Welcome Message

Welcome Message from the Conference Organizing Committee

Welcome to the 29th Inter-American Congress of Chemical Engineering incorporating the 68th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, being held in Toronto, Ontario, October 28-31, 2018. This international event is co-organized by the University of Toronto, Ryerson University and the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. Nearly 100 professionals from academia, industry, and government within Canada and abroad supported the organizing committee.

With the theme Engineering for a Healthy and Sustainable Planet, the conference aims to address the big challenges that the world is facing in the area of human health, sustainable energy, natural resources, globalization, and the environment. Central to the conference is the technical program that consists of over 1,000 oral and poster presentations, including five plenary lectures given by distinguished speakers, including the winners of the R.S. Jane Memorial Award, the J.S. Oldshue Award and the Montreal Medal. There are seven international symposia on topical subjects, with three to honor internationally renowned Canadian pioneers in lignocellulosic resources David Goring, environmental science Don Mackay and biomedical engineering Mike Sefton. Moreover, ten technical tracks are organized, reflecting the diversity of chemical engineering discipline and showcasing the advances in traditional and emerging chemical engineering fields. In addition, six special sessions are created, including one on modern engineering education and two led by industry champions, on process safety management and products and processes for a circular economy, respectively. Unique to this conference is the chemical engineering research in Latin America session to be held in Portuguese/Spanish. The emerging leader’s forum will feature three early career researchers, recognizing their contributions, vision, and leadership in their respective fields. A rich and wholesome student program is developed for both undergraduate and graduate students, consisting of eight events ranging from 3-minute pitch and Hatch plant design competitions to a workshop on early career publishing.

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the fourth most populous city in North America and the provincial capital of Ontario. 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 is being held, is situated at the downtown core, within walking distance are the famous CN Tower and the University of Toronto and Ryerson University campuses.

We welcome you to Toronto!

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


Welcome 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 welcome 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 over 1,000 national and international chemical engineering researchers and practitioners, the conference 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, Charles Jia, Conference Chair, University of Toronto and Ramin Farnood, University of Toronto and Farhad Ein-Mozaffari, Ryerson University, the Technical Program Co-Chairs.

We wish you a successful and enjoyable event.

Donna Jean Kilpatrick
President, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering