Welcome Message

Message from the Conference Chair

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I am delighted to welcome all the delegates and their guests to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition that will take place from June 1 to 5, 2014. This is Canada’s largest annual event devoted to the science and practice of chemistry, and it will give participants a platform to exchange ideas, discover novel opportunities, reacquaint with colleagues, meet new friends, and broaden their knowledge. The conference will held at the new Vancouver Convention Centre, which is a spectacular, green-designed facility on the beautiful waterfront in downtown Vancouver.

The theme of the CSC 2014 Conference is “Chemistry from Sea to Sky”; it will broadly cover all disciplines of chemistry from fundamental research to "blue sky" applications, highlight global chemical scientific interactions and collaborations, and feature the unique location, culture and beautiful geography (the Coastal Mountains along the ocean’s edge of Howe Sound) of British Columbia and Vancouver.

We are pleased to have Professor Shankar Balasubramanian (University of Cambridge, UK) and Professor Klaus Müllen (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany) as the plenary speakers. In addition to divisional symposia, the scientific program also includes several jointly organized international symposia, featuring Canada and each of China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Switzerland and the USA. This new type of symposium at the CSC aims to highlight research interests of Canadians in an international context. Interactions between chemists and TRIUMF (the world's largest cyclotron, based in Vancouver) will also be highlighted via a special "Nuclear and Radiochemistry" Divisional Program.

All of the members of the local Organizing Committee from Simon Fraser University wish you a superb conference experience and a memorable stay in Vancouver. Welcome to Vancouver! Bienvenue à Vancouver!

Zuo-Guang Ye, Conference Chair
Department of Chemistry
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia

Message from the CSC President

On behalf of the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) and myself, welcome to the 97th Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition in Vancouver, British Columbia. This year’s conference theme “Chemistry from Sea to Sky” encapsulates the climate, geography, lifestyle and exceptional approach to chemistry and sustainability that Canada’s West Coast is known for.

Unique at this year’s conference are the jointly organized international symposia, which aim to showcase Canadian research in an international context, and the inaugural Nuclear and Radiochemistry Symposia. As well, this year’s Plenary Speakers come to us from around the world—Douglas Stephan, of Canada, CIC Medal Winner; Mario Pinto, Montreal Medal Winner of Canada; Shankar Balasubramanian from the University of Cambridge in the UK; and Klaus Müllen from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany.

Maximize your personal involvement, engagement and networking by getting hands-on at the “CSC Professional Development Day” on June 3. With interactive industry-led panel discussions and workshops you will continue your lifelong learning and build on the skills that make you successful. Also plan on attending the thought provoking forum “Future of Chemistry” held on June 2 and obtain insights from world-leading researchers on what is to come, and then make your voice heard at the CSC AGM on June 4. While at the conference, feel free to reach out and share your thoughts with any one of the CSC Board of Directors and when you return home, continue your involvement through one of the CIC’s Local Sections.

Finally, on behalf of the CSC, I’d like to thank the Conference Chair, Zuo-Guang Ye, the Scientific Program Chair, Daniel Leznoff and the entire Simon Fraser University Organizing and Scientific Program committees, our dedicated volunteers, CIC national office staff, corporate sponsors and exhibitors. And thank you for making this a truly great CSC Chemistry Conference and Exhibition.

Lorenzo Ferrari, CSC President
BASF Canada
Toronto, Ont