Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic to host 43rd Annual College Chemistry Canada (C3) Conference

Unique opportunity to showcase Sask Polytech's applied learning and research projects

June 9, 2016 - Between June 9-11, more than 40 chemistry faculty and staff from colleges and polytechnics across Canada will gather at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus, to explore new ways to teach chemistry and help post-secondary students find meaningful work after graduation.  

"We're really proud to be hosting this conference," says Jamie Hilts, dean of the School of Mining, Energy and Manufacturing. "The conference theme this year focuses on putting chemistry to work and preparing students for the workforce. It's a theme that matches Sask Polytech's vision, values and focus on applied learning and research."

The three-day conference provides diploma-level educators with a chance to share ideas, collaborate and present insights on the history and future of working in chemistry related fields. The conference enables educators to stay on top of the latest trends and develop curriculum that is responsive to industry needs and fosters student success.

"The focus of the conference is on exchanging ideas about teaching practices and how to enhance them for student success," says Salim Khalid, Chemical Technology program head. "Several Saskatchewan Polytechnic instructors will be giving presentations at the event. These talks will emphasize designing curriculum which supports students when on practicum in industry and in their future careers."

Hosting the conference means Saskatchewan Polytechnic can showcase its state-of-the-art training facilities and highlight industry partnerships that foster student success. 

"Holding such a conference here enables participants from across Canada to look at our laboratories and the instrumentation employed in training our students," says Khalid. "This raises Sask Polytech's profile in relation to other polytechnics in the country. They are also exposed to our province's industry when they take a tour of the Canadian Light Source and potash mines."

Chemical technology students Lauren Iverson and Amanda Barbosa will each be awarded with a scholarship, acknowledging their academic achievements and willingness to help promote program activities. Iverson will receive the C3 Host College Student Scholarship and Barbosa will receive the C3 General Student Scholarship.

"We are very proud of Lauren and Amanda," says Khalid. "Having both scholarship recipients from Sask Polytech is a great honour and we believe their success is the result of the dedication and commitment made by our faculty and staff."