56th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry

Tuesday 23rd - Saturday 27th May, 2017

Georgian Bay Evening" a water colour by John Stillman 2006



CanBIC-5 is over - and by all accounts - a great success. Thank you to all 175 who came!
Thank you Harry for your wonderful talk and enthusiasm for the conference.

CanBIC (1,2,3,4 & 5) photos are available on the Shutterfly site (see below for more details).

CanBIC-6 will start on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017.

For your records: CanBIC-5 speaker schedule. The CanBIC-5 Speakers are listed under the Programs tab.

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Please visit our FACEBOOK page: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/canbic.ca

 Abstract submission is CLOSED - please come back in January 2017.

 Click Here for the large CanBIC-6 Poster and here for the small Poster, and Here for the CanBIC-6 Flyer!

CanBIC-6 in 2017 Conference: arrive Tuesday 23rd May - depart Saturday, 27th May, 2017, or 28th May with 'Georgian Bay Day*' on Saturday 27th May, 2017 (max 40)- Rain or Shine - please read the description here.

Yes, the CanBIC Coach will drive to Toronto Airport on BOTH Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May morning in 2017 - leaving at 8 am and arriving at Pearson Airport (YYZ) at 11:30 am - please make sure your flights leave at least after 1:30 pm (especially if you are going to a US destination).

Parry Sound Weather Forecast

 Volunteer Tech Chairs - Thank you! We now need you for CanBIC-6. Please indicate that you would be able to assist by selecting the Volunteer Box on the Registration Page.

If you want to stay before or after CanBIC-6 in Toronto near the airport - we have a good rate at the Marriott Hotel - please check out the Travel link in January, 2017.

Please book rooms at the Comfort Inn and the Microtel Inn early because both fill up. The Trapper Inn and other smaller hotels and B & B also fill up. Please see the Hotels page for links.


Please check several months (at least 3 and use couriers to trace) before the conference if you need a VISA to enter Canada. We will send a letter after full payment and an abstract have been received. More...

More information and a pictorial description of our Day on Georgian Bay - a full day of activities has been arranged!

Additional information on Georgian Bay and Parry Sound

Please e-mail Martin Stillman if you would like further information.

Thank you to our sponsors.

Yes, we hope that there will be Music at CanBIC-6 again.
- free admission - on Wednesday and Thursday.


Student Volunteers

Yes! We really need volunteers at CanBIC-6. Please see the latest message on the Volunteer Menu, thank you. CanBIC-6 will be special - all volunteers receive a free Banquet Ticket.

Hotel Booking

Instead of a hotel room, there are several B&B's.



Georgian Bay Day - Group picture from 2011

Georgian Bay Day - Group picture from 2013

Georgian Bay Day - Group picture from 2015

Pictures from CanBIC-1-5 and CanBIC-1-5 Group Pictures (to come soon)


Pictures from CanBIC-1

And also here on Shutterfly.


Updated: 2015-June 10th-mnoP


The 6th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry - CanBIC-6

About the Conference

Message From The Conference Chair

Message From The Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Western Ontario

Message From The Mayor of Parry Sound

The photographs show scenes of the Stockey Centre and the Georgian Bay region in good weather and bad! Click 'Home' to rotate randomly through the selection.

Message from Martin Stillman, Conference Chair
CanBIC-6 will take place in May 2017.

CanBIC-5 was a terrific success thanks to wonderful participants, exciting science, a beautiful locatin and very hard-working teams of students, volunteers, and Stockey Centre staff. And, also, many thanks go to the three muscians for many magical moments.

I am delighted to welcome you to CanBIC, a small and specialised conference devoted to the biological chemistry of metals to be held in this wonderful setting. The development of ever more powerful techniques both experimental and theoretical has allowed research to delve in detail into this remarkable chemistry. Where science has had a few hundred years to refine chemical mechanisms, Nature has had a billion years and the results are staggering in their exquisite refinement, from the delicate tuning that allows iron to bind oxygen reversibly to the miraculous operation of the nervous system, there is much to study and then mimic synthetically. There is a downside in the toxic effects of almost all metals at some concentration. These effects too need detailed and careful study. The symposia offered over the three days in Parry Sound bring together scientists from across the world who directly research these areas - the location in the beautifully rugged Parry Sound, Ontario will foster discussion and collaborations.

CanBIC turned 5 in 2015! Now grown up as we are 6 in 2017. Come and celebrate Bioinorganic Chemistry in the rugged beauty of Georgian Bay. Plan to stay a few extra days.

