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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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.
members at the AGM in Calgary.
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.
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
September 16, 2013
Hotel and Convention Centre, Edmonton, AB
October 19, 2013
Blackfoot, Calgary, AB
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
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
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.
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 www.pchem.ca 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 www.pchem.ca.
Third Annual SABCS
Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites - Vancouver, BC
Fracturing in the Practice of Contaminated Sites Professionals - September
SABCS Conference on Contaminated Sites, September
Your President - Maurice Shevalier
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
ACPA Frank W. Bachelor
Award for 2013
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.
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
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.
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
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 Akshita Chandok and Manvir Dhaliwal (Aurora Charter School,
"Generate the Power") in Edmonton and to Bennett Leong
(Webber Academy, "Deicing by Design") in
Alberta Chemist Award winners
Akshita Chandok and Manvir Dhaliwal.
Alberta Chemist Award winner Bennett Leong
and presenter Atosa Kavousian .
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.
Rick Dillen Memorial Award winner Rojine McVea.
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.
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.
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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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