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, to be 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.  Over 80 professionals from academia, industry, and government within Canada and abroad support the organizing committee. We anticipate up to 1,500 delegates from over 40 countries will attend the conference.

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” –  a session to be held in Portuguese/Spanish.  The “Emerging Leaders Forum” will feature four 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. 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 livable 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 (http://www.seetorontonow.com).
 
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

 

Message du président de la Société canadienne de génie chimique

Au nom de la Société canadienne de génie chimique, je vous souhaite la bienvenue au XXIXe Congrès interaméricain de génie chimique, dans le cadre duquel se tient aussi le 68e Congrès canadien de génie chimique, à Toronto (Ontario, Canada).

Toronto est une métropole dynamique sur les rives du lac Ontario, et nous vous encourageons à visiter non seulement la ville, mais aussi les environs et, si vous en avez le temps, d’autres régions du Canada pour profiter de la beauté des paysages, pour explorer des lieux intéressants et pour découvrir la richesse de l’histoire et de la culture du Canada.

Le thème du congrès de cette année, « L’ingénierie au cœur de la santé et du développement durable de la planète  » est plus pertinent que jamais. À mesure que le monde devient de plus en plus complexe et que les défis de la société, des universités, de l’industrie et des gouvernements sont de plus en plus difficiles à relever, notre profession, grâce à son vaste bassin de connaissances et d’applications ainsi qu’à son immense capacité intellectuelle, est appelée à continuer de jouer un rôle clé dans l’élaboration de solutions pour un monde meilleur.

Il est prévu que plus de 1 500 ingénieurs chimistes et chercheurs en génie chimique convergeront à Toronto pour assister à ce congrès. Celui-ci promet d’être une excellente occasion d’apprendre et de collaborer en vue de faire progresser les connaissances et les innovations dans bien des champs du génie chimique. Le symposium international mettra à l’honneur les dernières percées et technologies dans les domaines de la biocatalyse industrielle, du transport et du destin des polluants dans l’environnement, du génie biomédical, des technologies en matière d’énergie non polluante et de gaz à effet de serre, des ressources en eau et des eaux de procédés, ainsi que de la bioraffinerie lignocellulosique et des bioproduits. De plus, le vaste programme scientifique traitera de matériaux avancés, de génie biochimique, de catalyse et de génie des réactions, de fondements du génie chimique, de la recherche en génie chimique en Amérique latine, de génie environnemental, d’ingénierie et d’entrepreunariat, d’énergie et de ressources naturelles, de microfluidique et de nanotechnologies, d’enseignement du génie moderne, de gestion de la sécurité des procédés, de produits et procédés pour une économie circulaire, ainsi que de systèmes et contrôles de la séparation et de la bioséparation.

Je tiens à remercier les comités d’organisation et du programme scientifique qui ont travaillé fort pour préparer un congrès exceptionnel cette année. Je souhaite en particulier souligner le travail du président du congrès, le Dr Charles Jia de l’Université de Toronto, et des coprésidents du programme scientifique, les Drs Ramin Farnood de l’Université de Toronto et Farhad Ein-Mozaffari de l’Université Ryerson.

J’espère vous retrouver à Toronto pour le Congrès interaméricain de 2018 et je vous souhaite beaucoup de succès et de plaisir à cet événement.

La Présidente de la Société canadienne de génie chimique,

Donna-Jean Kilpatrick