Today, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) presented the prestigious CIAC Chair Award to Marcelo Lu, outgoing President of BASF Canada.
In presenting the award, current Chair and Chemicals Business Manager, Imperial Oil, Peter Noble recognized Mr. Lu as a “tireless promoter of CIAC, Canada’s chemistry industry and the Responsible Care® ethic that guides the industry in Canada and worldwide.”
The CIAC Chair Award recognizes Board members who have made extraordinary contributions to the work CIAC does on behalf of the industry and who are committed to living and spreading the ethic and principles of Responsible Care.
“In his role as BASF Canada President, Marcelo has gone above and beyond to raise his visibility, that of his company, this association and Canada’s chemistry industry more broadly,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC, at the award presentation. “He has been a thoughtful, articulate champion for BASF Canada, CIAC and the industry at large. He has never shied away from dialogue and relationship building with even the industry’s toughest critics.”
Mr. Lu served as CIAC Chair of the Board of Directors for 2018-2019. Through his years at BASF Canada, he was very active in promoting CIAC’s key policy priorities, including co-authoring op-eds, speaking at CIAC’s panel at Globe 2020 and even co-chairing a press conference on Parliament Hill with Mr. Masterson, just to name a few occasions.
“Over my years at BASF Canada, I have been proud to support CIAC in advancing the chemistry industry’s leadership in Canada and in promoting the principles and ethic of Responsible Care,” said Mr. Lu upon receiving the award. “I look forward to what the Association will achieve in the future.”
After joining BASF in 2006, Mr. Lu held various commercial and general management positions in Germany, Hong Kong, Canada and the US before becoming Managing Director of BASF Canada and then President in 2016. Prior to BASF, Mr. Lu worked for the World Bank in Washington DC.
Mr. Lu will be succeeded by Apala Mukherjee President of BASF Canada, who will assume her responsibilities for all BASF business in Canada on March 1, 2021. Mr. Lu assumed his new role as Senior Vice President, Care Chemicals North America in Florham, New Jersey, US in January 2021.
CIAC sincerely thanks Mr. Lu for his enthusiastic work promoting the chemistry sector in Canada and wishes him well in his new endeavors. We also look forward to continuing this important work with Ms. Mukherjee in the future.