ACPA 2019 Annual General Meeting - May 4, 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019
12:15 PM to 4:00 PM
Acclaim Hotel Calgary Airport
123 Freeport Blvd NE, Calgary, AB T3N 0A3


The Acclaim Hotel, is offering ACPA members a room rate of $119 for a standard room for Friday, May 3, 2019. To make a reservation, phone 1 (866) 955-0008 or email and ask for the ACPA rate.


Friday, May 3, 2019

7:30 PM Networking (hotel bar)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

10:00 AM Guest Speaker, Shawn Parchoma, Manager of Government Relations, Aurora Cannabis
11:15 AM 'Life as a Forensic Scientist – Cannabis-Impaired Driving' Guest Speaker, Kathy Janzen, P.Chem., Executive Director, ACPA
12:15 PM Lunch
1:30 PM Annual General Meeting (guests are welcome) 

Guest Speaker Abstracts and Bios

Shawn Parchoma


Shawn Parchoma is the Manager of Government Relations for Aurora Cannabis. Prior to joining Aurora, Shawn was the Policy Advisor for the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat with the Department of Justice. He has held numerous positions within the Saskatchewan and Alberta governments, since obtaining his education in Political Science and Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. During his time in government, he has worked on policy and programs related to Energy, Market Access, International Relations, Health, Cannabis, Gaming, and Liquor. Shawn volunteers with the Edmonton Pride Festival and serves on the Board of Directors of Edmonton’s Food Bank.



Shawn Parchoma, Manager of Government Relations, Aurora Cannabis, previously worked for the AGLC and Department of Justice developing the Alberta provincial policy and regulatory framework for recreational cannabis legalization. He will provide an overview of the legal frameworks for both medical and consumer use cannabis, his experiences in both government and industry, and regulatory considerations.

Aurora Cannabis is one of the largest cannabis companies globally and they are poised to have a significant impact on local economies throughout Alberta and Canada. Shawn will provide us with insight into this rapidly growing company, which now has 11 production facilities and operations in 23 countries, and the economic impacts of this emerging industry.

Kathy Janzen


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. This included the analysis of cannabis plant materials, as well as cannabinoids in blood and urine of impaired drivers. Kathy is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science and past-president of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta.



With the legalization of Cannabis, the consumption of cannabis products is expected to increase significantly. This will likely result in an increase in workplace impairment and impaired driving due to cannabis. Kathy will provide a brief review of cannabis products and their basic chemistry. She will also discuss the analysis of cannabinoids in body fluids, the impairing effects of cannabis and the expected corresponding legal changes in law enforcement.


  • $25 ACPA AGM and Lunch with Professional Development Lectures Member/Guest, includes a coffee break (6 PDCs)
  • FREE ACPA AGM and Lunch Member/Guest (4 PDCs)

Registration Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2019

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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