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

Jon Arnot, ARC Arnot Research & Consulting and University of Toronto

Jon ArnotBio: Jon Arnot is the President of ARC Arnot Research & Consulting and an adjunct professor in the Department of Physical and Environmental Science and in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Toronto. He has 17 years of research experience in the development, application, and evaluation of databases, methods and models to assess the exposure, hazard, and risk of organic chemicals to humans and the environment. His research has focused on the application of high-throughput screening methods for prioritizing chemicals for risk assessment. He is the principal investigator or co-investigator of various international projects including collaborations in the United States, Europe, and Canada. Dr. Arnot served on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on incorporating 21st Century Science into Risk-Based Evaluations and currently serves on Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan Science Committee (2017-2020). He was the recipient of the James M. McKim III Innovative Student Research Award (2008) from the International Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) Foundation to Reduce Animal Testing and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Best Student Paper Award (2009). Dr. Arnot holds a PhD in Environmental and Life Sciences from Trent University, an MSc from Simon Fraser University and a BSc from the University of Alberta.

Keynote Speaker: Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment in Honour of Don Mackay

Terry Bidleman, Umeå University, Sweden

Terry BidlemanBio: Terry F. Bidleman is a visiting professor in the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University, Sweden. He received a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 1970. Following  postdoctoral positions at Dalhousie University and University of Rhode Island, he took a faculty position at the Department of Chemistry and Marine Science Program at University of South Carolina, reaching the rank of full professor. He joined Environment and Climate Change Canada in 1992, where he worked as a Senior Research Scientist, and retired in 2015. During this time he held adjunct professorships in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering/Applied Chemistry at University of Toronto and in the Department of Physical Sciences at University of Toronto – Scarborough.

Bidleman’s research involves the analytical and environmental chemistry of persistent organic pollutants (POPs), current-use pesticides (CUPs) and halogenated natural products (HNPs), with applications to transport and fate in polar regions, large lakes and seas, air-surface exchange processes (air-water, air-soil, particle-gas), and use of chiral compounds as tracers of sources and biogeochemical pathways. He has published over 200 articles in refereed journals and as book chapters (h-factor 67) and was lead or contributing author on assessments of persistent chemicals in polar regions. He has supervised or cosupervised 16 PhDs, 11 MScs and 3 postdocs, and was PhD opponent/external examiner for 12 students. In 1999, he was corecipient (with Prof. James Pankow) of the American Chemical Society Award for Creative Advances in Environmental Science & Technology.

Keynote Speaker: Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment in Honour of Don Mackay

Frank Gobas, Simon Fraser University

Frank GobasBio: Dr. Gobas (M.Sc. in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology from the University of Amsterdam, Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry from the University of Toronto) is an environmental toxicologist with expertise in chemistry, chemical engineering, biology and policy analysis. Dr. Gobas' research is focused on the environmental behaviour and effects of pollutants. His research investigates how pollutants are taken up by wildlife and humans; how pollutants behave in food-webs and ecosystems; how pollutants cause health effects; and how contaminated environmental systems can be remediated. His research involves laboratory studies, field studies, simulation modelling and policy analysis.

His food-chain bioaccumulation models have been adopted by Environment Canada for bioaccumulation categorization; by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) for water quality guideline development and pesticide registration; and included in environmental simulation software packages (e.g. USEPA’s EpiSuite). Dr. Gobas has worked with government agencies and industry in Canada and the US and with international organizations on regulatory issues related to the fate and exposure of environmental contaminants in wildlife and human populations. He has also been involved in several contaminant fate and exposure studies on Super Fund sites in the US. 

Dr. Gobas has been a member of the United Nation’s Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP); a Member of the Aquatic Life Criteria Panel of the US-EPA Science Advisory Board and a Member of the Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites in British Columbia.

Dr. Gobas is a full professor in Resource & Environmental Management and an associate member of the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Details on the work of Dr. Gobas and his research group can be obtained at 

Keynote Speaker: Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment in Honour of Don Mackay

Hayley Hung, Environment and Climate Change 

Hayley HungBio: Dr. Hayley Hung is a Senior Research Scientist of the Air Quality Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada.  She studies the temporal and spatial trends, sources and transport pathways of atmospheric organic contaminants to the Arctic, the Great Lakes and other ecologically sensitive environments. She also investigates the impact of climate change and variations on the cycling of environmental pollutants.  She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Canada (Ph.D. Chemical Engineering/ Environmental Collaborative Program) under the supervision of Professor Don Mackay.  She leads the long-term air monitoring programs for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and chemicals of emerging concern in the Canadian Arctic and the Great Lakes Basin.  Hayley is Canada’s Key National Expert (KNE) of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) POPs Expert Committee.  She is the lead and co-author of over 65 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is a chapter lead in numerous international assessments on POPs and emerging chemicals of concern, including the UNEP Stockholm Convention on POPs Global Monitoring Plan First and Second Reports.

Keynote Speaker: Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment in Honour of Don Mackay

A3. Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring

Dimitris S. Argyropoulos, North Carolina State University

Lew ChristopherBio: Dr. Dimitris Argyropoulos, Professor of Chemistry at North Carolina State University, is internationally recognized for his leading contributions to Green Chemistry using wood biopolymers. His work focuses at promoting our understanding of the structure and reactivity of lignin and the development novel NMR and material science techniques for the structural elucidation and the upgrading of these biopolymers representing otherwise unsolved, intractable problems in lignin based material’s chemistry. The efforts of his research group have been disseminated in excess of 200 scientific papers, numerous scientific conferences and invited presentations.

Keynote Speaker: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring

Lew Christopher, Lakehead University

Lew ChristopherBio: Dr. Lew Christopher holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology. He has more than 25 years of industrial and academic experience in the field of bioprocessing of lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels and value-added bioproducts. He has worked as industrial research scientist and held faculty positions in departments of biotechnology, chemical and biological engineering, and environmental engineering in South Africa and USA. He has performed large-scale industrial trials and led multi-million dollar projects, carrying out pioneering work in the area of transforming pulp and paper mills into Forest Biorefineries. Currently he serves as Director of the Biorefining Research Institute and Senior Ontario Research Chair leading an interdisciplinary team of faculty and researchers from several science and engineering departments at Lakehead University. His research mission is to add value to the global Bioeconomy by applying an integrated biorefinery approach to the development of renewable energy technologies. Dr. Christopher is a member of the editorial board of several international chemical and biotechnology journals, advisory boards, and professional societies. He has made over 400 scientific contributions to the field of Lignocellulose Biorefining including 12 patents, 4 books including “Integrated Forest Biorefineries: Challenges and Opportunities” (RSC, 2013), and over 50 plenary, keynote and invited lectures delivered in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America.  

Keynote Speaker: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring

Derek Gray (Winner of 2013 Marcus Wallenberg Prize), McGill University

Derek GrayBio: Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Gray received his B.Sc. from Queen's University, Belfast. He then spent a year with Voluntary Service Overseas in Georgetown, Guyana before moving to Canada where he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in polymer chemistry from the University of Manitoba. After postdoctoral appointments in the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, and the University of Toronto, Canada, he joined the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada in Montreal, with a cross-appointment in the Department of Chemistry, McGill University, where he is currently Professor Emeritus. His research interests are in polymer, colloid and surface chemistry, with emphasis on the properties of wood, pulp and paper and cellulose. He has published more than 200 publications in refereed journals, with over 16,000 citations to his research. Discoveries from his research group have included the first reported formation of liquid crystalline cellulose derivatives, and the preparation and self assembly of cellulose nanocrystals to give chiral nematic suspensions and ordered films. These unexpected properties have led to wide interest in the production and application of nanocellulosic materials. He received the Anselme Payen award of the American Chemical Society in 1994, and the Marcus Wallenberg Prize in 2013 for scientific achievements relevant to forestry and forest industries. 

