Meet the CSChE Board of Directors







David Beckman, MCIC

David Beckman, P.Eng, is President and CEO of Zeton Inc., a company that specializes in the design and fabrication of pilot, demonstration and modular production plants for process development applications for customers worldwide. Beckman was one of the founders of the company and has been involved with all aspects of the company’s growth from a small start-up business to the world leader in its specialty niche. He has been involved in process development and scale up applications for over thirty years, including pilot and demonstration plants for bioenergy applications, many new and alternative energy and petroleum processes and new chemical processes. Beckman obtained Bachelors and Masters of Applied Science degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto. He was chair of SCI Canada for many years until 2016. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the University of Toronto, Department of Chemical Engineering.







Charles Jia, MCIC
University of Toronto

Charles Q. Jia is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto.  An internationally recognized expert on applied sulphur chemistry for the sustainability, Jia introduced the concept of using waste to treat waste and explored some major industrial wastes (e.g. sulphur dioxide gas, non-ferrous smelter slag and oil-sands petroleum coke) for their effectiveness in creating environmental benefits.  Jia is a devoted community leader.  His contributions to the engineering profession have been through a sustained, wide range of activities, including leadership roles in professional associations, committee work for government and volunteer work for local chapters of professional engineers. He has been a long-time, active member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), Metallurgical Society (MetSoc) of Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) of Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC). 







Donna Jean Kilpatrick, MCIC
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada

Donna Jean Kilpatrick holds a BSc in chemical engineering from Queen’s University (1980) and a master’s degree in engineering management from the University of Ottawa. She began her career with nine years in the petroleum and chemicals industries working for Esso Chemicals Canada, Imperial Oil and Betz Chemicals Canada. During this time she gained experience in industrial projects and production plant process operations and equipment maintenance as well as health, safety and environment and Responsible Care programs. Subsequently, as a professor at Algonquin College, she spent nine years teaching technical courses and overseeing student design and research projects in chemical engineering, materials science, environmental engineering and mechanical engineering technologies.

Kilpatrick has worked for the federal government since 2000 including research at NRCAN on innovative processes for carbon dioxide capture at coal burning power plants. From 2000–2008 she worked for Environment Canada where, as head of the Chemical Production Industries group, she led the development of new standards and regulatory instruments to control air emissions of toxic substances and greenhouse gases from Canadian industrial facilities. Since 2008, Kilpatrick has held the position of director, engineering and technical services in the Small Craft Harbours program at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Her responsibilities include federal infrastructure asset management, environmental regulatory compliance and addressing issues related to climate change and contaminated sites.

From 2009—2014 Kilpatrick served on the board of directors of the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) where she held the positions of secretary, vice-chair, chair and past-chair. She also served on the 2013 A&WMA Canadian Events Organizing Committee and the 2013 nominations committee for the international A&WMA Board elections. Kirkpatrick currently serves as treasurer on the board of directors of the Real Property Institute of Canada.







Anil Mehrotra, FCIC
University of Calgary

Anil K. Mehrotra has been a faculty member, since 1981, in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. He received a BE (Hons) in chemical engineering from BITS, Pilani, India; an MEng in environmental engineering from AIT, Bangkok, Thailand; and a PhD from the University of Calgary. He has held positions in the private sector for 2 years and academic/research for 37+ years.  Mehrotra is a skilled administrator, leader, and team-builder. He has held several senior-level administrative positions, including interim dean of the Schulich School of Engineering, and acting, interim and associate head of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. Recently, Mehrotra was appointed as the interim head of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering. He served as director of the Centre for Environmental Engineering Research and Education (CEERE). He also served as academic director of an interdisciplinary post-graduate sustainable energy development program (SEDV). Mehrotra has published over 165 refereed papers. His research interests include non-isothermal crystallization, rheology and solids deposition in pipelines from paraffinic mixtures and ‘waxy’ crude oils; Properties of heavy hydrocarbon and bitumen mixtures; and Soil remediation and methane emission control. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his teaching excellence and service contributions. He is a registered professional engineer in Alberta. He serves as the secretary-treasurer of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute. He is a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, Engineers Canada and Geoscientists Canada.







