Plenary Sessions

Shaffiq Jaffer, MCIC, TOTAL

Shaffiq JafferShaffiq Jaffer joined TOTAL in 2009, as the vice president of Corporate Science and Technology Projects in North America (NA) with as mission to find and fund novel ideas and technologies that will lead to breakthroughs to meet future energy demand while addressing the climate challenges. He is engaged across the research ecosystem: academia, startups, and private research companies, focused on building long lasting relationships that create value for TOTAL and its partners. Prior to TOTAL, he has worked for P&G and Koch-Glitsch in research and engineering roles. He was educated in Canada at University of Alberta (BSc) and McMaster University (PhD) and is a Fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE).

The Imperative for a Global Systems Approach to address Energy and Climate Challenges

Abstract coming soon.


Levente L. Diosady, FCIC, University of Toronto
2019 R. S. Jane Memorial Award Winner

Levente L. Diosady is professor of food engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Toronto. His current research interests include oilseed processing, membrane processes, and micronutrient fortification of food. He is the author of 150+ refereed publications, 17 patents. He supervised 100+ graduate students. 17 of his students and PDF’s are professors on four continents.

He is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, the American Oil Chemists Society, International Academy of Food Science and Technology, The Hungarian and the Canadian Academies of Engineering and the Royal Society of Canada. He received the Officers’ Cross of the Hungarian Order of Merit, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and is a member of the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest civilian honour. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Green salt and rusty tea: food engineering for maternal health

Food engineering applies the principles of chemical engineering to large-scale processing of food. This talk will deal with the huge potential of micronutrient fortification in saving and improving lives, and the many chemical engineering and social challenges in delivering micronutrients to those in most need. The development of a microencapsulation-based micronutrient delivery platform in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto is in the commercialization stage. Pilot studies in India resulted in eliminating anemia in approximately a million school children, and salt double fortified with iodine and iron is now tested on up to 50 million consumers in India. Adding other micronutrients can focus on specific populations and deficiency diseases: thiamin deficiency in Cambodia, birth defects due to folic acid deficiencies in Ethiopia and multiple deficiencies in South Asia.


Emerging Leaders in Chemical Engineering

Joule Bergerson, University of Calgary

Joule BergersonDr. Joule Bergerson is an Associate Professor in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering Department and the Centre for Environmental Engineering Research and Education in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary and a Canada Research Chair in Energy Technology Assessment. Dr. Bergerson received her Ph.D. in a joint program of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. To date, her work has addressed fossil fuel derived electricity, oil sands development, carbon capture and storage, energy systems for low carbon communities, renewable energy and energy storage technologies. Project researchers on her team work with scientists, engineers and members of the business community who are developing new energy technologies, to develop and refine techniques for prospective life cycle assessment. These techniques help prioritize research and development activities, by identifying technologies – or optimal combinations of technologies – that provide particularly large life cycle benefits.

Daria Boffito, Polytechnique Montréal

Daria BoffitoDaria C. Boffito is Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal since 2016, whereby she is the head of the Process Intensification and Heterogenous Catalysis (EPIC) research group. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Intensified Mechano-Chemical Processes for Sustainable Biomass Conversion. She received prestigious Canadian and International prizes, including the NSERC Banting post-doctoral fellowship, the PBEEE FRQNT scholarship, GreenTalents2012 (German govt.), and The Australia Awards Endeavour Research Fellowship (2011, Australian govt.) Besides biomass conversion, her research interests include sonochemistry, heterogeneous catalyst design, photocatalysis, drug delivery, and water treatment. Prof. Boffito is very active in the field of scientific communication. She co-authored one book on how to redact scientific papers, posters and presentations, as well as a series of 21 articles in the Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, which also include bibliometric studies. Prof. Boffito actively collaborates with Canadian companies in the field of oil and gas, material synthesis and biomass conversion. In the last 6 years she published more than 70 papers in scientific journals (including 21 articles on scientific communication), 8 book chapters, 1 book on scientific communication, and she is inventor on 3 patents. She counts more than 70 communications at national or international conferences.

Benoît Lessard, University of Ottawa

Benoit LessardThe Lessard Research Group focuses on the development of novel carbon based electronic devices through material design and synthesis and device prototype engineering. The group has projects in the development of flexible solar cells, organic light emitting diodes (OLED) for highly efficient displays and ultra-selective biosensors. In May 2015 Prof. Benoît H. Lessard was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at University of Ottawa, and was promoted to Associate Professor in May 2019. He was awarded the Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials and Organic Electronics, 2018 Ontario Early Researcher Award and the 2015 Charles Polanyi Prize in Chemistry. Prof. Lessard was also awarded one of the 2017 Emerging Leaders of Chemical Engineering Plenary Presentations at the 67th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference (Edmonton, AB) and named a 2018 J. Mater. Chem. C Emerging Researcher. Since 2008, Prof. Lessard has published 73 peer reviewed journal articles, 14 patent applications, 1 book chapter and presented his work over 76 times at international and national conferences. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Prof. Lessard completed an NSERC Banting Fellowship at the University of Toronto studying crystal engineering and OPV/OLED fabrication and obtained his PhD (2012) from McGill University in Polymer reaction engineering.

Jinfeng Liu, University of Alberta

Jinfeng LiuJinfeng Liu received the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011. Since 2012 he has been with the University of Alberta, where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering. His works in the general areas of process systems and engineering. His primary research objective is to develop computing technologies for smart and sustainable manufacturing and production using systems, computing and engineering principles. His current research focus is on the development of enabling modelling, estimation and control methods to address the great challenges in closed-loop smart agricultural irrigation for water sustainability. He has published 3 monographs, 1 edited special issue, over 100 journal and conference papers. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the IFAC Journal of Process Control and Control Engineering Practice.