Keynote Lectures

Khaled Belkacemi, Université Laval

Khaled Belkacemi,

Bio: Khaled Belkacemi is a full professor in the department of Soil Sciences and Food Engineering at Université Laval, Quebec. He obtained his MSc and Ph.D in chemical engineering from the Université de Sherbrooke in 1986 and 1990, respectively and his B.Sc. in Chemical engineering from Polytechnic School of Algiers (Algéria) in 1983. Research efforts in Dr. Belkacemi’s laboratory are grounded in Agri-food Engineering, with particular emphasis around the improvement of technologies of existing processing and/or the development of new technologies. These technologies focus in improving nutritional qualities and techno-functionality of fats & oils and other food compounds such as lactose, and the biomass upgrading and other by-products into high value-added products involving the use of nanotechnology and nanoscience and heterogeneous catalysis dedicated to food transformations and nutraceuticals.

Keynote Speaker: Fats & Oils: Sustainability and Innovation


Cathleen Crudden, Queen's University

Cathleen Crudden,

Bio: Cathleen Crudden graduated from the University of Toronto with Mark Lautens, and obtained her Ph.D. with Howard Alper at the University of Ottawa. After an NSERC-PDF with Scott Denmark, she became Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick, where she held the first University Research Professorship (2001). In 2002, she moved to Queen’s University as Queen’s National Scholar. Crudden's research centers on catalysis and materials. She described the first enantiospecific Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction of chiral boranes in a very highly recognized paper. In 2014, she reported N-heterocyclic carbene-based self-assembled monolayers in work called "game changing" by experts in the field. Her work is highly cited with one paper being among the top 10 cited papers in Canada in all areas of science. She has won numerous awards including a Premier’s Research Excellence Award, a Chancellor’s Research Award, the 2010 Catalysis Lectureship award, a 2010 NSERC Accelerator Award and the Clara Benson award. In 2012, she was appointed Research Professor at ITBM in Japan as one of four international PIs and runs a satellite lab there. In 2015, she led a successful $8.8M CFI Innovation Fund application. Crudden has twice chaired the NSERC strategic manufacturing panel, served 6 years on the CSC Board of Directors representing the Catalysis Division, 6 years on the Canadian Journal of Chemistry board, 10 years on the Canadian Chemical News editorial board, and was CSC President in 2012/2013. She serves on the editorial advisory boards of Chemical Record (Japan), Organometallics, ACSOmega, Synthesis and Chemical & Engineering News.

Keynote Speaker: Honourary Symposium in Recognition of Professor S Kaliaguine for Outstanding Contributions in Catalysis


Dr. Daniel De Kee, FCIC, University of Toronto

Dr. Daniel De Kee

Bio: Dr. Daniel De Kee, FCIC is currently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, and Associate Editor of Physics of Fluids. He was Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Tulane Institute for Macromolecular Engineering and Science (TIMES) at Tulane University, and Program Director, Engineering Research Centers and Cluster Leader for Nano Science and Engineering Centers at the National Science Foundation. His research interests are in the general area of rheology, where he published over 200 papers in the area of non-Newtonian fluid mechanics and polymer processing. He is also the co-author of five textbooks and eight edited books. He is the recipient of the CSChE ERCO AWARD, the CIC Protective Coatings Award, and the Tulane School of Engineering Outstanding Researcher Award. He was Chair of the XIIth International Congress on Rheology.

Keynote Speaker: Honourary Symposium in Recognition of Professor P Carreau for Outstanding Contributions in Rheology and Polymer Nanocomposites


Dr. Giovanni Fanchini, Western University

Dr. Givoanni Fanchini

Bio: Dr. Giovanni Fanchini's research encompasses the use of organic and carbon-based nanomaterials for optical and energy applications, with a focus on graphene nanocomposites and the interplay between defects and nanostructure of plasmonic enhancement in inorganic and organic solar cells. Dr. Fanchini has been working for more than 15 years on different types of carbon-based nano-materials, including amorphous and diamondlike carbons, carbon nanostructures, polymer-fullerene blends and, since 2006, graphene.‎ He holds the Canada Research Chair in Carbon-based Nanomaterials and Nano-optoelectronics at the University of Western Ontario. For his work in Canada, he has been awarded an Ontario Early Researcher Award (2010) and a Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award (2013). An engineer by training, before joining Western's Department of Physics and Astronomy, he has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Rutgers University (USA) and as a solar cell scientist at CSIRO (Melbourne, Australia).

