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Molly Shoichet, MCIC

University of Toronto
2021 CIC Medalist

Professor Molly Shoichet is University Professor, a distinction held by less than 2% of the faculty, at the University of Toronto. She served as Ontario’s first Chief Scientist in 2018 where she worked to enhance the culture of science. Dr. Shoichet has published over 650 papers, patents and abstracts and has given over 420 lectures worldwide. She currently leads a laboratory of 30 and has graduated 220 researchers. Her research is focused on drug and cell delivery strategies in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, retina) and 3D hydrogel culture systems to model cancer. Dr. Shoichet co-founded four spin-off companies, is actively engaged in translational research and science outreach. Dr. Shoichet is the recipient of many prestigious distinctions and the only person to be inducted into all three of Canada’s National Academies of Science of the Royal Society of Canada, Engineering and Health Sciences. In 2018, Professor Shoichet was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 2011, she was awarded the Order of Ontario. Dr. Shoichet was the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for North America in 2015, elected Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering in 2016, won the Killam Prize in Engineering in 2017, elected to the Royal Society (UK) in 2019 and awarded the NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal in 2020. Dr. Shoichet received her SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987) and her PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Polymer Science and Engineering (1992).

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Peter Englezos

Peter Englezos, MCIC

University of British Columbia
2021 R. S. Jane Memorial Award

The R.S. Jane Memorial Award is presented to a person, who, while residing in Canada has made an exceptional achievement to the field of chemical engineering or industrial chemistry.

Dr. Peter Englezos is Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He joined the Department as an Assistant Professor in 1990 after completing his PhD at the University of Calgary. He has made contributions in the interdisciplinary field of clathrate (or gas) hydrates and is among the most cited researchers. He chaired the 6th International Conference on Natural Gas Hydrates in 2008.  He has also made contributions in the fields of optimization and papermaking chemistry. Dr. Englezos published over 200 articles in his areas of interest including co-authoring a book on applied parameter estimation for chemical engineers. Dr. Englezos received several honours including UBC Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Faculty Research Fellow, Fellow of the Tokyo Electric Power Company Chair at Keio University and Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He served two terms as Head of the Department (2009–2019). He taught courses on thermodynamics, process synthesis, optimization and papermaking chemistry and has mentored a number of scholars who are now research leaders in Canada and around the world. Dr. Englezos serves in the editorial boards of the Journal of Chemical Engineering Data and the journal Fluid Phase Equilibria.

Plenary Session

Phil-de-Luna

Phil De Luna

National Research Council Canada
(On leave without pay)

Phil De Luna is a world leading scientist, cleantech innovator, and a recent political candidate. He is currently on leave from the National Research Council while he runs to become a Member of Parliament for the Green Party of Canada in Toronto. Prior to his leave, Phil led a $57M collaborative research program at the NRC focused on developing disruptive technologies to decarbonize Canada. His work on CO2 conversion, hydrogen, and artificial intelligence for materials discovery has been published in high-impact journals such as Science and Nature. Phil is a the Forbes Top 30 Under 30, Clean50 Emerging Leader, Governor General Gold Medalist, Carbon XPRIZE finalist, and an Action Canada Fellow. He has worked with the OECD and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and is vicechair, board of directors, for Carbon Management Canada. In his spare time Phil co-hosts and produces a podcast, “What’s Next In…” about the rapidly changing world and has a series of vlogs about his experience running for office.

Emerging leaders in chemical engineering

Organized in collaboration with the Canadian Journal for Chemical Engineering

This prestigious plenary session showcases the personal perspectives of three leading early-career researchers in 10-15 minute TED Talk-style presentations. The panellists will highlight their vision of opportunities and big challenges in their respective fields, discuss strategies for success, and offer their views on where research is moving in the next 5 to 10 years.