Confirmed Invited Speakers

So far, the list of confirmed invited speakers in each symposium is as follows:

Agricultural and food safety

Randa Althobiti, Queen’s University, Canada: “Multi-element analysis of natural toothbrush: assessment of potential health risk in Saudi Arabia using continuous on line leaching and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry”

Anca Baesu, McGill University, Canada: “Non targeted screening of malachite green and metabolites in brook trout using UHPLC-QTOF-MS”

Brian Jackson, Dartmouth College, USA: “Analysis of arsenic and other trace elements in foods”

Abir Khaled, University of Waterloo, Canada: “Development and validation of a fully automated high throughput method for analysis of multiresidue veterinary drugs in chicken tissue using SPME-LC-MS”

Jenny Nelson, Agilent Technologies, Inc., USA: “Using elemental profiling to establish authenticity of food and beverages”

Austin Roberts, University of Albany, USA: “Characterizing the arsenic content of processed seafood using ICP-MS”

Todor Todorov, Food and Drug Administration, USA: “Elemental analysis of food samples by laser ablation ICP-MS: current advancements and challenges”

Andrew Toms, Elemental Scientific, USA: “Advantages of inline dilution on LC-ICP-MS based applications”

Annie von Eyken Bonafonte, McGill University, Canada: “Can good things come in small (plastic) packages? – Non-targeted multivariate comparison of honey in glass and plastic jars using HPLC-QTOF-MS/MS"

Environmental Analysis

Mehran Alaee, Environment and Climate Change Canada: “Role of Mass Spectrometry in Determination of Micro-Pollutants in Wastewater: Past, Present and Future”

Hind A. Al-Abadleh, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada: “Environmental analysis of model atmospherically-relevant multicomponent aerosol systems”

Bridget Bergquist, University of Toronto, Canada: “Environmental applications of mercury stable isotopes”

Satyendra Bhavsar, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada: “50 years of monitoring mercury in Ontario fish”

Peter Drouin, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada: “The development and implementation of an automatic thermogravimetric analyzer for the determination of moisture, total solids and loss on ignition determinations for various environmental matrices”

Marc-André Gagnon, Agilent Technologies Canada: “Microplastics analysis in environmental samples using FT-IR imaging”

Jonathan J Grandy, University of Waterloo, Canada: “Recent Advances in Environmentally Focused Morphologies of Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME)”

Chunyan Hao, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada: “Applying differential ion-mobility spectrometry to improve LC-MS/MS analysis of emerging organic contaminants”

Holger Hintelmann, Trent University, Canada

Vassili Karanassios, University of Waterloo, Canada: “Micro-fluidics and nano-fluidics for spectrochemical analysis in the field”

Skip Kingston, Duquesne University, USA: “Transition from analogue to digital quantification in mass spectrometry for the 21st century, applied in exposomics”

Walter Gössler, Karl-Franzens University, Austria: “Elemental hyperaccumultion in macrofungi – a closer look to arsenic”

Tadddese Godeto, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada:” Analytical benefits and challenges of determining mercury in fish by TD-CV-AFS”

Julia Lu, Ryerson University, Canada: “Advance in chemical analysis and the cycling of mercury in the environment”

Ruth Merrifield, PerkinElmer Inc, Canada: “Quantification of metal and nanoparticle bio-uptake and distribution”

Moustapha Oke, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada: “Testing ruggedness / robustness of analytical methods during method development”

Xavier Ortiz, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada: “A high throughput targeted and non-targeted method for the analysis of microcystins and anatoxin-A”

Vlastimil Packa, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada: “Phosphorus speciation and isotope dilution measurement of phosphate in surface water”

Kirill Pereverzev, ColdBlock Technologies, Canada: ”Environmental applications of coldblock sample preparation system”

David Poirier, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada: “The effectiveness of effects-based monitoring in aquatic environmental protection”

Pamela Wee, Agilent Technologies Canada: “Advances in the Accurate Determination of Rare Earth Elements by ICP-MS”

Forensic analysis

Sarah Jantzi, Florida International University, USA: “Geographic sourcing of heroin samples using elemental and strontium isotope ratio data”

Tijana Vasiljevic, University of Waterloo, Canada: “Development of novel solid phase microextraction-transmission mode (SPME-TM) devices and its application to the qualitative/quantitative analysis of complex matrices via direct analysis in real time (DART)-mass spectrometry (MS)”

