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The CSC 2009 Conference and Exhibition was an unqualified success.

I want to thank everyone who participated in the organization and the in on-site activities of the conference for making it such a success.  I have received nothing but positive and enthusiastic comments on the quality of the sessions and the overall organization of the conference from non-McMaster attendees.  These comments are a testament to the collective efforts of everyone involved.  Conference attendees will remember the Hamilton meeting for many years and will hold it up as the bar for future conferences to achieve.

In particular, I want to thank Willie Leigh, Technical Program Chair, for overseeing the assembly of a truly outstanding scientific program.  Willie was ably assisted by the division chairs and many others who organized excellent symposia and general programs.  The number and calibre of invited speakers and the overall quality of the oral presentations resulted in strong attendance at all sessions.  In particular, the topical nature of the many ‘new’ sessions reflects the evolving nature of chemistry in Canada; these sessions were well attended, particularly by students.

As of yesterday afternoon conference registration was 2076, an all-time record for a CSC Conference and a number which eclipsed the attendance at a meeting in Montreal several years ago.

A few highlights.  The Inorganic Division program with its symposium in honour of Ron Gillespie and the Physical and Theoretical Division program with its theoretical chemistry symposium in honour of Richard Bader were strong features of this conference.  For many years some divisions have had mixed success in attracting attendees (e.g., the chemical education, environment and industrial divisions); this year these divisions were rejuvenated with excellent programs and record attendance at many sessions.   The performance by Willie Leigh and The Stingrays at the Inorganic Mixer was the musical hit of the conference and it is unlikely any future CSC Program Chair will be asked to give an encore performance.

Thanks to all for a job well done.


Brian E. McCarry, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair

Chemistry & Chemical Biology
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