Keynote Speaker: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring

Kristiina Iisa, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 

Bjarne HolmbomBio: Kristiina Iisa has over thirty years of experience in thermochemical conversion processes and air pollution control. She is currently Senior Research Engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Her current research focuses on the production of biofuels and chemicals via catalytic fast pyrolysis of biomass. Prior to joining NREL, she served as a faculty member at Oregon State University and the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology (currently Aalto University) and Ph.D. from Abo Akademi University in Finland. 


Keynote Speaker: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring 

Patrice Mangin, Université du Québec a Trois Rivières

Bjarne HolmbomPatrice Mangin is CEO of BioEnergy La Tuque (BELT) and bio-economy/bioenergy industry chair at University of Québec in Trois-Rivières. PhD in process engineering (Institut National Polytechnique, Grenoble, France), he demonstrates a 40+ years successful track-record in the forest products and associated industries. He started his career at Paprican (now FPinnovations) in 1978, spent 17 years there, and was privileged to have David Göring as his first research VP.  He is a member of UQTR CRML (biomass) and CIRODD (Polytechnique) centres, and associate member of UQTR IRH (hydrogen) institute. He is on the board of Quebec Association for the Production of Renewable Energy (AQPER), chair of the bioenergy committee. He is on AGENDA 2020 (Washington) CTO committee which coordinates the US strategy on the development of forest bio-economy.  He is/has been a member of above 30 boards of various associations and professional organizations. He has (co)authored 300+ articles, presented 600+ conferences all over the world. Dr. Mangin received many awards, including gold medals (PAPTAC, TAGA), Excellence in Research (UQTR, TAPPI). He is a PAPTAC and TAPPI Fellow.

Distinguished Keynote Speaker: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring 

Robert Pelton, McMaster University 

Robert PeltonBio: Robert Pelton is a professor of chemical engineering at McMaster University and holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Technologies.    Working with 60+ graduate students, 36 post docs, and 100+ summer students, Pelton’s team has produced more than 315 peer reviewed publications and 10500 citations (ISI H index 49) involving a wide range of topics in colloid and polymer science.  Best known for his invention of polyNIPAM thermosensitive microgels and his vision of the SENTINEL Bioactive Paper initiative, Pelton has won a number of awards, including the Technical Association of the American Pulp and Paper Association (TAPPI) Van den Akker Award for paper physics (2013), Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, Chemical Institute of Canada (2009), and the 2010 Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award, McMaster University.  Pelton is a TAPPI fellow and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. 

Keynote Speaker: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring 

Orlando Rojas, Aalto University, Finland

Orlando RojasBio: Orlando Rojas is the current chair of the Materials Platform of Aalto University, Finland, where he holds affiliation as professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems. He is also Adjunct Professor of North Carolina State University, USA, where he was professor for 12 years in the Department of Forest Biomaterials. Prof. Rojas is elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and is the recipient of the 2015 Tappi Nanotechnology Award. Together with his students he has published over 300 peer-reviewed journal papers related to the core research of his group, “Bio-based Colloids and Materials”, which mainly deals with nanostructures from renewable materials and their utilization in multiphase systems. He was awarded recently with the prestigious European Research Council ERC Advanced Grant.
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Keynote Speaker: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring 

Michael Tam, University of Waterloo

Michael TamBio: Michael Tam obtained his B.Eng. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical engineering from Monash University, Australia in 1982 and 1991 respectively. He spent 18 months on a postdoctoral fellowship at the Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University Canada, and subsequently taught at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore for 15 years. In June 2007 he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo as a tenured full professor, and holds the position of University Research Chair in the field of functional colloids and sustainable nanomaterials. He is an active member of the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology. His research interests are in colloids, self-assembly systems, polymer-surfactant interactions, and drug delivery systems. He has published more than 300 journal articles in various fields of polymer science and engineering. His total citation exceeds 12,000 and his H-index is 60. He is also an associate editor of ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering.

Keynote Speaker: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring 

Theodorus G.M. van de Ven, McGill University

Theodorus van de VenBio: Professor Theo van de Ven holds the Sir William C. Macdonald Chair in the Department of Chemistry at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He is an expert in colloid and surface chemistry, both in fundamental aspects and applied to papermaking and cellulosic materials. He has published over 400 papers in the scientific literature, among which a book (“Colloidal Hydrodynamics”, Acad. Press 1989) and several book chapters. 

He obtained the equivalent of a B.Sc and M.Sc. (in physical and colloid chemistry with a minor in theoretical physics) from the University of Utrecht, Holland, and obtained his PhD from McGill University (1976). After a 2 year postdoc at the University of Sydney, Australia, he returned to McGill, where he is now a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry. Prior to that, he held a Paprican Adjunct Professorship in the same department, while employed by the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada (Paprican), where he became a principal scientist. In this capacity he was responsible for Academic Affairs of Paprican and was part of their Operating Management Group.

Presently Prof Theo van de Ven is the co-director of the Quebec Centre for Advanced Materials (QCAM). Prior to that he was Director of the Quebec Centre on Self-Assembled Chemical Structures (CSACS) and the Scientific Director of a NSERC Strategic Research network on Green Fibres.

Keynote Speaker: Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring

A4. Industrial Biocatalysis: Harnessing the power of genomics

Eduardo Agosin, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Chile

Eduardo AgosinBio: Eduardo Agosin is full professor of Biotechnology at the School of Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC), Santiago, Chile. His research interests are related with metabolic engineering of yeasts for the sustainable production of bioflavours. He has published more than 100 scientific papers (h-index (ISI) = 30) and 20 book chapters. He has been visiting professor at MIT (Boston, 1998), Technical University of Denmark (Lingby, 2005) and Université de Bordeaux (Bordeaux, 2015). He has graduated 17 Ph.D. students and 25 M.Sc. and currently supervises 6 Ph.D. and 4 M.Sc. students. He is also the founder and president of the Centro de Aromas y Sabores, a start-up focusing on chemical and sensory analyses of odor-active compounds, and the development of innovative technologies related with flavour optimization in foods and beverages.

Keynote Speaker: Industrial Biocatalysis: Harnessing the power of genomics

Kurt Faber, Karl Franzens Universität Graz, Austria

Kurt FaberBio:
1973-79 Studies of chemistry at the University of Graz, 1982 Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry.
1982-83: Post-doctoral fellowship at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
1983-89: University assistant at Graz University of Technology,
1990 Habilitation on Biocatalytic Transformations.
1997 Associate Professor at Graz University of Technology.
1998 Full Professor at University of Graz.
Visiting scientist / guest professor at:
University of Tokyo (1987/1988), Exeter University (1990), University of Trondheim (1994), Stockholm University (2001), University of Minneapolis (2005), ESPCI Paris (2010). 

