Issue 02.18 Summer 2018
It is with great humility that I accept to serve as President of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA). Dr. Norman Gee introduced me to ACPA in the late 90’s while I was at the University of Alberta.

I have a Bachelor of Education (chemistry and mathematics), and an M.Sc. (Chemistry) from Kenyatta University, Nairobi Kenya. In 1994, I came to Edmonton for my PhD (Chemistry) at the University of Alberta. I have had an extensive teaching career, have taught in primary and secondary schools in Kenya, and for the last twenty plus years, at the university level both here in Edmonton as well as in Kenya. I served as a supervisory teaching assistant at the University of Alberta during my graduate studies, as chemistry program coordinator, department chair and currently as Dean of Science at Concordia University of Edmonton. I have a passion for education and especially for chemical education.
I served as the President-Elect for the 2017/18 year, and as a Director on the ACPA Board, as well as the board representative for the Student Liaison Committee 2014 – 2018. I believe in reaching out to the students who will be our future and have participated on several student outreach initiatives over the years. More recently, I also served as a board representative for the ACPA Registration Committee.

I look forward to working with the ACPA Board of Directors and its Committees to build an emergent, vibrant and accountable Association. Asante.
Patrick Kamau
President, ACPA
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Hotel Blackfoot
Calgary, AB
Early-Bird Registration Deadline:
October 8, 2018
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.
Completion Deadline:
December 2018
C.I.T. and new members must complete the course prior to reclassification to P.Chem. status.

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Many members of the ACPA volunteer their time to work on internal committees for the benefit of our association, chemists across the province and society at large. Thank you to all of you who have become an integral part of the association in donating your valuable time and effort. We are looking for volunteers for the following committees:

  • Marketing Committee
  • Awards Committee
  • Student Liaison Committee (Edmonton and Lethbridge)
To inquire, contact us!
ACPA Launches Strategic Planning Committee!
At our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on May 5th, 2018, it was suggested that the ACPA develop its first formal strategic plan. We are now beginning this work and all members will have the opportunity to have their voices heard during the process of the plan’s development.  
The strategic plan will look multiple years into the future and give our association a roadmap and focus for the coming years. The plan will highlight the value we as a profession offer to the public, it will set out our vision for our ideal future, our mission which are the things we do to reach our vision, our values that we as professional chemists strive to uphold, our goals as an organization, and strategies to achieve these goals.
Our strategic planning committee is being chaired by ACPA board Director, Mark Rice, who has significant experience and formal graduate level education in strategic planning. A systematic approach will be used to create our plan. Our committee will craft questions for a member survey, review responses from the survey, conduct relevant related research, and use this information to craft a draft strategic plan for consideration by our board of directors. While it is very early in the process, we envision having a strategic plan developed by the end of this calendar year.  
Please pay attention to your newsletters and emails from the ACPA requesting your input into the plan in the near future. In the meantime, and throughout the planning process, feel free to email any thoughts you may have to the ACPA office, with “Attention: ACPA Strategic Planning Committee” in the subject line.
The Chemist’s ring has been proposed as a national symbol of the professional chemist. It should be worn on the pinky finger of the working hand.

The ACPA offer’s these rings in gold, or silver and now in titanium. The cost for the titanium ring is very reasonable, but only because we are ordering them from China in a large volume. Please note that half sizes will not be available for the titanium ring because of the numbers of rings required for each size. 

It has taken some time for other provincial chemistry associations to solicit orders from their members. We expect to confirm the last of these orders by the end of September. The order to China will be placed at that time and we expect the rings will take about a month to arrive. Your continued patience is appreciated. 

If you want a titanium ring and haven’t placed your order yet, your order must be received no later than September 17, 2018 
ACPA Award Recipient (below)
Ms. Bhanvi Sachdeva from Lester B. Pearson, this year’s Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF) winner of ACPA Alberta Chemist Award for project titled, "Is it salty enough?"
ACPA Alberta Chemist Recipient (below)
Ms. Emily Skinner from Father Leonard Van Tighem, this year’s Lethbridge Youth Science Fair winner of ACPA Alberta Chemist Award for project titled, "Skittles"
(Above) Dr. Margaret- Ann Armour – guest speaker at the AGM
(Above) President Abdel Kharrat addresses members at the AGM
ACPA Rick Dillen Memorial Award in Chemistry (CCQTA) Recipient (below)
Mr. Noureldin Sherif Abdel-Kerim from R.T. Alderman, this year’s Calgary Youth Science Fair (CYSF) winner of ACPA Rick Dillen Memorial Award in Chemistry for project titled, "The Effects of Various Low PH Levels on Mung Beans"
ACPA 2018 Annual General Meeting Recap
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our Annual General Meeting in Red Deer! Here is a photo recap of the event.

We'd also like to congratulate the recipient of the Arthur Bollo-Kamara Graduate Scholarship – Sophia Sarpong-Kumankomah (U of C).
(Above) Recipient of the Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry – Zhongren Jin (U of A)
(Above) Recipient of the 2018 Frank Bachelor Award – Chris Swyngedouw
Job Board
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 .
Job postings are listed on the  Careers page on the  ACPA website . Please check this web page regularly for new postings that may have tight application deadlines.
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