B. Special Sessions

B1. Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering 

This prestigious session will recognize the contributions of four early career researchers and highlight their vision and leadership in their respective field of chemical engineering.  

Four speakers will be selected to give 15-minute TED Talk style presentations in the 68th CSChE and XXIX Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering. The awardees will give a perspective talk of their own research topic, and how it will influence science, engineering, and society at large in Canada and abroad. Following their presentation, they will participate in a panel discussion. We will not consider narrow technical presentations; the speakers should present their research area and its impact in a broader perspective. 

Cathy Chin,
University of Toronto
João Soares, University of Alberta and Canadian Chemical Engineering Journal

B2. Celebrating Chuck Mims’s 73rd Birthday and Outstanding Contributions to Heterogeneous Catalysis

By Invitation Only

Cathy Chin,
 University of Toronto

B3. Process Safety Management

Graeme Norval, University of Toronto
Adrian Pierorazio, BakerRisk
Andy Ridpath, Enbridge Gas Distribution

Process Safety and Risk Management: Application of Process Safety Management Principles to Critical; Infrastructure - pipelines, railroads, airlines; CAN/US/UK Process Safety Management Regulatory Frameworks; Enhancing Safety Culture; Future of Process Safety Management Given Lessons Learned; Leading Practices in Risk Assessment and Risk Control; Process Safety Management Education Initiatives; Process Safety Management for Large-scale Multidisciplinary Facilities like Oil Sands Mining/Refining; Quadruple Bottom Line Approaches - people, profit, planet, and safety/risk management
Profess Safety and Loss Management: Audits and Corrective Actions; Capital Project Review and Design Procedures; Conduct of Operations; Emergency Response Planning; Equipment Integrity; Implementing PSM; Incident Investigations; Integration of Process Safety Management with other Key Industrial Programs; Performance Indicators; Process Risk Assessment; Process Safety Management in Canada; PSM in Non-chemical Industries; Risk Control
Process Safety & Loss Management: Implementing PSM; PSM in Canada; Process Risk Assessment; Process Hazard Analysis and LOPA; Asset Integrity; Human Factors; Assurance of PSM; Safety by Design; Asset Integrity

B4. Modern Engineering Education

Yaser Dahman, Ryerson University
Greg Evans, University of Toronto
Marnie Jamieson, University of Alberta

Keynote Speakers:
Andy Dicks,
University of Toronto
Anastasia Elias, University of Alberta
Marnie Jamieson, University of Alberta

Project based teaching: capstone and first year design projects, reverse engineering, troubleshooting
Innovation in lab education: Lecture-lab integration, virtual labs, digital instruction
Attributes and competencies: leadership, technical communication, professionalism, lifelong learners, ethics and equity
Emerging and traditional practices: sustainability, globalisation, entrepreneurship
Innovative pedagogy: inverted classrooms, case studies, active learning
Experiential learning: work-integrated learning, community partnerships, research placements, co-curricular learning, professional placements, study abroad.
Developing Innovative Global Engineering Educational Opportunities (a joint session with the Global Engineering Symposium)

B5. Chemical Engineering Research in Latin America (held in Portuguese/Spanish)

This technical track covers all general aspects of chemical engineering and, in particular, the chemical engineering research in Latin America. This technical track has been added because the 2018 CSChE Conference coincides with the InterAmerican Congress of Chemical Engineering (IACChE). This track offers the opportunity to researchers of Latin America to present their work in Spanish or Portuguese. 

Esta sesión técnica incluye todos los aspectos generales de la ingeniería química y, en particular, la investigación en ingeniería química en América Latina. Esta sesión técnica se ha agregado porque la Conferencia CSChE 2018 coincide con el Congreso Interamericano de Ingeniería Química (CIIQ). Esta sesión ofrece la oportunidad a los investigadores de América Latina de presentar su trabajo en español o portugués.

Esta sessão técnica include todos os aspectos gerais da engenharia química e, em particular, a pesquisa de engenharia química na América Latina. Esta sessão técnica foi adicionada porque a Conferência CSChE 2018 coincide com o Congresso Interamericano de Engenharia Química (CIEQ). Esta sessão oferece uma oportunidade para pesquisadores da América Latina apresentarem seus trabalhos em espanhol ou português.

