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2017 ACPA Annual General Meeting
The 2017 AGM was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Acclaim Hotel in Calgary Alberta.

ACPA members elected Steve Jakeway, Patrick Kamau, Ngozi Ogoke and Jennifer Reid to the Board of Directors. Members of the Board subsequently chose Patrick Kamau as President - Elect and Mike Gao as Treasurer.

The membership approved the amended Bylaws which were required due to the Alberta Labour decision on unregulated membership categories. The ACPA now has only two membership categories: PChem and Chemist-in-Training. A provision for a Non-Practicing Leave of Absence was also approved. This status was designed to allow members who are retired or on leave for illness, parental leave, education or medical leave to retain their membership in ACPA and use of title, without the requirement to file PDCs and with reduced fees. More information is available at Non-Practicing Leave of Absence.
Introducing your new ACPA President Abdel Kharrat!
Abdel Kharrat studied at the Université de Bordeaux in France where he earned his doctorate in Chemistry. Abdel has worked at the University of Alberta, the Alberta Research Council, Schlumberger and Weatherford. He occupied positions as Research Scientist, Team Leader, and R&D Manager and has been working in the area of Environment and Oil & Gas for over two decades. His expertise is in the chemistry of contaminants and characterization of oils and deposits. Abdel has published numerous papers, client reports, internal reports and patents.

Abdel served as a Director on the ACPA Board (2012- 2015) and was the Chair of the Technical Program for the Industrial Chemistry Conference held in Edmonton in November 2014. He also developed and taught a Flow Assurance Chemistry course within the ACPA. He is currently the Director of his own company (a-KEM Solutions) and is active in the area of chemistry related to energy and the environment. 

Abdel is looking forward to working with the ACPA Board of Directors to build a dynamic and growing chemistry profession. 
2017 Frank W. Bachelor Award Recipient
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 2017 award was presented to Patrick Kalita.

In 2004, Patrick was welcomed as a member of the Registration Committee by Frank Bachelor himself. In Frank’s living room he shared tea, fresh cookies and ample debate, as well as the drive to have the practice of chemistry recognized as a profession. Patrick served six years on the ACPA Board of Directors and as Registrar for the ACPA from 2011 to 2017.
Congratulations to Scholarship Recipients!
Daniel Rubinstein, University of Alberta
Ebenezer Owusu-Ansah, University of Calgary
Congratulations to Science Fair Award Recipients!
Alberta Chemist Award
Project: “Growing Borax Crystals”
Student: Shanelle Mak
School: Aurora Charter School
Project: “Superconductive Generators: Redefining Efficiency”
Student: Max Zhou, Patrick Li
School: Sir Winston Churchill HS
Project: “Brillantes et à la tache”
Student: Fiona Urquhart & Emilie Conard
School: École La Vérendrye
Rick Dillen Memorial Award (CCQTA)
Project: “Fueling Up”
Student: Jonathan Afowork
School: Aurora Charter School
Project: “How Does Garlic Kill Microorganisms?”
Student: YuMing Huang
School: Tom Baines
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Hotel Blackfoot
Calgary, AB

Friday, October 27, 2017
Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre
Edmonton, AB
Professional Ethics for Chemists
This short, one-day course will provide an introduction to the ethical framework that guides professional chemists in the conduct of their duties. The course focuses on solving practical issues that arise in professional practice. After a full morning of presentations by two instructors, Nils Petersen and Kathy Janzen, and several case studies examining issues that arise in everyday work situations, an examination based on a case study is given at the end of the day. Candidates that pass the exam will receive an Ethics certificate. A course outline and biographical sketches of the presenters are attached.
ACPA Jurisprudence course is launched
The ACPA Jurisprudence course is now online. All current P.Chem. members have until the end of December 2018 to complete this mandatory course. C.I.T. and new members must complete the course prior to reclassification to P.Chem. status. A one-time fee of of $75.00 will be charged to cover future updates and maintenance of the site. Once you have registered for the course, you can go back to the material any time to complete the course or to use the course material as a reference. Members will earn 5 PDCs for taking the course.

The course has three main sections:
Module 1: Regulation of the Chemistry Profession
Module 2: Continuing Competence and Professional Scope of Practice
Module 3: Due Diligence in Business, Employment, and Labour Matters

The course has module quizzes and a final exam on which the candidate must score at least 80%. Once you have completed the course, you will have the opportunity to print a certificate for the course and submit feedback to the ACPA. Your membership account will be automatically updated to show when the course is completed.
To access the Jurisprudence course, simply sign into your account on the ACPA website and click on Jurisprudence course under the Member Menu.
May 27 - 31, 2018
Edmonton, AB
Save the Date for the 101st Canadian Society for Chemistry Conference & Exhibition
Canada’s premiere chemistry event, CSC 2018, will feature plenary, invited and submitted lectures, jointly organized international symposia, poster sessions, panel discussions, and special events, including a closing day outreach event. The conference program will showcase outstanding science from across Canada and around the world, featuring the latest innovations in research in the traditional sub-disciplines of chemistry, both fundamental and applied, as well as in emerging areas of chemistry that involve cross-disciplinary and translational research.
The ACPA has been working hard to identify some new member benefits. Do you see an opportunity for improvement? Let us know!
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.

Sign in to your account and view under Member Only Benefits.
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 as well as shared on our LinkedIn page. This service is complimentary for opportunities submitted by ACPA members in good standing (Professional Chemists or Chemists-in-Training) on behalf of their organizations, a $100 fee is applicable to non-members. Ads may be e-mailed directly to the  ACPA office .
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