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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Switching to Green Chemistry

with

Philip Jessop, Queen's University

The old way to prevent pollution was to capture pollutants before they left the factory, which is always a financial burden. The Green Chemistry approach—design the process so pollutants aren’t made—can reduce environmental impact while making industries more economically competitive. Economic benefits occur because designing processes to reduce pollution requires minimizing wasted energy and materials. What’s the catch? The right chemistry and societal conditions are necessary to bring these green processes to market. This presentation will discuss the origins of green chemistry, as well as how new technology is assessed for “greenness” and the factors that slow the adoption of innovations. Philip Jessop will introduce, as an example of a new technology, one of his switchable solvents.

Dr. Jessop is the Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry at Queen’s University and the Technical Director of GreenCentre Canada. He studies green solvents, carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Distinctions include the Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award (2004), a Canada Research Chair (2003 to present), the NSERC John C. Polanyi Award (2008), a Killam Research Fellowship (2010-12) and the Queen’s University Award for Excellence in Research (2010). Dr. Jessop chaired the 2007 CHEMRAWN/ICCDU Conference on Greenhouse Gases and the 2010 3rd International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry, as well as serving on the Government of Ontario’s Toxics Reduction Scientific Expert Panel.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Tuesday October 4, 2011, 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, 2 Rideau Street
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369, pagse@rsc.ca
Registration Deadline: Thursday September 29, 2011