Message from the CSC President

On behalf of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC), it is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to the 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition (CSC 2017) in Toronto, Ontario.  This event marks the 100th anniversary of the CSC annual conference and fittingly the theme is:  A Celebration of Chemistry.

We have a lot to celebrate from the last 100 years.  Through personal ingenuity and as part of global collaborations chemists have made their mark on society by contributing to the myriad of technology platforms that currently underpin our quality of life.  Looking to the future, I am confident that Canadian chemistry discovery and innovation will help address and overcome today’s global challenges around sustainability, climate change and renewable energy generation.  A special issue of ACCN Canadian Chemical News has been created to celebrate the history of the chemical enterprise.  This issue will be proudly circulated and distributed at the conference.

The conference will feature a world class technical program led by an opening plenary lecture delivered by Charles Lieber, Harvard University and will close with Sir Martyn Poliakoff, University of Nottingham,  that will take place as a public outreach event titled This Molecular World: From the Depths of the Earth to Infectious Disease.  Other plenaries will be given by CIC Medalist Eugenia Kumacheva, University of Toronto and Montréal Medalist Neil Burford, University of Victoria.  Also, I invite you to join me on Tuesday at noon for the CSC President’s Event to hear our panel of chemical professionals who will discuss the changing face of chemistry and the chemical industry.

Finally, I would like to thank Robert Batey, Conference Chair, Mark Lautens, Technical Program Chair, Doug Stephan, Sponsorship Chair and Lindy Chan, Local Committee Coordinator.  They along with the CSC national office staff have organized an excellent event that is truly fitting of this milestone anniversary.

I look forward to celebrating 100 years of chemistry discovery and innovation with you at the 100th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition.

Rui Resendes,
CEO, FireRein Inc.