The Industrial Chemistry Conference, presented by the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) and the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA) debuted in Edmonton Nov. 12-14. The conference was attended by more than 100 delegates from across Canada who enjoyed workshops, courses and an exhibition and poster session.

Focus was given to the oil and gas industries including upstream (exploration, production and mining), midstream (transportation) and downstream (upgrading and refining) operations. The technical program covered two streams: process chemistry and environmental chemistry. Plenary speaker Eddy Isaacs, CEO of Alberta Innovates – Energy & Environment Solutions, discussed the pivotal role of industrial and environmental processes in the sustainable development of Alberta’s oil sands.

The Industrial Chemistry Conference is an annual event and will alternate between Ontario and Alberta. The 2015 conference is being planned for this fall in Toronto.