Associate Chair and Undegraduate Coordinator Graeme Norval (ChemE 8T3, MASc 8T5, PhD 8T9) has been named this year’s receipient of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering (CSChE) Process Safety Management Award. The honour recognizes excellence in the leadership and dedication to the field of Canadian process safety and loss management (PSLM).
Norval has been lecturing in process design since 2004. His prior work experience was in the chlor-alkali industry with Pioneer, formerly CIL, where he was a senior research engineer. He also is the principal of GWN Chemical Consulting, Inc. and provides technical and engineering support to various chemical manufacturers and repackagers across North America.
He has introduced concepts of safety and safety management into the chemical engineering design courses at the University of Toronto. Further, he is actively involved with Minerva Canada in delivering their Summer Institutes, in which the basics of safety and safety management are taught to university professors, in order to boost the teaching of these subjects. Further, he is part of the team that is developing e-modules, which will be freely available to all students in Canada; these will provide the fundamental building blocks of safety education for all students, and will fill the gap between the regular curriculum and the elements that industry desires.
In 2012, Norval was appointed to the Province of Ontario’s Prevention Council, a group which helps set the direction for the Ministry of Labour’s prevention activities with the goal of improving workplace health and safety.
The award will be presented to Norval during the 63rd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference, which is taking place in Fredericton, N.B. from October 20-23, 2013.