Keynote Speaker: Industrial Biocatalysis: Harnessing the power of genomics

Adalberto Noyola RoblesNational Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Mexico

Bio: Adalberto Noyola is an environmental engineer with a PhD in wastewater treatment engineering from INSA-Toulouse, France. He is a senior researcher and former Head of the Institute of Engineering (2008-2016) at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); he is a member of the National System of Researchers (3, highest level). He has served as president of several professional associations, including the Inter American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (AIDIS). His work has focused on developing research for providing innovative solutions for wastewater and sludge treatment by biological processes. As a result, he developed 5 patents, 2 of them transferred and in application, and published more than 60 research papers in leading scientific journals (JCR). He has been the supervisor of 52 undergraduate students, 27 master in engineering and in science students and 10 PhD students.

He also entered into climate change issues by studying methane emissions from wastewater treatment facilities, mainly for municipal sewage, based on a 3-year project funded by IDRC Canada (2010-2013) under his supervision. At present, his research projects deal with anaerobic processes (wastewater treatment, sludge digestion, membrane bioreactors) and the determination of methane emission factors from municipal wastewater treatment facilities.
He is an associate editor for Water Science & Technology since 2011, and Chemosphere since 2016

Keynote Speaker: Industrial Biocatalysis: Harnessing the power of genomics

A5. Global Engineering

Sávia Gavazza, Federal University of Pernambuco

Savia GavazzaBio: Sávia Gavazza has her bachelor’s in Civil Engineer from the Federal University of Alagoas (1998), northeast of Brazil. She received her PhD in Civil Engineering, Hydraulics and Sanitation from University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) in 2003. She is Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE - since 2006) and Status Only Professor at the University of Toronto (since 2017). She was visiting professor at Cornell University (2012-2013) and at the University of Toronto (2016-2017). She is Chair of the Graduate Program in Civil Engineering at UFPE. The biological treatment of textile wastewater, bioremediation of aromatic compounds, and the sanitary protection of rainwater stored in cisterns represent her major research lines.

Keynote Speaker: Global Engineering

Venkatesh Mannar, University of Toronto

Venkatesh Mannar

Bio: M.G. Venkatesh Mannar is a technology leader who has pioneered effective international nutrition, technology and development initiatives focused on the world’s most vulnerable citizens.  

He graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras with a B. Tech in Chemical Engineering in 1970 and a master’s degree from Northwestern University in 1972.  He served as the President of the Micronutrient Initiative Canada (MI) for nearly 20 years until February 2014. In that role Mannar directed the organisation’s mission to develop, implement and monitor cost-effective and sustainable solutions for micronutrient deficiencies, also known as hidden hunger. Under his leadership, MI has grown to play a major role in the development and expansion of supplementation and food fortification programmes to address hidden hunger in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East

Since January 2015 Mannar has been dividing his time between India, Canada and the United States. He is serving as a Special Adviser on Nutrition to the Tata Trusts on nutrition policy, scale up of nutrition programmes, monitoring and evaluation of effectiveness of interventions and a special Adviser to the Tata Cornell Agriculture and Nutrition Initiative (TCi) of Cornell University.
He is also pursuing his research and teaching interests in these areas through his appointments as Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science, University of Toronto and visiting Faculty Member in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University. Mannar and his co-researchers at U of T continue to develop cutting-edge technologies to enhance the nutritional quality of foods to improve health and wellbeing across the world. He is the co-editor of a book entitled ‘Food Fortification in a Globalized World’ to be published shortly by The Academic Press.
In 2013, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s greatest civilian honours, for his leadership in the global fight against malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency.  In Jun 2016, he was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by the University of Toronto. 

Keynote Speaker: Global Engineering

Jaykumar Menon, McGill University

Jaykumar MenonBio: An award-winning international human rights lawyer, social entrepreneur, and teacher, Jaykumar Menon helps millions of the world’s poor by pioneering and leveraging new technologies.

Collectively, his concepts in open innovation have attracted more than $120 million in funding.  His latest initiative, the Open Source Pharma Foundation, aims to provide affordable medicines for all in a global open-source pharmaceutical ecosystem.   He is also a founder of the India Nutrition Initiative, developing salt double-fortified with iron and iodine to address the world’s most widespread form of malnutrition; the initiative currently reaches over ten million people daily.

Previously, Jaykumar led the international development and education programs at the XPRIZE Foundation, a group dedicated to achieving “radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity”. As a human rights lawyer at the New York City-based Center for Constitutional Rights, he won victories in several high profile cases. His work includes representing student leaders of Tiananmen Square against the ex-Premier of China, helping win a $4 billion judgment on behalf of victims of the Bosnian genocide, and freeing a man wrongfully convicted of murder, as the fifteenth lawyer to take up the case. As a scholar, he has written articles in leading international human rights law reference journals and books.

Formerly a Professor of Practice at the McGill University Institute for the Study of International Development, Jaykumar is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law at McGill University in Montreal Canada.  He holds a JD and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University along with a BA degree and one year of medical school at Brown. He was recently awarded the Brown University alumni association’s highest honor, presented to one graduate annually for living a life of “usefulness and reputation.” Through his creative and strategic approach, he hopes to bring about large-scale social change in the communities he works with.

Keynote Speaker: Global Engineering

Don Mercer, University of Guelph

Don MercerBio: Dr. Don Mercer, P.Eng. is an Associate Professor with the Department of Food Science, University of Guelph and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology.  His research interests are in food process engineering, with specific emphasis on dehydration and drying.  For the past fifteen years, he has been working with the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) Distance Education Task Force in developing and delivering training modules for food industry workers in Sub-Saharan Africa.  In addition, he has participated in the “Education for Employment Program” sponsored by the Canadian Government to develop food-based training programs in Tanzania, Dominica, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.  Since 2014, Don has been working with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) and IUFoST to present food processing workshops for entrepreneurs and small-scale farmers in the Caribbean, South America,  Southeast Asia, and Africa.   Prior to joining the University of Guelph, Don spent ten years with the Research Branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and fourteen years as Senior Research Engineer with Kraft-General Foods Canada.

Keynote Speaker: Global Engineering

Hosahalli Ramaswamy, McGill University

Hosahalli RamaswamiBio: Dr. Hosahalli Ramaswamy holds BS and MS degrees from India, and MS and PhD from Canada. He is a Professor of Food Processing at McGill University, Canada. During the 30 years at McGill, he has established a very strong research program in thermal and non-thermal processing of foods (conventional canning, agitation processing, microwave processing, aseptic processing, ohmic heating, high pressure processing, pulsed light), computer simulation and modeling, and use of artificial neural network for process calculation, characterization, kinetics, optimization and control. He has won many international awards and is a Fellow of several professional societies. His highest awards were the Life Time Achievement Award of the International Association of Food Engineers and the Fellow of Royal Society of Canada.

Keynote Speaker: Global Engineering

Syed Rizvi, Cornell University

Syed Rizvi

Bio: Dr. Rizvi is International Professor of Food Process Engineering at Cornell University and has served as Director of Graduate Studies of the Field of Food Science & Technology. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell and the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto in Canada

Dr. Rizvi received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, a M. Eng. (Chemical Engineering) from the University of Toronto, and a B. Tech. from Panjab University, India. 