Ian Jobe, PhD, PChem, MCIC
Executive Director







Simant Upreti, MCIC
Ryerson University

Simant Upreti joined Ryerson in 2001 as assistant professor of chemical engineering after receiving his PhD from the University of Calgary. He was tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2006. From 2008–2011, he served the Department as the associate chair, undergraduate chemical engineering co-op program. He became a professor in 2011. The same year he was appointed as the department chair. He continues in that position in the second term.

Since joining Ryerson, Upreti has taught several undergraduate and graduate courses, and supervised many MSc and PhD students. He is the author of the graduate textbook Optimal Control for Chemical Engineers. Another book on modeling and simulation is slated to be published this year. His research interests lie in optimal control and its applications to chemical engineering processes.







Peter Ozemoyah, MCIC
Tyne Engineering

Peter Ozemoyah is an accomplished senior executive and board member with more than 35 years of success in the chemical, nuclear, energy, alternative energy, engineering, science, and manufacturing industries. Leveraging extensive experience in project management and operations, Ozemoyah is a valuable asset for companies of various sizes and stages of growth in the science, alternative energy, or pharmaceutical space that are seeking expert assistance in improving the value of the organization to the shareholder. Ozemoyah’s broad areas of expertise are business process improvement, operations management, product development, global strategy, engineering management, go-to-market strategy, procurement, and leadership.

Since 2011, he;has held various leadership positions with Tyne Engineering. Currently, Ozemoyah is vice president with Tyne where he oversees the Company’s Finances, Training and Auditing, Sales and Marketing, Business Administration, and Project Services. Previously, as manager of the Project Manager Department, Ozemoyah was responsible for the overall direction and management of projects through the project managers. He managed multi-million-dollar budgets and developed a strategic plan for the company based on a future growth model, and capacity building. In his research and development, he has designed and built a process system to concentrate tritium in sea water for analysis and developed a computer application program for tracking and controlling materials and equipment according to stated organizational requirements and standards. Ozemoyah was also a professor of engineering mathematics at the Sheridan College of Applied Technology.

Ozemoyah is a consummate board member who currently serves on numerous professional and NGO boards including the Canadian Nuclear Society where he chaired several conference organizing committees. He has a Master’s Degree in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT Chicago), and Ph.D. in the same field from the University of Benin.






Gregory Patience, MCIC
Polytechnique Montréal

Gregory Patience holds a Canada Research Chair in high temperature, high pressure heterogenous catalysis and is professor of chemical engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. He has published two books – Experimental Methods and Instrumentation for Chemical Engineers and Communicate Science Papers, Presentations and Poster Effectively – and filed 14 patents and published 120 scientific articles. Together with process development, his research focuses on catalysis and gas-solids fluidization applied to biodiesel from waste fat and oils, (2) producing carboxylic acid from glucose, xylose and lignin, (3) converting waste natural gas to Fischer-Tropsch fuels, (4) deriving value added chemicals from glycerol, and (5) synthesizing carbon coated LiFePO4 for batteries.

Patience started his career at DuPont in 1990. He helped develop fluidized bed catalysts in Delaware and joined the commercial team in 1996 in Spain. In 2000, he moved to Lycra® and managed the Fibres Technology Laboratory in Geneva and was the technology lead for new business development and circular knits.

Patience was industrial program director for the 8th World Congress in Chemical Engineering in 2009. He is a member of the CSChE Strategic Initiatives Committee.







