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Biochemistry, Sustainability Key Themes at Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference

Accelerating interest in biochemistry and bio-based products will be evident at the 61st Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference.

Both the SCA and Bioindustrial Innovation Centre are major sponsors of the event, which will be held Oct. 23-26 in London, Ontario. The event immediately follows National Chemistry Week, which celebrates the chemical sciences in all provinces and territories across Canada.

One of the themes of the conference is biotechnology and includes technical sessions on topics such as Biofuels – Ethanol and Beyond, Forest Biorefinery and Bioreactor Design and Control.

Roland AndersonRoland Anderson
Executive Director of the Chemical Institute of Canada
"You will also see topics related to industrial biotechnology in Energy and other themed sessions throughout the conference," says Roland Andersson, executive director of the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), which is organizing the event. Andersson has over 20 years of management experience in the chemical field acquired through increased career responsibilities in research and development, operations, marketing, and administration, in both chemical manufacturing companies and non-profit chemical associations.

"The alignment of the research community, government support and industry has firmly fallen into place and biochemistry or green chemistry is of high career interest to chemistry students and recent graduates, Andersson says. "It has become ingrained in our culture." He will be speaking to students at a career session of the conference.

He adds that over the past five years, the growing industry, agricultural, research, government commitment has given large industrial players such as Lanxess more reason to feel confident that sufficient supplies of feedstock will be available to supply bioindustrial product applications.

Sandy MarshalSandy Marshall
President and Managing Director of Lanxess in Canada
Plenary speakers at the conference will include A.J. (Sandy) Marshall, president and managing director for Lanxess in Canada. Marshall is also a member of the SCA's board of directors. He will be speaking about how recent trends are creating opportunity for the chemistry industry in North America.

Marshall will be discussing how society's demand for sustainable development is pressing the chemistry industry to find solutions in order to reduce society's dependency on fossil fuels. Through the innovative convergence of biology and chemistry, industry is finding ways to effectively use biomass and integrate with the petrochemical value chain to achieve this goal. With its wealth of biomass and fossil fuels, Canada is in a great position to take advantage of these trends

As an SCA board member, Marshall has been active working with government, agriculture and industry to bring the bio-based and traditional chemistry industries together to build an effective biohybrid-chemistry cluster in Canada. He is a strong proponent of sustainable development strategies and practices.

Maike LuikenMaike Luiken
Dean of Applied Research and Sustainable Development, Lambton College Industry Innovation Centre
In a session of particular interest to chemical technology students, Maike Luiken of Lambton College will discuss Sustainability and the Role of Chemical Technologists. Dr. Luiken is responsible for strengthening collaborative applied research and development activities as well as for driving the sustainability agenda forward at the Sarnia, Ontario based college.

Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is the national, not-for-profit, umbrella organization that encompasses the Canadian Society of Chemistry, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the Canadian Society of Chemical Technology. In this International Year of Chemistry 2011, which celebrates achievements in chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of mankind, the CIC has taken a lead role in promoting the IYC message in Canada.

Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference

The Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) is the national, not-for-profit, umbrella organization that encompasses the Canadian Society of Chemistry, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the Canadian Society of Chemical Technology. In this International Year of Chemistry 2011, which celebrates achievements in chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of mankind, the CIC has taken a lead role in promoting the IYC message in Canada.

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