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The 2017 ACPA annual general meeting is scheduled
for May 6, 2017 in Calgary. It will be held at the Acclaim Hotel
Guest speaker: Jordan Fellner
Err is Human" - Professional Liability for Chemists
online by logging into your account on
the ACPA website. The event is free but we need to know how many
members to expect for lunch.
The AGM schedule, speaker biography and abstract are
We have an excellent slate of nominees for the ACPA
Board of Directors. Four director positions are available in 2017.
(InnoTech Alberta, Edmonton)
(Concordia University of Edmonton)
nominations from the membership must be received at the ACPA office
by March 22, 2017, together with the written consent of the
nominee, who must be a member in good standing. Each
nomination must be signed by at least three (3) members in
good standing. The three sponsoring members may fax,
mail or e-mail separate copies of the nomination sheet with
their signature and the name of the nominee, if they cannot all
sign a single copy.
ballots will be issued by April 6, 2017.The new Board will be
introduced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 6, 2017.
on the decision of Alberta Labour to eliminate the
non-regulated membership categories of ACPA
Alberta Labour has ruled that the Professional
Chemists Regulation allows the ACPA to have only two membership
categories: PChem and CIT. All other membership categories,
including the Retired and Student Member categories, are not
allowed by the legislation governing the ACPA.
The ACPA Board has received a legal opinion
regarding this ruling, and our lawyers concluded that the ACPA has
no recourse in this matter and that Alberta Labour was correctly
interpreting the Regulation as written.
The Board requested an exemption for our Retired and
Student Member categories. However, the decision of Alberta Labour
was that the Minister could not make an exception to the Regulation
and therefore the original ruling stands.
These were not the responses that we had hoped for.
Because of this Alberta Labour ruling, the Board and
the Registration and Legislative Committees are proposing the
following changes to the ACPA Bylaws and Board policies:
1. Removal of references.
All references to membership categories other than
Professional Chemist and Chemist-in-Training will be removed from
the ACPA Bylaws and website. This task will require amending
various clauses in the Bylaws that reference membership. We will
also take this opportunity to make a few minor changes elsewhere to
simplify the Bylaws or clarify their intent.
Members. Our errors and omissions insurance providers
require that Retired Members must be maintained on an ACPA
membership register to qualify for their insurance plans. To
provide the necessary status for these members, Section 14 of the
Bylaws ("Temporary Leave of Absence") will be
significantly amended into "Non-Practicing Leave of
Absence." The proposed changes will allow registered and
former registered members to obtain non-practicing status and to
renew that status annually. Non-practicing members will retain
their registration with the ACPA, the right to use of their
registered title, and the right to vote and serve as a registered
member. As registered members, they will continue to be governed by
the Act (POARA), the Professional Chemists Regulation, the ACPA
Bylaws, and the ACPA Code of Ethics. However, these members will be
exempt from completing professional development credits. In return,
members granted non-practicing leaves of absence shall not
a. engage in the practice of chemistry,
b. exercise any sign-off privileges, or
c. use their professional stamps.
Such members who wish to be reinstated as practicing
members will first have to comply with any conditions set by the
Registrar and the Practice Review Committee.
Members. Students did not have voting rights
previously, so we propose to allow them access to the ACPA through
a "Guest Registry". This change in policy will not
require a Bylaw amendment.
The Board recognizes that this is a very frustrating
situation for our members in the remaining non-regulated
To provide a solution for as many of these members
as possible, the Board is proposing the following:
1. Provisional Professional Chemists.
These members will be temporarily transferred into the
Chemist-in-Training category. When they have completed the
mandatory professional coursework (Ethics for Chemists and the
Jurisprudence Course), they will be automatically upgraded to
Professional Chemist membership.
2. RChem, RCIT, RTChem, and CTT Members.
The Registration Committee will review the education
and work experience of all those who were granted membership in
these non-regulated categories. The Committee will determine if
there is now a reasonable basis for admitting at least some of
these members into either the Professional Chemist or
Chemist-in-Training membership categories.
Day Course on Greenhouse Gases
The Association of
the Chemical Profession of Alberta is pleased to offer a one-day
introductory course on greenhouse gases.
Course topics will
include an introduction to greenhouse gases and global warming,
policy and regulations in Alberta, sampling and measuring
greenhouse gases, and management of greenhouse gases.
you registered for your Ethics Course?
Two new Ethics courses have been scheduled for the
fall of 2017
The ACPA has been working hard to identify some new
Have you tried our Park'N Fly parking code yet? One of our members
recently saved $18 on one week parking.
Park'N Fly Airport Parking is pleased to extend its
corporate discount program to ACPA members. Members can use
the discount code (#828974) for both
business and leisure travel. If you travel
frequently, you can save even more by joining the Rewards Program.
Get Bonus Aeroplan Miles. Check www.parknfly.ca/aeroplan for
Job postings are listed in the Careers page on the ACPA website. Please check this web
page regularly for new postings that may have tight
Job 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.
The content of this newsletter is provided only as
an information service to members. Inclusion of any information
does not represent official positions, opinions or support
of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta
(ACPA), or its Officers, Directors, or staff members. The
information is collected from a variety of sources and is
circulated to the membership as information only. The ACPA does not
guarantee that all submissions will be circulated and is not
responsible for the accuracy of any information provided.
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