Subject:                          FW: Alberta Chemist: News from the ACPA - Summer 2014


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 Alberta Chemist 

  The Newsletter of the ACPA 

   Issue 02-14

Summer 2014   






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A new era is launched!

Federation of Canada's Professional Chemists

Fédération des chimistes professionnels du Canada


The Federation of Canada's Professional Chemists / Fédération des chimistes professionnels du Canada (FCPC) was officially launched on June 1, 2014 in Vancouver, BC. Founding members include ACPBC, ACPA, ACPS, ACPO, OCQ and NSCS. The Federation will promote consistency in the regulation of professional chemists in Canada, enable transferability of professional chemists between jurisdictions and improve communication and cooperation between the professional organizations. A copy of the founding documents is available on our website.


FCPC Council at founding meeting in Vancouver June 1, 2014:

(L to R) Terry Obal (ACPO), Colin Campbell (ACPS), Paul West (ACPBC),

Stephen Urquhart (ACPS), Kathy Janzen (ACPA), Chris Swyngedouw (ACPA),

Guy Collin (OCQ), Tom Fyles (ACPBC) (photographer).


Mutual Recognition Agreement signed in Vancouver

The newly formed Federation of Canada's Professional Chemists (FCPC) and the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC) signed a Mutual Recognition

Paul West (L) and Lorenzo Ferrari (R) sign MRA.

Agreement in Vancouver on June 2, 2014. The two organizations have agreed to work cooperatively and in close communication to achieve the goal of furthering the contribution of chemistry to the society of Canada. The complete agreement is available here.


Call for Papers

The ACPA and CIC are working together to bring you an Industrial Chemistry Conference this fall in Edmonton. The program will include sessions in process chemistry and environmental chemistry as well as relevant courses. Abstracts for presentations and posters are now being accepted. Visit the conference website for more information at


Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your work or your company! 



Have you registered for your Ethics Course?

All current ACPA members must take this course by the end of 2016. We can only take 25 to 30 people at a time, so don't wait. Complete yours now.


September 29, 2014 - Edmonton.  Details and registration.

October 4, 2014 - Calgary.  Details and registration. 



2014 Annual General Meeting

The 2014 AGM was held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Executive Royal Inn Leduc-Nisku. The meeting was well attended as members enjoyed lunch and stimulating discussion. The draft minutes from the AGM business meeting are posted on our website under Minutes of 2014 AGM.


ACPA AGM 2014 (Photo K. Schmidt)

The ACPA Bylaws were updated to extend voting privileges to our new membership categories. Future P.Tech.Chem. members will also be able to run for positions on the Board of Directors. The revised Bylaws are posted on the ACPA website. 


A resolution to support the framework to develop legislation that regulates Chemistry, Biology and Forestry Professionals within one Act was passed unanimously by the members represented at the AGM. As the members of ASPB, CAPF and CAPFT have also supported this resolution, work towards a Natural Sciences and Environmental Professions Act will continue.


Membership dues go up

Professional dues in Alberta.

ACPA membership dues will increase this fall to $250 for P.Chem. members and an additional $25 for most other membership categories. This increase is required to meet the rising costs of ACPA activities. The ACPA fees compare favourably with the fees of other professional associations in Alberta.



Frank W. Bachelor Award 2014

Eugene Dakin (L) receives his award from Maurice Shevalier, ACPA President. (Photo K. Schmidt)


The ACPA Frank W. Bachelor Award for Service to the Chemical Profession was established in 2004. This award recognizes outstanding volunteer contributions to the chemical profession in Alberta. The 2014 award was presented to Eugene Dakin. Eugene served as ACPA webmaster, Board member and volunteer for many years. 



Congratulations ACPA Scholarship Winners for 2014

SiRim Kim (U of Calgary) receives the Arthur Bollo-Kamara Graduate Scholarship for 2014 (Photo K. Schmidt)


Devon Schatz (U of Alberta) receives the ACPA Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry for 2014 (Photo K. Schmidt)


ACPA Science Fair Awards


ACPA Alberta Chemist Award - Edmonton

Project: "H2O Know"

Students: Connor Leighton

School: Sir George Simpson Junior High


ACPA Rick Dillen Memorial Award - Edmonton

Project: "Cleaning the Oil Spill Using Nanotechnology"

Students: Abishek Reghuram

School: Aurora Charter School


ACPA Rick Dillen Memorial Award - Calgary

Project: "The Electrolyte Challenge"

Students: Kylie Brezsnyak

School: St. Gregory


ACPA Alberta Chemist Award - Calgary

Project: "Protein Aggregation States in TBI & AD"

Students: Ankita Saxena

School: Westmount Charter 



Job Postings

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.

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.


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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