Executive committee 2021/2022

Kevin Stamplecoskie


Dr. Kevin Stamplecoskie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Queen’s University. Trained as a photochemist (Ph.D. at the University of Ottawa with Prof. J.C. Scaiano, and postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame with Prof. Prashant Kamat), Stamplecoskie’s research on synthesizing metal materials has a strong focus on the tunable/controllable synthesis of metal particles toward desired optical/electronic properties. His group aims to engineer new photonic materials and composites to advance the areas of chemical sensing, optical computing, photocatalysis, and biomedicine. Dr. Stamplecoskie spends some of his spare time promoting science and performing chemistry “magic” shows for children and people of all ages!

Queen's Chemistry Student Representatives

Rachel Shum

Student Chair

Rachel is a PhD student at Queen’s University developing anti-fouling smart coatings for industrial applications. Rachel brings her experiences from previous academic institutions and chemical workplaces to Kingston’s chemical community. She hopes to use social media to connect and collaborate with members of the chemical community as well as outreach events to get the Kingston community excited about chemistry.




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Jennifer McLeod

Chats by the Fumehood Director and EDII Coordinator

Jennifer is a Ph.D. Candidate in Electroanalytical Chemistry at Queen’s University. As a CIC Kingston Executive, Jennifer is the EDII Coordinator and Director of the invited speaker series, Chats by the Fumehood. Outside of academia and CIC, Jennifer can be found rock climbing around Kingston or mountain biking at “The Farm”.

Parimah Aminfar


Parimah is a chemistry PhD Candidate at Queen’s University researching metal clusters used for biological applications and their separation methods. In her spare time Parimah enjoys watching movies, trying new foods, and doing Pilates. She got involved with the CIC Kingston Section to help with preparing the website as an opportunity to connect with the chemical community members and outreach events. She hopes that the website and social media provide the members with the latest news and opportunities to build bigger collaborations within the chemical community!

Donnie McFarlane

Partnerships Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator

Donnie (he/him) is a Master’s student at Queen’s University researching a natural product called flavipuricin that has the potential to form the basis for new antibiotics. Donnie got involved with both CIC and the Science to Business Network because he believes Kingston is fast becoming a hub of science and innovation. A native of nearby Belleville, Donnie wants to help build the local science network and inspire others in the community to develop a passion for science. In his spare time, Donnie is either playing baseball, procrastinating, or attending a party.

Yu Pei

Administrative and Financial Officer

Yu Pei is a Ph.D. candidate at Queen’s University. With her background in chemistry and chemical engineering, she is currently developing new analytical techniques and devices for environmental water detection. Outside of her research, she is actively engaged in the chemical community of Kingston and supports the operation of CIC-Kingston as an administrative/financial coordinator.

Kathleen Ross


Kathleen is a second year undergraduate student at Queen’s University majoring chemistry. She has experience in the chemical industry as she worked in the central lab at INVISTA over the summer. Kathleen is also studying health as a minor and is interested in applying her degree in chemistry to the field of health after graduation. Kathleen became involved with the CIC Kingston Section to meet others in the chemical community and expand her understanding of various career opportunities in chemistry. She looks forward to sharing information with other students while encouraging them to get involved with the chemical community in Kingston.

Michael Trolio


Michael is a Masters student at Queen’s University specializing in analytical chemistry. He started his research endeavours as an NSERC USRA student in May 2020 in the Beauchemin lab studying inference effects associated with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Michael is currently undertaking a thesis project in the Dr. Beauchemin seeking to mitigating matrix effects in systems using an ICP. He sought to become apart of the CIC Kingston Local Section to share his love for chemistry with others, as well as use his experiences to help guide potential students into post-secondary chemical studies through our High School Outreach program!

Steacy Coombs

Bonds for Success Director

Raymond Lai


J. Daniel Padmos

DuPont Representative

Dominik Wechsler

DuPont Representative

Judy Cipot-Wechsler

DuPont Representative

Sebastian Ovalle

Royal Military CollEge of Canada Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Student RepresentativE

Sebastian Alamilo-Falkenberg

RXN HUB Representative