This year’s winner of the Chemical Institute of Canada Beaumier Award for High School/Cégep Chemistry Teachers is Yvonne Clifford of Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge, Ont. The national award is sponsored by the CIC’s Beaumier Churcott Fund and recognizes excellence in teaching chemistry. Winners receive a one-year membership to the CIC, a plaque and a $1,000 educational grant to use towards chemical supplies, equipment and books for the classroom.
Geoffrey Ozin of the University of Toronto’s Solar Fuels Research Cluster was awarded a 2015 Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Prize this past May. The centenary prizes are awarded to outstanding chemists who are exceptional communicators to give lectures in the British Isles.
Robin Stoodley of the University of British Columbia has been named the 2015 Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) Faculty Advisor Award winner. This award is student nominated for a faculty adviser who has demonstrated exceptional performance working with students. Stoodley has remained a strong link between students and faculty since his undergraduate days when he was Undergraduate Chemistry Society (UCS) president. He is a constant presence at events hosted by the UCS and has worked with the students to increase participation in all events.
John MacGregor, professor emeritus at McMaster University, received an honorary degree from Queen’s University during spring convocation this past June, in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the field of process systems engineering and applied statistics in Canada and internationally. MacGregor is particularly well known for advancing the application of multivariate statistical techniques in manufacturing and has presented and consulted extensively in this field and more broadly in process control. He has received many awards, including the 2011 R.S. Jane Memorial Award, the Shewhart Medal, the W.G. Hunter Award from the American Society for Quality and the Herman Wold Medal from the Swedish Chemical Society. McGregor is the president and founder of ProSensus, a company based in Hamilton that provides multivariate analysis consulting, software and education to clients around the world.