Sophie Blais Named to Class of 2023 Women Breaking the Mold

Sophie Blais, Cancarb’s European Marketing Manager, is one of the Rubber News’ Women Breaking the Mold for 2023.

Part of the inaugural class, Rubber News describes  Women Breaking the Mold as, “…women doing just that—breaking molds, pushing through barriers and shattering glass ceilings.

They are entrepreneurs, scientists, technicians, innovators and problem-solvers, and they hail from every corner of the rubber industry. They are diverse in their skill sets, perspectives and personalities.”

Sophie joined Cancarb in 2017 as a Research and Development Engineer. Having transitioned to the marketing side of the business with an appointment to the Asia marketing role, she has since moved into a Marketing Manager position overseeing Cancarb’s European efforts.

Brad Thompson, Cancarb’s Director, Global Sales and Marketing notes, “Sophie brings a focused, practical approach to the marketing team, with not only a knowledge of the product, but an intimate knowledge of the production process. She has approached the unprecedented challenges over the past few years with an eager resolve, quickly adjusting to the cultural differences of our Asian and European markets. Sophie has proven her dependability and leadership in multiple roles, while promoting an inclusive workplace culture that continues to benefit Cancarb’s employees.”  

For Sophie’s full story, please read the Rubber News article here:

To see the other women of our industry honored, please see their stories here:

Cancarb to Attend 2023 International Elastomer Conference

Cancarb is happy to announce will we be attending the 2023 IEC in Cleveland Ohio, October 16th through 19th. Booth 206 will house Cancarb staff through the entirety of the event, so please stop by and say hello!

In conjunction with our 50th Anniversary celebration in 2023, Cancarb Limited will also celebrate our 10th year as a Corporate Member of the Rubber Division. Cancarb is also a proud sponsor of the Student Symposium at this year’s IEC.

We are excited to have the opportunity to meet during the event. If you wish to set-up a meeting time, please contact Chris Sawicki, Americas Marketing Representative, to set up a time! (

EcoVadis Awards Cancarb Platinum CSR Rating for 2023

For the second time in three years, Cancarb has received a Platinum Sustainability Rating from EcoVadis. Part of our annual EcoVadis assessment, Platinum is the highest rating awarded, putting Cancarb in the top 1% of all suppliers rated. This award speaks to the work being done by Cancarb to keep Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives at the forefront of our business model. 

“This recognition is thanks to the continued work being done at Cancarb and the values set forth by our parent company, Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd. While the acknowledgement EcoVadis showed in presenting a platinum rating is rewarding, the feedback and areas of improvement provided in their reporting are invaluable in helping Cancarb set a path forward for our future. “, noted Jason Sweeney, Cancarb’s  Product Stewardship & HSE Compliance Manager.

Since its founding in 2007, EcoVadis has grown to become the world’s largest and most trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, creating a global network of more than 100,000+ rated companies. Their purpose is to guide all companies toward a sustainable world. 

For more information, please reach out to our Team at Cancarb.

Cancarb Celebrates 50 Years with Major Donation

As part of 50th Anniversary celebrations, Cancarb Limited donated $50,000 to the Cancarb Employee and Alumni Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta.

“Fifty years operating in southeastern Alberta has meant everything to Cancarb. It has allowed our company to flourish and rely on the people that call this area home, while servicing customers around the globe. This donation to the Cancarb Employee and Alumni Endowment Fund will ensure organizations that support the most at-risk in our community have the support they need, now and well into the future.”, said Peter Donnelly, Cancarb’s President.

Tokai Carbon Co. Ltd. President & CEO Hajime Nagasaka was in attendance to assist Peter Donnelly and Ross Buchholz, Vice President, Quality & Development, with the presentation, while CFSEA representative Niki Gray accepted.

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta (CFSEA) was created in 1992 with the goal of creating meaningful connections between donors and local charities for the permanent benefit of Southern Alberta. Cancarb has partnered with CFSEA to create an endowment fund with the goal to leave a lasting legacy through charitable donations.

Cancarb Announces Senior Leadership Promotions

Cancarb Limited President, Peter Donnelly, has announced changes to the Senior Leadership Team.

Effective February 1, 2023, Josh Johnson is promoted to Chief Financial Officer, while Brad Thompson is promoted to Director, Global Sales & Marketing.

“Josh has taken on an increasing level of responsibility covering areas outside the scope of his previous title as Controller, hence the change to reflect this. Josh is well-suited for the task of CFO of Cancarb, and I am grateful for his increasing level of contribution as a member of the senior leadership team,” noted Donnelly

“Brad Thompson’s title change is recognition of his increasing contribution to the ongoing and future success of Cancarb and I look forward to his continued growth and contribution to the senior leadership team. Brad will also become an Officer of the corporation.”

“Both Josh and Brad bring great perspective and experience to the senior leadership team of Cancarb and their dedication to the success of Cancarb is greatly appreciated.”

Rubber Division, ACS Announces 2023 Science & Technology Award Winners

Rubber Division has announced the 2023 winners of seven distinguished industry awards.

Cancarb had the opportunity to sponsor the Bioelastomer Award; this award honors significant contributions to the advancement of biomaterials in the field of rubber science and technology. It was established in 2018 by Rubber Division, ACS as a part of its effort to recognize the contributions of scientists in the field of biotechnology and biomaterials as these relate to the advancement of biomaterials elastomers and rubbery materials. As such, we would like recognize the 2023 recipient, Dr. Arthur J. Coury.

Arthur Coury is distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University. He received the PhD in Organic Chemistry and an MBA, both from the University of Minnesota. He has held numerous leadership positions in the biomaterials field with a strong focus on polymers and medical devices. He served as Vice-President, Biomaterials Research, at Genzyme Corporation from 2000-2010, and Director of Polymer Technology and Research Fellow at Medtronic, Inc (1976-1993). Coury established the first polymer research group which developed and patented an arsenal of implantable polymers following pioneering research on their biocompatibiliy and biostability. Coury has served as President of the Society for Biomaterials and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Congratulations to Arthur and the other award winners!

Winners will accept these awards and be celebrated at a banquet on April 26, 2023 during the Rubber Division, ACS Spring Technical Meeting in Warrensville Heights, OH. Each Science & Technology Award Winner will also give a presentation in the technical session following the banquet.

Please find the full Rubber Division Press Release here: 2023 Rubber Division ACS Science Technology Award Winners Announced