The evening began with a warm welcome from Professor Robert H Morris, Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, followed by a message from Dr. Ravi Ramachandran, the Chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada, Toronto Section. The Lash Miller lecture hall was brimming with scholarly humility and filial pride as Fouroozan Mohammadi (Centennial College) kicked off the awards presentation. CIC Medals were presented to students who achieved the highest academic standing in chemistry-related programs during their penultimate year of a four-year program, or the final year of a college program. Those who demonstrated the greatest improvement over the same time frame were awarded CIC Book prizes.
Post-secondary presentations were followed by High School student awards. Melody Guan (University of Toronto Schools) was recognized for scoring 1st place in 2011 Canadian Chemistry Contest and receiving the silver medal at the 2011 International Chemistry Olympiad held recently in Ankara, Turkey. Richard Liu (University of Toronto Schools) was also recognized for winning a silver medal at the 2011 International Chemistry Olympiad and Sean Ridout (Northern Secondary School) was recognized for his 2nd place in the 2011 Canadian Chemistry Contest. The CSC Student Chapter Merit Award was presented to Erindale Chemical and Physical Sciences Society students Kai Wan, Bluky Ng, Kevin Jiang and Stephen Mac. Many handshakes, proud smiles and photo opportunities ensued.
The awards presentation was followed by “Nanomaterials for Solving Medical Challenges”, presented by Professor Frank Gu from the Waterloo Institute of Nanotechnology, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo. Professor Gu’s presentation gave a vivid perspective on the impact of self-assembled polymeric nanoparticles, and their potential use in cancer therapy.
The evening concluded with food and refreshments, much stimulating conversation and plans for SAN 2012.
The CIC Toronto Division would like to thank its academic partners, including Centennial College, Durham College, Ryerson University, Seneca College, University of Toronto (St George, Mississauga and Scarborough campuses) and York University and our generous corporate sponsors and their representatives: Anton Paar, Cantox Intertek, CRODA Canada, BASF Canada, Clariant Canada, ExxonMobil, Rhodia, Stepan, Syngenta Crop Protection Canada Inc, Vive Nano and Xerox Research Center of Canada.
Photos coming soon.