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Canada International Award

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Established 1975

The International Award is presented to an individual in recognition of outstanding service and contributions in the international sphere to an industry that is based on chemistry, for its processes and/or services. This definition of industry includes not only traditional chemical companies focusing on chemical manufacture and distribution, but also industries such as bio-technology, coatings, crop protection, environmental services, fertilizer, food, mining/metal extraction, oil & gas, pharmaceuticals, plastics, pulp & paper and synthetic fibres.

Eligibility: Such outstanding service would usually derive from value creation leading to economic and/or market leadership, or alternatively social and/or environmental leadership. Natural resources which play a big part in the interaction between Canada and the wider world, can often be the catalyst in developing the service need and its fulfilment.

Membership of SCI is not a prerequisite for receiving this award.

Description of Award: A plaque

Presented at: The award shall normally be presented at the annual SCI Canada Awards Dinner, typically held in early April, where the winner will be expected to attend and deliver a short acceptance speech. The winner may be invited to present a lecture at this event.

Frequency: Annual

Nomination Deadline: 30 September

Sponsor: SCI Canada

The 2017 winner of the Canada International Award is:

Murray McLaughlin
Bioindustrial Innovation Canada

Murray McLaughlin is president of McLaughlin Consultants. He is an advisor to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada on international and governmental relations. He was the founding executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada and the Sustainable Chemistry Alliance in Sarnia with a focus on a sustainable bioeconomy.

He has won several awards including the Gold Leaf Award from BIOTECanada and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal. He received the Life Sciences Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 and was recognized in the top 100 global leaders in the Advanced Bioeconomy at Biofuels Digest 2015 and 2016.

McLaughlin received a BSc from McGill University and his MSc and PhD from Cornell University. He also received an honorary doctorate from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College/Dalhousie University.

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