We are thrilled to confirm our line-up of Keynote Speakers for
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, Richard Sapong.
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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 Fangnou 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).
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
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.
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
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.
Banff Symposium Organizing Committee
University of Alberta
P.O. Box 60297
Edmonton, AB, Canada