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of Understanding Signed
The ACPA has recently signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) between the College of Alberta Professional
Foresters (CAPF), the College of Alberta Professional Forest
Technologists (CAPFT), the Alberta Society of Professional
Biologists (ASPB) and the Association of the Chemical Profession of
Alberta (ACPA), agreeing to form a partnership whereby the
collective organizations can pursue a more effective and
sustainable model of professional regulation.
The foresters and forest technologists are merging
which will require that the Regulated Forestry Profession Act be
opened and modified. The chemists and biologists have been invited
to consider this opportunity to merge with the forestry professions
under one umbrella Act.
to all four groups would include greater sustainability
and economy of scale, increased communication and
cooperation between the professions, better public accountability
and consistency, and a much greater political voice. Mandatory
registration, which the foresters and forest technologists already
enjoy, would be extended to the biologists and chemists. Mandatory
registration for chemists would mean that if you are educated as a
chemist and working as a chemist, you must register as a member of
the chemistry profession.
Various models are being considered for this
potential partnership, from loose affiliations to a single
organization similar to APEGA. Discussions are
Professional Ethics for Chemists
course in Professional Ethics for Chemists will soon become a
requirement for ACPA members. Starting in January 2014, all new
members will have one year from when they receive their P.Chem.
designation to complete their Ethics training. All current P.Chem.
members have until the end of the calendar year of 2016 to obtain
their ethics certificate.
categories are encouraged to take the Ethics training but are not
required to do so at this time. The course will be required for the
P.Tech.Chem. category in the future.
current members just completed their Professional Ethics for
Chemists course. Additional courses are being organized for Spring
Can you spare six hours over a six month period?
University of Calgary Graduate Students' Association is looking for
chemists for their mentorship program. Please see the GSA
Mentorship Program Brochure for further information.
Public Members Appointed
Under the Professional
and Occupational Associations Registration Act, the
ACPA Board of Directors must include two public members. These
individuals are appointed by the Minister of Alberta Enterprise and
Advanced Education to represent the interests of the general
We would like to welcome our newly appointed Public
Members, Kurian Tharakan and Ken Davies.
Kurian Tharakan is a sales
and marketing expert with 27 years of experience in the creation
and execution of sales and marketing strategy and tactical plans,
and the creation of strategic alliances and partnerships. He also
sits on the University of Alberta Senate.
Ken Davies is a
professional agrologist, business owner and Lloyd's London
Correspondent on livestock insurance. Ken worked as the Registrar
and CEO of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists for many years.
Both Ken and Kurian bring a tremendous amount of
experience and expertise to our Board.
Finally, a heart felt thank you to Edith Cook, who
served us well as our public member for the past six years.
Our 2014 AGM
has been booked for Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Nisku.
the 2013 AGM are now available on the ACPA website under
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 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.
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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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