We are delighted to have celebrated CanBIC-5 with so many old friends and prof Harry Gray who delivered the Plenary Lecture. Katie and her friends (Miaomiao Yu (www.miaomiaoyu.com/) and Megan Tam) performed as before for the two Music at CanBIC events.

We were excited to offer a new symposium (#9) for students - from the submitted abstracts selected students and post docs were invited to contribute an oral presentation in place of a poster. We will repeat this symposium in 2017. The key to an invitation is to plan ahead and submit your abstarct for consideration early in 2017 (and before the deadline!).

For those loyal CanBIC participants we hope to add some extras - we know you have your rocks what more could you take home? Please check the new facebook page www.facebook.com/canbic.ca to follow developments over the next 12 months. In 2017 we continue with the optional extra event for those who want to experience Georgian Bay on Saturday the 27th May, 2017at the end of the conference. The Georgian Bay Day was extremely successful in 2011, 2013 and 2015- despite torrential rain until the minute before we set 'sail' in 2011 and a strong wind in 2013 and cool breezes in 2015 (see the fb /stillmanbioinorganicgroup page for a great photo) with 2 hours exploring the covers of the Killbear Park peninsular followed by 2 hours walking along the rocky shoreline guided by Park Naturalists, all topped off by a BBQ in the new Interpretive Centre. There will be a limit on the number of participants so please consider this option early when you register (January, 2017). Georgian Bay Day will be full of outdoor events and activities. We will have kayaks available to try - bring extra clothes, plus trail walking and a BBQ at the famous Killbear Provincial Park, just 20 minutes from Parry Sound.

Welcome to CanBIC-6 and Parry Sound, as you start your summer feast of BioInorganic Chemistry!

Visitors to canbic.ca come from all round the world - please also consider participating in the conference. CanBIC-6 is next starting on 23rd May, 2017.

Registration and Abstract Submission all start in January, 2017.

Lowest rates are in January.

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Messages for CanBIC-5

Message from Professor Charmaine Dean,
Dean of the Faculty of Science,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry. Your commitment to this area of research is superb and, indeed, critical, because of important concerns as well as interests globally on metals and their effects on biological systems. The fact that this conference is learning about fundamental aspects which drive the chemical mechanisms, thinking ahead to possible challenges facing the globe because of toxic effects of metals, discovering innovations related to opportunities for industry, and, importantly, bringing together interdisciplinary teams to accelerate activity in many areas simultaneously, makes the conference exceptional this year in terms of potential impact from this networking. Congratulations to Martin Stillman and the organizers for bringing together such a diverse and high-profile team of participants and a special thanks to Martin Stillman for his dedication to promoting and advancing this pressing research area. Do take the time to mentor the many young investigators who attend the meeting through informal discussions, perhaps while enjoying the spectacular beauty of the Georgian Bay. My best wishes to you for great successes through your presentations and discussions.

Charmaine Dean
Dean of Science
The University of Western Ontario


Message from Prof. Yining Huang,
Chair of the Department of Chemistry

On behalf of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 5th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry. This conference series, known as CanBIC, has focused on the intricate connections and functions of metals in biological systems. Over the years, CanBIC has proven to be an excellent platform for exchanging ideas in a wide range of topics in bioinorganic chemistry. It has also created a setting where researchers from all over the world can interact synergistically and promoting new collaborations. There will be no exception this time. This conference would not be possible without Martin Stillman and his research group. I would like to thank them for their efforts in organizing what promises to be another unforgettable event. The Department of Chemistry has been supported this conference series for years and I am delighted to be able to continue the tradition and support this year’s meeting again. May you enjoy fruitful discussions, see old friends and make new acquaintances, and take time out to appreciate the beauty of Georgian Bay area.

Yining Huang

Professor and Chair Department of Chemistry,
The University of Western Ontario
Phone: 519-661-3122 Fax: 519-661-3022 www.uwo.ca/chem

Message From The Mayor of Parry Sound

The Town of parry Sound

52 Seguin Street, Parry Sound, Ontario P2A 1B4
Tel.: (705) 746-2101 Fax: (705) 746-7461 www.townofparrysound.com

On behalf of the Council of the Corporation of the Town of Parry Sound it gives me great pleasure again to welcome all Conference Participants to the Town of Parry Sound for the 5th Georgian Bay International Conference on Bioinorganic Chemistry. We are very honoured to have Scientists from many countries in our community to attend this conference hosted in our Charles W. Stockey Centre. Please take the opportunity to explore our Town and hopefully you will be able to return to our community as part of your leisure itinerary. .

Jamie McGarvey

Town of Parry Sound.


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