Jules Thibault, University of Ottawa 

Keynote Speaker
Hector Budman, University of Waterloo

B6. Industrial Symposium - Products and Processes for a Circular Economy

A circular economy provides an alternative to our traditional linear economy model (extract, make, use and dispose) whereby we keep resources in use for as long as possible in order to extract the most value from them while in use, and then recover and regenerate these resources into new products at the end of their service life.
This session will highlight examples of new processes and products dedicated to creating a circular economy. 

Santiago Faucher,
 Ecomaister Co. Ltd

Keynote Speaker(s):
Domenic Dimondo
, Green Mantra

1. By-products to products
2. Life Cycle Analysis
3. Design for remanufacturing
4. Cradle to cradle design
5. Up-cycling
6. Waste to fuels
7. Waste to materials
8. Metal scrap and electronic waste recycling
9. Energy and process efficiency integration
10. Regenerative products and processes
11. Sustainable design practices

B7. Accelerating Social Change within Engineering


Parnian Jadidian, University of Toronto

In the context of rising momentum for a move towards equity in sciences, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM), this session will to offer participants at all levels strategies to overcome obstacles to advancing equity in engineering. Focus is placed on gender disparities to increase awareness of invisible barriers to the professional growth of historically underrepresented groups and to initiate dialogue among members of the chemical engineering society on how we can overcome these barriers. Ultimately, the session hopes to inspire action from the audience to internalize the change, take ownership of their role in addressing inequalities in engineering communities, and take action within their realm of influence to facilitate positive social change in engineering.

This session is aimed at all audiences regardless of their identified gender, their position, or their level of professional experience. It is a space of positive change rather than an atmosphere of negativity or personal blame, so bring your positive energy along to help transform engineering into a place where all are welcome.

Keynote Speaker

Dania Kechrid, McKinsey & Company

Dania KechridBio: Kechrid is a senior business analyst at McKinsey & Company, where she advises financial institutions and principal investors on strategy topics. She co-wrote McKinsey & Company’s report on the Power of Parity in Canada (2017).





Patricia Sheridan, University of Toronto

Patricia Sheridan Bio: Sheridan is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream and the Associate Director, Undergraduate Curriculum at the Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering at the University of Toronto (UofT). Her teaching focuses on integrating teamwork and leadership into the core engineering curriculum. She has previously taught at Northwestern University, where she is a Leadership Fellow. She is a co-developer of the Team-effectiveness Learning System which is used to support teamwork learning in multiple courses at UofT, and is in the process of being commercialized as Teamworks Ed. Patricia holds a BASc and MASc in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Engineering Leadership Education. She has previously worked on large plant-design teams in industry, and on algorithms to develop co-operative multi-agent systems in robotics.

Panel Discussion

The panel will discuss the efficacy of existing and past initiatives, plus opportunities and challenges in their respective sectors, to inspire ideas of what can be done to address the gender gap.


Valerie DavidsonUniversity of Guelph

Valerie DavidsonBio: Davidson, P.Eng., has an inter-disciplinary background that combines engineering and food science. Her professional career includes consulting engineering, food manufacturing, university teaching and research. Recently she has been a consultant to the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) to develop guidance materials for food safety decision-making.

A passionate advocate for creating a more inclusive environment for women in STEM fields, Davidson served as the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Ontario from 2003 to 2011.  Under her leadership the Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWiE) was launched connecting all of the schools and faculties of engineering in Ontario.

Rian Burger, Arup

Rian BurgerBio: Burger is an Associate Principal at Arup’s Toronto office and is the Toronto Office Equality, Diversity & Inclusion representative. He has 17 years of experience working as an architect, specializing in the aviation sector. Currently, he works closely with Arup’s engineers on the aviation planning team. His experience enables him to bridge the work of Arup's planning and design teams and to assume strong design leadership roles on aviation projects of all kinds. Rian also provides an interesting perspective on how Arup has tackled social change and gender diversity.

Arup consists of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, and is a humanitarian organisation, which embraces the skills, abilities and knowledge that only a diverse and inclusive workforce can harness. They are constantly striving for diversity across the firm. 

Katrina MacDonald, City of Mississauga

Katrina MacDonaldBio: MacDonald graduated in 2009 from the University of Toronto with a Bachelors in Applied Science for Chemical Engineering.  Before joining the City of Mississauga in August 2016, her industry experience included working for an environmental testing laboratory to working for an environmental consulting firm. At the City of Mississauga, she provides technical guidance on environmental site investigations and remediation projects as well as assisting with policy review and development.