He teaches courses devoted to engineering and processing aspects of food science and related biomaterials. His laboratory is engaged in research on experimental and theoretical aspects of bioseparation processes using supercritical fluids and membranes, cryogenic freezing, high pressure extrusion with supercritical carbon dioxide, physical and engineering properties of biomaterials and novel food processing technologies. 

Dr. Rizvi has published over 180 technical papers, co-authored/edited six books, holds seven patents and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. 

He was selected as a Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and served as a Science Adviser at the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC in 2007-2008. He has been a Visiting Professor at several universities including Bogor Agricultural University (Indonesia), Institute of Food Technology (Brazil), and University of Toronto (Canada). 

His other recent academic credentials include:
• Excellence in Teaching Award, Advisory Council, Cornell University, 2014
• Stanley Watson Award, Processing and Engineering Div., AACCI, 2012
• Fellow, International Academy of Food Science and Technology, 2010
• Bor S. Luh International Award, Institute of Food Technologists, 2010
• Fellow, Institute of Food Technologists, 2000
• Number of Ph.D. scholars supervised, 26
• Number of Masters students supervised, 60

Keynote Speaker: Global Engineering

Kofi Taha, MIT D-Lab

Bio: Kofi's work focuses on advancing asset-based approaches to community-driven technology design and solution finding in communities where people on average earn less than $3 a day. He has co-facilitated village-level design-thinking trainings in Uganda and Haiti; helped interdisciplinary teams commercialize social impact products in Ghana and Tanzania; provided support to local innovation centers in Brazil, Colombia, and India; and helped build the international Development Innovation Network, a global community of 1000+ innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers and educators. Regardless of context or whether technology is a focus, what drives his work is a commitment to improving the use of  inclusive practices that lead to practical solutions and equitable opportunity. Kofi studied poltiical economy at Columbia University, urban planning at MIT, and is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; he is from the Bronx and rarely eats pizza outside of New York City. 

Keynote Speaker: Global Engineering

Marcos von Sperling, Federal University of Minas Gerais 

Marcos von SperlingBio: Civil engineer, working in the field of wastewater treatment for around 40 years. PhD in Environmental Engineering (Imperial College London). Full Professor at the Department of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering of the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Fellow of the International Water Association (IWA). International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). Editor of the IWA Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development. Author of six textbooks published in English, Portuguese and Spanish.  

Keynote Speaker: Global Engineering

A6. Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

Daniel Bélanger, Université du Québec

Bio: Daniel Bélanger is currently Professor and holder of a “Chaire de recherche sur les nouveaux matériaux pour les technologies de l'énergie” in the Département de Chimie de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Daniel Bélanger obtained a BSc in Chemistry at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), a MSc in Chemistry at Université Laval, and a PhD in photoelectrochemistry in 1985 under the supervision of Jean-Pol Dodelet at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS). He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) with Prof. Mark S. Wrighton, before joining the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in 1987 as an assistant professor. His current research interests in the area of electrochemistry include chemical and electrochemical modification of surfaces and electrochemical energy storage and conversion systems. He has published over 185 publications, which have cited more than 12000 times (h-index= 51, Scopus). 

Keynote Speaker: Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

Shawn Litster, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Shawn Litster

Bio: Shawn Litster is a Professor and the Russell V. Trader Faculty Fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University (2008) and his B.Eng. and M.A.Sc. degrees from the University of Victoria in Canada. His current research focus is micro- and nano-scale transport phenomena in energy conversion technologies where electrochemistry and electrokinetics play a dominant role, including fuel cells, batteries, and ultra-capacitors. The present leading research thrusts in his group include developing novel fuel cell electrodes with low to zero Pt loading and in-operando X-ray imaging diagnostics for lithium batteries. His research interests also include multiphase flow in porous media and micro-channels, non-linear dynamics, catalytic gasification, and microfluidic pumping. He is also the director of Carnegie Mellon’s X-ray Computed Tomography Facility, which features an ultra-high resolution (50 nm) X-ray CT. He is a recipient of Carnegie Mellon’s George Tallman Ladd Research Award, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, the University of Victoria’s Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal, and best paper/presentation awards from The Electrochemical Society and the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. He is an author of over 50 journal papers and three book chapters. He is also an inventor for three US patents on fuel cell design.

Keynote Speaker: Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

Xiaolei Wang, Concordia University

Xiaolei WangBio: Xiaolei Wang is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Concordia University, Canada.  He obtained his Ph.D. from Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Yunfeng Lu.  Before joining Concordia in 2017, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow Researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo.  Dr. Wang’s research mainly focuses on the rational design and development of advanced materials for electrochemical energy technologies including batteries and electrocatalysis.  He has thus far published over 50 papers in top journals in nano, energy and materials fields such as Nat. Commun., Energy Environ. Sci., Adv. Energy Mater., Angew. Chem. with a high h-index of 23.  Dr. Wang is the awardee of NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplements Grant and the organizing committee member of the international conference on Electrochemical Energy Science and Technology (EEST2018).  

Keynote Speaker: Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

Bingjun Xu, University of Delaware, USA

Bio: Bingjun Xu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at University of Delaware. Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, advised by Prof. Friend, from Harvard University in 2011. His thesis established a mechanistic framework for oxidative coupling reactions on the Au surface through surface science studies. Dr. Xu worked with Prof. Davis at Caltech on the development of a low temperature, manganese oxide based thermochemical cycle for water splitting. Upon finishing his postdoc, he joined the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at University of Delaware in 2013. The current research interest of the Xu lab spans heterogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis and in-situ spectroscopy. Dr. Xu is an awardee of NSF Early Career Award (2017), the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (2017), and the ACS Petroleum Research Fund Doctoral New Investigator Award (2015).   

Keynote Speaker: Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

Sohrab Zendehboudi, Memorial University

Sohrab Zendehboudi

Bio: Sohrab Zendehboudi is an Assistant Professor and Statoil Chair in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University, NL, Canada.  His research interests include Reservoir Engineering, Energy & Environment, and Carbon Management. Sohrab has authored or/and coauthored over 100 technical papers, book chapters, and books. For more than 10 years, Dr. Zendehboudi has worked as a process engineer, researcher, instructor, supervisor, and professor at various companies/universities in Iran, Kuwait, USA, and Canada. Sohrab holds Keynote Speaker: Water Resources & Process- Affected Watera PhD in Chemical Engineering (specializing in Transport Phenomena in Porous Media) from the University of Waterloo, Canada.

Keynote Speaker: Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

A7. Water Resources & Process-Affected Water

Jose Colina-Marquez, Universidad de Cartagena

Jose Colina-MarquezBio: Dr. Jose Colina-Marquez is Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Cartagena since 2010. He obtained his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Atlántico (1996) and his M. Sc. and Ph. D in Chemical Engineering from the University of Valle (2008 and 2010, respectively). Currently, he is leading the Research Group of Modeling and Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes that is aimed to solve water detoxification issues by using these technologies. He is also the member of the Editorial Committee of the Revista Ingeniería y Competitividad (University of Valle, 2012) and the member of the Editorial Committee of the Revista Ciencias e Ingeniería (University of Cartagena, 2011). He was awarded with the “Magna cum laude” grade for his PhD studies, granted by the University of Valle (2010) and “Junior Researcher of the year”, granted by the Colombian Society of Catalysis (2012).

