Message from the CSChE President

On behalf of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and our Conference Sponsors, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the 66th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in this beautiful and historic capital of Québec.

Our Society’s Vision is to develop Solutions for a Better World. This year’s CSChE conference program reflects this conviction with a theme of Sustainability and Prosperity and associated symposia and divisional sessions. Alongside this theme Le Consortium de recherche et innovations en bioprocédés industriels au Québec is contributing two exciting days of programing to the CSChE conference entitled the Biobased economy in Quebec: Innovation, Challenges and Opportunities.

Please join me in thanking the Université Laval Organizing Committee and its volunteers, led by Conference Chair Alain Garnier, Technical Program Chair Faiçal Larachi, and Conference Vice-chair Martine Péloquin of Valero for bringing us together to share this great programing.

Our Society’s Mission is to advance the chemical engineering profession and the careers of its practitioners to achieve our common vision. We do this through facilitating the exchange of knowledge, enabling lifelong learning, and promoting STEM education. These activities ultimately require us to connect with all chemical engineering practitioners to create a strong, representative, and complete community of chemical engineers in Canada. Towards this end the CSChE Strategic Initiatives Committee is making recommendations to the CSChE board that, when implemented, will allow our members to connect with a larger chemical engineering community in Canada.  Please join us in this transformation by asking how you can help.

Finally, thank you for taking the time to attend your national conference. Through your investment we are learning about the challenges our society faces and their potential solutions. Ultimately this new knowledge, supported by your chemical engineering community, will lead us to solve world shortages in food, water, materials­, and bio-medical remedies while reducing our impact on the environment. 

Santiago Faucher, Hatch and CSChE President

Message from the Conference Chair and Vice-chair

On behalf of the conference organizing committee and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), we are pleased to welcome you to the 66th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, to be held in Québec City, October 16-19, 2016.

The conference theme Sustainability and Prosperity illustrates the sometimes contrasting challenge faced by society and in particular chemical engineers. Who is better positioned than us, designers and managers of chemical processes, to reconcile the need for effective and competitive manufacturing plants with the need to reduce their environmental footprint? The conference will address this challenge by combining the usual subject division programs with special symposia on Rheology of Complex fluids; Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage; Challenges­ and Opportunities for Micro-algal Technologies; Fats & Oils: Sustainability and Innovation; and Industrial Biotechnology (in collaboration with CRIBIQ). Process Safety and Loss Management and Chemical Engineering Education sessions will also figure prominently. In addition, two honorary symposia will be held to outline the outstanding contributions of Professor Pierre Carreau from École Polytechnique de Montréal in Rheology and Polymer Nanocomposites and Professor Serge Kaliaguine, on his 50th anniversary at Laval, in Catalysis.

Ten regular sessions will complete the program: Biotechnology & Bioengineering; Biomedical Engineering; Catalysis and Catalytic Reaction Engineering; Chemical engineering foundations; Electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering; Energy resources; Environment; Macromolecular Sciences and Engineered Polymers; Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology; as well as Systems and Control.

Four prestigious plenary speakers will highlight important aspects of our discipline: Professor Guy B Marin, Ghent University, Belgium, Dr. Jean-Luc Dubois, Scientific Director at Arkema, Professor Jamal Chaouki, École Polytechnique de Montréal and the R. S. Jane Memorial Lecturer Professor Shiping Zhu, FCIC, McMaster University.

Québec City, a UNESCO world heritage site, will provide a fabulous backdrop for our conference. Québec’s legendary hospitality will welcome you as you enjoy one of Canada’s most beautiful regions, combining culture and gastronomy with history, architecture and nature. We hope you will use the occasion of this conference to share this experience with your friends and family.

Alain Garnier, Université Laval, Conference Chair
Martine Péloquin, Valero Jean-Gaulin Refinery, Conference Vice-chair