LOGIC 2018: Sponsorsed Ticket Winners

Did you know some of our LOGIC 2018 attendees won the admission ticket to our event? Several admission tickets, donated generously by our sponsors, were up for grabs for those who satisfactorily answered the question: “How do you anticipate attending LOGIC will impact you?”

See below our lucky winners:

LOGIC 2018 Panelist: Dr. Reshma N. Singh


Last but certainly not least, we are happy to introduce Dr. Reshma N. Singh as one of our panelists. The panel discussion will be taking place on Sunday May 26th in the Shaw Conference Centre Saloon 2.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Guyana in 2006, Reshma Singh spend three and half years working in the food industry as a Quality Control and Assurance Chemist. In 2009, she became a graduate student in Dr. Jed Harrison’s research group at the University of Alberta. Her Ph.D. research focused on the detection of small molecules using silicon and cobalt nano columned-thin films and LASER desorption/ionization.

In 2015, she joined Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) as a Research Participant working on an Alberta Innovates grant entitled “Addressing food quality challenges in Alberta’s aquaculture industry”. Her focus was the detection and quantification of off-flavour compounds using Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. In 2016, Reshma became a Federal Postdoctoral fellow at AAFC’s Lacombe Research Centre, with her work switching to the detection and identification of flavour compounds in meat.

Interested in learning more about Dr. Singh? There are still tickets available for the Sunday of the LOGIC 2018 meeting – sign up here before they run out!

LOGIC 2018 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour

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We are incredibly honoured to have Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour join us for LOGIC 2018. She will take the stage around 7 pm at the Saturday night banquet dinner. The event will take place at the University of Alberta Faculty Club in the Saskatchewan Room.

Dr. Armour was educated at the University of Edinburgh, (BSc, MSc) and the University of Alberta (PhD) and joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta in 1979. Her research was into the handling and disposal of small quantities of hazardous chemical waste. Since 2005, she has been Associate Dean of Science, Diversity.

For many years, she has been active in encouraging women to consider careers in the sciences and engineering, co-founding Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology, WISEST, at the University of Alberta in 1982. Currently, she is chair of the board of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering Trades and Technology, the WinSETT Centre.

Dr. Armour has received a number of awards for her work including a Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case, the Montreal Medal of the Chemical Institute of Canada, being twice named one of the top 100 most powerful women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network and being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in 2006. She has 6 honorary degrees!

LOGIC 2018 Panelist: Dr. Jillian Buriak

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We are very glad to welcome Dr. Jillian Buriak to our panel discussion on Sunday May 27th! We look forward to hearing about Dr. Buriak’s role as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta and Editor-in-Chief at Chemistry of Materials.

Dr. Jillian Buriak began her career at Harvard University where she acquired her AB degree in 1990. She then moved to Université Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg to complete her PhD, before taking up a postdoctoral position at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla. Dr. Buriak began her professorship at Purdue University and joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Alberta in 2003. Shortly after, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Dr. Buriak holds the Canada Research Chair of Nanomaterials for Energy, and the Alberta Innovates Industry Chair in Solar Energy and Solar Fuels. Her research has resulted in 11,000 citations, and ranges from materials for energy applications (solar energy conversion, water splitting), self-assembly on technologically relevant semiconductor surfaces, and mechanistic surface chemistry and functionalization on surfaces such as silicon and other semiconductors. Dr. Buriak plays a very active role in scholarly journals. She was on the Board of Reviewing Editors (BoRE) at Science from 2003 to 2008, was an Associate Editor at ACS Nano from 2009 to 2013, and in 2014, became the Editor-in- Chief of the American Chemical Society journal, Chemistry of Materials, where she leads a team of 21 associate editors, and handles 6,000 papers per year.

Dr. Buriak is a strong voice for women in STEM – we highly recommend following her on Twitter. Don’t miss out on what is sure to be a fruitful discussion! Register for LOGIC 2018 – TODAY IS THE LAST DAY!

LOGIC 2018 Workshop Facilitators: Edna Dach & Kandis Neth

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LOGIC 2018 will feature two WinSETT Centre workshops focused on introduction to negotiation and mentors vs sponsors. We are excited to have Edna Dach and Kandis Neth facilitate this learning opportunity for our attendees.

Edna Dach, M. Ed., PMP
Alberta & Prairies Facilitator, WinSETT Centre

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Edna Dach has extensive experience working in the education field as Director of Technology Services for Elk Island Public Schools and as Education Manager for Alberta Education. She is a recognized presenter and has shared her experiences to a wide variety of audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.

In recognition of her work, the Education Technology Council, Alberta Teachers Association presents an annual award, “The ETC Edna Dach Educator of the Year Award ” to a classroom teacher and/or technology leader in an educational setting who works to promote technology in education through leadership in educational technology.

