April 3, 2014

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) President and CEO Richard Paton was presented with the 2014 Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Canada Medal at an awards dinner in Toronto tonight. The award, sponsored by SCI Canada, the Chemical Institute of Canada’s business forum, recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the chemistry industry.

Paton joined CIAC in March 1998, after 24 years with the federal government. He has provided CIAC with strategic leadership for the past 17 years; guiding the association, and the industry, through challenging times, and shaping CIAC into the respected organization that it is today.

“I appreciate this award because it recognizes that associations can play a key role in achieving results,” said Paton.

“Whether we’re working with governments to develop policies that improve the country’s competitiveness, or building on our reputation as an innovative and sustainable industry through initiatives like Responsible Care®, our role is meaningful.”

Paton joins a long list of distinguished recipients of the Canada Medal, many of whom were colleagues and past chairs of the CIAC Board of Directors. In his acceptance speech, Paton credited CIAC’s dedicated staff, its outstanding board , and committed membership for making the honour possible.

CIAC represents the interests of Canada’s leading chemistry companies – from petrochemical, inorganic and specialty chemical producers, to bio-based manufacturers and chemistry-related technology and R&D companies. Canada’s chemistry industry employs 84,000 Canadians directly, and supports another 420,000 jobs in the Canadian economy.