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Sunday, Oct. 29, 2023

Dr. Anne Benneker and Dr. Marnie Jamieson Co-Chair of the student program committee will welcome student delegates and provide an overview of the 2023 conference student program. 

The target audience for this session is undergraduate and graduate students. However, all conference attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The keynote speaker, Ms. Jessica Vandenberghe will then present: Opening up to two-eyed seeing and various worldviews in chemical engineering

Jessica Vandenberghe

As human kind innovates, grows, and evolves, so does the technical knowledge that we need as Professional Engineers. In the same way, as we embrace diversity in the Professions, exposure to different worldviews, lived experience, and cultural teachings will allow us to look at engineering problems from angles that were not imagined many years ago. This will lead to solutions that will serve all demographic needs and anticipate future needs in a different way. Indigenous ways of knowing, being, doing and relating allowed First Nations Peoples to work in harmony with Nature for thousands of years, with strong, vibrant communities. Colonization resulted in cultural and language genocide. As Truth and Reconciliation works to restore traditional ways, it allows chemical engineering to open up to two-eyed seeing and proven worldviews. This session will discuss what this looks like.

Jessica Vandenberghe, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) is born of the Dene Thá First Nation, is a sixties scoop survivor and raised in an inclusive German farming family in northern Alberta. Her exceptional career is based on two engineering degrees from the University of Alberta. She has worked in the oil sands, mining, regulatory, infrastructure, consulting industries and academia. She is the Assistant Dean, Community and Culture with the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Victoria. She is a mother of two and at the intersection of two equity deserving groups in the Engineering Profession, which drives her passion for equity, diversity and inclusion. Her lived experience allows her to contribute significantly to Truth and Reconciliation to build strong, healthy relationships with Indigenous Communities and to build safe, brave places where we can be our authentic selves. Her approach, knowledge, and expertise brings value in terms of healing, instilling ethical behaviour, introducing two-eyed seeing and integration of Indigenous ways, inclusive leadership practice, and setting organizations and institutions on a strategic path to ensure community is built.

Titre du résumé :

S’ouvrir à la vision à deux yeux et aux différentes visions du monde en génie chimique

Au fur et à mesure que l’humanité innove, grandit et évolue, les connaissances techniques dont nous avons besoin en tant qu’ingénieurs professionnels évoluent elles aussi. De la même manière, alors que nous embrassons la diversité dans les professions, l’exposition à différentes visions du monde, à l’expérience vécue et aux enseignements culturels nous permettra d’envisager les problèmes d’ingénierie sous des angles qui n’avaient pas été imaginés il y a de nombreuses années. Cela conduira à des solutions qui répondront à tous les besoins démographiques et anticiperont les besoins futurs d’une manière différente. Les manières indigènes de connaître, d’être, d’agir et d’entrer en relation ont permis aux peuples des Premières nations de travailler en harmonie avec la nature pendant des milliers d’années, avec des communautés fortes et dynamiques. La colonisation a entraîné un génocide culturel et linguistique. Alors que Vérité et Réconciliation s’efforce de restaurer les méthodes traditionnelles, elle permet au génie chimique de s’ouvrir à une vision à deux yeux et à des visions du monde qui ont fait leurs preuves. Cette session discutera de ce à quoi cela ressemble.

Jessica Vandenberghe, P.Eng., FEC, FGC (Hon.) est née au sein de la Première nation Dene Thá, a survécu aux scoops des années soixante et a été élevée dans une famille d’agriculteurs allemands dans le nord de l’Alberta. Sa carrière exceptionnelle s’appuie sur deux diplômes d’ingénieur de l’Université de l’Alberta. Elle a travaillé dans les secteurs des sables bitumineux, de l’exploitation minière, de la réglementation, des infrastructures, du conseil et de l’enseignement. Elle est doyenne adjointe, chargée de la communauté et de la culture à la faculté d’ingénierie et d’informatique de l’université de Victoria. Mère de deux enfants, elle se trouve à l’intersection de deux groupes méritant l’équité dans la profession d’ingénieur, ce qui alimente sa passion pour l’équité, la diversité et l’inclusion. Son expérience vécue lui permet de contribuer de manière significative à la vérité et à la réconciliation afin d’établir des relations solides et saines avec les communautés autochtones et de construire des lieux sûrs et courageux où nous pouvons être nous-mêmes. Son approche, ses connaissances et son expertise apportent de la valeur en termes de guérison, d’inculcation d’un comportement éthique, d’introduction d’une vision à deux yeux et d’intégration des modes de vie indigènes, de pratiques de leadership inclusives et de mise en place d’organisations et d’institutions sur une voie stratégique pour assurer la construction de la communauté.