Keynote Speaker: Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology


Robert Farrauto, Columbia University, USA

Dr. Robert Farrauto

Bio: Bob is Professor of Practice in the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department at Columbia University in the City of New York. He retired in August 2012 from BASF (formerly Engelhard) Iselin, New Jersey as a Research Vice President after 37 years of research. His major responsibilities in industry included development of advanced automobile emission control catalysts and catalysts for the chemical and alternative energy industries. He has over 120 publication and 60 US patents and is co-author of three textbooks the latest being “Introduction to Catalysis and Industrial Catalytic Processes ” Wiley and Sons, NY 2016. He is the recipient of the Cross Canada Lectureship Award 1998, the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Practice Award (2005) sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Ciapetta Lectureship Award (2008) sponsored by the North American Catalysis Society. His research interests Columbia are in catalytic pollution abatement, alternative energy and CO2 capture and conversion.

Keynote Speaker: Catalysis and Catalytic Reaction Engineering


Marianne Fenech, University of Ottawa

Dr. Marianne Fenech

Bio: Dr. Fenech is currently Associate Professor and Associate Chair - Undergraduate Studies (Mechanical Biomedical Program) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Fenech received her Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Paul Sabatier, Toulouse III in France. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in the Biomedical field from the University of Technology of Compiegne (UTC) in France in 2004. Her current research interests include biofluid dynamics and biorheology. She has worked on a multitude of problems related to blood flow in the microcirculation and hemodialysis, both modeling and experimental aspects.

Keynote Speaker: Biomedical Engineering


Dr. Alberto Ferrer, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Dr. Alberto Ferrer

Bio: Dr. Alberto Ferrer is Head of the Multivariate Statistical Engineering Research Group ( and Professor of Statistics at the Department of Applied Statistics, Operation Research and Quality at Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). His main interest focuses on statistical techniques for quality and productivity improvement, especially those related to multivariate statistical methods for both continuous and batch processes, and data analytics. He is active in industrial teaching and consultancy activities on Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Six Sigma, Process Analytical Technology (PAT) and Process Chemometrics.

Keynote Speaker: Systems and Control


Dr. Jeffrey Giacomin, Queen's University

Dr. Jeffrey Giacomin

Bio: Born in Kingston, Canada, Alan Jeffrey Giacomin completed high school in Pointe Claire, Québec before earning his bachelors and masters degrees in Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, and then his PhD in Chemical Engineering at McGill. Professor Giacomin has held faculty positions at Texas A&M and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where for 20 years, he directed the Rheology Research Center. Giacomin serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Physics of Fluids, and serves on the Board of Managers of American Institute of Physics Publishing. Giacomin was named Professeur de l’Académie des Sciences by the Institut de France, and is an Honorary Associate of the University of Wales Institute of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics. Giacomin has held visiting professorships in Canada, Switzerland, France, Greece, Singapore, Taiwan and China. Giacomin is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and Ontario, and is a former President of The Society of Rheology. At Queen’s, Giacomin is Professor of Chemical Engineering, is jointly appointed in Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and holds the title of NSERC Canada Research Chair in Rheology.

Keynote Speaker: Rheology of Complex Fluids


Amine A Kamen, McGill University

Amine A Kamen

Bio: Amine Kamen is Professor of Bioengineering at McGill University, and Canada Research Chair tier-1 in Bioprocessing of Viral Vaccines. He was recently nominated Researcher Emeritus of the National Research Council of Canada. He was until early 2014, head of the Process Development section of the Human Health Therapeutics Portfolio and Lead of the Bioprocessing and Manufacturing of the Vaccine Program at the National Research Council of Canada. He received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from École des Mines de Paris and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal. Before joining the National Research Council in 1991, he was a professor of mass-transport phenomena and reactor design. His current research activities focus on uncovering mechanisms associated with cell production of viral vectors and viral vaccines; cell and metabolic engineering; process control and monitoring; and process analytical technologies of high yield productions of viral vectors for gene delivery and vaccination. He published over one hundred and thirty papers in refereed international journals and acts as consultant for a number of national and international private and public organizations.

Keynote Speaker: Biotechnology/Bioengineering


Trish Kerin, Institution of Chemical Engineers Safety Centre (ISC), Australia

Trish Kerin

Bio: After graduating with honours in mechanical engineering, Trish spent several years working in project management, operational and safety roles for the oil, gas and chemical industries. Trish’s passion for process safety saw her take on advisory committee roles with the Plastics and Chemical Industries Association (PACIA), WorkSafe Victoria Major Hazards Advisory Committee and represented the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to Safe Work Australia. Trish currently sits on the board of the Australian National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) and is a member of the Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center steering committee. Trish is a Chartered Engineer, a registered Professional Process Safety Engineer and Fellow of IChemE. She holds a diploma of OHS is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and a Fellow of Engineers Australia (FIEAust). Recent awards include the Engineers Australia – John A Brodie Medal – for best paper at the Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress 2015 (incorporating Chemeca). The award recognises Trish’s peer reviewed paper on Process Safety Competency.

