Awardees & Honourees

David Goring

David Goring studied at University College in London, England, earning a bachelor of science degree in chemistry in 1942. He continued his formal education, receiving a doctorate in physical chemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in 1949 and, in 1953, a doctorate in colloid chemistry from Cambridge University in England.He spent his scientific career in Canada, starting as an assistant research officer in the Maritime Regional Laboratory, National Research Council, from 1951 till 1955. In 1955, he moved to the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (PAPRICAN), starting with the rank of scientist, retiring in 1985 with the rank of principal scientist.

In 1971, he was appointed director of research at PAPRICAN, serving until 1977. He then served as vice-president, scientific and vice-president, academic from 1977-1983 and 1983-1985, respectively.

From 1960-2003, he was actively involved in teaching and training, first in the Chemistry Department at McGill University and later at the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Department’s Pulp and Paper Centre, University of Toronto.

Dr. Goring devoted the majority of his working life to the study and understanding of the structure of the three main components of wood: lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose. His ground breaking, original work on how wood components are modified by chemical pulping has been of great importance to the pulp and paper industry.

His publications on the thermal softening of cellulose, hemicellulose, and lignin are the basis of much of the recent work on the effects of elevated temperatures in the thermo-mechanical pulping of wood. Dr. Goring’s work formed the foundation of the thermo-mechanical pulping industry. It was also important for the press drying, high temperature calendaring, and thermally induced bonding of webs in the production of paper sheets.

His original work on the modification of the surface of cellulose fibers in order to make them more reactive shed light on how they bond in paper sheet formation and how they bond to polymer coatings. This has led to the more efficient production of paper and new polymer coated paper products. Important patents have been granted in this field.

In 1973, Dr. Goring received the Anselme Payne Award from the American Chemical Society. In 1986, he received the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award, the highest award from the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) that can be bestowed on an individual. He was awarded the John S. Bates Memorial Gold Medal from the Technical Section of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association in 1995.

He is a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada, the Chemical Institute of Canada, the International Academy of Wood Science, and TAPPI.

He supervised 23 Ph.D. thesis students and numerous others in the academic field. He has lectured by invitation at various universities and industrial R&D laboratories around the world. He has over 200 publications.

Don Mackay

Don MacKayDon Mackay is Professor Emeritus in the Dept of Environmental and Resource Studies and is Director Emeritus of the Centre for Environmental Modelling and Chemistry, of Trent University. He is also Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry of the University of Toronto where he taught for some 30 years. He received an Honourary Doctor of Science from the University of Toronto in 2008.

His principal research has been on the environmental fate of toxic substances and has included studies of numerous partitioning and transport processes in the environment, the focus being on organic contaminants. Much of this work has been directed towards the issue of Great Lakes water quality and Arctic conditions.  Recent work has included the extension of multi-media  environmental models to include food uptake and pharmacokinetic processes and their application as components of chemical risk assessments by regulatory agencies world-wide. Professor Mackay was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 2004 and received the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal from the Royal Society of Canada in 2010.

Robert Magee

Bob Magee

Robert B. Magee is a graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute and the University of Waterloo with a BASc in chemical engineering. He worked at Monsanto Canada Ltd. as a process engineer and transferred to Woodbridge Foam Corporation through an acquisition, and was the company’s first co-op student. After several years each in Process, Production and Technology Management, Magee was appointed vice-president of the Moulded Foam Division in 1988. He was president and CEO of The Woodbridge Group from 1999 to 2014.   He remains as chairman of The Woodbridge Group.

The Woodbridge Group is a proudly Canadian owned multinational manufacturing company with 61 facilities in 17 countries.

Outside of work Magee has demonstrated a passion for the enhancement of technical education in Canada. Volunteering on countless committees and councils, he reinforces the value of Innovation, Technology, Co-op programs and partnerships between business and education.

He was a founding director of the Yves Landry Technological Education Foundation and is currently a director of Exco Technologies Limited, The WB Family Foundation and is vice chair of Canada's Next Generation Manufacturing Supercluster.

Magee is presently a member of the University of Waterloo’s Dean of Engineering’s Advisory Council and Canada's Automotive Partnership Council.

In 2004 Magree received the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Engineering Alumni Achievement Medal, and in 2009 the McMaster University Faculty of Engineering Leadership Award. He was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and was most recently named a Canadian Engineering Fellow.

Charles A. Mims

Charles Mims

Charles Mims obtained his Ph. D. in 1972 from the University of California, Berkeley in Physical Chemistry.  From 1975 until 1990 was an Exxon Research and Engineering researcher in both the Fuels Laboratories in Baytown, Texas and the Corporate Research Laboratories in Annandale, New Jersey.  An industrial sabbatical year at the Chemical Engineering Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1979-1980 was significant.  In 1990, Dr. Mims moved permanently from industry to academia, arriving at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, as an NSERC Industrial Research Chair.  Additionally he served for five summers as Visiting Professor at the Pacific Northwest National Labs in Richland, Washington.  Following formal retirement in 2015, he continues as an active Professor Emeritus. 

Professor Mims research areas have focused on heterogeneous catalysis and heterogeneous reactions related to energy conversion, especially where the fundamental reaction mechanisms which govern kinetics and selectivity impose the major barrier to commercial feasibility.  Due to the need for sophisticated analytical information in order to pursue this research, Mims led the establishment (with extensive Canadian Foundation for Innovation (C FI) funding) of a world-class surface analytical laboratory at the University of Toronto.  This was recently enlarged and combined with electron microscopy facilities as the Ontario Centre for Characterisation of Advanced Materials (OCCAM), used by over 300 different research groups annually. 
He has served the Canadian catalysis community as chair of the Catalysis Division of the C.I.C., the Canadian Society for Catalysis and the Canadian Catalysis Foundation.  He received the Canadian Catalysis Medal in 2012. 

Michael V. Sefton

Michael SeftonMichael V. Sefton is University Professor and Michael E. Charles Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry and the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto. He was Director of the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto from 1999-2005 and President of the US Society For Biomaterials in 2006. He is currently Executive Director of Medicine by Design. He has degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto (1971) and MIT (1974) and has been at the University of Toronto since 1974.

He has received the Founders Award of the US Society For Biomaterials, the Killam Prize in Engineering of the Canada Council and the Acta Biomaterialia Gold award (among others). He has been active in the preparation of blood compatible materials through heparinization, the microencapsulation of mammalian cells in synthetic polymers and various strategies for vascularizing tissue constructs. He was elected an international member of the US National Academy of Medicine in 2014 and received the Terumo Global Science prize in 2016.