Keynote Speaker: Water Resources & Process- Affected Water

Philip Jessop, Queen's University

Philip Jessop

Bio: Philip Jessop FRSC, is the Canada Research Chair of Green Chemistry at Queen’s University in Canada and the Technical Director of GreenCentre Canada. His research interests include green solvents and the chemistry of CO2. Distinctions include the NSERC Polanyi Award (2008), a Killam Research Fellowship (2010), Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Award (2012), the Eni Award for New Frontiers for Hydrocarbons (2013) and Fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada and the Royal Society of Chemistry. He serves as Chair of the Editorial Board for the journal Green Chemistry, has chaired two major international conferences and helped create GreenCentre Canada, a centre for the commercialization of green chemistry technologies. 

Keynote Speaker: Water Resources & Process- Affected Water

Keynote Speaker: Water Resources & Process-Affected Water

Emily Moore, Hatch

Emily Moore

Bio: Emily Moore is currently working at Hatch as the Managing Director, Innovation. Emily oversees the product development portfolio for the company, leading a team that works across all three sectors identify and develop new engineering solutions that solve pressing client needs. Before taking on her current role, Emily was the Managing Director, Water, leading the Hatch water business serving the public and industrial markets. She was responsible for the integration of several new acquisitions into a consolidated global business and led the development of Hatch’s integrated water service offering for the mining industry. Previously, Emily was Hatch’s Director of Technology Development, responsible for technology portfolio management including project development, technology transfer, industry-university partnerships and intellectual property management. Previous to Hatch, Emily worked at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada for 11 years as Principal Engineer and Process Engineer. Emily has an education a Bachelor Degree in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University and a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University. In 2016 Emily was recognized as one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining and received the SCI Canada Kalev Pugi Award.

Keynote Speaker: Water Resources & Process - Affected Water

Keynote Speaker: Water Resources & Process-Affected Water

Symposia | Special Sessions | Technical Tracks

B. Special Sessions

B4. Modern Engineering Education

Andy Dicks, University of Toronto

Andy DicksBio: Andrew (Andy) Dicks joined the University of Toronto Chemistry Department in 1997, after undergraduate and graduate studies in the United Kingdom. He was hired as part of the university teaching-stream faculty in 2001 and has research interests in undergraduate laboratory instruction that involve designing novel and stimulating experiments, particularly those that showcase green chemistry principles. Following promotion in 2006, he became Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies and developed an ongoing interest in improving the student experience in his department. He has earned several pedagogical awards, including the University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award, the Canadian Institute of Chemistry National Award for Chemical Education, and a 2011 American Chemical Society-Committee on Environmental Improvement Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education. In 2014 he was co-chair of the 23rd IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education which was held in Toronto, and became a Canadian 3M National Teaching Fellow in 2016.

Keynote Speaker: Modern Engineering Education

Anastasia Elias, University of Alberta

Anastasia Elias

Bio: Dr. Anastasia Elias joined the department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2008, and is currently an Associate Professor. She holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering (U of A, 2007) and a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics (U of A, 2002). During her graduate studies she was a visiting researcher at the Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (2003-2006), where she conducted research in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. From 2007-2008 she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Materials and Interfacial Chemistry Group at the NRC National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT) in Edmonton. From 2016-2017 she was a Humboldt Fellow at the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research, Dresden, Germany. Dr. Elias serves on the Editorial Board of PLOS One, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Scientific Reports (A Nature Publication).  

Dr. Elias’ research is focused on the development of responsive and functional polymers and composites, and on developing new techniques to pattern soft materials on the micro- and nanoscale. Some of her work focuses on the development of smart materials for sensors, particularly for applications relating to food freshness and safety. She has authored 38 journal publications and holds two patents. She is also interested in research in engineering education, and has authored one paper in the field. In 2017 she was awarded a McCalla Professorship for the integration of teaching and research. She is constantly seeking new methods and tools to engage her students.

Keynote Speaker: Modern Engineering Education

Marnie Jamieson, University of Alberta

Anastasia Elias

Bio: Marnie V. Jamieson, M. Sc. (Chemical Engineering), P.Eng. (Alberta) is an Industrial Professor in Chemical Process Design in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta, and holds the William Magee Chair in Process Design. In her current role, she teaches chemical process design and focuses her mixed methods research on the application of blended and active learning to engineering design, student assessment, continuous course improvement techniques, and teaching engineering leadership and innovation. She recently managed and was a key contributor to a two-year pilot project to introduce Blended Learning into Engineering Capstone Design Courses, and has co-authored a number of journal articles, a book chapter, and conference contributions on this work and on other engineering design education topics. She is the co chair of the upcoming CSChE 2018 Modern Engineering Education session in Toronto. 

Keynote Speaker: Modern Engineering Education

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

Keynote Speakers: 

Hector Budman, University of Waterloo 

Hector BudmanBio: Hector Budman obtained his PhD degree in mechanical engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, in 1988. He conducted postdoctoral research in chemical engineering at Caltech- the California Institute of Technology from 1988-1991.  Budman joined the University of Waterloo in 1992 as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and is currently a professor in this department. He has received several research fellowships including the Lady Davis Visiting Professor Fellowship, Bantrell-Caltech and Rothschild Scholarship Awards. In 2014 he was awarded the D. G. Fisher Award for significant contributions in process systems engineering in Canada. 
Budman’s research interests include: model-based control and optimization algorithms that are robust to model error, development of inferential sensors and the application of process systems engineering concepts to biotechnological processes. Hector has extensively applied his expertise to the Canadian industry in different areas such as metal smelting, pulp and paper production, water treatment and pharmaceuticals. He has pursued these collaborations through a variety of contracts, grants and NSERC networks of excellence and as a visiting scientist at Sanofi Pasteur. Budman has co-authored over 150 refereed journal and conference publications. He has also participated in the organization of several national and international conferences, including serving as the Conference chair of the 2014 CSChE Conference. 

Keynote Speaker: Chemical Engineering Research in Latin America 

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

Keynote Speakers: 

Domenic Dimondo, Green Mantra

Domenic DimondoKeynote Speaker: Industrial Symposium - Products and Processes for a Circular Economy





Symposia | Special Sessions | Technical Tracks

C. Technical Tracks

C1. Advanced Functional Materials

Benoit Lessard, University of Ottawa

Domenic Dimondo





Keynote Speaker: Advanced Functional Materials

Alcides Leao, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil

Alcides Leao

Bio: Prof. Alcides Lopes Leao is full professor of Biocomposites and Bioenergy at the Department of Biotechnology and Bioprocess, School of Agricultural Sciences, Sao Paulo State University – UNESP, Sao Paulo, Brazil. His research interests are related with natural polymers for composites at macro, micro and nano scales; biofuel and smart materials. He has published more than 100 scientific papers (h-index 23 and H inex i10: 47) and 30 book chapters. Has participated in 330 international meetings He has been visiting scientist at Forest Products laboratory, Madison, WI; visiting professor at Uof. He has graduated 12 Ph.D. students and 24 M.Sc.; supervision of 6 post doctors and currently supervises 4 Ph.D. and 4 M.Sc. students. He is also the founder of the following spin-off companies: The Water Safe Company; Plastitech; Nanoway and Tech Easy. Has coordinated several international and national projects; FAO consultant in several countries; Char of the Consultative Committee of the Common Fund For Commodities, Amsterdam.

