ACPA Member-to-Member Series: "Life as a Forensic Scientist - Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault"

The ACPA Presents our new Member to Member Series

You are cordially invited to attend the ACPA’s first Member-to-Member Night. 

This is an opportunity for members and guests to interact, network and bond with other members over drinks and appetizers while also indulging in a lecture given by one of our own. The event will be held in both Calgary and Edmonton and is intended to bring together our community of chemists.


Friday, January 25, 2019

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Coast West Edmonton Hotel & Conference Centre, 18035 Stony Plain Rd, Edmonton, AB T5S 1B2

We have reserved a room block for this event at a special rate of $105.00 per room, the deadline to book is December 26, 2018. To reserve, please visit, call toll free 1 (800) 663-1144 or hotel direct (780) 483-7770 or Email and specify group name as “ACPA Event” (View PDF or booking details).

This evening will include a lecture from our Executive Director, Kathy Janzen. Feel free to bring your spouse, invite your coworkers or fellow alumni.


  • Member and student – $25
  • Non-member – $35

Your ticket includes:

  • One free drink ticket (wine, liquor, beer, soda, or juice)
  • Appetizers (hot and cold hors-d’oeuvres)
  • Attendance to Mixer with Fellow Members
  • 45-minute talk from one of our Members on a relevant and timely topic

Our Topic for this Member-to-Member Series

"Life as a Forensic Scientist - Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault"

Kathy will provide a brief overview of the drugs that might be encountered in situations of drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) and their effects. The chemistry and symptoms of the drugs used will be accompanied by stories from actual DFSA cases from her career in forensics. 


Before she became the executive director for the ACPA, Kathy Janzen worked for 25 years as a forensic toxicologist with the RCMP Forensic Laboratory in Edmonton. During her career as a toxicologist, she analyzed body fluids and other substances for the presence of drugs and poisons; wrote reports and opinion letters; and testified as an expert witness regarding the effects of various drugs on the human body.

One of Kathy’s major interests was Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults and she worked on numerous cases involving these so-called “Date Rape Drugs.” She has testified in court as an expert witness, written papers and has presented training sessions to police officers, and nurse examiners and other professionals on this topic. For the last four years of her RCMP career, Kathy worked as a case coordinator for the forensic laboratory. Her work involved consultations with investigators on the submission of items for forensic analysis for numerous homicide and sexual assault cases. Kathy has also prepared and presented laboratory training about forensic DNA, toxicology, chemistry, firearm, bloodstain pattern and document analysis of crime scene exhibits. 

Kathy is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science and past-president of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta.


To register online, log in to your account at the top right-hand corner of this web page, hover over Member Menu and click on Event Registration and follow the instructions from there.

If you are not an ACPA member, you can create an account and use it to register online as per the instructions above. If you have questions, call the ACPA office at 1 (780) 413-0004.

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