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


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 Alberta Chemist 

  The Newsletter of the ACPA 

   Issue 04-14

Winter 2014   






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Save the Date! 2015 ACPA Annual General Meeting


Our 2015 AGM has been booked for Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Acclaim Calgary Airport Hotel in Calgary. Minutes from the 2014 AGM are available on the ACPA website under meeting minutes.



Saskatchewan Qualified Persons

The province of Saskatchewan is adopting the Saskatchewan Environmental Code that will come into full effect on June 1, 2015. The code addresses diverse areas such as air quality, environmentally impacted sites, water management and natural resource protection.


Certificates of Analyses for contaminated sites, field work and sampling regimes will need to be signed by Qualified Persons (QP). For legal reasons, Saskatchewan can not designate P.Chem.'s from other jurisdictions as QP's without ministerial designation. However, for professional chemists the application for qualified person status will be straight forward. A copy of the application form with an attached curriculum vitae and proof of professional designation from a self-regulated body should be sufficient in many cases. Chemists with competency in other areas of environmental expertise will be able to apply for sign off under other chapters of the code as appropriate. Visit the Government of Saskatchewan website for more information. 



Short Course in Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons


April 29-30, 2015

Hotel Blackfoot, Calgary


Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are ubiquitous contaminants in the environment. They are present in the air we breathe and the fish and food we eat. PAHs are derived in natural processes, diagenic processes and largely from combustion processes. Their prevalence in the environment makes their understanding important for all environmental practitioners. PAHs are present in low percentage amounts in crude oil, making them important for those working in the oil industry as well. 


This course will provide comprehensive coverage of many aspects of PAHs from fundamentals to advanced knowledge and usage of PAH data. The course will include: structures and nomenclature, physical-chemical properties, analytical measurements, toxicity and risks, regulatory guidance, remediation and environmental forensics. The course is designed for all environmental practitioners including natural sciences and engineering professionals.


Visit our ACPA website to register and for additional information.



2015 Environmental Seminars


A commitment to continuous learning is important for all professionals. The following seminars can be used for professional development credit for the ACPA.


Exova Environmental Seminars

Calgary - January 23, 2015

Edmonton - February 6, 2015


AGAT Environmental Seminars

Calgary - January 30, 2015

Edmonton - February 5, 2015

Grande Prairie - March 20, 2015



Do you know a student who is studying Chemistry?


The ACPA offers two scholarships annually to students studying chemistry in Alberta. For more information visit the Awards page on the ACPA website.



Industrial Chemistry Conference


Eddy Isaacs, CEO, Alberta Innovates - Energy & Environmental Solutions
addresses conference attendees. 


The first biennial Industrial Chemistry Conference took place in Edmonton on November 12 - 14, 2015. The technical program was excellent and the opportunity to network with industrial chemists and other professionals was invaluable. We look forward to an even more successful conference in two years. 


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.


The following courses are booked for spring 2015. Registration is now available through the ACPA website.




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. Photo credit: Ken Schmidt.

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