Sponsored by Rio Tinto


The Rio Tinto Award is presented to a scientist who has made a distinguished contribution to the fields of inorganic chemistry or electrochemistry while working in Canada.

View the Terms of Reference and list of Past Winners

The 2023 winner of the Rio Tinto Award is:

Kim M. Baines, FCIC
The University of Western Ontario
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Kim Baines (FCIC) received a BSc from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia (God’s country!) and a PhD from the University of Toronto in 1987. She then spent one year as an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the Universität Dortmund, Germany. She joined the faculty at Western University in 1988 where she is now Distinguished University Professor. Dr. Baines is a world-leading scholar in the fundamental chemistry of low-valent, highly reactive main group compounds, particularly those of silicon and germanium. Her research has been recognized through a DAAD Scholarship (2015), a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany (2015), the F.S. Kipping Award from the American Chemical Society (2022) and being named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2022 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) in 2021. She is a former President of the CSC and a Montreal Medal recipient. Her most valued recognition is being awarded 1st prize with Melanie Liu in the inaugural CSC Inorganic Mixer Dance Competition!


Past Winners


Gregory Jerkiewicz

Queen's University
Society: CSC

Mark Stradiotto, MCIC

Dalhousie University
Society: CSC

Deryn Fogg, FCIC

University of Ottawa
Society: CSC

George Shimizu

University of Calgary
Society: CSC

Jillian Buriak

University of Alberta
Society: CSC

Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz

University of Toronto at Scarborough
Society: CSC

Michael Wolf, FCIC

University of British Columbia
Society: CSC

Steven Holdcroft

Simon Fraser University
Society: CSC

Martin Stillman, FCIC

Western University
Society: CSC

Pierre Harvey, FCIC

Université de Sherbrooke
Society: CSC