Call for Abstracts – Science Advisory Board on Contaminated Sites

7th Annual SABCS Conference on Contaminated Sites   will be held September 28,2017

A CALL FOR ABSTRACTS for submitted papers is now open.  Closing date is May 15 to provide ample time for planning and approvals.

The SABCS 7th Annual Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites is being held on September 28th and 27th 2017. We have secured the same convenient venues in downtown Vancouver. Mark these dates and locations in your calendar.

September 28, 2017 : SABCS 7th Annual Conference on Contaminated Sites

Segal Building, Room 1200 – 1500, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC

September 27, 2017: SABCS  7th Annual Technical Workshop on Contaminated Sites

Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room, SFU Harbourside Centre,515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Please contact the conference chair, Zahra Pirani for further details on opportunities for sponsorship or for general conference inquiries at zahra.pirani (at)

March for Science April 22, 2017

Science plays a key role in our lives and the ACPBC stands with the many scientists, citizens, and scientific organizations world-wide in support of the March for Science.

The Marches scheduled in BC are:

Vancouver: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza to Creekside Park (near Science World)

Victoria: 2:15pm at Centennial Square, march starts around 3:00pm and ends at the Legislature.

Professional Chemists Sign Mobility Agreement

 Professional Chemists can now transfer their professional registration between provinces across Canada. The Federation of Canada’s Professional Chemists (FCPC) announced today that provincial chemists’ organizations have adopted a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate mobility of professional chemists between provinces. Professional Chemists have requirements for education and work experience. They must also adhere to a strict Code of Ethics that seeks to ensure public health and safety and to protect the environment in the work that they perform.

 Through this agreement, Professional Chemists who are members of organizations established in each province will be able to move and work in other provinces. Currently there are six provincial members and two associate members of the FCPC representing over 4000 individual Professional Chemists across Canada.

 For more information on the FCPC and to view the agreement see the Press Release or the FCPC website

2016 ACPBC Scholarship winner Cassidy Conover

The winner of the 2016 ACPBC Undergraduate Scholarship is Cassidy Conover, a 4th year Chemistry student at the University of Victoria.  In addition to her Co-op Chemistry degree program, and a Minor in Applied Ethics, she has volunteered extensively in the Scientists in the Schools program – bringing hands on chemistry experiments to classes of elementary school kids.  Read more.

Congratulations Cassidy!

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

Restored Oct 24, 2016

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.
Restored Oct 24, 2016

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.


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.