Keynote Speaker: Advanced Functional Materials

Alejandro D. Rey, McGill University

Alejandro Rey

Bio: Professor Rey has been a faculty member at McGill University since 1988 following his education at City College of New York (CCNY) and  UC Berkeley (PhD). Since 2002 he is the  James McGill Professor of Chemical Engineering.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and the American Physical Society. His distinctions include Olaf A. Hougen Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Cesar Milstein Fellow (Argentina), Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge UK) Visiting Professor, the Mason Award from the Canadian Society of Rheology and the inaugural Research Excellence Award (Faculty Eng., McGill Univ.). His current editorial appointments include Soft Mater, Colloids and Surface Communications, and Liquid Crystals journals. He has co-authored 386 refereed publications, given 139 invited seminars and 34 plenary talks. His alumni include 12 engineering professors.  Professor Rey's research interests include computational material science of structural and functional materials, rheology, thermodynamics and interfacial science of soft matter, biological materials, biological polymer processing, liquid crystal physics and new energy sources. 

Keynote Speaker: Advanced Functional Materials

C3. Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Marc A. Dubé, University of Ottawa

Marc DubéBio: Prof. Marc Dubé is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and is the current Vice-Dean Research in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Ottawa. With over 30 years’ experience in polymer reaction engineering research, he is recognized as a pioneer in the development of sustainable polymerization processes. Much of his work has included the synthesis of new polymers using renewable materials ranging from glycerol (waste by-product from biodiesel process) for hydrogel production; limonene (extract from citrus fruit peels) for adhesive applications; conjugated linoleic acid (from soybean oil) for binders; starch-based monomers for use in coatings and adhesive applications; and nanocomposites using cellulose nanocrystals. 
Prof. Dubé is a Fellow of both the Chemical Institute of Canada and the Engineering Institute of Canada, has over 100 journal publications and over 150 conference presentations. Recently, he was awarded the 2017 G.S. Glinski Award for Research Excellence at the University of Ottawa.

Keynote Speaker: for Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Josephine Hill, University of Calgary

Bio: Dr. Josephine Hill is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering of the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary. She received her education and training at the University of Waterloo (BASc and MASc) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (PhD) and worked for two years at Surface Science Western at the University of Western Ontario between her graduate degrees. Dr. Hill’s research is in the area of catalysis with applications to hydrotreating, gasification, and the conversion of solid waste materials, such as petroleum coke and biomass, into catalysts supports and activated carbon.

Keynote Speaker: Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

Do Heui Kim, Seoul National University, South Korea

Do Heui Kim

Bio: Prof. Do Heui Kim is currently an associate professor in School of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Seoul National University.  After obtaining PhD in Chemical Engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2000, he joined Prof. Harold Kung’s group as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University.  He worked as a senior research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) from 2002 to 2011, when he returned to Korea to take the current position.  His work has focused on the application of heterogeneous catalyst to solve the energy and environmental issues, such as catalytic activation of methane and biomass to produce value-added products, and catalytic elimination of vehicle exhaust gases (NOx, CO and hydrocarbon), while he is also interested in understanding the role of catalyst and reaction mechanism during reaction.  He has published more than 120 scientific papers.

Keynote Speaker: Catalysis and Reaction Engineering

C4. Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

Suzanne Kresta, University of Saskatchewan 

Suzanne KrestaBio: Dr. Kresta joined the University of Saskatchewan on January 1, 2018 as Dean of the College of Engineering after 26 years at the University of Alberta. She holds a BSc from the University of New Brunswick (UNB, 1986), an MSc in Integrated Design of Chemical Plants from the University of Leeds (UK), and a PhD from McMaster University (1992). Over her career, she has worked in 20 different industrial sectors on turbulent, multiphase mixing problems ranging from drinking water to metal extraction. Several of companies have been collaborators for over twenty years. Students who have graduated from her research group hold academic positions across Canada and in Europe, and she treasures close relationships with a number of her former undergraduates who are also academics. She has been recognized with a number of national and international awards for her research, teaching, and leadership, and is a co-editor of the Handbook of Industrial Mixing, and chief editor of Advances in Industrial Mixing (all the topics that were not covered in the first volume).

Keynote Speaker: Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

Chris Sideroff, Applied CCM Inc.

Chris SideroffBio: Dr. Chris Sideroff has a BSc and MSc in Mechanical Engineering from University of Alberta and obtained his PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Syracuse University in 2009. Prior to starting Applied CCM in Canada he has held a variety of industrial engineering positions. He is currently the founder and managing director at Applied CCM Inc, a company conducting research and development, providing technical support, and offering training for both open-source and commercial CFD software such as as Caelus, OpenFOAM, and Pointwise. His current professional interests are the simulation of complex multi-phase flows, automation methods for mesh generation, robust solution methodologies for industrial-scale applications, overset grid technologies, and uncertainty quantification and error estimation. He is an active contributor and one of the maintainers of the open-source library, Caelus. 

Keynote Speaker: Chemical Engineering Fundamentals

C5. Energy and Natural Resources

Ijaz A. Rauf, SolarGrid Energy 

Ijaz A. RaufBio: Dr. Ijaz Rauf is an expert  in the areas of nano-technology,  thin films and nano-materials especially for their applications in solar cells and nano-biotechnologies based sensors and detectors. He obtained a Ph.D. in Physics from Cambridge University England. Ijaz started his career as a consultant for a small business, while working as a researcher and then professor at various universities in Canada and the USA. Eight years later he went to high-tech industry where he obtained his Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification. He has founded and co- founded three high-tech companies and is currently President and CEO at SolarGrid Energy Inc. and managing his own Six Sigma Consulting Company Eminent-Tech Corporation. Besides leading the two business ventures, he is also an Adjunct Professor at the department of Physics and Astronomy, York University and a visiting professor at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) Synyani, Ghana. 

Keynote Speaker: Energy and Natural Resources 

Toshi (Toshiyuki) Sato, AISIN Seiki Co. Ltd.

Toshi (Toshiyuki) SatoBio: Toshiyuki Sato received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.Sc. in Fluid Mechanics from Michigan State University in 2004. Since 2006, he has worked in the Energy Engineering department of Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd in Kariya, Japan. He is currently a project leader in overseas business development of energy-related products. His previous roles at the company include research and development on compressors for gas heat pumps and fuel cell stacks for SOFC micro CHP. Prior to his work at Aisin Seiki, Mr.Sato worked on the design and testing of centrifugal compressors at Solar Turbines (A Caterpillar Company) in San Diego, California and performed joint research on unmanned aerial vehicles with NASA in San Jose, California.

Keynote Speaker: Energy and Natural Resources 

Ponisseril Somasundaran, Columbia University, USA

Bio: Ponisseril Somasundaran received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and before that his Bachelor of Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science andShaily Mahendra Bachelor of Science from Kerala University.  After 5 years with the International Minerals and Chemical Corporation and Reynolds Industries, he was invited by Columbia University in 1970 to join the faculty of the prestigious Henry Krumb School of Mines. In 1983 he was invested as the first La von Duddleson Krumb Professor, in 1987 he became the first Director of the Langmuir Center for Colloids & Interfaces, and in 1998 he assumed the directorship of the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Center for Advanced Studies in Novel Surfactants. He was also elected Chairperson of the Henry Krumb School in 1988 and 1991, Chairperson of Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Material Science & Mineral Engineering in 1992 and 1995.