During this 3-hour workshop, CJCE Editor-in-Chief João B. P. Soares will provide expert insight into the publishing world of scholarly and technical papers. In this workshop, you will learn how to efficiently prepare a clear and well-organized manuscript, how the peer review process works, how to expedite your manuscript’s review (and acceptance) as well as details about the publishing process, how to effectively promote your published paper, and future trends and developments in scientific publishing. For a preview of some of the themes that will be discussed, see Professor Soares’ recent article “Publication Tips: How to write scientific articles that master the publication process and communicate your ideas efficiently”, which is currently free-to-read. This workshop will also provide a hands-on opportunity for you to review and critique several abstracts and learn the elements that make an abstract effective and impactful. An e-certificate will be provided following the completion of the workshop.

Member rate: CAD $50
Non-member rate: CAD $65

Please kindly register for this workshop in advance.

Reg Friesen Student Oral Paper Competition

Sponsored by the Chemistry Education Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

This competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a chemical engineering program. Participants will be delivering a 10-15 minute non-technical oral presentation with a 2-3 minute question period. In this competition, participants are encouraged to present papers of general interest concerning the following: critical evaluation of their educational experiences, innovative learning/teaching strategies and materials, and other topics that address chemistry or chemical engineering education.

View more details about the competition.

Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition

Sponsored by the Robert G. Auld Fund 

This competition allows students to speak on any aspect of chemical engineering. This can include work experience as well as a design or research project. This presentation if of a technical nature. 

View more details about the competition.

Speaker: Shaffiq Jaffer

Shaffiq JafferBio: Shaffiq Jaffer joined TotalEnergies in 2009, as the Vice President of Corporate Science and Technology Projects in North America (NA) with as mission to find and fund novel ideas and technologies that will lead to breakthroughs to meet future energy demand. He is engaged across the research community: academia, startups, and private research companies, focused on building long lasting relationships at the institutional level that creates strong value for the partners and TotalEnergies. Research programs have been established across a broad range of research areas: development of energy resources (unconventional oil and gas, biofuels to photovoltaic), conservation and energy efficiency (digital and shared economy), materials engineering (PV, Catalysts, biomaterials, composites) and innovative production processes (electrification of industrial processes). Currently, his priority is focused on research related to the company’s strategy to provide sustainable energy: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS), hydrogen, Energy Efficiency and Renewables. Prior to TotalEnergies, he has worked for P&G and Koch-Glitsch in research and engineering roles. He was educated in Canada at University of Alberta (BSc) and McMaster University (PhD) and is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE).

Student Program Workshop #1

Title: Climate and Environmental Sustainability: The Need for Technology and Behavioral Change

Abstract: With the world population continuing to grow, and the demand for resources (energy, food, minerals, water, etc) rising, the UN sustainable development goals will not only require technological solutions but also a significant change in the societal behaviour/ expectations to help reduce future demands.  From the desire for higher protein in our daily diets to shorter term fashion fads, these choices made at the individual level are making the SDGs around climate and environment more difficult to achieve. The societal focus has been on what “others” need to change (industry, government) which is valid, but this now requires also what “I” need to change. In this workshop, participants will explore how their individual choices impact climate change, the environment and influence progress toward achieving the UN SDGs.

Facilitator: Shaffiq Jaffer, TotalEnergies E&P, Research and Technology

Please kindly register for this workshop. 

Titre : Le climat et la durabilité environnementale : La nécessité d’une technologie et d’un changement de comportement

Résumé : La population mondiale continuant à croître et la demande de ressources (énergie, nourriture, minéraux, eau, etc.) augmentant, les objectifs de développement durable des Nations unies nécessiteront non seulement des solutions technologiques, mais aussi un changement significatif dans les comportements/attentes de la société pour aider à réduire les demandes futures. Qu’il s’agisse du désir de consommer plus de protéines dans notre alimentation quotidienne ou des effets de mode à court terme, ces choix individuels rendent les objectifs de développement durable relatifs au climat et à l’environnement plus difficiles à atteindre. La société s’est concentrée sur ce que “les autres” doivent changer (industrie, gouvernement), ce qui est valable, mais il faut maintenant aussi savoir ce que “je” dois changer. Dans cet atelier, les participants exploreront comment leurs choix individuels ont un impact sur le changement climatique et l’environnement et influencent les progrès vers la réalisation des ODD de l’ONU.

Animateur : Shaffiq Jaffer, TotalEnergies E&P, Recherche et Technologie

Veuillez vous inscrire à cet atelier.

