Plenary Lectures

Jane obtained her PhD from Yale University in Chemical Engineering doing research that emphasized links between analytical chemistry and microbiological processes. Prior to this, she ran a consulting company that focused on conducting environmental assessments and remediation of contaminated sites. The consulting work built out from her technical MBA and undergraduate Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Jane has authored over 60 papers and since 2021, has held the Canadian Research Chair of Breath Science and Technologies at the University of British Columbia. Her team specializes in the discovery and clinical validation of biomarkers of infectious diseases.

Prof. Jane E. Hill


The University of British Columbia

Dr. Pierre Giusti


Pierre obtained his PhD in 2006 from the University of Pau et des Pays de l’Adour, France, in Analytical Chemistry. Prior to that he received his Master’s degree from the University of Singapore in 2002. He completed its Habilitation (HDR) from Rouen University, France in 2018. He is co-founder and scientific coordinator of the International Joint Laboratory i-C2MC (Complex Matrices Molecular Characterization), involving 35 scientists from TOTAL – CNRS – Rouen University – Pau University – Florida State University. Since January 2021, he is the CNRS Research Director. Pierre is the author of 60+ publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and several patents. His research interests are the elemental and molecular analyses of complex matrices in the field of energy and environment, using different aspects of molecular separation sciences, mass spectrometry and instrumental developments.

Dr. Court Sandau

Chemistry Matters

Court Sandau is an adjunct professor at Mount Royal University. He is owner and principal at Chemistry Matters Inc., a niche chemistry and environmental consulting firm that has been operating for over 10 years.  Chemistry Matters specializes in arson investigations as well as expert witness consulting for environmental forensics, chemical fingerprinting, fate and transport as well as and human and wildlife biomonitoring for litigious matters.

Court Sandau has been developing and working with advanced analytical methods since 1995.  He has established the use of GCxGC analysis in litigious matters with its application to environmental forensics and arson case studies and has applied the technique to hundreds of cases and investigations since 2011. The results from many of these cases using GCxGC analysis and worked on by Dr. Sandau have been accepted by the courts.

Postponed... Catch Court in Canmore in 2023!

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