Edna works with a variety of boards including WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology), WITT (Women in Trades and Technology) and SkillsCanada Alberta.  She has been recognized with the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for her community and volunteer work.


Kandis Neth, P. Eng., EMR
Western Canada Facilitator, WinSETT Centre

President & CEO, R3K Consulting, and PeerSparkTM Facilitator, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)
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Kandis holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, with a specialization in Chemical Engineering (Co-op) and is certified as a Master Instructor and Adult Educator from NAIT. Kandis is an avid life-long learner and has found her passion in facilitating adults, so much so that she is currently completing her Master of Education, specializing in Adult Education. Kandis continues to maintain her licenses as both a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) and as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) with the Alberta College of Paramedics.

In addition to a career working mainly as a project manager with global engineering organizations, Kandis received extensive training on communication, leadership, and crisis intervention during her time as a volunteer with the Edmonton Police Service’s Victim Services Unit. Currently, Kandis’ career is specifically focused towards course design, development, and delivery (training and facilitation) primarily contracting through her own consulting company, R3K Consulting.

In 2018, Kandis was thrilled to become a regional facilitator of WinSETT Centre’s Western Canadian Leadership program. This role allows her to follow her passion of supporting women in maximizing both their personal and professional potential.

LOGIC Invited Speaker: Dr. Raychelle Burks

Image result for raychelle burks We are very excited to announce our invited speaker for Sunday morning: Dr. Raychelle Burks!

Dr. Raychelle Burks is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Dr. Burks completed her BSc in Chemistry at Northern Iowa University in 2001, her MSc in Forensic Science at Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2008, and her PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Nebraska in 2011. She then took up the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate at Doane College, where she also served as a Visiting Assistant Professor until 2016.

An analytical chemist with crime lab experience, Dr. Burks is focused on creating low-cost colorimetric sensors for detecting chemicals of forensic interest including explosives and illicit drugs. To maximize portability, Dr. Burks’ group utilizes smart phones, along with image analysis, to maximize the field readiness of developed sensor systems. A chemistry enthusiast, Dr. Burks hopes to ignite her students’ appreciation of chemistry through innovative projects, multi-media education tools, and probably far too many pop culture references. She help create and organize SciPop Talks!, a popular talk series blending science and pop culture. Dr. Burks is a popular science communicator, appearing on the Science Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science, ACS Reactions videos, Royal Society of Chemistry podcasts, and at genre conventions such as DragonCon and GeekGirlCon.

You can check out one of her recent videos here and learn all about whiskey! Don’t miss what is sure to be an exciting seminar by Dr. Burks – register before April 24th!

LOGIC 2018 Panelist: Dr. Lisa A. Shipley

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We are excited to continue introducing our invited speakers for LOGIC 2018! Dr. Lisa A. Shipley will be joining our Sunday morning panel taking place at the Shaw Conference Centre. Don’t miss your chance to hear about her fascinating career path – register via the CSC website before April 24th!

Dr. Shipley is Vice President of Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Drug Metabolism in Merck Research Laboratories. She is responsible for the all Preclinical ADME, Bioanalytics and Quantitative Pharmacology and Pharmacometrics activities at Merck research sites and support of all programs from discovery through post product launch.  Prior to joining Merck in 2008, Dr. Shipley spent the over 20 years at Eli Lilly and Company in roles of increasing responsibility including the positions of executive director, Lean Six Sigma and vice president Drug Disposition, PK/PD and Trial Simulations. Dr. Shipley obtained her undergraduate degree from McDaniel College and her doctoral degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. Her postdoctoral training was conducted at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research as a National Research Council Fellow elucidating the metabolism and pharmacokinetics of antileishmanial and antimalarial drugs under development by the U.S. Army.

Dr. Shipley has authored or co-authored three book chapters, over 25 journal articles, 40 abstracts on drug metabolism, pharmacokinetics, analytical assay development, and drug disposition and has been granted five patents. She has chaired sessions at the Gordon Research Conference in Drug Metabolism, the Society of Toxicology, the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences, International Conference on Drug Development, PhRMA workshops and the Drug Information Association. She has served as the chair of the Drug Metabolism Technical Group within the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturing Association (2007-09), a member of the IQ Consortium and as a member of the International Society of  the Study of Xenobiotics Council (2010-12). She has also served as a reviewer for Drug Metabolism and Disposition, Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the Journal of Chromatography and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, and a lecturer for the University of Indiana School of Medicine and Purdue University. She was awarded the 2000-2001 Chairman’s Ovation Award for leadership in motivating and developing people, the LRL President’s Award for Diversity in 2007, the Chairman’s Award in Environmental Health and Safety in 2013 and was awarded the NAFE Women of Excellence Healthcare Champion in 2017.

