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Subject: Alberta Chemist: News from the ACPA


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 Alberta Chemist 

  The Newsletter of the ACPA 

   Issue 02-13

Summer 2013   







AGM guest speaker Steve Larter, Canada Research Chair in Petroleum Geology, U of C. The title of his talk was Life in Earth: the Biogeochemistry of Petroleum Geology.


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AGM 2013


The ACPA AGM in Calgary was a great success. Our guest speaker, Steve Larter, entertained about 75 members and guests with his extensive knowledge on "the Biogeochemistry of the Oil Sands". Friendships were renewed over lunch and new members were welcomed.


ACPA members at the AGM in Calgary.

NEW Membership Categories


New regulated membership categories were approved by a vote of the ACPA members at the AGM. The ACPA is working with the Alberta government to amend the Professional Chemist Regulations to include the new member categories. More membership information is available on the ACPA website under membership categories.

Proposed ACPA membership categories.


Please note that all membership applications should now be submitted though the ACPA website. Just click on the 'Join Now' button and follow the instructions.


If you are interested in more details about the meeting, the minutes of the 2013 AGM will be posted on the ACPA website this fall. 




Full-Day Course in Professional Ethics for Chemists


Monday, September 16, 2013 

Edmonton Hotel and Convention Centre, Edmonton, AB


Saturday, October 19, 2013 

Hotel Blackfoot, Calgary, AB


This one-day course will provide an introduction to the ethical framework that guides professional chemists in the conduct of their duties. The objective of this course is two-fold: to ensure a working knowledge of the fundamental ethical concepts embedded in Professional Chemist accreditation and to learn how to analyze work-related ethical situations and make the best possible decisions. 


A short written exam will be given at the end of the course to evaluate the progress of the participant in developing ethical decision-making skills. This exam will be based on a case study. 


Anyone attending the course and successfully passing this exam will receive a completion certificate. Those receiving this certificate will have completed the upcoming ethics course requirements of the ACPA.


Registration Information  

Cost: $250 - includes lunch, GST and a copy of 

The Ethical Chemist: Professionalism and Ethics in Science by J. Kovac.



To register and pay online, you must first log in to your online ACPA account (or create an account) at via the log-in box at the top right of the web page. Then click on "Event Registration" in the log-in menu and proceed from there. Each class will be limited to 30 participants. 


Additional information about the course content and the instructors will be posted in the "News and Events" section of the ACPA home page at



Third Annual SABCS Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites - Vancouver, BC


Hydraulic Fracturing in the Practice of Contaminated Sites Professionals - September 25, 2013

Third Annual SABCS Conference on Contaminated Sites, September 26, 2013

Additional program and registration information is available at the conference webpage



Meet Your President - Maurice Shevalier


The ACPA President for 2013-2014 is Maurice Shevalier. 


Maurice is a Research Associate and Manager of the Chemistry Lab at the Applied Geochemistry Group in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. He graduated with a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Calgary in 1982 and then entered graduate school and finished a M.Sc. in Electrochemistry in 1985 and in 1992 a M.Sc. in Physics specializing in Computer Modeling.
In 1985 he secured a Research Assistant position in the Diagenesis Research Group in the Department of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Calgary. Maurice was responsible for sampling and chemical analysis of oilfield brines, ground and surficial waters. He was later promoted to Research Associate and also became involved in geochemical computer modelling. 

Currently, Maurice is involved in a number of international projects including the Shell Quest project, a long term CO2 sequestration project in Basal Cambrian Sands. The research involves flooding core samples with supercritical CO2. Computer simulations are used to examine the change in the isotopic composition of the CO2 as it leaks from the storage aquifer to the surface. 


Maurice recently finished working on the International Energy Agency Green House Gas Weyburn CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project, a project which lasted over a decade and the PennWest CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery project, which lasted for eight years. He is currently working on a number of manuscripts for these projects. 


Maurice has served several years as a Director for the ACPA Board and has generously shared his considerable knowledge in water chemistry in several ACPA short courses for the oil industry.We look forward to a great year with Maurice as President.   



ACPA Frank W. Bachelor Award for 2013


The winner of the 2013 Frank W. Bachelor Award for Service to the Chemical Profession was Robert Taylor. Robert is a past president of the ACPA and is currently the Manager of Halliburton's Reservoir Studies Team in Calgary.


Robert Taylor receives his award from
ACPA President, Chris Swyngedouw.


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 Winner for 2013


The Arthur Bollo-Kamara Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry went to Breanne Kamenz (U. of Lethbridge). 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. 


Scholarship winner Breanne Kamenz and
ACPA President, Chris Swyngedouw.


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 2014 applications is March 31.



ACPA Science Fair Winners for 2013


Each year, the ACPA presents two awards in chemistry at both the Edmonton Regional Science Fair (ERSF) and the Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF).

The ACPA Alberta Chemist Award went to Akshita Chandok and Manvir Dhaliwal (Aurora Charter School, "Generate the Power") in Edmonton and to Bennett Leong  (Webber Academy, "Deicing by Design") in Calgary.


ACPA Alberta Chemist Award winners  
Akshita Chandok and Manvir Dhaliwal.


ACPA Alberta Chemist Award winner Bennett Leong
and presenter Atosa Kavousian .


 The ACPA Rick Dillen Memorial Award in Chemistry went to Rojine McVea (Aurora Charter School, "Electrifying the Oil Sands") in Edmonton and to Nolan Rockwell (Westmount Charter, "Dissolving Hot and Cold Acetaminophen) in Calgary.


ACPA Rick Dillen Memorial Award winner Rojine McVea.


ACPA Rick Dillen Memorial Award winner
Nolan Rockwell and presenter Atosa Kavousian.


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.




Job Postings


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 application deadlines.

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.


Thanks to Ken Schmidt for providing photographs of ACPA members and events. 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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