2015 ACPBC Undergraduate Student Member Scholarship

The  2015 ACPBC Undergraduate Student Scholarship, in the amount of $1000, is awarded to an ACPBC student member enrolled in third or fourth year of an undergraduate Chemistry program at a British Columbia university. All applicants should be student members of the ACPBC. The award is equally based on academic performance in all completed Chemistry courses and service to the Chemistry profession. Full details on how to apply are available here.

Application deadline: October 30, 2015

Any questions?  Please contact Tom Fyles (registrar (at)

Professional Ethics for Chemists October 23, 2015

In conjunction with the ACPA we are pleased to offer the one-day course “Professional Ethics for Chemists”.

Friday October 23, 2015; 08:00-16:30
Simon Fraser University Harbour Centre
515 West Hasting Street, Vancouver BC
Room 7000 (Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room)

The course has been rewritten for our Code of Ethics and 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 exercise based on a case study is given at the end of the day.  Successful attendees are provided with a certificate of completion.
The course materials include a personal copy of The Ethical Chemist: Professionalism and Ethics in Science by Jeffrey Kovac for each registrant.
To allow maximum discussion and understanding of ethical management, attendance is strictly limited to 30 registrants. It is offered on a cost recovery basis and includes continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments .

Further details are available – contact Tom Fyles (registrar (at)  Online registration here.

ACPBC Annual General Meeting October 23, 2015

Members are invited to attend the Eighth ACPBC Annual General Meeting
October 23, 2015
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 and an update from the Association President, Paul West (pwest (at) 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 registrar (at) by noon October 20 so that an invitation with a connection link can be sent.

SABCS Conference & Workshop in September

The Fifth Annual SABCS Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites

September 23 and 24, 2015

The Conference this year has 22 submitted papers and the Workshop features international speakers, including a return visit by John Wilson of Scissortail Environmental Solutions.  The Workshop title this year is Current Approaches to Site Assessment and Application of Monitored Natural Attenuation and Risk Assessment in Oil and Gas Sites.

There are many presentations that have chemistry content including analytical methods.

Programs for the Workshop and Conference are posted on the SABCS website at  Registration is open at

Early registration closes August 26, 2015.

Chemistry in the Urban Atmosphere – Call for Abstracts

Chemistry of the Urban Atmsophere

Faraday Discussion of the Royal Society of Chemistry

April 6-8, 2016; London UK


The deadline for abstracts fro oral presentations of full papers has been extended to August 3rd 2015.  Details of the meeting are at the RSC site.  On-line abstract submission and additional deadlines ofr paper and poster submissions are also on the RSC site.

Nobel Prize-winning chemist Dr. Richard Shrock speaking in Vancouver and Victoria

Dr. Richard Shrock will be speaking about his role in elucidating the catalytic reaction that led to a Nobel Prize in 2005.

Vancouver Details:

May 19th at 12:45 pm

UBC – Chemistry B Block, Room B250

Victoria Details:

May 21st at 11:30 am

UVic – BWC A104

Click here for further details.

SABCS – Call for Abstracts!

The Fifth Annual Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites in BC Conference and Workshop on Contaminated Sites
September 23, 24, 2015

Please note that the closing date for abstracts is June 5 2015 this year. Click here for further information from Conference Chair, Tiona Todoruk, regarding abstract submissions. In addition, we are pleased to say that we have been able to keep registration fees unchanged, with a discount once again for authors. Online registration will open in June.

We hope you will plan to attend and present at the 5th Annual SABCS Conference!

Information at

Paul West, P.Chem., President SABCS

Presentation by Dr. Robie Macdonald – Monday March 23


The Vancouver Island Section of the Chemical Institute of Canada is hosting a special guest presentation by Dr. Robie Macdonald entitled:

The Arctic Ocean: a place where geography meets chemistry

Monday, March 23 at 5:00pm

University of Victoria – room ECS 125 (Engineering & Computer Science building)

Robie Macdonald is a renowned ocean chemist and a former winner of the Vancouver Island Chemistry Award. Recently retired from the Institute of Ocean Science, he actively continues his interest in ocean chemistry as an Emeritus scientist there.  The presentation is geared to an audience, including students, who have some basic  knowledge of chemistry.


CSAP Graduate Scholarship

The CSAP Society is supporting the next generation of Contaminated Site Approved Professionals by offering up to three $5000 scholarships to applied science and engineering graduate students whose research is relevant to the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites.  More information and application forms are available from CSAP; the deadline is March 31, 2015.  The ACPBC is a partner organization of the Society of Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (CSAP).

ACPBC and the Professional Chemist in BC

The ACPBC has prepared a detailed brief outlining the role of Chemistry in sustaining our economy and well-being.  The brief also examines the key role Professional Chemists play in ensuring the public is protected through chemical services being offered by competent individuals with appropriate skills and knowledge in the chemical sciences.  The brief discusses the role that  the ACPBC plays in ensuring that practicing Professional Chemists are appropriately trained chemists and are accountable to ethical standards, undergo regular professional development, and are subject to a disciplinary policy.  We discuss the status of Professional Chemists across the country and conclude with a discussion of a proposal for a Chemists Act which would align Professional Chemists in BC with national regulatory standards.  Full details: The Professional Chemist in British Columbia.  We welcome your comments.