Subject:                          FW: Alberta Chemist: News from the ACPA - Summer 2016


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         Chemistry you can trust.


 Alberta Chemist 

  The Newsletter of the ACPA 

   Issue 02-16

Summer 2016





10 Tips to Save on Car Insurance

Members have access to preferred rates with affinity partner, TD Insurance. Become an informed consumer as you look to save on your car insurance, and keep these 10 Tips to Save, in mind


Buying a new car?

Buying a new car is a significant purchase for most of us, so it pays to do your research and a little prep-work before walking into a dealership. Our affinity partner, TD Insurance, shares some things every new car buyer needs to know




Join our ACPA group on LinkedIn or like our Facebook page.      View our profile on LinkedIn   Like us on Facebook    

Stay informed! Stay in touch with your fellow chemists! 


What is your ACPA membership worth to you?

  • Right to Title - professional designation and stamp
  • Accountability
  • Credibility
  • Increased employment opportunities
  • Continuing Education opportunities
  • Increased networking opportunities
  • Formalized complaints and discipline processes
  • Member of a well respected organization

Did you know that ACPA members and other professionals that own their own businesses do not have to pay for a business license? 

That's right. Under POARA, "no municipality has the power to require any member of a registered association to obtain a licence from the municipality to engage in the field of practice established by the registered association under the regulations." That is an annual saving of $50 to $500 or more depending on your business and municipality.

Did you know that ACPA members can claim their membership fees on their tax form?

Your membership fees are entered on Line 212 of your T1 General under annual union, professional or like dues. Your fees are subtracted directly from your income to calculate your net income. For the average member this would represent a saving of roughly $75. (Of course, if your employer pays your fees you can't use this deduction.)

Did you know that ACPA members can save big money on insurance premiums? 

  • Home and Auto Insurance - TD Meloche Monnex
  • Professional and General Liability Insurance - starting this fall.
  • ARTA Benefit plan for members over 55 - starting this fall.

Other Benefits

  • Park'N Fly airport parking - save about $18 on one week's parking.


NEW - Health, Dental and Travel benefit plan for ACPA members over 55 

ACPA is pleased to announce a new retiree benefits plan for eligible ACPA retired members.

ACPA has worked with the Alberta Retired Teachers' Association (ARTA) to make the ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan available to eligible ACPA retirees (present and future).

If you apply between September 1, 2016 and November 30, 2016, you are automatically approved for coverage, which includes Emergency out of Canada travel insurance.

The ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan offers four Extended Health Care plans to choose from. Coverage highlights include: prescription drugs, paramedical coverage (chiropractor, physiotherapist massage, etc.), coverage for wheelchairs, hearing aids and CPAP machines, and much more.There are also three Dental Care plans to choose from, which include dental exams, cleanings, fillings and minor and major restorations.

The following documents provide all the information you need to enroll in the ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan:

You can also sign into your ACPA account on the ACPA website at and view this information on the Members Only Benefits page under the Member Menu.

You do not need to participate in this plan right now in order to get coverage in the future. As long as you join the ARTA plan following termination of coverage from your employer's (or your spouse's) group benefits plan, you may get coverage without medical evidence of insurability as long as you submit your application within 60 days of losing group benefits coverage. 

If you have general questions about the ARTA Retiree Benefits Plan, or your eligibility to participate, please contact ARTA toll-free at 1-855-212-2400 or by email at


Call for Mentees and Mentors

WISER (Women in Science Engineering and Research) and UA-WiSE (University of Alberta - Women in Science and Engineering) are starting the second year of their mentorship program that will support men and women in various stages of their STEM careers. WISER is pleased to invite ACPA professionals to be part of the WISER\UA-WiSE Mentorship Program 2016-2017.


The structure will be trios consisting of one undergraduate student, one graduate student or early-career professional, and one experienced professional. This benefits graduate student or early-career professional to gain some experience mentoring an undergraduate student under the supervision of an experienced mentor. We are currently looking for applicants from academia, industry and government in the Edmonton area.


Mentorship hours count towards Professional Developments Credit (PDC) for APEGA & ACPA members.


For more information about the WISER\UA-WiSE Mentorship Program, please visit our website: 


Have you registered for your Ethics Course?


All current ACPA members must take this course by the end of 2016. These are the last five Ethics courses that will be offered this calendar year.

 Friday, September 9, 2016 - Calgary - only 10 spots left.

 Friday, September 30, 2016 - Electronic attendance - Preference will be given to members who live outside of the province or in remote areas.


Member Benefits

The ACPA has been working hard to identify some new member benefits.
Have you tried our Park'N Fly parking code yet? One of our members recently saved $18 on one week parking.

Park'N Fly Airport Parking is pleased to extend its corporate discount program to ACPA members. Members can use the discount code (#828974) for both 

business and leisure travel. If you travel frequently, you can save even more by joining the Rewards Program.

Visit our website for more information. Sign in to your account and view under Member Only Benefits.

Coming soon: 

We will also be announcing a new Professional Liability Insurance plan through HUB International this fall.

Watch for more information!


Job Postings

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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