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Emerging Chemistry – Evolving Profession

Emerging Chemistry – Evolving Profession
The public and members of the ACPBC are invited to attend a mini conference in advance of the ACPBC Annual General Meeting.

Friday October 21, 2016; 13:30-16:30
Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre
515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver BC
Room 7000 (Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room)

An important focus of the Association is to support the careers of chemical professionals even as the nature of the chemical profession continues to evolve. This is particularly critical for young chemical professionals in emerging areas. This mini-conference will present short talks from current graduate students across the spectrum of modern chemistry – to showcase the diversity of current chemical research and to provide concrete examples of where the profession is headed.

Speakers include:
John Thompson (SFU) – The Design and Synthesis of Highly Birefringent Materials
Natasha Milosevic (UVic) – Peptidic inhibitors for epigenetic reader proteins of the polycomb family – inhibiting master regulator proteins upregulated in stem-like cancers
Ben Britton (SFU) – An FCV for everyone – recent advances in long-lived, inexpensive PEM and AEM fuel cells
Lev Lewis (UBC) – Cellulose nanocrystals: a building block for functional materials
Kathleen Prosser (SFU) – Tuning the Activity of Copper(II) Metallodrug Candidates through Ligand Design
Larissa Richards (VIU) – Qualitative Analysis of Mobile Mass Spectrometry Data for Atmospheric Contaminant Source Differentiation
Finlay MacNab (SFU) – Plasmonically Enhanced Electron Transfer for Photovoltaics and Electrochemistry

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Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016
The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir Fraser Stoddart, and Ben Feringa for their pioneering work in the creation of molecular machines. Learn more.
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Annual General Meeting 2016

Annual General Meeting

October 21, 2016

Call to Order 17:00

Meeting Scheduled: 17:00-19:00

Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre

515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver BC

Room 7000 (Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room)

The AGM is open to all ACPBC members and will include: the business of electing the Board and Officers, audited financial statements for 2015, ratification of the Audit committee, and a report from the Board. Following the meeting there will be an update on the progress of the Association towards professional recognition.

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Nanolytica 2016 at Simon Fraser University May 5th

PerkinElmer and SFU are providing a forum where academic, government, and industrial researchers can come together to share insights on nanomaterial analytical techniques developed in the areas of advanced materials, life sciences, energy and the environment. This symposium is a great opportunity for you to learn from colleagues and peers and discover the latest technological advances and analytical techniques in nanotechnology and advanced materials. Registration is free.

To learn more about Nanolytica at SFU, click here.
To view the full agenda, click here.

We celebrate BC Technology Skills Appreciation Week

Technology Skills Appreciation Week in BC (March 21 – 25) recognizes the valuable contribution of people working in technological skilled trades to the province’s economy and labour force. The technology sector of the BC economy relies on the skills of science and engineering technologists and professionals to grow and prosper. More information.

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Paul West, President ACPBC, Minister Amrik Virk, Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, Tom Fyles, Registrar ACPBC.  Photo courtesy of Dr. Vanessa Craig, President College of Applied Biology.

A chemist in the food industry

Chemists protect public health through their work in the food industries.  Discover a Chemist in the Food Industry is another in a series of YouTube videos produced by Ordre des chimistes du Québec (OCQ).  It offers a glimpse of the work chemists do in monitoring the purity and quality of foods and beverages, the levels of additives, and the packaging  essential to getting  your food from the farm to your table.

We thank our colleagues at OCQ for this initiative.

Landfill and Lagoon Leachate Workshop

The Associations of the Chemical Profession in Alberta and Saskatchewan are pleased to offer a one-day workshop on chemical leachate issues that affect landfills and lagoons. Special consideration will be given to the plight of small rural communities in Alberta and Saskatchewan that may face leachate regulations and potentially costly programs to monitor, manage, and remediate their facilities. This workshop will bring together the expertise of professional chemists from both provinces to address the challenges facing regulators and leachate liability holders. It will help stakeholders and decision makers understand the basic chemistry of leachate components, outline the problems that leachates can cause, and provide strategies for dealing with leachate liabilities.

The course will be held April 8, 2016 at Lakeland College in Lloydminster, Alberta
For additional information and registration, visit the ACPA website.

Invitation to BC Academia-Industry Mixer III Feb 1, 2015

On the evening of February 1st, 2016, the Vancouver section of the Chemical Institute of Canada in partnership with NSERC-Pacific will be hosting the BC Acdemia-Industry Mixer. This event is also supported by the Association of the Chemical Profession of British Columbia and will take place at SFU Vancouver’s Harbour Centre Campus. The goal of this event is to forge new collaborations and research opportunities as well as celebrating ongoing partnerships between industry representatives and academic researchers. As an active member of the chemistry community, you are invited and encouraged to attend.
The evening will include a presentation from Dr. Elicia Maine, Associate Professor in Technology and Operations Management at the Beedie School of Business, and the Academic Director of the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Commercialization. Dr. Maine will discuss “Turning Invention into Innovation: Chemists as Scientist-Entrepreneurs”. In addition, representatives from NSERC and Mitacs will also give a brief insight on these types of partnerships from a funding agency standpoint.
A networking mixer with food and light refreshments will follow the presentations. Space will be available to display promotional material such as pamphlets and brochures during this time. It is hoped that this informal meeting will lead to new and exciting collaborations.

If you plan to attend, kindly fill out your information to confirm your reservation:
http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/231556884
Please contact John Canal (jcanal(at)sfu.ca) if you have any questions.

Dr. Andy Pickard receives Frank W. Reinhart Award from ASTM International

Dr. Andy Pickard P.Chem. has been recognized for his outstanding service to ASTM International through the Frank W. Reinhart Award.  Dr. Pickard is an independent consultant to the petrochemical sector focused on petrochemical products and liquid fuels ( natural gas, propane, gasoline, aviation fuel, diesel fuel, heating oil and heavy fuel oils).  ASTM International is a non-profit organization that develops standards and testing methods that are internationally recognized as the basis of quality assurance in the global trade of commodities and refined products.  Dr. Pickard has served for many years on ASTM committees and working groups; he currently chairs a working group on liquefied petroleum gas.

The ACPBC is proud to congratulate Dr. Pickard on this significant international recognition of his impact and achievements.

What does an environmental chemist do?

A chemist in the environment is another in a series of YouTube videos produced by Ordre des chimistes du Québec (OCQ).  It offers a glimpse of the work chemists do in monitoring the environment for natural and synthetic chemicals and highlights the role chemists play in assuring water and air quality.

We thank our colleagues at OCQ for this initiative.