He was inducted in l985 into the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional distinction that can be conferred to an engineer at that time, and later to the Chinese National Academy of Engineering, the Indian National Academy of Engineering, the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the Balkan Academy of Mineral Technology Sciences. More recently he was the sole Foreign Fellow elected to the Royal Society of Canada.

Prof. Somasundaran is the author/editor of 15 books and over 700 scientific publications and patents.  He was recently appointed to the EPA BOSC (Board of Science Council) and will chair  the combined BOSC Subcommittees for Chemical Safety for Sustainability and Human Health Risk Assessment research program, as well as to the executive committee.

Keynote Speaker: Energy and Natural Resources

Chunbao (Charles) Xu, Western University

Bio: Dr. Charles Xu is a full Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Director of the Industrial Bioproducts Laboratory of Western University, and was the NSERC/FPInnovations Industrial Research Chair in Forest Biorefinery between 2011 and 2016. Dr. Xu graduated from Anhui University of Technology (formerly East China Institute of Metallurgy) with a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering in June 1993, and he earned two Ph.D. degrees, one in Metallurgical Engineering (1998) from University of Science and Technology Beijing, and the other in Chemical Engineering (2004) from The University of Western Ontario. He has acquired international reputation in the field of biorefinery, particularly in the production of bio-energy, bio-fuels, bio-based chemicals and materials from forestry and agricultural wastes and residues. In the past 10 years, he has contributed to training of 110+ HQP (25+ PDF/research assistants, 60+ graduate students and 30+ BSc undergraduate students), and authoring of 2 Springer books on biorefinery, 14 book chapters and over 160 papers in peer-reviewed journals. In accordance to Google Scholar, his work has received a total citation of 5400+ with an H-index of 40 to date. His research has also resulted in 9 international patent (PCT) or US/Canadian provisional patents filed, and over 20 invention disclosures reported. He was the recipient of the Syncrude Canada Innovation Award in 2011 from CSChE, the 2014 Outstanding Profile Award in Professionals Sector from Fairchild Television, and more recently the 2015 VELUX Visiting Professorship at Aalborg University, Denmark, 2016 Visiting Erskine Fellowship at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and the 2016 Vanguard Award for License Agreement Signed from WORLDiscoveries. He has been serving as the co-editor-in-chief for the International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering (IJCRE) since 2011.

Keynote Speaker: Energy and Natural Resources

C6. Engineering & Entrepreneurship

Ali Kamel H. Al Jibouri, CleanIn Water Inc.

Ali Kamel H. Al JibouriBio: Ali has PhD and two MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering. He also have many years of experience in education, research and industrial fields. During his graduate studies at Ryerson University, Ali received a total of 17 awards and scholarships, including Ravi Ravindran Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award and Norman Esch Engineering Innovation & Entrepreneurship Awards, Stages 1-3. He also received the Excellence Academic Achievement Awards during all his years of study at Ryerson University. During his PhD study, Ali developed a continuous advanced oxidation process that is capable of transforming non-biodegradable pollutant to rapid degradable substances in less than 3 min compared to 13 years of natural biodegradation process to transform half of these pollutants. The operating cost was also minimized. He achieved that by developing novel design and control for this process. Ali is the founder and CEO of CleanInWater Inc. 

Keynote Speaker: Engineering & Entrepreneurship

Stephen W. Neville, University of Victoria

Stephen W. NevilleBio: Dr. Stephen W. Neville, PhD, PEng (BC) focuses on industry applied collaborative research across: large-scale data analytics and machine learning, software engineering, cyber-security and privacy, and high-tech entrepreneurship. Dr. Neville’s background is augmented by direct industry experience gained both in Canada and the U.S. San Francisco Bay area, which has fostered a core interest in addressing theory-to-practice gaps arising between academic- and industry-scale systems and processes. Since 2009, Dr. Neville has co-managed UVic’s highly successful Entrepreneurship@UVic (E@UVic) Engineering Masters program, a tailored collaboration between UVic, Wesley Clover International, and the Alacrity Foundation. To date, E@UVic has co-founded 6 globally competitive Canadian high-tech companies that combined employ over 170 personnel and possess a vetted market value in excess of $40MM, denoting an achieved direct job creation rate of nearly 9:1 per program enrollee.

Keynote Speaker: Engineering & Entrepreneurship

Irene Yang, BASF

Irene YangBio: Irene Yang, Head of Business Development & Innovation and on BASF Canada’s Leadership Team. 
Irene works closely with key industry, customers and innovation partners across Canada. Irene worked for BASF in Asia Pacific and the US. Prior to BASF, Irene held Director of Product Management and Strategic Partnership roles in the semiconductor sector. Irene earned her MS Engineering (Electrical) and an MBA from MIT, and undergraduate engineering & management degree from McMaster University.

Keynote Speaker: Engineering & Entrepreneurship


C7. Environmental Engineering

Jeffrey Brook, University of Toronto

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Nigel Guilford, Guilford & Associates

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Steven Liss, Ryerson University

Nigel GuilfordBio: Professor Liss research interests span areas of environmental biotechnology and water/wastewater treatment, and is internationally recognized for his work in applied microbiology, microbial structures, and the fate of contaminants in engineered and environmental systems. He has held tenured academic appointments at the University of Guelph and at Queen’s University in environmental studies and chemical engineering, where he is Professor Emeritus. He has held senior leadership positions in advancing research and innovation, and was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) for his contributions.

Keynote Speaker: Environmental Engineering 

C8. Microfluidics and Nanotechnology

Dan V. Nicolau, McGill University

Dan V. NicolauBio: Dan V. Nicolau is Maria Zelenka Roy Chair of Bioengineering; and the first Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at McGill University. Prof. Nicolau has a PhD in Chemical Engineering, a MS in Cybernetics, Informatics & Statistics and a MEng in Polymer Science & Engineering. He has published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, a similar number of full papers in conference proceedings and 6 book chapters. He has co-edited one book on microarray technology and applications, and edited or co-edited the proceedings of more than 40 international conferences. Prof. Nicolau is a Fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE). His present research aggregates around three themes: (i) intelligent-like behaviour of microorganisms in confined spaces, which manifests in the process of survival and growth; (ii) dynamic micro/nanodevices, such as microfluidics/lab-on-a-chip, and devices based on protein molecular motors, with applications in diagnosis, drug discovery and biocomputation; and (iii) micro/nano-structured surfaces for biomedical microdevices.

