It all began during the ride home from BCCE (Biennial Conference Chemical Education) in the summer of 1970 when Reg Friesen, Leonard Sibley along with three other Ontario teachers discussed the state of teaching chemistry in secondary education. The ideas sparked a desire to facilitate the sharing of such ideas among all teachers of chemistry. The result was the first ChemEd in 1973 at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo Canada. The committee of past chairs, chaired by Irwin Talesnick has been responsible for insuring the quality and the ideals of the first ChemEd endure.