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         Chemistry you can trust.


 Alberta Chemist 

  The Newsletter of the ACPA 

   Issue 01-17

 Spring 2017





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The 2017 ACPA annual general meeting is scheduled for May 6, 2017 in Calgary. It will be held at the Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport.


Guest speaker: Jordan Fellner

"To Err is Human" - Professional Liability for Chemists

Please register online by logging into your account on the ACPA website. The event is free but we need to know how many members to expect for lunch.

The AGM schedule, speaker biography and abstract are available here.


Call for Nominations

We have an excellent slate of nominees for the ACPA Board of Directors. Four director positions are available in 2017.

The nominees to date are

  • Behzad (Benji) Ahvazi

(InnoTech Alberta, Edmonton) 


  • Patrick Kamau

(Concordia University of Edmonton) 


  • Ngozi Ogoke


If you would also like to run, the  nomination form for 2017 is available on the bottom of the Board of Directors page on the ACPA website.


Any nominations from the membership must be received at the ACPA office by March 22, 2017, together with the written consent of the nominee, who must be a member in good standing. Each nomination must be signed by at least three (3) members in good standing. The three sponsoring members may fax, mail or e-mail separate copies of the nomination sheet with their signature and the name of the nominee, if they cannot all sign a single copy. 


Election ballots will be issued by April 6, 2017.The new Board will be introduced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 6, 2017.



Update on the decision of Alberta Labour to eliminate the
non-regulated membership categories of ACPA

 Alberta Labour has ruled that the Professional Chemists Regulation allows the ACPA to have only two membership categories: PChem and CIT. All other membership categories, including the Retired and Student Member categories, are not allowed by the legislation governing the ACPA.


The ACPA Board has received a legal opinion regarding this ruling, and our lawyers concluded that the ACPA has no recourse in this matter and that Alberta Labour was correctly interpreting the Regulation as written.

The Board requested an exemption for our Retired and Student Member categories. However, the decision of Alberta Labour was that the Minister could not make an exception to the Regulation and therefore the original ruling stands.

These were not the responses that we had hoped for.

Because of this Alberta Labour ruling, the Board and the Registration and Legislative Committees are proposing the following changes to the ACPA Bylaws and Board policies:

1. Removal of references.

All references to membership categories other than Professional Chemist and Chemist-in-Training will be removed from the ACPA Bylaws and website. This task will require amending various clauses in the Bylaws that reference membership. We will also take this opportunity to make a few minor changes elsewhere to simplify the Bylaws or clarify their intent.

2. Retired Members. Our errors and omissions insurance providers require that Retired Members must be maintained on an ACPA membership register to qualify for their insurance plans. To provide the necessary status for these members, Section 14 of the Bylaws ("Temporary Leave of Absence") will be significantly amended into "Non-Practicing Leave of Absence." The proposed changes will allow registered and former registered members to obtain non-practicing status and to renew that status annually. Non-practicing members will retain their registration with the ACPA, the right to use of their registered title, and the right to vote and serve as a registered member. As registered members, they will continue to be governed by the Act (POARA), the Professional Chemists Regulation, the ACPA Bylaws, and the ACPA Code of Ethics. However, these members will be exempt from completing professional development credits. In return, members granted non-practicing leaves of absence shall not

a. engage in the practice of chemistry,

b. exercise any sign-off privileges, or

c. use their professional stamps.

Such members who wish to be reinstated as practicing members will first have to comply with any conditions set by the Registrar and the Practice Review Committee.


3. Student Members. Students did not have voting rights previously, so we propose to allow them access to the ACPA through a "Guest Registry". This change in policy will not require a Bylaw amendment.


The Board recognizes that this is a very frustrating situation for our members in the remaining non-regulated categories.


To provide a solution for as many of these members as possible, the Board is proposing the following:


1. Provisional Professional Chemists.
These members will be temporarily transferred into the Chemist-in-Training category. When they have completed the mandatory professional coursework (Ethics for Chemists and the Jurisprudence Course), they will be automatically upgraded to Professional Chemist membership.


2. RChem, RCIT, RTChem, and CTT Members.

The Registration Committee will review the education and work experience of all those who were granted membership in these non-regulated categories. The Committee will determine if there is now a reasonable basis for admitting at least some of these members into either the Professional Chemist or Chemist-in-Training membership categories.


One Day Course on Greenhouse Gases

The Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta is pleased to offer a one-day introductory course on greenhouse gases. 

Course topics will include an introduction to greenhouse gases and global warming, policy and regulations in Alberta, sampling and measuring greenhouse gases, and management of greenhouse gases.

For more information or to register, visit our website at


Have you registered for your Ethics Course?

Two new Ethics courses have been scheduled for the fall of 2017



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.

Get Bonus Aeroplan Miles. Check for details.

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


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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