To suggest that Dr. Suresh Narine has accomplished more in just under four decades what many others might ever hope to achieve in many lifetimes would not be presumptuous by any stretch.
An internationally recognized expert in biomaterials, Narine has been included in the Globe & Mail’s list of Canada’s Top 40 Under-40 leaders.
The national honour is bestowed on Canada’s top young leaders for their remarkable vision, leadership, innovation, achievement, impact, community involvement and development strategy.
Narine, who turns 40 in October, says he is humbled to be included in such an accomplished group of Canadians.
“Any immigrant is always honoured to be recognized in one’s adopted country,” said the Guyanese-born scientist who migrated in 1991 to pursue his first degree and Masters in Chemistry and Physics at Trent University. “I believe that me being chosen as one of the award recipients is an endorsement of the value of global citizenship and of the kind of multi-stakeholder approaches to harnessing science for sustainable development that I have been involved in throughout my career.”
Last year, the author of two seminal textbooks in the area of lipid crystallization and co-author of several patents was awarded a $1.25 million Ontario Research Chair in Green Chemistry and Engineering and a $3 million senior industrial research chair in biomaterials.
In 2005, with the blessings of the University of Alberta where he was one of four Alberta Value Added Corporation Chairs at the time and Trent University, Narine accepted a Guyana presidential appointment to become the director of that country’s Institute of Applied Science & Technology.
In that role in which he spends a few days every month in Guyana, he introduced biodiesel technology and set up a commercially-viable biodiesel production facility in Guyana’s hinterland that employs close to 180 people.
As the director of Trent University’s Centre for Biomaterials Research, Narine’s work involves the research and commercialization of green chemistry and engineering while building networks with other researchers and research bodies in Canada and around the world. He also contributes to public understanding and policy development in toxics reduction and trains highly qualified personnel while teaching undergraduate and graduate students.
Narine, a father of 10-year-old triplets, is also a professor of Physics & Astronomy and Chemistry. He was a Guyana Awards Council Special Achievement winner in 2007.