also held a Junior Research Fellow at St John’s College (2012–2015) and was a Stipendiary Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at Jesus College (2014).

In July 2015, Sophie joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor, where she also holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Organic Chemistry since 2016. She was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2022. Her group’s research interests include organic synthesis, catalysis, and organometallic chemistry, with a particular focus on the synthesis of small rings and nitrile-containing molecules.


Past Winners


Rylan J. Lundgren, MCIC

University of Alberta
Society: CSC

Graham Murphy, MCIC

University of Waterloo
Society: CSC

Jean-Philip Lumb

McGill University
Society: CSC

Sylvain Canesi

Université du Québec à Montréal
Society: CSC

Mark Taylor

University of Toronto
Society: CSC

Jean-François Paquin

Université Laval
Society: CSC

Derek Pratt

University of Ottawa
Society: CSC