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2015 ACPA Annual General
The 2015 AGM was held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at
the Acclaim Hotel in Calgary. The meeting was well attended; our
largest meeting so far. The branding exercise led by Kurian
Tharakan was entertaining and insightful. Watch for our new brand
Tharakan speaks to the AGM.
ACPA members elected Catherine Evans, Court Sandau, Don White and
Lenn Liwanag to the Board of Directors. Congratulations to all of
Members of the Board subsequently chose Don White as
The draft minutes from the AGM business meeting are
posted on our website under Minutes of
Meet your new ACPA
I am pleased
and honoured to once again be at the helm of the ACPA. For those of
you who don't know me, I served as President of the ACPA shortly
after its inception and had a hand in developing the association's
regulation, professional development credit scheme and scholarship
criteria. My career has been varied - evolving from research
chemist for a mining company to commercial laboratory operations to
consultant to my present role as the HSE Management Systems
Specialist for Nexen Energy ULC. I am looking forward to a
challenging year as the ACPA undergoes rapid growth and an
impending change in regulatory status.
Federation of Canada's
the council for the Federation of Canada's Professional Chemists
met in Toronto in April for their first annual general meeting.
They are working hard to agree on common minimum standards for
professional chemists across Canada and to develop a process to
assure mobility of professional chemists between provinces. These
standards will be adopted through a Memorandum of Understanding
which will hopefully be ready for signatures in the spring of 2016.
The FCPC is
also working to elevate the profile of professional chemists and to
establish regulatory bodies for professional chemists in all
information, visit the FCPC website at www.cpchem.ca.
Short Course in Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
November 9-10, 2015
Hotel Blackfoot, Calgary
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are
ubiquitous contaminants in the environment. They are present in the
air we breathe and the fish and food we eat. PAHs are derived in
natural processes, diagenic processes and largely from combustion
processes. Their prevalence in the environment makes their
understanding important for all environmental
practitioners. PAHs are present in low percentage amounts in
crude oil, making them important for those working in the oil
industry as well.
This course will provide comprehensive coverage of
many aspects of PAHs from fundamentals to advanced knowledge and
usage of PAH data. The course will include: structures and
nomenclature, physical-chemical properties, analytical
measurements, toxicity and risks, regulatory guidance, remediation
and environmental forensics. The course is designed for all
environmental practitioners including natural sciences and
A course flyer and sponsorship
Visit our ACPA website to register
and for additional information.
The Hotel Blackfoot has rooms available November 8 -
11, 2015 for those who need accommodations to attend this course.
Please call 1-800-661-1151 and quote Booking ID #10238 to get the
ACPA room rate of $169 (Signature Room).
Professional Ethics for
ACPA members must take this course by the end of 2016. We can only
take 25 to 30 people at a time, so don't wait. Complete yours now.
following courses are booked for fall 2015. Registration is now
available through the ACPA website.
that the registration fee for this course will increase to $350 in
Frank W. Bachelor Award
The ACPA Frank W. Bachelor Award for Service to the Chemical
Profession was established in 2004. This award recognizes
outstanding volunteer contributions to the chemical profession in
Alberta. The 2015 award was presented to Norman Gee. Norman served
as Board member and Registrar for many years back in the early days
of the ACPA.
Scholarship Winners - 2015
Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry
Bollo-Kamara Graduate Scholarship
Owusu-Ansah (University of Calgary)
Project: "Watercress Cleans Toxic Chemicals
Student: Keegaan Dursun
School: Stratford School
ACPA Rick Dillen
Project: "Levels of Salt in
Students: Calvin Shaw
School: William D Cuts Junior High School
Rick Dillen Memorial Award - Calgary
"The Acid Factory"
Alberta Chemist Award - Calgary
"Enzymatice Inhibition of RdRP Viruses"
Henry Wise Wood High School
Did you know
that ACPA now features a Jobs feed on our group page on LinkedIn? If you are
an employer looking for a chemist or a chemist looking for
employment, post your notice under our group job discussions.
are listed in the Careers
page on the ACPA
check this web page regularly for new postings that may have
tight application deadlines.
are posted on the ACPA website for a three-month period. A
$100 fee is charged for this service, but this fee will be waived
for advertisements submitted by ACPA members in good standing
(Professional Chemists or Chemists-in-Training) on behalf of their
organizations. Ads may be e-mailed directly to the ACPA office.
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