ETP Symposium Inc.

Bringing Researchers Together


ETP Symposium Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides an open, interdisciplinary forum for scientists, engineers and technologists to discuss research and development of innovative tools.

ETP was key in bringing two groups together to form a successful collaboration.
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  • ETP 2007 - Toronto
  • ETP 2007- Standing Award
  • ETP 2013 -Standing Award Presentation
  • ETP 2013 - Standing Award
  • ETP 2015 - Davidson Student Travel Award
  • IMSC 2016


Ruedi Aebersold, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology, ETH Europe
Chris Dambrowitz, @Engineering, University of Alberta
Norm Dovichi, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame
Daniel Figeys, Dept. of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology,
University of Ottawa, (Committee Chair)
Lars Konermann, University of Western Ontario
Guy Poirier, CHU de Quebéc, Université de Laval
Lekha Sleno, UQAM
Pierre Thibault, IRIC, Université de Montréal


President & Secretary/Treasurer - Janette Champ


Janette Champ
Dr. William (Bill) Davidson


The ETP Symposium was initiated as part of a Genome Canada project sponsored by MDS Sciex, Genome Alberta and Genome Prairie. Its major theme was to have world-renown scientists present papers on their experiences with novel technologies that have, or will have a major influence on research in the life sciences. The popularity of the original two symposia led to the creation of a not-for-profit entity, ETP Symposium Inc., who now is responsible for organizing the symposium on a biennial basis. The theme remains the same: alerting scientists in the life sciences to advances in new technology that could have a significant impact on their research activities.

ETP Symposium Inc. (ETP) specializes in organizing and running scientific conferences. Founded in 2006 as a non-profit corporation, ETP is committed to organizing and operating educational seminars and forums, and to the development of interdisciplinary opportunities for researchers and scientists in the life sciences area. ETP is well known in the scientific community and specifically as it relates to mass spectrometry.

A full listing of events organized by ETP may be found

In addition to offering our services to others, ETP successfully runs its own Symposium entitled International Symposium on Enabling Technologies (see ETP’s roots are based in a research environment. The ETP Symposium was created as part of a collaborative project including: Genome Canada (through its regional offices Genome Prairie/Genome Alberta), SCIEX, University of Victoria, University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, Queens’ University at Kingston, and Le Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ). The project title was: The Development of Enabling Technologies for Proteomics and Genomics.

ETP manages two awards:

1) The Ken Standing Award established in 2006 to honour the lifetime achievement of Dr. Kenneth Standing, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba. This award is now presented biannual to a scientist who has made a significant contribution to the development of technology related to the life sciences.

2) The Bill Davidson Graduate Student Award established in 2012 to honour ETP’s co-founder, Bill Davidson, who passed away suddenly in 2009. This award is now presented annually and sponsored by the Davidson Family.

The Awardees are selected from nominations by ETP’s Scientific Advisory Board. A complete list of members may be found on the ETP Symposium website.