Keynote Speaker: Process Safety and Loss Management


Angeliki Lemonidou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Angeliki Lemonidou

Bio: Dr Angeliki Lemonidou is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She received the Bachelor in Chemistry and the PhD in Chemical Engineering, both with honours, from Aristotle University. She has held visiting appointments at Technical University of Munich and University of Delaware. Dr Lemonidou is active in the area of catalysis and reaction engineering. Research topics include hydrogen production from fossil and renewable sources and carbon dioxide capture and utilization, conversion of lower hydrocarbons via selective oxidation and valorization of biomass intermediate products into high value energy carriers and chemicals. She is author of numerous internationally acclaimed publications. Dr Lemonidou is collaborating faculty member of CERTH and board member of EFCATS.

Keynote Speaker: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage


Coral Lukaniuk, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

Coral Lukaniuk

Bio: Coral Lukaniuk is director of CEPA Integrity First®, an industry-wide program developed by the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) to drive continuous improvement in every aspect of pipeline operations and increase the confidence and trust in pipeline industry. Coral has a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Alberta and certificates in Project Management and Strategic Leadership. She has worked in the oil and gas and alternative energy sectors for more than 20 years. Prior to joining CEPA, Coral led the Public Awareness Program at TransCanada, which reaches more than one million stakeholders in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Over the years, she has been an active member with the Common Ground Alliance and American Petroleum Institute, provided leadership to the Pipeline Operator Safety Partnership and initiated Public Awareness in Canada. Recognized as a visionary leader, Coral has a depth of experience building programs from concept to execution with a focus on delivering results while building strong relationships with stakeholders.

Keynote Speaker: Process Safety and Loss Management


Chris Moraes, McGill University

Chris Moraes

Bio: Chris Moraes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at McGill University, and Canada Research Chair (II) in Advanced Cellular Microenvironments. His research program centers around asking “How might we build a better Petri dish?”. While cells in the body exist in a complex microenvironment, cells in culture typically experience hard, flat, plastic surfaces that do not drive realistic cell and tissue function. Leveraging a background in nanoengineering (Bachelors, U. Toronto), mechanical / biomedical engineering (Doctorate, U. Toronto) and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan in organ-on-a-chip engineering, the Moraes lab uses advanced microfabrication, biomaterial and computational strategies to understand and better treat diseases including fibrosis, cancer and reproductive disorders. This inherently interdisciplinary approach applies engineering knowledge of materials, mechanics, and transport towards addressing challenging biological questions that have broad societal impact.

Keynote Speaker: Biomedical Engineering


Krishnaswamy Nandakumar, Louisiana State University, USA

Kumar Nandakumar

Bio: Dr. K. Nandakumar is currently Gordon A and Mary Cain Chair Professor at Louisiana State University, USA. Dr. Nandakumar received his bachelor’s degree from Madras University in 1973, master’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1979. He has received several research and educational awards, including the R.S. Jane Memorial Award of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) and the Excellence in Education Award from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). He was Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering during 2005-2009. Dr. Nandakumar is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Keynote Speaker: Chemical Engineering Foundations


Mark Ungrin, University of Calgary

Mark Ungrin

Bio: Dr. Ungrin joined the University of Calgary in 2012 as Assistant Professor in Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, a PhD in Medical Biophysics (Cellular and Molecular Biology), postdoctoral training in Stem Cell Bioengineering, and work experience in the pharmaceutical industry (Merck). His academic research program is funded by both NSERC and CIHR (among other sources), and includes microscale tissue engineering, stem cell biology, 3D printing and technology development.He is also interested in improving the way research is carried out – a research program can be considered as a machine for converting resources into new knowledge, so how can we make that machine as efficient as possible? These efforts have led to the establishment of new research tools, including the AggreWell technology, now translated to a successful commercial product in partnership with Stem Cell Technologies of Vancouver. This system has been referenced in over 350 publications, from every continent except Antarctica. It is in use in a broad range of applications around the world, including chondrogenesis from mesenchymal stem cells (Australia), standardized generation of neural precursors from pluripotent stem cells (United States), toxicological analyses in hepatocytes (Denmark), trophoblast implantation studies (China), detailed studies of tumour spheroids (United States), and assessment of spinal cord regeneration in salamanders (Germany).

Keynote Speaker: Biomedical Engineering