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.