Keynote Speaker: Microfluidics and Nanotechnology 

Anne-Virginie Salsac, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France

Anne-Virginie Salsac

Bio: After having graduated from University of California, San Diego (USA) in 2005 with a PhD in Biofluids, Anne-Virginie Salsac joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of University College London (UK) as Lecturer. In 2007, she became Researcher at the CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique) and joined the Biomechanics and Bioengineering Laboratory at the Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France). She is at the head of the ‘Biological Fluid Structure Interaction’ research team since 2011 and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Bioengineering, Queen Mary University of London (England) since 2014.
She is specialized in biofluids applied to the study of hemodynamics from the large blood vessels to the microcirculation, and of biomedical engineering applications. She has a double expertise in in vitro and in silico modeling of blood flows. She studies, among others, the behavior of bioartificial and natural capsules in microchannels and develops new therapeutic and preventive approaches through the use of microcapsules and of endovascular biomedical devices. 
Anne-Virginie Salsac was distinguished for her pluridisciplinary research studies with various prices and awards, including the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2015, 2 ‘Trophées des Femmes en Or’ in 2015 and the Medal of the National Order of Merit in 2016. In 2017, she was awarded an ERC Consolidator grant. She has authored over 200 papers and conferences, is co-inventor of one patent, and is strongly involved in dissemination of scientific activities.
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Keynote Speaker: Microfluidics and Nanotechnology

David Sinton, University of Toronto

Bio: David Sinton is a Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Microfluidics and Energy at the University of Toronto.  He is currently an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow, before which he was the Associate Chair of Research in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, as well as the Interim Vice-Dean of research in the Faculty of Applied Science.  He is a co-founder and the CTO of Interface Fluidics Ltd, a start-up focused on improving the economic and environmental performance of current energy operations.  Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinton was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) at the University of Victoria, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University. He received a BASc from University of Toronto, MEng from McGill University and PhD from University of Toronto.  Dr. Sinton’s research interests are in fluidics and energy. This research involves the study and application of small scale fluid mechanics (microfluidics, nanofluidics, and optofluidics) for use in energy systems and analysis.  He became a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering in 2012, the University of Toronto McLean Senior Fellow in 2013, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2013, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2015, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2018.

Keynote Speaker: Microfluidics and Nanotechnology

Leyla Soleymani, McMaster University 

Peichun Amy TsaiKeynote Speaker: Microfluidics and Nanotechnology





Patrick Tabeling,  École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI)

Peichun Amy TsaiKeynote Speaker: Microfluidics and Nanotechnology





Peichun Amy Tsai, University of Alberta

Peichun Amy TsaiBio: Dr. Peichun Amy Tsai has recently been awarded a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), in Fluids and Interfaces. The current focuses of her research team include micro-and macro interfacial and fluid problems associated with environmental, energy and technological applications. Dr. Tsai obtained her Ph.D. degree in November 2007 from the Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Canada. Subsequently, Dr. Tsai was a Postdoctoral Researcher working with Prof. Detlef Lohse, in the Physics of Fluids Group at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands. She then moved to the US, working with Prof. Howard Stone as a Postdoctoral Research Associate, in the group of Complex Fluids in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University. Between 2012 and 2014, she joined the University of Twente as an Assistant Professor in the group of Soft matter, Fluidics, and Interfaces. In 2015, she joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Alberta, working on micro/nano-fluidics, complex fluids, and porous media using experiments, theoretical modeling, and numerical simulations.

Keynote Speaker: Microfluidics and Nanotechnology

C9. Separation and Bioseparation

Cristiano Borges, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cristiano BorgesKeynote Speaker: Separation and Bioseparation





João Crespo, Nova Lisboa University, Portugal

Bio: Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Director of the Laboratory of Membrane Processes at iBET. Former Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation and former Coordinator of NOVA Doctoral School.  Former Vice-President of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portuguese National Science Foundation) and former Academic Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at NOVA. Member of the editorial board of “Journal of Membrane Science”, “Journal of Biotechnology” and “Desalination and Water Treatment”. Member of “Academia de Engenharia”, Portugal, former member of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the “Institut Européen des Membranes, Montpellier, member of the Steering Committee of the “Pôle de Chimie Balard”, France, and external expert of the “Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur”, France. Editor of 2 books in the domains of Membrane Science and Engineering, and of Sustainable Separation Processes, author of 21 book chapters and 240 publications referred in Scopus. Founder of the spin-off company “Zeyton Nutraceuticals”.

Research Keywords: Membrane materials and processes; Bioseparations; Valorisation of bioresources

Keynote Speaker: Separation and Bioseparation

C10. Systems & Control

Leo Chiang, The Dow Chemical Company

Leo ChiangBio: Big Data Analytics implementations for Manufacturing. Leo has developed and implemented several data analytics techniques to solve complex manufacturing problems, resulting in 11 Dow Manufacturing Technology Center Awards. In 2016 he received the Dow R&D Excellence in Science Award in recognition of his scientific achievement in industrial research.  

Leo has a B.S. degree from University of Wisconsin at Madison and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in Chemical Engineering. Leo has contributed to over 35 externally refereed papers and proceedings papers and has given over 80 conference presentations and university lectures.  Leo has co-authored two books published by Springer Verlag. His textbook Fault Detection and Diagnosis in Industrial Systems is available in English and Chinese and has received over 1,800 citations according to Google Scholar.
Leo is active in American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), having served as 2014-2016 Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) director, 2016 CAST 10E programming chair, and 2017-2018 AIChE spring meeting program chair (MPC).  Leo was instrumental in setting up the Big Data Analytics Topical Conference of the AIChE spring meeting (2015 to 2017).  He was recognized by the AIChE with the 2016 Herbert Epstein Award for his leadership on Big Data Analytics technical programming and 2016 Computing Practice Award for his world-class leadership in the development and application of methodologies in analytics for batch and continuous processes known as Big Data.

Keynote Speaker: Systems and Control 

Tom Duever, Ryerson University

Bio: Tom Duever is Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science and a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Ryerson University.  As Dean, he heads on the university’s largest and fastest growing Faculties.  He has been leading initiatives within the Faculty to enhance the quality of the student experience.  Under his guidance the graduate-level program has received increased financial support, student well-being and experiential learning services have been improved, co-operative internship opportunities have increased and, due to his prioritization of career readiness curriculum, students are more fully prepared for the workplace.  His commitment to entrepreneurship has garnered increased support for students through seed funding, mentorship and academic programs.  
Prior to his role at Ryerson, Dr. Duever served as chair of the University of Waterloo’s Department of Chemical Engineering for nine years, navigating the department toward unprecedented growth.  
Dr. Duever is an accomplished researcher with interests including applied statistics, experimental design, polymer reaction engineering and product development.  He has more than 100 articles in journals and conference proceedings to his credit and has supervised the research projects of over 35 graduate students.

Dr. Duever is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, and a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada.  He holds PhD, master’s and bachelor degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Keynote Speaker: Systems & Control

Martin Guay, Queen’s University

Martin GuayBio: Martin Guay is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He received his PhD from Queen's University in 1996. Dr. Guay is Senior Editor for the IEEE CSS Letters. He is deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Process Control. He is also an associate editor for Automatica, Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering and Nonlinear Analysis & Hybrid Systems. He was the recipient of the Syncrude Innovation award from the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineers. He also received the Premier Research Excellence award. His research interests are in the area of nonlinear control systems including extremum-seeking control, nonlinear model predictive control, adaptive estimation and control, and geometric control.  

Keynote Speaker: Systems & Control

Ana Inés Torres, Universidad de la República (UdelaR), Uruguay

Ana Torres

Bio: Dr. Ana Inés Torres is currently an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Chemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay. Dr. Torres received her PhD. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and completed her postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Torres research is in the area of Process Systems Engineering, where she applies mathematical techniques to design sustainable processes. Current applications include production of biomass-based fuels and chemicals;  chemical-based storage of surplus energy from intermittent sources, and tools for assessment of environmental and social sustainability.

Keynote Speaker: Systems & Control