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Plenary Session

Monday, Oct. 30 • 11:40 AM - 12:45 PM MT

Powering Up: The Outlook For Energy

Jackie Forrest

Jackie Forrest

Executive Director of the ARC Energy Research Institute

Ms. Jackie Forrest is the Executive Director of the ARC Energy Research Institute, Calgary, and is responsible for ARC’s strategic investment research. She leads ARC’s advancement of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis and implementation and regularly shares insights with ARC portfolio companies and investors. Ms. Forrest is a member of ARC’s Executive Committee. She joined ARC in 2014 and is nearly a 25 year veteran of the energy industry, a sought-after public speaker, author and she is frequently quoted in the press. Prior to joining ARC, she was the leader of North American crude oil research for IHS CERA. Ms. Forrest holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Calgary and a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University. She is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta.

Plenary Session

Tuesday, Oct. 31 11:40 MT - 12:45 PM MT

Live Cell Rheometry Applied to Human Health

Gerald Fuller

Gerald G. Fuller

Fletcher Jones Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University

Gerald G. Fuller is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1980 following his graduate work at Caltech where he acquired his MS and PhD degrees. His undergraduate education was obtained at the University of Calgary, Canada. Professor Fuller’s interests lie in studies of rheology and interfacial fluid mechanics. His work has been recognized by receipt of the Bingham Medal of The Society of Rheology, membership in the National Academy of Engineering, election to the American Academy of Arts and Science, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Crete, Greece, and Leuven, Belgium. He presently serves as the General Secretary to the International Committee on Rheology.

Plenary Session

Wednesday, Nov. 1 11:40 MT - 12:45 PM MT

Polymer Reaction Engineering: Playing at the Crossroads of Polymer Science, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Engineering

João B. P. Soares, FCIC

University of Alberta

João Soares is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta where he holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Reaction Engineering. He has received several awards, including the University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering Career Research Award, the McMaster University Top 150 Alumni Award, the CSChE Syncrude Canada Innovation Award, the Dow Chemical Innovation Recognition Award, and the Premier’s Research Excellence Award. Professor Soares also promotes the dissemination of chemical engineering knowledge as the Editor-in-Chief for the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering and as a member of Wiley Polymer Scientific Committee. He is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a Professional Engineer in Alberta, and Director of Publications and Continuing Education of the CSChE. He has worked as a consultant for all major polyolefin manufacturing companies in the world and established a successful series of industrial short courses based on his textbook with Prof. Timothy McKenna, Polyolefin Reaction Engineering.  He has applied principles of polymerization reaction engineering to understand and quantify the production of polyolefins, water-soluble flocculants, polymer membranes, polymer solidifiers for oil spill remediation, and CO2-based polymers.