Speaker: Joule Bergerson

Title: Life Cycle Assessment for Chemical Engineers

Description: This workshop will commence with an introductory presentation of life cycle assessment (LCA) and its relevance to the field of Chemical Engineering. Applications and case studies will be presented that will provide examples of how these tools can be helpful to Chemical Engineers in Academia, Government and Industry. In this workshop, trainees will hear about how to use LCA tools and apply them to assess new technologies under development. During the workshop, attendees will be able to brainstorm how to apply LCA in their research and jobs as well as get hands-on experience with LCA methods.

Please kindly register for this workshop.

This event has been generously sponsored by DuPont.

Showing up in a good way and holding space for others can be transformational. As engineering leaders, we often need to understand the broader context and situation of the technical work we do or are leading. This session will invoke the principle of two eyed seeing in and experiential learning environment.


Deanna a Cree Dene Faculty member of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary, Canada. She is the first Teaching Chair focused on weaving Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in engineering education and is passionate about Indigenous engagement, empowerment and inclusion. She brings over 20 years of experience in oil, gas and pipelines and is a lifelong self-decolonizer and practitioner in operationalizing reconciliation in engineering.

Deanna is the co-founder of IndigeSTEAM, a non-profit focused on creating a community of support for Indigenous people in STEM through the integration of art, culture and Indigenous wisdom. She regularly speaks and delivers workshops engaging engineering and technology professionals and helping STEM focused organizations create spaces of belonging for Indigenous peoples and perspectives.

Deanna is a mother of 3 and grandmother of 1 and lives in Treaty 7 Territory where she resides with her family and their two Aussie Doodles, Schrödinger and Katya (Kat).

Chri ColesChris Coles, CSP, M. Eng., P.Eng., is an Industrial Professor in Engineering Safety and Risk Management at the University of Alberta. He is Director for the David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management. Chris worked for over 25 years as an environment, health and safety professional prior to joining the University of Alberta.  He has held several leadership roles and his industrial career has included both domestic and international assignments in Europe, Asia, and South America.  Chris is the primary instructor for undergraduate process safety management education within the Faculty of Engineering.


Marnie JamiesonMarnie Jamieson, M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng. is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, and holds the William and Elizabeth Magee Chair in Chemical Engineering Design. She teaches and coordinates the chemical process design courses. Both design courses are now included in the Certificate in Sustainability. Her research focuses on engineering design, leadership and sustainability in engineering education.

Titre : L’ingénierie du leadership dans un cercle de partage

Résumé : Le fait de se montrer sous son meilleur jour et de laisser de l’espace aux autres peut être source de transformation. En tant que leaders en ingénierie, nous avons souvent besoin de comprendre le contexte plus large et la situation du travail technique que nous faisons ou que nous dirigeons. Cette session invoquera le principe de la vision à deux yeux dans un environnement d’apprentissage expérientiel.


Deanna est une enseignante Cree Dene de la Schulich School of Engineering de l’Université de Calgary, au Canada. Elle est la première titulaire d’une chaire d’enseignement axée sur l’intégration des connaissances et des perspectives autochtones dans l’enseignement de l’ingénierie et se passionne pour l’engagement, l’autonomisation et l’inclusion des autochtones. Elle a plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans le domaine du pétrole, du gaz et des pipelines. Elle s’est décolonisée toute sa vie et pratique la mise en œuvre de la réconciliation dans le domaine de l’ingénierie.

Deanna est la cofondatrice d’IndigeSTEAM, un organisme à but non lucratif dont l’objectif est de créer une communauté de soutien pour les autochtones dans le domaine des STIM en intégrant l’art, la culture et la sagesse autochtone. Elle prend régulièrement la parole et anime des ateliers pour mobiliser les professionnels de l’ingénierie et de la technologie et aider les organisations axées sur les STIM à créer des espaces d’appartenance pour les peuples et les points de vue autochtones.

Deanna est mère de trois enfants et grand-mère d’un enfant. Elle vit dans le territoire du Traité n° 7 avec sa famille et ses deux caniches australiens, Schrödinger et Katya (Kat).

Chris Coles, CSP, M. Eng., P.Eng. est professeur industriel en sécurité de l’ingénierie et en gestion des risques à l’Université de l’Alberta. Il est directeur de la David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management. Chris a travaillé pendant plus de 25 ans en tant que professionnel de l’environnement, de la santé et de la sécurité avant de rejoindre l’université de l’Alberta.  Il a occupé plusieurs postes de direction et sa carrière industrielle a comporté des missions nationales et internationales en Europe, en Asie et en Amérique du Sud.  Chris est le principal instructeur pour l’enseignement de la gestion de la sécurité des procédés au sein de la faculté d’ingénierie.

