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Welcome Message from the Conference Chair

On behalf of the conference organizing committee and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), we are pleased to welcome you to the 67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (CSChE 2017), to be held in Edmonton, Alberta, October 22-25.

The conference theme is Chemical Engineering – Future Solutions. We would like to emphasize this point by highlighting the vision of young colleagues who will help shape the future of Chemical Engineering in the next decades in a new plenary session entitled Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering, where 4 young professors holding a primary appointment in a Canadian Chemical Engineering Department for less than 7 years will present their grand view for the future of our profession in their area of expertise. We will also engage the chemical industry through a Panel Discussion on the Future of Energy coordinated by Joy Romero (CNRL) involving participants from industry, government and academia. Michael Crothers (Shell) will also bring his perspective on this topic in a Q&A Session open to all participants attending the conference.

In addition to these special-format plenary sessions, CSChE 2017 will also host 3 distinguished plenary speakers from the USA, Europe, and Canada: Arun Majumdar (Stanford University USA), founding director of advanced research projects agency- energy (ARPA-E), former Acting Under secretary of Energy under the Obama Government  and former vice-president Energy for Google, Massimo Morbidelli (ETH), winner of the R.H Wilhelm award from AIChE and the Damkohler Medallie from the DECHEMA, and this year’s recipient of the R. S. Jane Award Memorial Lecturer (TBA).

We are also proud to recognize the achievements of several exceptional colleagues in 5 honour sessions: Archie Hamielec (McMaster University), H. Harmon Ray (University of Wisconsin), and Charles Cozewith (Exxon), the founding fathers of Polymer Reaction Engineering; Sirish Shah (University of Alberta) for his contributions to Systems and Control; Jacob Masliyah (University of Alberta) for his contributions to Heavy Oil Processing; Sieg Wanke (University of Alberta) for his contributions to Chemical Reaction Engineering; and Eddy Isaacs (formerly from Alberta Innovates) for his contributions to Heavy Oil Processing. In addition, we are honoured to recognize the life time contributions of our dear late colleague Khaled Belkacemi (University of Laval) in a memorial session that will gather colleagues and former students to celebrate his many contribution to Green Chemistry.

Fifteen regular sessions will complete this exciting conference program: Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering; Carbon Reduction and Utilization; Chemical Engineering Education; Chemical Engineering Fundamentals; Colloids and Interfacial Sciences; Conventional and Unconventional Energy Sources; Electrochemistry; Environmental Engineering; Waste Management, and Oil Spill Recovery; Fluid Flows and Transportation; Upgrading and Tailings reduction; Nanotechnology; Polymer Materials and Processing; Process Safety and Risk Management; Reaction Engineering and Catalysis; and Systems and Control. We are planning several other events for undergraduate and graduate students, including an Undergraduate Research Special Symposia where undergraduate students all over Canada will be able to present their research findings to a wide audience and a Graduate student elevator pitch.

Edmonton is the capital of the province of Alberta, a vibrant cultural, governmental, and education centre. The Shaw Centre, where CSChE 2017 will be held, is strategically located on the downtown side of the North Saskatchewan River Valley, one of the most beautiful natural areas of the capital, with a variety of parks and nature trails at walking distance. The University of Alberta is located just across the North Saskatchewan River, and we invite all of you to visit our beautiful campus and the new Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering (ICE) during your stay in Edmonton. Our campus is located a short distance away from the famous Whyte Avenue and Old Strathcona, where you can find fine shopping, trendy bars and restaurants, and live music venues. If you can take a few days off before or after the conference, we recommend a short drive (about 350-400 km) to Jasper and Banff National Parks, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, which are among the most beautiful natural parks in Canada.

João Soares, Conference Chair, University of Alberta
Arvind Rajendran, Technical Program Chair, University of Alberta
Shaffiq Jaffer, Industrial Program Chair, Total