A. International Symposia

A1. Biomedical Engineering & Human Health in Honour of Michael V. Sefton

Alison McGuigan,
 University of Toronto
Milica Radisic, University of Toronto
Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto
Steve Waldman, Ryerson University
Chris Yip, University of Toronto

Cell and Tissue Engineering, biomaterials, scaffolds, tissues on a chip, microfabrication, regenerative medicine, immuno engineering, stem cells and synthetic biology
Functional Biomaterials - hydrogels, nanogels, ceramics, metals, polymers. hybrid biomaterials, self-healing gels, peptides, glycomaterials, biomimetic membranes (liposomes, polymersomes), recyclable biopolymers

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

This symposium is celebrating the career of Don Mackay, who for more than 50 years has made numerous invaluable contributions to understanding and quantifying the fate and transport of contaminants in the environment. Starting with early oil spill research to more recent efforts related to advanced chemical property prediction, his work has had, and continues to have, enormous impact on the field of environmental chemistry and engineering. 

Very much the engineer, Don Mackay is not content to make important, academically recognised contributions, but has devoted ingenuity, time and tireless effort to see his work used by professional environmental practitioners and applied in the environmental policy arena. He is driven by the belief that the astute application of scientific knowledge by academics, industry and governments will allow humanity to enjoy the many potential benefits of chemicals while minimising the potential detriment to humans and their environment.

For this symposium, we welcome contributions to the many areas of enquiry within which Don Mackay has made seminal contribution, including (i) understanding and quantifying the air-surface exchange of organic contaminants, (ii) developing and applying fugacity-based environmental fate and transport models, (iii) understanding and quantifying the accumulation of organic chemicals in organisms, and (iv) application of environmental modeling in environmental regulation and policy. Beyond this, we also appreciate receiving submission of contributions that more generally rely on the application of chemical engineering principles and approaches to solving the environmental challenges of the present, including climate change, and air and water quality.

Arthur Chan, 
University of Toronto
Charles Jia, University of Toronto
Jeanette Southwood, Engineers Canada
Frank Wania, University of Toronto

Keynote Speakers:
Jon Arnot, ARC Arnot Research & Consulting, and University of Toronto
Terry Bidleman, Umeå University, Sweden
Frank Gobas, Simon Fraser University
Hayley Hung, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Environmental engineering, contaminant fate, chemical emissions, contaminant bioaccumulation, chemical regulation, chemical risk assessment, chemical prioritization, long range transport, chemical persistence, multimedia fate and transport models, Stockholm Convention, atmospheric deposition, fugacity modelling, chemical activity, air quality, water quality, climate change

A3. Lignocellulosic Biorefinery and Bioproducts in Honour of David Goring

This symposium brings together leading researchers in the area of lignocellulosic valorization research and development. Topics cover recent advances in conversion and utilization of cellulose, hemi-cellulose, lignin, and extractives to biochemicals, bioenergy, and biomaterials/nano-cellulose from forest and agro resources and residues. Submissions related to both fundamental as well as applied and industrial research in the area of lignocellulosic biomass conversion are welcome. Topics including:

- Bio-based products from lignocellulosics
- Bio-based chemicals from lignocellulosics
- Bio-based materials, biocomposites, and polymers
- Biomass pretreatment technologies
- Biomass fractionation technologies
- Thermochemical and catalytic conversion 
- Biorefinery process design, integration and optimization
- Bioenergy and biofuel
- Environmental aspects of biorefineries

Niko De MartiniUniversity of Toronto 
Ramin FarnoodUniversity of Toronto 
Kecheng LiWestern Michigan University
Cláudio Mudadu Silva, Universidade Federal de Viçosa
Chunlin Xu, Kemira
Ning YanUniversity of Toronto

Keynote Speakers:
Jorge Luiz Colodette, Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV)
Robert Pelton, McMaster University 
Orlando Rojas, Aalto University, Finland
Michael Tam, University of Waterloo
Theodorus G.M. van de Ven, McGill University

A4. Industrial Biocatalysis: Harnessing the power of genomics

The symposium will highlight the latest advancements in biocatalysis with a focus towards translating knowledge gained in to industrial applications for sustainable manufacturing and chemical synthesis. Expected presentation topics include bioproducts, biofuels, recyclable biopolymers, biochemical intermediates, nutraceuticals, bioremediation, environmental microbiology, microbial biochemistry, metabolic engineering, structural biology, waste reduction and remediation, and green technologies.

Ingrid Avanzi,
 Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Sue Baldwin, University of British Columbia 
Sean Caffrey, University of Toronto
Elizabeth Edwards, University of Toronto
Tedd Konya, University of Toronto
Krishna Mahadevan, University of Toronto
Emma Master, University of Toronto
Claudio Nascimento, Universidade Federal de São Paulo
Elen Perpetuo, Universidade Federal de São Paulo

Keynote Speakers:
Eduardo Agosin, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Kurt FaberKarl Franzens Universität Graz
Adalberto Noyola Robles, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

A5. Global Engineering 

Amy Bilton,
 University of Toronto
Warren Chan, University of Toronto
Yu-Ling Cheng, University of Toronto
Levente Diosday, University of Toronto
Greg Evans, University of Toronto
Savia Gavazza, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
Kiruba Krishnaswamy, University of Toronto
Ahmed Mahmoud, University of Toronto

Keynote Speakers:
Marcos von Sperling, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Sessions and Keywords