Marnie Jamieson, M.Sc., Ph.D., P.Eng. est professeur au département de génie chimique et des matériaux de l’université de l’Alberta et titulaire de la chaire William et Elizabeth Magee en conception de génie chimique. Elle enseigne et coordonne les cours de conception de procédés chimiques. Les deux cours de conception sont désormais inclus dans le certificat en durabilité. Ses recherches portent sur la conception technique, leadership et la durabilité dans l’enseignement de l’ingénierie.

The Graduate Studies & Career Fair is a great opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to meet representatives from universities and industry. Students can learn about the exciting research that is at the forefront of chemical engineering, as they decide where to pursue their graduate studies as well as the exciting opportunities that are available to them in their postgraduate career paths.

More information to come shortly.

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) offers the CSChE Plant Design Competition for students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian universities.

This event will be held at the Opening Ceremony in MacLeod Hall ABC.

View more details about this competition.

Description: Process Control, Risk/Safety Management, and Chemical Engineering are everywhere! Get ready for an exciting movie night at the CSChE Conference., where you have the power to select the film you want to watch! This is your change to take a break from the conference sessions and enjoy a fun-filled movie night with your peers. There will also be international process control/safety experts present, if you want to ask questions. 

Event Details:

  • Date: October 29, 2023
  • Time: 9 PM MT
  • Location: Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas
  • Admission: Free
  • Snacks: Enjoy light refreshments

How it works:

  1. Click the registration link below to access the movie selection survey.
  2. Cast your vote for your favorite movie from the list.
  3. We will tally the votes and the movie with the most selections will be the feature presentation for the night.

Register here

The registration ends on October 7, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

Monday, Oct. 30, 2023

Though engineering studies require active participation by both students and instructors, there are surprisingly few opportunities for these groups to engage with each other on the subject of the purpose, practices and outcomes of engineering education. During this moderated panel, current chemical engineering undergraduate students and faculty members will share their opinions on the state of undergraduate education, their roles in the education process, and discuss what can be done to improve the training of chemical engineers in Canada. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask questions and share their opinions with the panelists.

This panel will feature Faculty members and Chemical Engineering Students. The questions posed to the panelists will explore interesting questions with respect to student and faculty perspectives on chemical engineering education and explore if there are ways we can work together to make chemical engineering education better. This session premiered at the conference last year and provided an opportunity for interesting and engaging conversation. 

This panel will be held in TELUS 108.

Faculty Panelists: 
Dr. Ariel Chan, University of Toronto
Dr. Naoko Ellis, University of British Columbia

Student Panelists:

Janelle Henderson is a fourth year Chemical Engineering student at the University of Alberta. Prior to returning to school she completed a Chemical Engineering Technologist Diploma at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and worked for two and a half years as a laboratory analyst in the remote onsite laboratory at Kearl Lake.

Matthew Unsworth is a fourth year Chemical Engineering student with First Class Standing from UofA. He has worked in construction, agriculture, research, oil and gas, and energy transition with companies all over Alberta.

Keeley Hatch is a fifth year Chemical Engineering student taking a minor in Sustainability. Keeley currently has a co-op position in renewable energy data analytics, helping the business sector through the energy transition.

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) offers the CSChE Plant Design Competition for students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian universities.

View more details about the competition.

Join us for the Exergy Solutions X-LABS Industry Tour at CSChE 2023. This event will be on Monday, Oct 30 from 1:00 – 4:30 PM MT and will be offsite. The event is free for students and transportation by bus is provided. Lunch is not provided. 

1:00 PM: Meet in the front of the Registration Desk in the TELUS Convention Centre Lobby (Note: The bus will not wait to accommodate those who are late)
2:00 PM: Tour start time
3:00 PM: Tour end time
4:30 PM: Estimated return time to TELUS Convention Centre
Company Description: Exergy Solutions Inc. (Exergy) is leading the way by enabling industry’s transition to a low carbon future. We accelerate clean energy and process-related technology development and deployment for our clients through the unique combination of rapid prototyping, field-scale piloting, digital solutions, and advanced manufacturing. Our team is agile and innovative, and we are Western Canada’s largest additive manufacturer. We have a state-of-the-art additive manufacturing facility with industrial 3D printers and post-processing solutions as well as a wireless augmented & virtual reality studio all supporting our world-class industrial technology testing and scaling XLab.

Please join us for engaging conversations on current research at the poster session in the MacLeod Hall ABC.

View all abstracts.

