Welcome Message

Welcome Message from the Conference Organizing Committee

Welcome to the 29th Inter-American Congress of Chemical Engineering and the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, to be held jointly in Toronto, Ontario, October 28-31, 2018. This international event will be co-organized by a team of colleagues from the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering.  Additionally, over 50 professionals from academia, industry, and government within Canada and abroad will support the organizing committee. We anticipate 1,500 delegates from over 30 countries will attend the conference.

The conference theme is “Engineering for a Healthy and Sustainable Planet". Central to the conference is the technical program, which consists of seven international symposia on topical subjects and 12 tracks on traditional areas of chemical engineering. Two of the international symposia will honor internationally renowned Canadian pioneers – Donald Mackay in environmental engineering and Michael Sefton in biomedical engineering. The conference will also feature four distinguished plenary speakers, including the winners of the R.S. Jane Memorial Award and the J.S. Oldshue Award.  For the future generation of chemical engineers, we will have a rich student program that includes undergraduate research presentations, industry tours, graduate student poster presentations, and a 3-minute thesis (3MT) competition.  Consistent with the conference theme, the conference will have an industry program focusing on climate change, clean energy and sustainability.

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the fourth most populous city in North America and the provincial capital of Ontario. As a global city, Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture. It is one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world, and is consistently ranked one of the world's most liveable cities. Located in Southern Ontario on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is situated on a broad sloping plateau intersected by an extensive network of rivers, deep ravines, and urban forest. Nearby, there are the awesome Niagara Falls and the magnificent Thousand Islands. The Sheraton Centre, where the conference will be held, is situated at the downtown core, within walking distance are the famous CN Tower and the University of Toronto and Ryerson University campuses. With the delightful temperature and golden color of maple trees, fall is the best season to visit Toronto. We look forward to welcoming you in Toronto in October 2018.

Charles Q. Jia
Conference Chair, University of Toronto 

Ramin Farnood, 
Technical Program Co-Chair, University of Toronto

Farhad Ein-Mozaffari, 
Technical Program Co-Chair, Ryerson University


Message from the CSChE President

On behalf of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) it is my pleasure to welcome you to the XXIX Interamerican Congress of Chemical Engineering, incorporating the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Toronto is a dynamic urban centre situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and we invite you to visit not only the city but the surrounding regions, and if time permits, other parts of Canada, to enjoy our beautiful scenery, explore interesting places and learn of the rich Canadian history and culture.

The theme of this year’s conference “Engineering for a Healthy and Sustainable Planet” is more relevant than ever.  As our world continues to become more complex, and the challenges faced by society, academia, industry and government become more difficult, our profession, with its depth and diversity of knowledge and applications, combined with its immense intellectual capacity, will continue to play a key role in developing solutions for a better world.  

With a forecast of over 1,500 national and international chemical engineering researchers and practitioners, the Toronto Congress promises to be an excellent forum for learning and collaboration to enhance scientific understanding and advance knowledge and innovations in many fields of Chemical Engineering.  International symposia will highlight the latest advancements and technologies in Industrial Biocatalysis, Fate and Transport of Pollutants in the Environment, Biomedical Engineering, Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies, Water Resources & Process-Affected Water, as well as Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts.  In addition, an extensive Technical Program will include sessions addressing Advanced Materials, Biochemical Engineering, Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Chemical Engineering Fundamentals, Chemical Engineering Research in Latin America, Environmental Engineering, Engineering & Entrepreneurship, Energy and Natural Resources, Micro-fluidics and Nanotechnology, Modern Engineering Education, Process Safety Management, Products and Processes for a Circular Economy, Systems & Control and Separation and Bioseparation.

I would like to recognize the extensive work undertaken by the Organizing and Technical Committees in developing an outstanding program for this year’s conference.  In particular, Dr. Charles Jia, Conference Chair, University of Toronto and Dr. Ramin Farnood, University of Toronto and Dr. Farhad Ein-Mozaffari, Ryerson University, the Technical Program Co-Chairs.

We look forward to meeting you at the 2018 Interamerican Congress in Toronto and wish you a successful and enjoyable event.

Donna-Jean Kilpatrick

President, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering