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Chemist presents a summary of ACPA activities and accomplishments
over the past year, including our participation in the CSC2012
conference in Calgary, the successful presentation of our first
course in ethics for chemists and the development of a several new
ACPA membership categories. We hope that makes interesting reading
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For those of you that missed the ACPA AGM in Nisku,
the following are some highlights from the last year. If you are
interested in more details, the minutes of the 2012 AGM are posted
on the ACPA website.
members enjoy lunch at the AGM in Nisku.
Ethics for Chemists
The ACPA's first course in professional ethics was
held in conjunction with the CSC conference in Calgary. The one-day
course and exam were successfully completed by 28 chemists.
The Ethics course will be offered again in 2013 and will become a
mandatory requirement for regulated membership categories in the
members receive Professional Ethics for Chemists course
A highly successful national chemistry
conference was held in May 2012 in Calgary. ACPA members were well
represented in organizing and attending the conference.
Our thanks go out to the ACPA members who
helped set up the ACPA Exhibition Booth and to staff the
booth for 2.5 days. Conference attendees showed considerable
interest and had lots of questions.
A well-attended two-day Industrial Symposium
featured sessions on the Chemistry Behind the Oil Sands,Innovation
in Industrial Chemistry and Technology, and Innovation in IC and
A highlight for many was the Professional Chemists
Meet 'n' Greet co-sponsored by the ACPA and the Saskatchewan
Chemists Meet 'n' Greet - Calgary
New regulated membership categories were
approved by a vote of the ACPA members at the AGM. These new
categories have been forwarded to the Alberta government for
approval and will make the ACPA a more inclusive organization for
chemists. More information is available on the ACPA website under membership.
Please note that all membership applications should
now be submitted though the ACPA website. Just click on the 'Join
Now' button on the home page and follow
Your President - Chris Swyngedouw
The ACPA President for 2012-2013 is Dr. Chris
Swyngedouw. Chris has been a member of the ACPA
since about 1991 and served two previous terms on the Board of
Chris is the Group Technology Leader in Chemistry
for Exova and works out of their Calgary office. As the in-house
scientific consultant for the company, he helps with setting up
experimental plans, interpreting results and performing statistical
analyses. He gives advice and voices options for both external
scientific research and for internal projects such as method
validations, determining method detection limits and setting
quality control objectives. As the company leader in chemistry, he
provides direction with technical standards, quality requirements
and implementing best practice strategies as well as hiring and
recruiting of staff.
Chris has a passion for chemistry and loves to give
presentations to kids at school or judge the projects of budding
scientists at science fairs.
Chris values his P.Chem. status for the
collaborative opportunities with other professional chemists and
for the help with his career progression. "Exova now
recognizes me as a professional and this brings with it a bit of
prestige. In that aspect I have become a role model. As a mentor
and internally recognized leader, I can help others."
We look forward to a good year under Chris's
leadership as President.
The ACPA has
hired its first official part-time Executive
Director. Past-President Kathy Janzen officially
resigned from the Board of Directors on December 1, 2012 to take up
the new position. Many thanks to Roger Cowles, Shane Harnish and
Chris Swyngedouw for the many hours spent preparing documentation,
reviewing and interviewing applicants.
Parks, our Registrar for many years, has taken a
temporary leave of absence from his position. Patrick Kalita,
a long serving member of the ACPA Registration Committee, has
kindly agreed to take on the responsibilities of the Registrar
in Trents absence.
Association of the Chemical Profession of Saskatechewan (ACPS)
was incorporated this fall. Visit their website at www.saskchem.ca.
ACPA Short Course on
Flow Assurance Chemistry
the ACPA ran a highly successful two-day short course in
Calgary on Flow Assurance Chemistry (the chemistry associated
with assuring the flow of heavy oils in pipelines and
processing systems). The course focused on the precipitation
and deposition of waxes and asphaltenes along with the techniques
for deposit prevention and remediation.
missed the course in Calgary, this course will be repeated in
Edmonton on March 12 and 13, 2013 (tentative dates).
for more information in January!
ACPA Frank W. Bachelor
Award for 2012
of the 2012 Frank W. Bachelor Award for Service to the Chemical
Profession was Dr.
Laurier Schramm. One of our original
members, Dr. Schramm worked hard to get the
ACPA up and running until he moved to Saskatoon to take up a
position with the Saskatchewan Research Council. There he continued
to advance the recognition of the profession and will be an
asset to help the Saskatechewan chemists form their own
Schramm receives his award from Frank Bachelor.
The recipients of this award receive a plaque and complimentary
membership for life, subject to the recipient's continued
qualification for Profession Chemist status. The award is named in
honour of Frank
Bachelor, Ph.D., P.Chem., who was a founding member
of the ACPA, its first President, and a member of the Board of
Directors for 12 years.
ACPA Scholarship Winners for 2012
The ACPA Undergraduate
Scholarship in Chemistry was awarded
Barnes (U. of Alberta). This
scholarship requires both academic excellence in chemistry and
dedicated service to the chemical profession.
Janzen and scholarship winner Marie Barnes.
The Arthur Bollo-Kamara
Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry went
(Vincent) Yang (U. of Alberta). The winners of
this scholarship must display academic excellence in chemistry,
service to the chemical profession, service to the community, and
achievement in the arts or cultural activities.
Janzen and scholarship winner Vincent Yang.
The Awards Committee found both students to be
exceptional candidates for their respective awards.
The graduate scholarship was named in memory of
Dr. Arthur Bollo-Kamara, a former ACPA President who was
instrumental in helping the ACPA become a full-fledged
professional association. He was also a dedicated
community volunteer and an accomplished musician.
Scholarship applications are available under Scholarships and Awards on the
ACPA website. The
deadline for 2013 applications is March 31.
ACPA Science Fair
Winners for 2012
the ACPA presents two awards in chemistry at both the Edmonton
Regional Science Fair (ERSF) and the Calgary Youth Science Fair
ACPA Alberta Chemist Award went
to Kaelyn Gras (Archbishop MacDonald, "Bisphenyl A in
Epoxy Resin Lined Baby Formula Cans") in Edmonton and to Sarah
Erion (Sir Winston Churchill High School, "Can Arsenic Replace
Phosphorus in Cells?") in Calgary.
Alberta Chemist Award winner Kaelyn Gras.
Alberta Chemist Award winner Sarah Erion
and presenter Leslie
ACPA Rick Dillen Memorial Award in Chemistry went
to Michael Gras and Brennon Grohn (Aurora Charter School,
"Effective Effluent Expurgation - Heavy Metals Removal")
in Edmonton and to Kate Ding and Megan Chan (Tom Baines School,
"Fruit Peel Power") in Calgary. In Edmonton, an Honorable
Mention went to Teron Callihoo (Barrhead Elementary, "Absorbing
Dillen Memorial Award winners
Michael Gras and Brennon Grohn.
Dillen Memorial Award winners
Kate Ding and Megan Chan.
The Rick Dillen award is administered by the ACPA
but is sponsored by the Canadian Crude Quality
Technical Association in memory
of an exemplary member of their Board.
are listed in the Careers page on the ACPA website. Please
check this web page regularly for new postings that may have
tight application deadlines.
advertisements 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.
Thanks to Ken
Schmidt for providing photographs of ACPA members
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not represent official positions, opinions or support of the
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