CIC Chair’s Event

Tuesday, October 22
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Garrison

Role of Chemical Engineering to Address Global Grand Challenges

Many grand challenges face our global society, ranging from health, nutrition, energy, climate change, and water issues. One of the key issues that has arisen is how to coordinate sustainable solutions to one grand challenge (e.g. water) while optimizing impacts on others (e.g. climate change and energy). The public and professions are beginning to address the water energy nexus, and the next horizon issue that is beginning to receive attention is the interplay between water, energy and food.

Chemical engineering has a role in helping to address and find solutions to the various grand challenges and our profession, with its strong systems and analytical perspectives, is particularly well suited to address the complex tradeoffs in finding solutions to these challenges. How our professional organizations and those individuals within can best address the global challenges will be explored during this session.

The session will focus on educating our members on the issues arising with the grand challenge and identifying the problems that chemical engineering expertise can solve.


Bruce Lennox, FCIC, McGill University / CIC Vice-Chair / Moderator
Sustaining Sustainability Initiatives
Support (and funding) of sustainability initiatives is increasing at a great rate because of a compelling coincidence of environmental responsibility and socio-economic benefits. Even at this early stage of implementation of sustainability initiatives in industry, the public sector, and academia it is worth anticipating the challenges in keeping the pressure “on”. Sustainable practices need to be the operational norm for an organization both in good times and bad times. This talk will initiate a discussion as to what form “sustaining sustainability” may take.

Paul Stuart, École Polytechnique de Montréal / former CSChE President
Chemical Engineers Calculate! Sustainable Design Decision-Making Using Process Systems Analysis in the Forest Products Industry
Process design decision-making considering sustainability is complex. However Chemical Engineers, perhaps uniquely, are well-equipped to evaluate process options using process systems analysis tools such as mass and energy balances and techno-economics, but also more advanced tools involving energy analysis, life cycle analysis and supply chain analysis. Using a multidisciplinary approach, an example of design decision-making will be presented considering sustainability – for the case study of a forestry company considering transformation to new product manufacture.

Inga Hipsz, Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group
Promoting a Better, Safer, more Sustainable World where Standards Work for People and Business
One of the best and proven methods for addressing complex challenges is collaboration. CSA Group has a proven history of building consensus to develop standards and guidelines that simplify extreme challenges into easy to follow steps. Grand global challenges require out of the box thinking, collaboration and consolidation. This talk with provide an overview of how standards, especially in the Sustainability area, are tackling the most important global challenges, both domestically and internationally, and will illustrate how chemical engineering expertise is needed in the discussion.