Welcome to our New 2019 Board Members!

The ACPA would like to congratulate Mike Gao and Sarah Stilson for being elected by acclamation to the Board of Directors. To learn more about Mike and Sarah, please read their biographies below.

Mike Gao

Mike Gao holds a Ph.D. degree in analytical chemistry (Nankai University, China) and currently is the QA Systems Manager at EPCOR. Before he joined EPCOR. he worked as a postdoc fellow at the University of Alberta and senior analyst at ALS Laboratories (Edmonton).
As a new immigrant, one big challenge that he faces is how to get recognized for his past professional education and experiences after moving to Canada. Mike appreciates the ACPA for assessing his education and work experience in China and granting him the P.Chem designation, so he continues his career in practicing chemistry in Canada. He has been a P.Chem with good standing for more than ten years. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society and serves as a lead assessor for the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA).

Sarah Stilson

Sarah Stilson works for ALS Environmental in environmental laboratory Quality Assurance. Sarah has been working in this field for 9 years and is one of those unique individuals who enjoys QA. Working in QA helps to uphold the ideals of the ACPA, which includes serving the public interest by assuring that test results are of the highest quality. Prior to working in QA, Sarah was an analyst at ALS working in the Pesticides department.

Sarah has a B.Sc. in Chemistry from Concordia University of Edmonton and graduated with distinction in 2002, one of the first graduates of Concordia’s 4-year chemistry program.

Sarah has served on the board of directors of the ACPA for one term already and is currently the chair of the Awards committee, which is responsible for awarding scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students studying in chemistry.

Sarah is passionate about increasing the representation of women in the profession of chemistry and continues to work to broaden knowledge of the profession among women and among all chemists. Sarah is also excited for the role of chemists in addressing important issues such as the development of greener processes, remediation of contaminated sites (from the laboratory side), and addressing climate change through chemistry solutions.

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