2019 – Year in Review

CIC MEMBERS

As we launch our 2020 CIC membership campaign, we are creating a conversation around what membership means and how being a CIC member can help you grow, learn, connect, and recognize in your development as a chemical sciences professional. To give you a sense of what we do at the CIC, here is an update on the exciting initiatives and dialogues we have had over the last year.

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Meet the National Office team Hamish McPherson

CIC MEMBERS

What do you do at CIC? I am the Communications Coordinator. Among other things, I’m the one who assembles the bi-weekly newsletter that arrives in every member’s inbox. I also handle social media platforms, e-mail campaigns, and sponsorship for our two big conferences, CCCE and CCEC. How has your background led up to this work?...

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Trash becomes treasure for green chemistry group

CIC MEMBERS

Several dozen chemists and their colleagues spent a couple of hours one Saturday this fall cleaning up a west end park in Toronto as part of what can only be described as a Green Chemistry grassroots movement. The group descended on Trinity Bellwoods, near Dundas and Ossington, where they picked up some 15 kg of...

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Join Us and Grow

CIC MEMBERS

What does membership mean to you? Belonging, community, integration. These words reflect the essence of membership for the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) with members joining...

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Career advice from emerging leaders: a PhD student perspective

CONFERENCES

Among the highlights of the 69th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, which took place in October in Halifax, was a set of diverse presentations that made up the annual Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering plenary session. This prestigious event showcased the perspectives of four leading early-career researchers in 10-minute TED-Talk-style presentations. Each of them offered a vision of the...

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A showcase for solutions

CONFERENCES

Students could be seen squirming in their seats while Shafiq Jaffer, MCIC, listed the world’s woes. As Vice-President of Corporate Science and Technology Projects in North America for the French energy giant TOTAL, his career has given him a front-row seat for some of the biggest challenges facing our civilization: climate change, finding energy sources...

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The darker reality behind the brighter alternative

CHEMISTRY FOR ENERGY & THE ENVIRONMENT

For decades, solar panels have been the solution we have all been looking for. Harvesting sunlight and converting it into usable power should be a harmless and notably sustainable energy solution for future generations. That perception makes it easy, however, to overlook the complete life cycle of a solar panel system is often overlooked. Solar...

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Putting microbes to work for us

CHEMISTRY FOR HEALTH

What do glaucoma, oil sands tailings ponds and solar cells have in common? They all appear in the resumé of Dr. Vikramaditya Yadav, MCIC, a chemical engineering professor whose pursuit of bio-inspired tools...

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NSERC introduces new research funding options

CAREERS & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

This year’s Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Halifax features a professional development session that will introduce participants to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council’s new Alliance Grants program. The new initiative, which was formally launched earlier this year, replaces and combines several familiar research funding streams. This single program consolidates awards that were formerly...

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