Rachel Murdy, MCIC
Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits

Rachel is Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Spirits’s Technical Services Manager for Canada, assisting fuel ethanol plants with fermentation troubleshooting and managing yeast and nutrient trials. Prior to LBDS, Murdy worked at IGPC Ethanol in Aylmer, ON where she held a variety of roles focusing on lab, process and business development dedicated to increasing the plant’s efficiency and diversifying its revenue streams. Before leaving IGPC Ethanol, she was Operations Manager overseeing the plant's day to day production. She has a BSc degree in microbiology and an MSc in plant agriculture from the University of Guelph, and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo. Prior to working in biofuel production, Murdy was the lab coordinator of the University of Guelph's Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre, a centre dedicated to finding value-added applications of agricultural residues and green polymers. She was the official secretariat for the 13th International Symposium on Bioplastics, Biocomposites and Biorefining, which saw over 300 international delegates congregating in Guelph, Ont. to discuss bio-based materials and advancements in biorefinery. Murdy has also worked in research at Aventis Pasteur Ltd. and Labatt Brewing Co.

Murdy speaks regularly at conferences, including the 2018 Fuel Ethanol Workshop and 2015 CIC Industrial Chemistry and Engineering Conference. She was an advisor to the board of directors of the Ontario Biomass Producers Co-op, and has received several awards during her academic career, including the 2013 Certificate in University Teaching Award and the BBI International and American Stainless & Supply’s 2007 Fuel Ethanol Workshop scholarship.







Jyoti Patel, MCIC
Resolute Risk Management Services

Jyoti Patel is an experienced Operational Risk Management specialist with over 15 years in the process safety industry. Prior to becoming the CSChE Director, Liaison of Industry, Jyoti served as Chair of the Process Safety Management Division, a technical community within the CSChE, overseeing its successful growth. Currently, Jyoti is actively engaged in evaluating process safety risks and portfolio prioritization that includes the application of single use systems to streamline operational and regulatory requirements. As a Senior Executive, she has worked closely with global and regional business leaders to identify, design and optimize process safety engineering to improve the quality of management systems and business information.







João Soares, FCIC
University of Alberta

João Soares did his PhD in chemical engineering at McMaster University and joined the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo. Soares later joined the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. He currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Reaction Engineering and a CAIP Chair in Interfacial Polymer Engineering for Oil Sands Processing. Soares is a co-organizer in two main international polyolefin conferences, and he also chaired the 2017 Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference.

Soares is the Editor-in-Chief for The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering. He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board of Wiley-VCH Macromolecular journals and responsible for the coordination of Macromolecular Reaction Engineering.

Soares is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario. He is the recipient numerous awards including the Premier’s Research Excellence Award and the Syncrude Canada Innovation Award.


Pascale Champagne, MCIC
Queen’s University

Pascale Champagne is an internationally recognized researcher with an innovative and diverse research program in the field(s) of environmental engineering and bioresource management. She began her career and first established her reputation conducting research in the area of passive treatment systems, where she maintains an outstanding reputation for her expertise. She has and continues to engage number of companies, municipalities and other government/policy stake conders. She has an excellent portfolio of funded collaborations in this area (>$19M). In recent years the scope and breadth of her research program has expanded dramatically, reaching into new, highly innovative areas such as integrated algal wastewater treatment eco-engineered systems with the potential for downstream processing to bioenergy, biofuels and bioproducts, as well as the functionalization of natural polymers with tunable properstions for applications in water/wastewater treatment, and bioresins and bio-epoxies. These new research areas are of significant scientific and engineering interest, and have the potential for major impact in the coming years. Her research work and leadership have been recognized throughout her career. This is exemplified by the number of awards and recognitions Champagne has received including: Canada Research Chair in Bioresource Engineering (2012, renewed 2017), Queen's Prize in Research Excellence (2017), AMS Queen's Mentorship award (2017), Way Memorial Trust Award (2012), Early Researcher Award (2007), Russell Ackoff Award (2005), Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2002). She was also inducted to as an EWRI Fellow in 2017, to The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) in 2014 and as International Water Resources Engineer Diplomate by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers – American Society of Civil Engineers in 2008, which are regarded as high honours in her field of research and practice.