August 2017

Registration and Abstract submission for BSOC 2017 is now open.

The deadline for registration is September 8th, and the deadline for

abstract submission is September 30th. Please click on the registration link

for registration, abstract submission and payment information.


January 2017

We are thrilled to confirm our line-up of Keynote Speakers for

BSOC 2017:

Chris Vanderwal, Abigail Doyle, Matt Francis, Justin Du Bois

and Louis-Charles Campeau.

The 8th Banff Symposium on Organic Chemistry (BSOC) will be
held in Banff, Alberta from October 27 to October 30, 2017. This
conference aims to highlight graduate student's research in the field
of synthetic, bioorganic, material and organometallic chemistry, while
providing an opportunity to discuss their work with industrial researchers,
in addition to a diverse ensemble of spectacular keynote speakers.



Albert Padwa, MG Finn, Laura Kiessling, Matt Sigman, Richmond Sarpong.



Paul Wender, Suzanne Blum, Daniel Kahne, Neil Garg, Corey R. J. Stephenson.



Ronald Breslow, Christina White, Sarah Reisman, Ivan Aprahamian.



Helen Blackwell, Erick Carreira, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart, Scott Snyder.



Makoto Fujita, Amir Hoveyda, Barbara Imperiali, David MacMillan.



Matthew Shair, Carolyn Bertozzi, Ben Feringa, John F. Hartwig,



Richard R. Schrock, John L. Wood, Kevan Shokat.

 University of Alberta:  University of Calgary:
Patrick Moon
Carmanah Hunter
Pier-Luc Champange
Kyle McIntosh
Peter Gahly
Helen Clement
 University of British Columbia:
Safeenaz Alladin-Mustan
Eiman Osman
Dawson Beattie
Yury Karpov Wei Ling Chiu
Patrick Moon - Chair Simon Fraser University:
Carmanah Hunter - Vice Chair  
Kyle McIntosh/Peter Gahly - Webmaster Catherine McCaughey
  Michael Meanwell
Please direct any inquiries to:  


       Professor Vanderwal obtained his B.Sc. in 1995, from the University of Ottawa. After a M.Sc. degree at the

       same instutution working with Prof. Tony Durst, he obtained his PhD at the Scripps Research Institute with

       Prof. Eric Sorenson. He later completed a postdoctoral position as a Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral

       Fellow with Eric Jacobsen at Harvard University.


       Chris Vanderwal then began his independant career at the University of California at Irving

       in 2005; becoming an associate professor in 2011 and a full professor in 2013. The

       Vanderwal group is interested in organic synthesis, with a focus on bioactive

       natural products such as polychlorinated compounds, alkaloids and

       polycyclic terpenes.


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                                                              Abigail Doyle received her A.B. and A.M. summa cum laude in

                                                  Chemistry and Chemical Biology from Harvard University in 2002.

                                         She began her graduate studies at Stanford University with Professor Justin

                                Du Bois. In 2003, she transferred to harvard University and joined the lab of Professor

                       Eric Jacobsen. Her graduate research included the discovery of a transition metal-catalyzed

             enantioselective alkylation of tributyltin enolates with alkyl halides and the developement of a

  thiourea catalyst for enantioselective nucleophilic additions to prochiral oxocarbenium



  Abby began as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Princeton University in July

  2008. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2013 and to full professor in 2017.




                                                                                                    Research Page

Matt francis received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Miami University in

Oxford, OH in 1994. From 1994-1999 he attended graduate school at Harvard University, working

in the lab of Prof. Eric Jacobsen. He then moved to UC Berkeley, where he was a Postdoctorol Fellow

in the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science. He worked under the guidance of Prof. Jean

Frechet, focusing on the developement of DNA-based methods for the assembly of polymeric materials

and the application of dendrimers for drug delivery.


Matt started his independent career in the UC Berkeley Chemistry Department in 2001,and has built a research

program involving the developement of new organic reactions for protein modification. He is currently a Full Professor

and the Executive Associate Dean of the Berkeley College of Chemistry. In addition, he is a Faculty Scientist

at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.




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                                                                                Justin Du Bois received his B.S. degree at the University of

                                                                         California, Berkeley in 1992. He then obtained his doctorate in 1997

                                                              from the California Institute of Technology under Professor Eric Carreira.

                                                 Following this, he completed a postdoctoral stay with Professor Stephen Lippard at

                                        the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began his independent career as an assistant

                          professor at Stanford University, and was then promoted to associate professor in 2005.




        The Du Bois group focuses on the discovery of new synthetic methodologies, with a focus on C-H

        functionalization methods and applications in natural product total synthesis, as well as investigations

        of cellular processes associated with bioelectrical conduction.



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Dr. Campeau first joined Merck Research Laboratories at the Merck-Frosst site in Montreal in 2007 as

a Senior Research Chemist after obtaining his PhD degree with the late Professor Keith Fagnou at the

University of Ottawa. In 2010 he moved from Montreal to NJ, where he has served in roles of increasing

responsibility. He is currently Head of the Discovery Process Chemistry organization leading a team of

smart creative scientists at the Merck Discovery Centers, responsible for eliminating synthetic bottlenecks

to accelerate the discovery of novel therapeutics.


L.C.'s passion for sientific excellence exemplified by 55 publications and patents, several successful collaborations

with key academics, and an extensive list of invited lectures worldwide. He was awarded a Merck Special

Achievement Award for his contributions to the discovery of Doravirine in 2010 and recently received the

Young Alumni Award for Excellence, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Science (2016).


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You are allotted a twenty-minute section for your

presentation, please allow afew minutes for questions

at the end of your talk.


Electronic presentations must be prepared with Microsoft

PowerPoint (version 1997 or later).

Please note that no personal laptops will be permitted in the

presentation room. A PC (Windows XP) and a Macintosh (OS X)

computer will be provided, along with a LCD projector and a

laser pointer.


Please bring your slideshow on a USB key to the

registration desk in the Banff Park Lodge when you

pick up your registration package. If you wish to

make changes to your presentation between the time

of registration and your talk, please arrive at the

podium 15 minutes prior to your session start time.

Once we have received your presentation we will run

it through with you, and then load it onto the presentation


Each poster must have a title

slide or section on top that indicates the title of the

paper, the name(s) of the author(s) (underline your name)

and their affiliation(s).


Your poster paper size must be A0 or smaller. This

means 46.8x33.1 inches at a maximum.You will be

provided with the appropriate materials to affix your

posters to these boards. You should setup your

poster (time TBA).

During Registration, please submit your Abstract to us

(following the guidelines below) using this link.

 Abstract Submission

1. Submit as a WORD (*.doc) file.

2. Abstract must fit within a single 8.5 x 11" page.

3. Margins: Left-hand margin 1.5", right-hand, top and bottom margins are 1".

Maximum width of text, including title 6", maximum length of text, including title 9".

4. Font : Type abstract in an 11 point Arial font. Leave one blank line between

paragraphs and do not indent new paragraphs. All text should be flush with the

left-hand margin.

5. Figures : Black and white line drawings and tables may be included in the abstract

if they are within the margins.

6. Title, Authors and Institutions: Presenting author should be underlined. Type the

abstract title in bold, UPPER CASE letters.


Sample Abstract:









Banff Symposium Organizing Committee

University of Alberta

P.O. Box 60297

Edmonton, AB, Canada

T6G 2S5

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