Derek Gray, FCIC, was awarded the 30th annual Marcus Wallenberg Prize May 14 at the opening session of the first FIBRE Network conference, held in Cornwall, Ont. Gray, a McGill University chemistry professor, received the award — worth more than $300,000 — for his pioneering study of nanocrystalline cellulose. The official ceremony takes place Sept. 23 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Brent Lewis was appointed dean of the faculty of energy systems and nuclear science on May 1 at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Lewis is professor of nuclear engineering in the department of chemistry and chemical engineering at Royal Military College of Canada, where he has held the NSERC/UNENE/COG Industrial Research Chair in Nuclear Fuel since 2007.
Bernard West, MCIC, and David Beckmann, MCIC, both received a Distinguished Service Awards at this year’s Society of Chemical Industry Canada annual general meeting. The awards celebrate the hard work and goodwill of longer-serving members from all parts of the society, including volunteering, conference organization, edit or peer-review of material published in SCI journals, leadership and vision. West was lauded for his long-standing contribution to the work of SCI Canada. Beckman, president of Zeton Inc. in Burlington, Ont., is chair of SCI Canada.
Donald Weaver, FCIC, has been appointed Director of the Toronto Western Research Institute (TWRI) within the University Health Network of the University of Toronto. The TWRI is focused on research related to chronic brain diseases. Weaver was previously a professor of chemistry at Queen’s University from 1989 to 2001 and Dalhousie University from 2001 to 2013.
Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering members were honoured June 8 in Yellowknife at the annual Engineers Canada Awards Gala, recognizing engineering excellence. University of Calgary associate professor Arindom Sen received the Medal for Distinction in Engineering Education. U of C’s Schulich School of Engineering professor Josephine Hill won the Award for the Support of Women in the Engineering Profession. ACCN’s Tyler Irving won the Award of Journalism Excellence in Engineering.