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LeSueur Memorial Award

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Established 1955

The LeSueur Memorial Award is presented to an individual for the development of technical excellence, in either a university/research institute or industrial setting in Canada. The contribution to Canadian industry, should be provided through chemical creativity and innovation. Read more on Ernest LeSueur.

Eligibility: There must be a benefit to Canada in a chemical-based industry. For the purposes of this award, 'industry' includes not only traditional chemical companies that focus on chemical manufacture and distribution, but also companies involved in bio-technology, coatings, crop protection, environmental services, fertilizer, food, mining/metal extraction, oil/gas, pharmaceuticals, plastics, pulp /paper and synthetic fibres. Although some of the work can have been completed outside Canada, the recipient must have a strong Canadian connection.

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 LeSueur Memorial Award is:

Ravi Gukathasan
Digital Specialty Chemicals

Ravi Gukathasan is CEO and founder of Digital Specialty Chemicals which was started in 1987. Starting out with only 2 employees, DSC is now an ISO9001 & 14001 registered company with a modern manufacturing facility, more than 60 employees and annual sales in excess of $20 million. Gukathasan’s expertise and passion focuses on developing new specialty chemical products.

Digital Specialty Chemicals is the sole producer in Canada of the unique oregano-metallic compounds used in semi-conductor fabrication. These chemicals help make the chips that power our phones, devices and computers. Other products are used in the pharmaceuticals sector.

Gukathasan received both his BSc and has a PhD in organo-metallic compounds from University of Toronto.

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