The Student Awards Banquet is where winners of student competitions will be announced. This includes the Robert G. Auld Student Paper Competition, the Reg Friesen Student Oral Paper Competition, and the Zeton Plant Design Competition. The Student Awards Banquet will be held at Regency Palace– a short walk or bus from the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre. Vegetarian options will be available.

Please register for the award banquet.

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2023

This event has been generously sponsored by DuPont and Enerflex.


Dr. George Jacob, DuPont
Dr. Shaffiq Jaffer, TotalEnergies
Dr. Milana Trifkovic, University of Calgary

Topic: The Future of Chemical Engineering

Description: Do you have questions about what the future of chemical engineering is and the direction our profession is heading? Please join us for a fireside chat with leaders from industry and academia who work in chemical production, energy, and polymers to find out.

Start your day over an engaging breakfast with industry experts as they highlight pathways to decarbonize Canada’s economy through the development and use of forest bio-products.

There is limited breakfast that will be available. 

Register here!

On Oct. 31st, from 9:40 – 10:40 PM MT, join us at the CSChE Student Chapter Meeting, during this year’s CSChE in Calgary, AB.

Located in MacLeod Hall D, this meeting serves as an opportunity for Students and Student Chapter members to talk with CSChE Board Members and CIC staff. It is also an opportunity for Student Chapters to share challenges, successes, and ideas with one another.

Title: Lessons Learned using Simulation Software in Chemical Process Design

A panel of process engineers with extensive industrial experience will highlight the advantages and potential pitfalls of using commercial simulation packages in process design.  Particular attention will be paid to the validation of process models using plant and literature data.  During the second half of the session, the audience will be given the opportunity to share their experiences and interact with the panel.


Demetrios Hamelin, B.Sc. Chemistry (1979), B.Sc. Chemical Engineering (1984), P.Eng.

Mr. Hamelin is a native of Montreal, Quebec, with over 40 years of industry experience.   His first B.Sc. degree was obtained in Chemistry from McGill University.  He began his career with Betz Lab as a mobile lab technician before completing a Chemical Engineering degree, also at McGill.  Mr. Hamelin was a Senior Contact Engineer at Syncrude Canada working in Utilities, Primary Upgrading and Development. He led the Modelling Standardization and Training program and provided ongoing support of junior engineers.  He currently works as a Senior Process Consultant for Rally Engineering. 

Darius Remesat, B.Sc. Chemical Engineering (McMaster), M.Sc. Chemical Engineering (Calgary), M.B.A. (Heriot-Watt), Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (Calgary), P.Eng.

Dr. Remesat has been involved in the energy industry for over 30 years, with the past 15 years dedicated to technology development and deployment while working at Imperial Oil, Praxair, Koch Industries, Suncor, MEG Energy and now PETRONAS Canada.  Darius has been involved in R&D, design, operations, business development and marketing, securing over 30 patents in 7 jurisdictions and publishing 14 papers. He is an associate adjunct professor in the U. of C. department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.  

Rein SaarB.A.Sc. 1973 ,M.A.Sc.1974, M.B.A. 1975 all from U of Toronto, P.Eng.

Mr. Saar is a Technical Advisor, Process Engineering at Equinox Engineering Ltd with over 40 years of industry experience.  The scope of his work at Equinox has ranged from pre-feed to detailed engineering design for oil and gas facilities.  The first  26 years of his career were at Union Carbide where he was involved in business management, business development, new product development and process design proposals for the oil and gas processing industry.  Mr. Saar has experience with Union Carbide simulators, HYSYS, PROMAX, Symmetry, and 2-phase pipeline simulators.

James van der Lee, B.Sc. Chemical Engineering (Calgary), Ph.D. Chemical Engineering (Calgary), P.Eng.

Dr. James van der Lee is a process simulation specialist who has honed his skills by using simulation to answer both common and complex questions throughout the chemical process industry.  James spent a combined 18 years at SLB/VMG (Symmetry/VMGSim) in simulation development and application.  Prior to that, he completed a Ph.D. on utilization of Advanced Process Control in amine sweetening processes for CO2 capture.  James is currently the V.P. of Technology at DexPro. 

The 3-Minute Pitch (3MP) competition follows the spirit of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT)® competition that originated at the University of Queensland.

This session is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase the innovation and impact of their research, as well as their innovative chemical engineering business ideas, to a wider audience of the chemical engineering community.

Participants have three minutes or less to present their research pitch to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex technical information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way.

View more details about the competition.

The 3-Minute Pitch Finals will be held in conjunction with the Poster session in MacLeod Hall ABC.

Please join us for engaging conversations on current research at the poster session in the MacLeod Hall ABC.

View all abstracts.