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Prestigious SCI Canada Medal goes to NOVA Chemical’s Naushad Jamani

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29 Nov 2019

The 2020 SCI Canada Awards Dinner will recognise the achievements of Naushad Jamani, Senior Vice President, olefin and feedstock at NOVA Chemicals, who will be presented with the prestigious SCI Canada Medal.

2020 marks the 80th year since the SCI Canada Medal was inaugurated. It is presented to a business leader in the chemical sector who has positively impacted their company. It is particularly fitting that Naushad’s achievements are being honoured now, as he retired in October 2019.

Naushad’s career at NOVA Chemicals began in 1980, after graduating from the University of Waterloo.  During his 40 years with the company he has been instrumental in overseeing significant developments; including the diversification of the company’s feedstock portfolio. 

During 2016 Naushad was appointed to the NOVA Chemicals Management Board as Senior Vice President, olefins and feedstock. In this role he made a significant impact, moving the company from its Canadian base to a major polyethylene producer in North America. He has also worked to shape public policy, supporting innovation and jobs in Canada’s chemical sector.

Bob Masterson President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada commented, ‘Naushad has been a champion for investment in Canada’s chemistry industry. He has also been a leader and true influencer amongst his peers in promoting Responsible Care as a cornerstone to ensuring social support for the continued growth of the chemistry industry within Canada.’

Commenting on Naushad’s award and achievements Sharon Todd SCI Chief Executive Officer said, ‘It is an honour to see such a prestigious award go to Naushad Jamani who has given outstanding service to the Canadian chemicals industry over many decades.’

The SCI Canada Awards Dinner will also see medals presented to:

Professor Jamal Chaouki:  the Kalev Pugi Award 
Professor Chaouki; Department of Chemical Engineering, École Polytechnique de Montréal has a significant track record of industrially oriented research focused on the development of innovative technologies and processes for conversion of waste, biomass and complex raw materials to energy, fuels and chemicals. 

Professor Laurel Schafer:  the LeSeuer Award
Professor Schafer; Department of Chemistry of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Science is recognised for her work in amination processes and catalysis, and in enantioselective catalytic synthesis of biopolymers.

Dr Jimi Tjong: the International Award
Dr Tjong of FORD Canada leads the Powertrain Engineering, Research and Development Centre (PERDC) at Windsor Essex in partnership with Canada’s leading Universities and is known globally for his pioneering and innovative ideas, vision and leadership in making the global transportation value chain greener and sustainable. His work includes low carbon fuel, low carbon lightweight and functional materials.


Established in 1881 as the Society of Chemical Industry and in Canada in 1902, SCI is today a registered charity with individual members in over 70 countries. Ever since its foundation SCI’s principal objective has been to further the application of chemistry and related sciences for the public benefit, through our events and publications.

The SCI Canada Medal was first presented in 1939. The Canada Medal is awarded to a business leader for outstanding service in a Canadian industry, who has had a clearly positive impact on their business that is based on chemistry for its processes and/or services, a definition which 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.

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