Industrial applications

Chaoyang Huang, Southern Research, USA: “ICP-MS determination of trace selenium in biologically treated flue gas desulfurization wastewater”

Jack Rosenfeld, McMaster University and Activation Laboratories Ltd, Canada: “Research on and application of cannabis analysis: a decades long perspective”

Alina Sims, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Canada: “Application of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to characterization of petroleum containing materials”

LIBS (laser induced breakdown spectroscopy) applications

Kim Berlo, McGill University, Canada: “Volcanic brine analysis by cryostage LA-LIBS

Christian Goueguel, LogiAg Inc., Canada: “Using LIBS analyzer for laser-based soil analysis for precision agriculture”

Noureddine Melikechi, Kennedy College of Sciences, USA: “Looking for LIBS signatures of cancers and of life on Mars: progress and challenges”

Mohamad Sabsabi, National Research Council of Canada: “A look at LIBS and its development as an analytical tool

Nano-bio-materials for sensing and biosensing applications

Richard de Campos, University of Toronto, Canada: “Integration of electrochemical sensors with digital microfluidic devices and potential applications”

Sahar Mahshid, University of Toronto, Canada: “Electrochemical bio-nano-sensors for molecular detection at the point-of-need”

Sara Mahshid, McGill University, Canada: “Integrated bio/nano lab-on-chip devices for diagnostics and genomics”

Clara Santato, Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada: “Natural melanin pigments and their interfaces with metal ions and oxides: emerging concepts and technologies”

Sebastian Wachsmann-Hogiu, McGill University, Canada: “

Nanomaterials and their analysis

Samad Bazargan, PerkinElmer Inc., Canada: “Expanding the capabilities of single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry from single-analyte to dual-analyte”

Alexander Gundlach-Graham, ETH Zurich, Switzerland: “Online microdroplet standard addition for quantification of diverse nanoparticles by single-particle ICP-TOFMS

Petra Krystek, Vrije University (VU) Amsterdam, The Netherlands. "Analytical insights into exposure studies of nanomaterials"

David Patch, Royal Military College of Canada: “Challenges of environmental nanoparticle analysis: silver nanoparticles released from commercial textiles”

José-Luis Todoli, University of Alicante, Spain: “ICP-MS high temperature nanoparticles characterization”

Sample introduction systems for the inductively coupled plasma

Bin Hu, Wuhan University, China: “Electrothermal vaporization as a versatile sample introduction technique for inductively coupled plasma spectrometry”

Vassili Karanassios, University of Waterloo, Canada: “Towards taking part of the lab to the sample: from lab-scale ICPs to battery-operated microplasmas-on-chips”

Carlos Sánchez, University of Alicante, Spain: “Use of total sample consumption system for the elemental and isotopic analysis of bioethanol”

José-Luis Todoli, University of Alicante, Spain: “Achieving accuracy in elemental analysis through ICP spectrochemistry”


Stéphanie Gallant, University of Montreal, Canada: “Optimization of liquid chromatographic methods for characterization of regenerable amine solvents used in CO2 capture”

Golfam Ghafourifar, University of the Fraser Valley, Canada: “Developing and optimizing immobilized enzymes as evaluated by HPLC and capillary electrophoretic peptide mapping”

Anthony Lapointe, University of Montreal, Canada: “Development of a method for trace-level quantification of nitrosamines in wastewater”

Marie-Pier Ouellet, University of Montreal, Canada: “Improvement of robustness and enzymatic activity of glutaraldehyd-crosslinked proteolytic enzymes for peptide mapping by capillary electrophoresis”

Speciation analysis

Simone Braeuer, Karl-Franzens University, Austria: “Homoarsenocholine in mushrooms”

Jürgen Gailer, University of Calgary, Canada: “Comparative fate of Cd and Hg species in erythrocyte cytosol”

Eve Kroukamp, Perkin Elmer, Canada: “Arsenic speciation, its past, present and future”

Kelly LeBlanc, National Research Council of Canada: “Selenium Speciation Analysis and Applications of Isotope Dilution”

Louise Meunier, Queen’s University, Canada: “Chemical speciation influencing the bioaccessibility of arsenic from gold mine tailings”

Zoltan Mester, National Research Council of Canada: “Certified reference materials for trace metal speciation”