Hélène Lebel started her academic career in 1999 as an assistant professor of chemistry at the Université de Montréal. She was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2005, and full professor in 2010. Lebel quickly established herself as a leader in Canada in the area of organometallic catalysis and synthetic organic chemistry. Her work in the area of transition metal--‐catalyzed olefination reactions and multicatalytic processes have had a significant impact on the organic community. She has also developed novel metal nitrene precursors to perform stereoselective aziridination and C--‐H insertion reactions. These reactions allow the direct functionalization of carbon skeletons to synthesize nitrogen--‐ containing molecules which are particularly important due to their biological activities. Lebel is the author of more than 50 publications and has contributed to numerous book chapters. Over the years, her group members have presented over 40 oral or poster presentations during national and international meetings. Lebel’s work has been recognized in the form of many awards, including the Enantioselective Synthetic Chemistry
Research Award in 2005, the Johnson & Johnson Focused Funding Grant Award in 2008 and the Merck Frosst Centre for Therapeutic Research Award in 2009. She also currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Organometallic Catalysis.