Ted Sargent holds the rank of University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. He is CRC in Nanotechnology and also serves as Vice-Dean for Research for the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. He has published over 300 journal papers in refereed journals, including in Nature, Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Chemistry, and Nature Materials; these publications have garnered over 15,000 citations. He has forty issued patents. His research focuses on renewable energy conversion and storage with nanomaterials and his work in water splitting catalysts was featured in Science. Prof. Sargent has a wealth of experience in commercial translation, having founded three companies: Invisage (image sensors), Xagenic (molecular diagnostics), and QD Solar (solar cells). He is the PI for the program “Bio-inspired Solar Energy”, funded by CIFAR. Prof. Sargent is also leader of a $1M UofT Connaught Global Challenge program on Bio-inspired Ideas for Sustainable Energy. This program, involving six other coPIs, resulted in a number of breakthroughs in energy generation and storage and attracted significant media attention.

Cathleen Crudden is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s University. She is known for her contributions in the area of catalysis and materials science. Her work has attracted interest from pharmaceutical companies including Merck Frosst, Eli Lily, Torcan, Dow, Lonza and J & J, and a variant of one of her supported catalsyts is currently being sold by Silicycle. She has reported ground-breaking results in the Suzuki-Miyaura reaction, one of the most commonly employed reactions for the formation of carbon-carbon bonds. Her PhD work was on catalysis with carbon monoxide and conversion into advanced commodity chemicals. Crudden is cross appointed at the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules in Nagoya Japan. Crudden currently holds a prestigious Killam Research Fellowship in support of her materials science and catalysis work.

sintonDavid Sinton
is a Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Microfluidics and Energy, and Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He was the 2012-2015 Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Sinton was an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) at the University of Victoria, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University. He became a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2013, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada in 2015, the University of Toronto McLean Senior Fellow in 2013, and an NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellow in 2016. Dr. Sinton has large ongoing research partnerships with Suncor Energy and Schlumberger Canada. Dr. Sinton’s expertise is in the study and application of small scale fluid mechanics (microfluidics, nanofluidics, and optofluidics) for use in energy systems.

Eugenia Kumacheva is CRC in Advanced Polymer Materials (Tier 1), Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and University Professor with cross-appointments in the Department of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and IBBME. She is a leader in polymer materials, nanoscience and microfluidics, as reflected by her numerous awards, including Killam Fellowship, Schlumberger Scholarship (U.K.), International Chorafas Foundation Award in Physics and Engineering, Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award (Germany) and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award “For Women in Science” (given to 5 laureates in the world). Kumacheva has trained over 160 HQP since 1996. Her H-index is 65, with >40 citations/paper. She is involved in CREATE-IDEM (Integrated Design of Extracellular Matrices). She has developed new strategies for the design, synthesis, and fabrication of nanostructured materials.

George Shimizu is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Associate Dean for the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Calgary. He researches novel porous solids,specifically MOFs for clean energy applications including CO2 capture with water stability a common thread. His MOF research has been published in leading journals including Science, Nature Chemistry and Nature Materials. He is the PI for the NSERC CREATE Program in Carbon Capture, funded 2015, a network spanning science, engineering, and social science across five Canadian Universities and international partners. One MOF from his group has spawned a company, Bow Valley Innovations Inc. He has received the Strem Award for Pure or Applied Inorganic Chemistry from the Canadian Society for Chemistry and an NSERC Discovery Grant Accelerator Supplement. He has given >50 invited talks since 2010 including 8 keynote or plenary. His H-Index is 40 and has > 65 citations/paper.

Curtis Berlinguette is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia, where he holds a CRC (Tier 2) in Solar Energy Conversion and leads a program of >25 researchers committed to clean energy. He holds 10 patents and has published over 70 scientific articles, with >2400 citations and an h-index of 31. He has delivered over 100 invited seminars at international conferences, and has been recognized with an NSERC Steacie Fellowship, Canada Society for Chemistry Strem Award for Inorganic Chemistry, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2011. He has also founded a spin-off company that specializes in catalyst design and electrolyzer technologies that are being commercialized through strategic partnerships with several multinational corporations.

Jamal Chaouki is Full Professor at Polytechnique, Montréal. He has supervised more than 80 Ph.D. and Master Students and more than 40 post-docs. He published more than 400 articles in refereed journals and more than 450 other scientific articles and edited 6 books. He has more than 17 patents. He is director of the Biorefinery Center and member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He is world-renowned consultant for at least 20 national and international companies. He has created 4 start-ups with his students: Formmat Tech. Inc., Shopmedia Inc., Pyrowave Inc and Ecolomondo. He is Principal Chair Holder of NSERC-Total Group in hydrodynamic modeling of multiphase processes at extreme conditions. His work is mainly dedicated to develop processes from waste and biomass to heat & power, fuels and chemicals.