Chemistry of Cement and Concrete

Industry Workshop and Graduate Course


In-person classes held at

University of Toronto

Monday, May 15 to Friday, May 19, 2023




Registration is a two-step process:

  • 1 – Make payment on the CivMin Shopify store (to first obtain your Order #)
  • 2 – Register with attendee information (and Shopify Order #) using Registration form at the bottom of this page

*Information about nearby hotels and parking on campus is at the bottom

Open to both graduate students at the University of Toronto and other Ontario Universities (for graduate credit), in addition to Graduate students from Universities outside Ontario as well as Cement and Concrete Industry Professionals for a fee (see details).


Course Description
This unique and popular course has been run 6 times previously and consists of lectures covering chemistry, and physics of the following subjects:
Cement Manufacture
Phase Equilibrium & Reactions in Cement Kilns
Supplementary Cementing Materials
Crystal Chemistry of Silicates
Hydration of Cements
Chemical Admixture Effects on Hydration
Microstructure of Cement and Hydrates
Sulphate Reactions and Attack
Alkali-Aggregate Reactions
Chloride and Corrosion Reactions
Chemistry Related to Freezing, Scaling


Course Coordinator: 
Doug Hooton, University of Toronto

Plus Special Lecturers:
Benoit Fournier
, Laval University, Canada
Duncan Herfort, Cementir Holding, Denmark
Ibrahim Ogunsanya, University of Toronto
Karl Petersen, University of Toronto
Lawrence Roberts, Roberts Consulting, USA
Karen Scrivener, EPFL, Switzerland
Larry Sutter, Michigan Tech. University, USA

The participants are expected to have a reasonably advanced knowledge of cements and concrete technology. Graduate students shall have previously taken CIV514: Concrete Technology or a pre-approved equivalent from another university.

Contact Hours
Approximately 27 contact hours during the period of May 15 – 19, 2023. Lectures and any exercises will be given during morning and afternoon sessions, running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (to noon on Friday). On Monday May 15, registration. starts at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Applicants should submit the completed registration form, to be in the hands of the Department not later than March 27, 2023. Participation for officially registered University of Toronto graduate students is included in normal tuition.  Students from other Ontario universities are eligible to enrol via the Ontario Visiting Graduate Student program.

For students registered at non-Ontario universities, wishing to audit the course, the fee is C$900 or you may contact for other options.

For industry professionals auditing the course for professional development, fees are C$2,000CDN (about US$1,500) including all course materials (via Shopify by credit card, or by cheque payable to the University of Toronto on or before March 27, 2023).

Course Materials
PDF copies of PowerPoint presentations will be provided (or available) for download at the beginning of the course and updated later, as necessary. Therefore, participants should bring laptops or tablets.

Evaluation and Graduate Credit
Credit for graduate students will be issued based on active participation in the entire course as well as completion of a take-home examination to be provided after course completion (official marks only issued for Ontario Universities).

Industry professionals will be provided a letter of attendance, if requested.

This course series is sponsored by RILEM and all registered graduate students will receive a three-year free membership in RILEM.

A list of hotels in the vicinity of University of Toronto is available on request.

Further Information
Dept. of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
35 St. George Street, GB116
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 1A4

Attn: R. Doug Hooton
Tel: 416-978-5912

or: Phill Snel
Tel: 416-946-3837

For teaching and research at the Department see:



Please complete the registration form below and follow the directions for payment or further academic confirmation.

  • Industry participants: C$2,000 (approximately US$1,500)
  • Student audit fee: C$900
  • Graduate student at an Ontario university, who is already registered and tuition paid there: included in your tuition*
  • Graduate student at a Canadian university (outside of Ontario) who is already registered and tuition paid: may be included in your tuition*
  • Graduate students at the University of Toronto can register directly via ACORN

*conditions apply – check with Colleen Kelly via email:




CIV1260 attendees,
There are many options in Toronto for accommodations. We have a few main hotels we deal with near our main U of T campus:

1. Holiday Inn on Carlton:    * 

Google Maps pin:
30 Carlton Street, Toronto


We’ve been informed a U of T rate of $179/night plus tax will be available. This facility is near Yonge Street, right by the former Maple Leaf Gardens (now a grocery store at street level and a Toronto Metropolitan sports facility above).

Thank you for selecting us as partners for your upcoming group May 15th through May 19th, 2023, we are excited to welcome the CIV1260 Chemistry of Cement and Concrete to the Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre.

Please feel free to use the below link to book a reservation; the link will be valid until Wednesday, April 19th, 2023.

 CIV1260 Chemistry of Cement and Concrete

  If you need to arrive earlier and/or depart later, please contact:
Veronica Ramirez | Sales Coordinator
Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre | 30 Carlton St. Toronto, ON  M5B 2E9
Direct: 416-542-6012 | Hotel: 416-977-6655 | Fax: 416-977-0502

2. Royal Sonesta Yorkville:

220 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Google Maps pin:
We’ve been informed a U of T rate of $279/night plus tax will be available.
This is a premium business hotel, located near Yorkville (an upscale area).

Step 1 – use link provided

Step 2
Select the room category and share all required details for processing he booking via credit card.
If any assistance is needed, please contact:
D: 416.324.5925  |

3. Marriott Courtyard Toronto Downtown Hotel

475 Yonge Street, Toronto

Special Corporate Rates with the University of Toronto &  Reservation Link:

Standard Room – King Bed
1/1/2023 to 01/04/2023 – $ 219.00
02/04/2023 to 02/12/2023 – $ 259.00
03/12/2023 to 31/12/2023 – $ 219.00


Book your corporate rate for University Of Toronto
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4. Chelsea Hotel

33 Gerrard Street West, Toronto

 There are two ways to make individual reservations at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto:

  • Call our in-house reservations department at 416-595-1975 and ask for the University of Toronto rate
  • Utilize the booking link for immediate booking and confirmation:  BOOK HERE
    (sample rates April – October: $210 Chelsea room, $240 Deluxe, $285 Classic, $310 Kitchenette)



The main room for course instruction will be GB303** in the Galbraith Building, 35 St. George Street.
**Subject to change – look for posted signs day of registration

Nearby parking is available at a few locations on campus. The nearest location to our course is the Myhal Centre (55 St. George Street) underground lot, accessible off Galbraith Road, with a $25/day maximum (as of April 2023). Google maps pin:

A full list of campus parking is available at: