9 Nov 2012
SCI was founded in the UK in 1881 but soon expanded to other parts of the world, with the SCI America section founded in 1894 and SCI Canada in 1902. SCI Australia was established in 1999 as the result of a merger with the former Society of Chemical Industry of Victoria (established in 1900). Today, about 20% of SCI's members are based outside the UK in over 70 countries.
SCI has recently agreed an arrangement with the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) which will see SCI Canada relaunched as a forum of the CIC. CIC is the umbrella organisation encompassing the Canadian Society for Chemistry, the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology. The new arrangement builds on our existing relationship with CIC, which has provided the secretariat for SCI Canada for many years now, including hosting the prestigious annual SCI Canada Awards Dinner.
SCI Canada will use SCI branding, in partnership with the CIC brand, to promote the forum. The refreshed Executive Committee will continue to include an SCI UK representative, Mr Derek Heywood, who is a Trustee of SCI. The establishment of SCI Canada as a forum of the CIC has the support of SCI, CIC and the Executive Committee of SCI Canada. We all agree that this is a good opportunity to make the most of the historical strength of the SCI brand in Canada and introduce new members to the forum via CIC's well established presence and connections across the chemistry-using industries.
Joanne Lyall, Executive Director 2010-13