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:
Please contact John Canal (jcanal(at) 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.

2016 Membership Renewal

It is now time to act!  The deadline for renewing your membership in the ACPBC is January 29, 2016.
The ACPBC is pressing to enhance the professional stature of chemists through recognition of the profession of chemist in BC through legislation and in regulation.  The ACPBC is also deeply involved with the national umbrella organization FCPC – Federation of Canada’s Professional Chemists/ Federation des Chimistes Professionels du Canada.  These are important steps for our profession in BC and nationally.
We look forward to your continued support.  Soon.

2015 ACPBC Scholarship winner Sydney Acton

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 ACPBC Undergraduate Scholarship is Ms. Sydney Acton.  Ms. Acton is fourth year Honours Chemistry student at UBC Okanagan.  In addition to her studies she is active in the UBCO Chemistry Course Union and in the CIC South Eastern BC local section.

Congratulations to Sydney, and to the other applicants for the scholarship!

Full details on the scholarship and biographical sketches of past winners are on our Awards and Sponsorships page.

Meet a chemist working in pharmaceutical R&D

Emily’s Story – a chemist in research in development is the first of a series of YouTube videos produced by Ordre des chimistes du Québec (OCQ).  It offers a glimpse of the work chemists do in creating new pharmaceuticals and also tells one chemist’s story of what motivated her to engage in the profession.

We thank our colleagues at OCQ for this initiative.

PAHs in Western Canada: Biogenic vs Petrogenic Sources, Environmental Consequences and Regulatory Guidelines

Are you planning to be in Calgary November 9th and 10th? If so, you may want to check out this short course.

Click the image to learn more!


Photonics Workshop- How to bolster the Natural Resources Sector

Within the scope of the CPIC study called “The Impact of Photonics on the Canadian Economy-Review and Prospects », we are organizing a FREE workshop on Photonics for the Natural Resources Sector.

The objective of this workshop is to discuss the business and technology trends of the natural resources sector (mining, forestry, etc…) as well as the photonics sector and to proceed with a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of photonics for the natural resources sector thereby identifying the required improvements and investments to ensure Canadian economic growth.

The workshop will be held Wednesday on September 16 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Honeywell Process Solutions, 500 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver, BC, V7J 3S4 

To register: Photonics Workshop

AGM and ProD Workshop

Annual General Meeting

Friday, October 23, 2015

Room Open at 16:30

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)

In addition to contributing to building a strong and relevant professional association for Chemists in BC, this is a great opportunity to meet fellow members, make new contacts in the profession and catch up with old friends.

If you are unable to attend the AGM in person you will be able to participate via a web conference. To set this up you must contact Tom Fyles at by noon October 20 so that an invitation with a connection link can be sent.


Professional Development Workshop

Friday October 23, 2015


This year’s Professional Development workshop is “Professional Ethics for Chemists”. It will be held from 08:00 to 16:30 on October 23 and will focus on “Professionalism in Chemistry”. This engaging one-day course provides an introduction to the ethical framework that guides professional chemists. The course focuses on solving practical issues that arise in professional practice and in the workplace by working through case studies in a facilitated group discussion. An examination based on a case study will be given at the end of the day. Candidates that pass the exam will receive an Ethics certificate.

Completion of the course is an asset to enhance your professional credentials, for those considering management activities in the workplace, and for your employer to have someone holding the certification. To register, please go to