The 2020 Fellows of the CIC are:
Jeffrey W. Keillor, FCIC
University of Ottawa
Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
Jeffrey Keillor is a leader in the research area of bioorganic chemistry, with a particular focus on the development of new methods for protein labelling, and the study of the mechanism and inhibition of the transglutaminase enzymes. His research contributions have been acknowledged through the Merck-Frosst Award in 2007 and the Bernard Belleau Award in 2017. His teaching excellence, in both official languages, has also been recognised at both the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa, where he has recently created online teaching tools for organic chemistry. He is a past Chair of the Biological and Medicinal Division of the CSC, a former Director of Awards, and is currently Director of Subject Divisions. He has also been a member of the Senate of the University of Ottawa, where he currently holds a University Research Chair, and has served as a member of grant and scholarship selection committees for both CIHR and NSERC.
Donna Jean Kilpatrick, P.Eng, M.Eng, FCIC, FEIC
Government of Canada
A chemical engineer with over 35 years experience working in industry, private sector consulting, research, education and government, Donna Jean’s record of achievements represent a unique combination of engineering excellence as a practitioner, researcher, instructor and leader.
Initially working in the chemical industry, she led numerous projects which contributed to improved plant operations as well as advancing industrial health, safety and environmental management. Subsequently, as a Professor of Technology, she was a highly respected instructor in Chemical, Environmental, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering programs and has trained and mentored hundreds of new practitioners in Science and Technology careers.
During the last 20 years Donna Jean has received recognition and awards in the federal government for her contributions to improved environmental stewardship and human health protection in the areas of air quality, climate change and contaminated sites; development of new marine infrastructure technical and operational standards; and analysis and policy recommendations related to federal assets management.
Donna Jean served as the 2017-18 President of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and has been an active member on a variety of CSChE and CIC committees. She has also served on Executive Boards of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Real Property Institute of Canada and the Air and Waste Management Association.
Mona Nemer, FCIC
Government of Canada
Dr. Mona Nemer is an internationally renowned scientist and a distinguished academic leader who has made seminal contributions to several fields ranging from nucleic acid chemistry to gene regulation and heart function. Throughout her career, she has made equally lasting contributions to science and research development in Canada. In 2017, she was named Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, a role in which she provides science advice to the Canadian Prime Minister and his Cabinet. Prior to that, she was Professor of Biochemistry and Vice-President of Research at the University of Ottawa. Before joining the University of Ottawa, she was Professor of Pharmacology at the Université de Montréal, Director of the Cardiac Development Research Unit at the Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), and a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Cell Differentiation.
Professor Nemer holds a PhD in Bio-organic Chemistry from McGill University and did post-doctoral training in molecular biology at the IRCM and at Columbia University. She is renowned for, among other things, her pioneering work on ribonucleotide synthesis, the regulation of natriuretic heart hormones and the identification of several genes essential for heart development. Her current research aims at identifying novel therapeutic treatment for heart failure.
Dr. Nemer’s contributions have been recognized nationally and internationally by many awards and honours. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the Order of Canada. She is also a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec and a Knight of the French Republic’s Ordre national du Mérite.
Henry J. Stronks, FCIC
Bruker Canada Ltd.
Henry Stronks completed his B.Sc. at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and returned to Canada to complete a M.Sc. and PhD. at the Guelph Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry.
Henry Stronks began working at Bruker Canada immediately after graduate school to begin a progressive career spanning over 35 years. Initial work began in magnetic resonance applications, which lead to product management in other areas of spectroscopy, sales, and ultimately overall responsibility for Bruker operations within Canada. He remains the President of Bruker Canada, and in 2015 accepted a global role to manage sales for the newly formed division of Applied, Industrial and Clinical applications of magnetic resonance at Bruker BioSpin.
The privileged position of meeting with the academic, industrial, pharma, clinical, food and beverage communities has provided the opportunity to foster a scientific endeavor for institutions to build a community of trust, communication, cross functionality and synergy in multifaceted organizations. These opportunities have allowed him to connect the chemistry, chemical engineering and chemistry technologist communities to ensure the overall health of the Chemistry Institute of Canada. He considers this an honour and continues to support and promotes the work of science within Canada, at all levels of government and industry and at all levels of education.