Subject:                          FW: Alberta Chemist: News from the ACPA - Summer 2015



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 Alberta Chemist 

  The Newsletter of the ACPA 

   Issue 02-15

Summer 2015 





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2015 ACPA Annual General Meeting


The 2015 AGM was held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Acclaim Hotel in Calgary. The meeting was well attended; our largest meeting so far. The branding exercise led by Kurian Tharakan was entertaining and insightful. Watch for our new brand this fall!


Kurian Tharakan speaks to the AGM.

ACPA members elected Catherine Evans, Court Sandau, Don White and Lenn Liwanag to the Board of Directors. Congratulations to all of the nominees.

Members of the Board subsequently chose Don White as President-Elect.


The draft minutes from the AGM business meeting are posted on our website under Minutes of 2015 AGM.


Meet your new ACPA President 


Kevin Dunn, PChem
President, ACPA

I am pleased and honoured to once again be at the helm of the ACPA. For those of you who don't know me, I served as President of the ACPA shortly after its inception and had a hand in developing the association's regulation, professional development credit scheme and scholarship criteria. My career has been varied - evolving from research chemist for a mining company to commercial laboratory operations to consultant to my present role as the HSE Management Systems Specialist for Nexen Energy ULC. I am looking forward to a challenging year as the ACPA undergoes rapid growth and an impending change in regulatory status.


Federation of Canada's Professional Chemists


Members of the council for the Federation of Canada's Professional Chemists met in Toronto in April for their first annual general meeting. They are working hard to agree on common minimum standards for professional chemists across Canada and to develop a process to assure mobility of professional chemists between provinces. These standards will be adopted through a Memorandum of Understanding which will hopefully be ready for signatures in the spring of 2016.


The FCPC is also working to elevate the profile of professional chemists and to establish regulatory bodies for professional chemists in all provinces. 


For more information, visit the FCPC 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).



Professional Ethics for Chemists


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.



Please note that the registration fee for this course will increase to $350 in January 2016.


Frank W. Bachelor Award - 2015

Dr. Norman Gee

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 2015 award was presented to Norman Gee. Norman served as Board member and Registrar for many years back in the early days of the ACPA.


Congratulations ACPA Scholarship Winners - 2015


ACPA Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry

Nathan Flim (Kings University)

Arthur Bollo-Kamara Graduate Scholarship

Ebenezer Owusu-Ansah (University of Calgary)


ACPA Science Fair Awards

ACPA Alberta Chemist

Award - Edmonton

Project: "Watercress Cleans Toxic Chemicals from Waterways"

Student: Keegaan Dursun

School: Stratford School



ACPA Rick Dillen Memorial Award

 - Edmonton

Project:  "Levels of Salt in Snowmelt"

Students: Calvin Shaw

School: William D Cuts Junior High School


ACPA Rick Dillen Memorial Award - Calgary

Project: "The Acid Factory"

Students: Navdip Gill

School: Indus School


ACPA Alberta Chemist Award - Calgary

Project: "Enzymatice Inhibition of RdRP Viruses"

Students: Jay Sharma

School: Henry Wise Wood High School



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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