LOGIC 2018 Invited Speaker: Dr. David W. Norman

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We are very pleased to announce that Dr. David W. Norman will be joining us for LOGIC 2018 to share how the Eastman Chemical Company has been promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

David W. Norman was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada. He presently resides in Kingsport, Tennessee as the Technology Manager for the Specialty Plastics business in Eastman Chemical Company, which entails portfolio management for a $1.3 billion growth business and strategic input on organic and inorganic investment decisions. David is also enjoying the role of Planning Co-chair for Eastman’s upcoming Global Innovation Summit. From late 2014 to early 2018 David served as Group Leader for Eastman’s Electronic Films Applications Research laboratory, which developed polymers for electronic display optical compensation, and conductive films for biosensor electrodes, photovoltaics, touch screens, and other optoelectronic devices. Prior to this role, David was an External Innovation Manager at the Eastman Innovation Center in Raleigh, NC, which launched a novel Open Innovation model in 2013 to develop diverse research portfolios with NC State University and UNC Chapel Hill. Before relocating to North Carolina, David served as a research chemist from 2008 to 2013 in the Eastman Research Division, where he developed new catalysts and pilot engineering processes for commercial scale hydrogenation, carbonylation, hydroformylation, and condensation chemistry.

Prior to his Eastman career, David completed a jointly funded Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Royal Society USA/Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship position at The University of Bristol, England with Paul G. Pringle. He received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in 2006 under the supervision of Jeffrey M. Stryker at The University of Alberta, where he also co-founded and chaired the 1st Banff Symposium on Organic Chemistry. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology in 2001 from Mount Allison University under the supervision of Steve Westcott. David is passionate about commercializing technologies in emerging and established markets, creating strategic internal and external partnerships, developing the talent of others, and building diverse high performance cultures. He has thirteen publications, twenty issued US patents, three children, one wife, and seven goldfish.

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LOGIC 2018 Plenary Speaker: Dr. Mita Dasog

We are pleased to announce one of our plenary speakers for LOGIC 2018 – Dr. Mita Dasog from Dalhousie University!
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Dr. Mita Dasog obtained her Bachelors of Science in 2009 from the University of Saskatchewan. She then moved to the University of Alberta to begin her Doctoral studies with Dr. Jonathan Veinot where she focused on the syntheses, properties, and applications of silicon based nano/micromaterials and thin films. After a short stay at Technical University of Munich as a Green Talents visiting scholar, Dr. Dasog went on to hold an NSERC post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Nathan Lewis at the California Institute of Technology, where she studied the interaction of light with semiconductors. She joined the Dalhousie University Chemistry Department in July 2016 as an Assistant Professor.

Since beginning her independent career in 2016, Prof. Dasog’s research interests include the solid-state synthesis of functional nanomaterials, mesostructures for solar light harvesting, and printable thin conducting oxide (TCO) nanoparticle inks. Dasog has received numerous awards including the Canadian Council of University Chemistry Chairs (CCUCC) Chemistry Doctoral Award, the CSC Award for Graduate Work in Inorganic Chemistry, a “Top 25” Global Young Scientists in Sustainable Research award sponsored by the German Federal Ministry, and was recently listed among top 150 Canadian women in STEM fields by hEr_VOLUTION, a non-profit organization.

She will be joining us on Saturday May 26th to share her inspiring path to a career in chemistry. Registration for LOGIC 2018 is now open, sign up here!

LOGIC 2018 Panelist: Dr. Hayley Wan

As our retreat planning unfolds, we are happy to begin introducing the talented individuals who will join us for this engaging 2-day program.

Our first panelist is an award winning Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratory Director – Dr. Hayley Wan from the University of Alberta. Dr. Wan began her chemistry career at Manchester Metropolitan University, England, where she completed a B.Sc. in chemistry and biology. Discovering she favoured chemistry, she pursued a Master of Philosophy at the University of Manchester in the area of organic chemistry. This was followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in the group of Professor Andy Whiting at the University of Durham, where she studied water tolerant asymmetric catalysis of Diels-Alder reactions.

Upon graduation, she joined the group of Professor Fred West at the University of Alberta, Canada where she completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. She then took a position with the National Research Council of Canada as a Technical Officer before returning to academia as a Research Associate in the area of lipid chemistry and bio-based materials.

In 2009, Dr. Wan joined the University of Alberta Chemistry Department as the Director of Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Laboratories. Since then, her inspirational mentoring has affected thousands of undergraduate students and graduate teaching assistants. Her efforts have been recognized with several awards, including the Faculty of Science Service Award at the 2015 Celebration of Excellence in Teaching and Research and the Instructor of the Month award in April 2017.

In her spare time, Dr. Wan can be found in her art studio, embarking on various outdoor adventures, or taking off in her single engine fixed-wing aircraft.

Join us to hear more about her path to a career in chemistry on May 26 & 27, 2018!

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Dr. Hayley Wan, Organic Chemistry Laboratory Director, University of Alberta, Edmonton.  Credit: John Ulan