Developing Innovative Global Engineering Educational Opportunities (a joint session with the Engineering Education Symposium)
Providing students with engaging and relevant global engineering experiences is a growing initiative across many institutions.  In addition, there is a growing movement for development of international collaborative programs between partners worldwide.  The international dimension creates a unique educational experience for students, but also adds additional complexity to the already challenging world of engineering education.  The goal of this session is to provide opportunities for knowledge sharing and enable the further development of global engineering experiences for students.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Assessment of different study abroad opportunities in achieving global engineering competencies
- Integration of international learning experiences in the engineering curriculum 
- Starting collaborative online learning opportunities between international university partners
- Developing global engineering skills through on-campus initiatives

Global Food and Nutrition Security
This session focuses on importance of food and nutrition security in a global context. Micronutrient deficiencies are a major health problem in the world, affecting more than 2 billion people. This session will highlight world renowned speakers sharing their experience from thermal, aseptic and microwave processing of food to human rights and management perspective of international food fortification programs to address hidden hunger. This session will be attended by representatives from non-profit organization working in India, Nigeria, Kenya and Tanzania. 

Kiruba Krishnaswamy,
University of Missouri
Venkatesh Mannar, University of Toronto

Keynote Speakers:
Jaykumar Menon,
McGill University, with
    Venkatesh Mannar, University of Toronto 
Hosahalli Ramaswamy, McGill University

Global Health Engineering - Diagnostics
There has been a significant focus on the development of handheld point of care devices for the diagnose of patients in the field.  The goal is to engineer finger-prick tests that can detect a multitude of biomarkers in less than 1 hour in a high sensitive and selective manner.   To meet these objectives, both academics and companies have witnessed advances in nanotechnology probes to image and analyze biomarkers, microfluidic devices that automates the entire detection process, new biomarkers to identify new pathogen targets, and/or engineering of an all-in-one read-out system.  In the last five years, we have started to observe clinical evaluation of many of these technologies.  This session brings together both engineers and clinicians to discuss the current state of handheld point of care testing of infectious diseases.  

Sustainable Food Engineering and Innovation
This session brings together leading researchers and industry experts in food engineering, an interdisciplinary field which intersects various disciplines: chemical engineering, food science, biochemistry and agricultural systems. Chemical engineering unit operations are critical to processing of food systems. Topics in this session cover recent advances in physical, chemical and engineering aspects of food materials, dehydration and drying of fruits and vegetables, hurdle technologies in food processing, separation and concentration processes in food, supercritical fluid extraction, food product development and their economics.    
Olive Yao Li, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Levente Diosady, University of Toronto

Keynote Speakers:
Don Mercer, University of Guelph
Syed Rizvi, Cornell University

Water and Sanitation

Lack of access to clean water and basic sanitation is at the root of major global health challenges and significantly impact children's physical and mental development, gender equity and economic growth. No single solution fits all contexts. Solutions can range from basic technologies, eco-sanitation, innovations for reducing water consumption, improving drinking water supply and quality, to value capture from waste and transformative technologies for re-inventing the toilet.  Topics welcome in this session include:  aerobic biodigestion in sewage treatment; nutrients and chemicals removal and recovery;  strategies and technologies to reduce sludge generation, co-digest, reuse, and produce biogas or other valuables; transformative technologies that improve waste treatment at source of parts of the fecal sludge management chain; micro-pollutants removal from domestic wastewater or from drinking water.

A6. Clean Energy and Greenhouse Gas Technologies

This symposium is focused on advanced technologies and developments that address challenges related to greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation as well as clean electrochemical, mechanical or thermal energy storage and conversion. The content of submitted papers can cover different scopes, including: new materials and production; development of devices, processes and systems; application and management; and efficiency, economic, sustainability, and policy. Specific topics to be discussed will include but not limited to:

• GHG mitigation and carbon (CO2) capture, utilization and storage (CCUS)
• Rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries
• Hydrogen (H2) energy technologies
• Fuel cells
• Electrochemical capacitors
• Flywheels
• Compressed air energy storage
• Piezoelectric energy harvesting
• Thermoelectric energy harvesting

Drew Higgins,
 Stanford University
Sanaz Ketabi, Electrovaya Inc.
Michael Pope, University of Waterloo
Wan-Yu Tsai, Oak Ridge National Lab
Hadis Zarrin, Ryerson University

Keynote Speakers:
Daniel Bélanger, Université du Québec
Yury Gogotsi, Drexel  University
Shawn Litster, Carnegie Mellon University
Bingjun Xu, University of Delaware
Sohrab Zendehboudi, Memorial University

A7. Water Resources & Process-Affected Water

This symposium focuses on water resources and process-affected water.  It addresses challenges in the areas of water supply, capture, recycling and quality for industrial and municipal uses. Topics to be addressed include: 

• Advanced oxidation technologies and their integration with biological processes 
•  Wastewater treatment processes
•  Municipal water treatment and quality
•  Water recovery processes for the extractive industries (mining, metals, oil and gas)
•  Process water purification technologies
•  Microalgal systems, biosorption and phycoremediation
•  Surface and groundwater quality and quantity
•  Water treatment in the food and beverage industry

Amarjeet Bassi, Western University
Jose Colina-Marquez, Universidad de Cartagena
Mehrab Mehrvar, Ryerson University
Vlad Papangelakis, University of Toronto
Mandeep Rayat, University of Toronto

Keynote Speakers:
Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou, University of Cincinnati
Phil Jessop, Queen’s University
Gianluca Li Puma, Loughborough University
Emily Moore, Hatch
Vítor J.P. Vilar, University of Porto

Water and wastewater treatment, advanced oxidation technologies and biological processes, microalgal systems, phycoremediation, tailings water, greenhouse industry effluent, surface run-off treatment, treatment and recycling in mining and mineral processing operations, water in mining and mineral processing operations, produce water in oil sands