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 Alberta Chemist 

  The Newsletter of the ACPA 

   Issue 01-15

Spring 2015 






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2015 ACPA Annual General Meeting


Saturday, May 30, 2015 

Acclaim Calgary Airport Hotel (123 Freeport Blvd. NE) in Calgary. 


The Acclaim Hotel has offered ACPA guests a group rate of $109 for a standard room (2 queen beds) for those members that wish to stay the night.


12:00 noon     Lunch
1:00 pm          Guest Speaker: Kurian Tharakan, Understanding our Brand

2:00 - 4:00 pm   AGM Business Meeting (guests are welcome)  
The AGM schedule, speaker biography and abstract are available 


Cost:  Lunch is free to all ACPA members and guests, but please let us know you are coming.

To register online, log in to your ACPA account at and click on Event Registration. Registration Deadline:    Monday, May 22, 2015


Minutes from the 2014 AGM are available on the ACPA website under 

meeting minutes.



Nominations for the ACPA Board of Directors


Nominees for the 2015 ACPA Board of Directors are 

 Court Sandau (Chemistry Matters Inc., Calgary)

 Catherine Evans  (AER, Edmonton)

 Don White (Terredon Environmental Ltd.,)

 Prem Pal (Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, Edmonton)

 Aaron Zentner (AGAT Laboratories, Calgary)
Lenn Liwanag (Suncor Energy Inc., Calgary)


Four director positions are currently available. If you would also like to run, the nomination form for 2015 is available on the bottom of the Board of Directors page on the ACPA website.


For more information visit our website at


Short Course in Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons



Dr. Court Sandau



November 9-10, 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.


A course flyer and sponsorship opportunities are available.  

Visit our ACPA website to register and for additional information.


The Hotel Blackfoot has rooms available November 8 - 11, 2015 for those who need accommodations to attend this course. Please call 1-800-661-1151 and quote Booking ID #10238 to get the ACPA room rate of $169 (Signature Room).



Greenhouse Gas Emissions


The Province of Alberta regulates greenhouse gas emissions in part through a system of offset credits. Compliance reports under this regulation must be verified by a third party auditor (see Technical Guidance for Greenhouse Gas Verification at Reasonable Level Assurance). The following excerpt is taken from the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation:


"Qualifications of third party auditors

18(1) A person is eligible to be a third party auditor under this

Regulation if the person

(a) is

             (i) registered as

(A) a professional engineer under the Engineering

and Geoscience Professions Act, or

                        (B) a chartered accountant under the Regulated

Accounting Profession Act,


(ii) a member of a profession that has substantially similar competence and practice requirements as a professionreferred to in subclause (i)

                       (A) in a province or territory of Canada, or

(B) approved by the director, in a jurisdiction outside of Canada,


(b) has technical knowledge of

(i) specified gas emission quantification methodologies,

(ii) audit practices, and

            (iii) any other matters considered relevant by the director,


(c) has any other qualifications that the director considers



Professional chemists can apply to be recognized as third party auditors under 18(1)(a)(ii) of this regulation. 




ACPA Partners with the Alberta Science Network


Alberta Science Network's Scientists & Engineers-in-the-Classroom program offers students the unique opportunity to meet scientists and engineers face-to-face! Volunteer engineers, scientists and technologists give curriculum-related presentations that include hands-on activities and information about traditional and emerging careers to one classroom at a time.


Our volunteers are an amazing variety of skilled individuals ranging from an optometrist to a flight instructor. One of our most dedicated volunteers and a great example to new presenters is Peter Wright - a retired chemist. He generously commits to a regular presentation schedule and receives overwhelmingly positive feedback from teachers and students - resulting in requests for repeat visits year after year.


Classroom Chemistry is one of the topics for which ASN receives a large number of requests. Interested in joining us? ASN provides volunteer training, resource materials and support; presentation experience is not required - just your enthusiasm! If you are passionate about science see and find out how you can get kids excited about science!



233 ACPA members have completed their Ethics Course requirement. Have you?


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 fall 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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