Theo van de Ven obtained the equivalent of a B.Sc and M.Sc. (in physical and colloid chemistry with a minor in theoretical physics) from the University of Utrecht, Holland, and obtained his PhD from McGill University. After a 2 year postdoc at the University of Sydney, Australia, he returned to McGill, where he is now a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry, where he holds the Sir William C. Macdonald Chair in Chemistry. He is an expert in colloid and surface chemistry, both in fundamental aspects and applied to papermaking and cellulosic materials. He has published over 400 papers in the scientific literature, among which a book (“Colloidal Hydrodynamics”, Acad. Press 1989) and several book chapters. He was awarded the ACS Award in Colloid and Surface Science and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.