The Canadian Society for Chemical Technology (CSCT) is involved in international accreditation through the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), which is chaired by CSCT member Cathy Cardy, FCIC.  CTAB is a part of the International Engineering Alliance (IEA). Through the Dublin and Sydney Accords, graduates of CTAB accredited programs are deemed to be substantially equivalent to graduates from a list of countries such as the United Kingdom, Korea and Australia for technologist and technician programs. CTAB also participates in accreditation site visits to other countries such as those in the Middle East through the IEA. This will allow for increased mobility for chemical technicians and technologists internationally.

The Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry (CNC-IUPAC) is calling for applications to its annual Travel Awards program for Canadian scientists. The application deadline is Oct. 17. The awards assist young scientists and engineers within 10 years of having attained their PhD to present a paper at an IUPAC-sponsored conference outside Canada. The Canadian Society for Chemistry’s Gendron Fund and CNC-IUPAC’s company associates finance the awards. Application details at www.cnc-iupac.ca/application_e.html or en francais: www.cnc-iupac.ca/application_f.html.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is holding a prestigious Faraday Discussions meeting on mechanochemistry at McGill University in Montreal May 21–23. The event will showcase the full spectrum of the field, including its inorganic and organic applications, its relationship to the sister field of sonochemistry, as well scaling it up for industrial purposes. Go to www.rsc.org/ConferencesAndEvents/RSCConferences/FD/FD170/.

The Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) is presenting its second annual Professional Development Day on June 3 during the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition annual meeting in Vancouver June 1–5. The theme is “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creating Your Personal Brand.” CSC board member Ravi Ramachandran will be leading the all-day seminar, which will feature several top entrepreneurs from the chemical sciences sector.