What do you do at the CIC?

I am ecstatic to be the Executive Director of the CIC and joined the CIC family on February 1st, 2022.

In particular, I am responsible for leading the National Office Team staff as they support the signature CCCE and CCEC conferences, members’ requests, initiatives at the Local Sections, Subject Divisions and Member Resource Groups and the Board of Directors. Accountable for operations and planning for programming, human resources, finances, marketing, and risk management, I also work with the Boards of Directors and Membership to enhance the reputation of the CIC and its Constituent Societies, Local Sections, Subject Divisions and Member Resource Groups to advance their strategic plans, advocate for the chemical, chemical engineering, and chemical technology sciences, and serve the CIC Membership.

How has your background led up to this work?

I am a testament of the power of science to empower Canadians of all backgrounds. My North Star throughout my professional and personal journeys has been about unlocking an equitable and a sustainable future through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), building bridges, and celebrating diversity and inclusion. As a physical organic chemist by training, I am fortunate to have shared 20 years between the worlds of academic, industry and public sector, and I understand and appreciate the intricacies of respective views of science. It is with this unique set of experiences that I can help support the chemical sciences community excel in sharing and celebrating their discoveries, while ensuring the current and future generation of leaders are ready to foster a more resilient, inclusive future for everyone in Canada. Alongside the National Team and the Board of Directors, I am humbled to lead and shape the CIC, take on daring challenges, and drive change with empathy.

What else should people know about CIC?

The National Office Team, small yet mighty, works diligently and passionately to serve the chemical sciences community through the CIC. We will be bringing the CIC members and stakeholders renewed and reimagined programming and events in the near future. In the meantime, I very much look forward to hearing your feedback and suggestions, please reach out at info@cheminst.ca

The CIC’s Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering (Can. J. Chem. Eng.) is a gem! It will be publishing its 100th volume this fall. And did you know its rapid review times with an average of approximately one month for initial decision? I encourage you to support our very own Canadian Journal and submit at least one manuscript to Can. J. Chem. Eng. per year.