A. International Symposia

A1. Biomedical Engineering & Human Health in Honour of Michael V. Sefton

Alison McGuigan,
 University of Toronto
Milica Radisic, University of Toronto
Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto
Steve Waldman, Ryerson University
Chris Yip, University of Toronto

Cell and Tissue Engineering, biomaterials, scaffolds, tissues on a chip, microfabrication, regenerative medicine, immuno engineering, stem cells and synthetic biology
Functional Biomaterials - hydrogels, nanogels, ceramics, metals, polymers. hybrid biomaterials, self-healing gels, peptides, glycomaterials, biomimetic membranes (liposomes, polymersomes), recyclable biopolymers

A2. Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment in Honour of Don Mackay

This symposium is celebrating the career of Don Mackay, who for more than 50 years has made numerous invaluable contributions to understanding and quantifying the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. Starting with early oil spill research to more recent efforts related to advanced chemical property prediction, his work has had, and continues to have, enormous impact on the field of environmental chemistry and engineering. 

Very much the engineer, Don Mackay is not content to make important, academically recognised contributions, but has devoted ingenuity, time and tireless effort to see his work used by professional environmental practitioners and applied in the environmental policy arena. He is driven by the belief that the astute application of scientific knowledge by academics, industry and governments will allow humanity to enjoy the many potential benefits of chemicals while minimising the potential detriment to humans and their environment.

For this symposium, we welcome contributions to the many areas of enquiry within which Don Mackay has made seminal contribution, including (i) understanding and quantifying the air-surface exchange of organic contaminants, (ii) developing and applying fugacity-based environmental fate and transport models, (iii) understanding and quantifying the accumulation of organic chemicals in organisms, and (iv) application of environmental modeling in environmental regulation and policy. Beyond this, we also appreciate receiving submission of contributions that more generally rely on the application of chemical engineering principles and approaches to solving the environmental challenges of the present, including climate change, and air and water quality.

Arthur Chan, 
University of Toronto
Charles Jia, University of Toronto
Jeanette Southwood, Engineers Canada
Frank Wania, University of Toronto

Invited Speaker:
Hayley Hung,
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Environmental engineering, contaminant fate, chemical emissions, contaminant bioaccumulation, chemical regulation, chemical risk assessment, chemical prioritization, long range transport, chemical persistence, multimedia fate and transport models, Stockholm Convention, atmospheric deposition, fugacity modelling, chemical activity, air quality, water quality, climate change

A3. Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring

This symposium brings together leading researchers in the area of lignocellulosic valorization research and development. Topics cover recent advances in conversion and utilization of cellulose, hemi-cellulose, lignin, and extractives to biochemicals, bioenergy, and biomaterials/nano-cellulose from forest and agro resources and residues. Submissions related to both fundamental as well as applied and industrial research in the area of lignocellulosic biomass conversion are welcome. Topics including:

- Bio-based products from lignocellulosics
- Bio-based chemicals from lignocellulosics
- Bio-based materials, biocomposites, and polymers
- Biomass pretreatment technologies
- Biomass fractionation technologies
- Thermochemical and catalytic conversion 
- Biorefinery process design, integration and optimization
- Bioenergy and biofuel
- Environmental aspects of biorefineries

Ning YanUniversity of Toronto
Niko De MartiniUniversity of Toronto 
Kecheng LiWestern Michigan University
Cláudio Mudadu Silva, Universidade Federal de Viçosa
Ramin FarnoodUniversity of Toronto 
Chunlin Xu, Kemira

Jorge Luiz Colodette, Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)

A4. Industrial Biocatalysis: Harnessing the power of genomics

The symposium will highlight the latest advancements in biocatalysis with a focus towards translating knowledge gained in to industrial applications for sustainable manufacturing and chemical synthesis. Expected presentation topics include bioproducts, biofuels, recyclable biopolymers, biochemical intermediates, nutraceuticals, bioremediation, environmental microbiology, microbial biochemistry, metabolic engineering, structural biology, waste reduction and remediation, and green technologies.

Ingrid Avanzi,
 Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Sue Baldwin, University of British Columbia 
Sean Caffrey, University of Toronto
Elizabeth Edwards, University of Toronto
Tedd Konya, University of Toronto
Krishna Mahadevan, University of Toronto
Emma Master, University of Toronto
Claudio Nascimento, Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Elen Perpetuo, Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Keynote Speakers:
Eduardo Agosin, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Adalberto Noyola Robles, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Kurt FaberKarl Franzens Universität Graz

A5. Global Engineering 

Yu-Ling Cheng, 
University of Toronto
Savia Gavazza, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Ahmed Mahmoud, University of Toronto

A6. Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

This symposium is focused on advanced technologies and developments that address challenges related to greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation as well as clean electrochemical, mechanical or thermal energy storage and conversion. The content of submitted papers can cover different scopes, including: new materials and production; development of devices, processes and systems; application and management; and efficiency, economic, sustainability, and policy. Specific topics to be discussed will include but not limited to:

• GHG mitigation and carbon (CO2) capture, utilization and storage (CCUS)
• Rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries
• Hydrogen (H2) energy technologies
• Fuel cells
• Electrochemical capacitors
• Flywheels
• Compressed air energy storage
• Piezoelectric energy harvesting
• Thermoelectric energy harvesting

Drew Higgins,
 Stanford University
Sanaz Ketabi, Electrovaya Inc.
Michael Pope, University of Waterloo
Wan-Yu Tsai, Oak Ridge National Lab
Hadis Zarrin, Ryerson University

Yury Gogotsi, Drexel  University
Shawn Lister, Carnegie Mellon University
Bingjun Xu, University of Delaware
Daniel Bélanger, Université du Québec
Sohrab Zendehboudi, Memorial University

A7. Water Resources & Process-Affected Water

Jose Colina-Marquez, Universidad de Cartagena
Amarjeet Bassi, Western University
Mehrab Mehrvar, Ryerson University
Vlad Papangelakis, University of Toronto
Mandeep Rayat, University of Toronto

Emily Moore, Hatch
Phil Jessop, Queen’s University

Water and wastewater treatment, advanced oxidation technologies and biological processes, microalgal systems, phycoremediation, tailings water, greenhouse industry effluent, surface run-off treatment, treatment and recycling in mining and mineral processing operations, water in mining and mineral processing operations, produce water in oil sands