Executive Committee 2019-2020


Monica Kwong

Monica Kwong is a recent graduate from the Chemical Engineering Co-op program at Ryerson University. Presently, she is a Process Engineer (EIT) at Sofina Foods Inc. Her goal for CIC Toronto this year is to diversify the outreach of events towards Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technologist members and help secure more sponsorship from industry. In her spare time, Monica enjoys watching sports, trying new places to eat, and gaming.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/monicakwong/

Twitter: @monicakwong



Caroline Pao
Vice Chair

Caroline is in the 5th year of her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Toronto where she develops surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-active gold nanoparticle probes for the improved detection of cancer cells. Since starting her PhD, she has been an active leader on campus as part of Science Rendezvous, ChemClub, the Chemical Biophysics Symposium (CBP), and the Toronto Science Policy Network (TSPN). She is a strong advocate for mental health and dedicates her time towards improving work culture in academia. She is vocal about the need for professional development training in graduate education and has created long-lasting initiatives in her own department to train students for life after graduation. Caroline joined CICTor last year as an Outreach Coordinator with the goal of making STEM-topics accessible to the general public and co-hosted the inaugural CICTor Café. As Vice-Chair, she hopes to continue this effort while also promoting STEM engagement with policy and evidence-informed decision making. In her free time, Caroline enjoys binge-listening to crime podcasts, watching dog rescue videos, and exploring Toronto’s vast selection of craft beers.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/caroline-pao

Twitter: @iamcaroline_p



Daniel Lee




Felix Cheng

Communications Officer

Felix Cheng recently graduated from the Chemical Engineering Co-op program at Ryerson University. He is currently employed at ABC Technology Inc. as a Project Engineer in Training.  He plans to create engagement in the chemical community through CIC Toronto’s social media channels and their website.  In his free time, he enjoys working on personal DIY projects, cooking, playing video games and watching sports.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/felixjcheng/



Mohd Moinuddin

Events Coordinator

Mohd Moinuddin is currently a Materials and Inspection Specialist at WSP. Before that he did his master’s from York University specializing in chemical engineering. His research involved working with nuclear waste disposal. Previously, he was a Process Engineer at a petrochemical industry in Bangladesh. He thought he had experienced enough of tropical climate and came to Canada where he is yet to make a snowman. When he is not working, he meditates, drinks coffee and enjoys the greenery.




Nesrin Vurgun
Outreach Coordinator





Kelsy Yuan

Industrial Liaison

I am a first year PhD student at the University of Toronto. Currently I am working on synthesizing the phospholipid-encapsulated silver nanoparticles and studying the conformations of membrane bound proteins by using Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy. This work will be beneficial to the diagnostics of diseases. As a industrial liaison at CIC Toronto section this year, I would like to help with the networking between industries and members, and to get more people involved in our events. Outside the lab, I enjoy playing video games, going to the gym, and also trying out new restaurants.




Logan Zettle
Industrial Liaison



Sam McWhirter
Industrial Liaison

Sam is a third year PhD student in the Walker Lab at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on developing lipid-coated gold nanoparticles for biodiagnostic purposes. She has been involved with the Chemical Biophysics Symposium and ChemClub during her graduate studies, and is very excited to start working with CIC Toronto! As part of the communications team, Sam hopes to focus on improving our connection with members through social media and live-tweeting. Outside of the lab, Sam enjoys cooking, watching trash reality television and exploring the different types of beer that Toronto has to offer. 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samantha-mcwhirter-41b25771/

Twitter: @smmcwhirter



Mariya Kalinina
Academic Liaison



Nashmia Zia
Government Liaison



Jennifer Huynh

Jennifer graduated with an MSc. in Molecular Science from Ryerson University where she studied the redox stability of BODIPY-donor dyads for use in light harvesting applications. As an executive-at-large Jennifer hopes to help the section plan and execute events. Jennifer is currently tutoring and seeking a full time role in research, project coordination or learning & development. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys attending design thinking workshops and eating at new restaurants.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennhuyn/



Jolie Lam

Jolie is wrapping up her doctoral research in the Stephan group at University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the development of novel boron-based Lewis acids and their applications towards frustrated Lewis pair (FLP) chemistry and metal-free catalysis. As an executive-at-large, she hopes to continue to support the CIC in their endeavors and help bridge connections among the members . Outside of the lab, Jolie is hooked on musicals and loves to belt tunes with her choir.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jolielam/



John Purdy