Chemistry of Pollutants Course - Edmonton - December 5 - 6, 2019 - CANCELED

Unfortunately, due to low registration numbers, this course has been canceled. If you are interested in attending in Spring 2020, please express your interest by emailing‚Äč

  • Location: Providence Renewal Centre, Room 161, 3005 - 119 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 5R5
  • Time: Dec 05, 2019 at 8:00 AM to Dec 06, 2019 at 5:00 PM


The Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta is pleased to offer a two-day course on the chemistry of pollutants.

Course Details

Day 1 - Thursday, December 5, 2019, 8 am - 5 pm

Part 1 – General Overview

  • Sources of pollution
  • Environmental guidelines
  • Criteria for sample collection
  • Requirements for source apportionment

Part 2 – Pollutants of the Water

  • Water chemistry
  • Types of water pollutants
  • Analytical methodologies for different
  • Water decontamination processes

Day 2 - Friday, December 6, 2019, 8 am - 5 pm

Part 3 – Pollutants of the Soil

  • Soil contamination
  • Soil sample collection  
  • Analytical methods for major contaminants
  • Soil clean-up methods

Part 4 – Pollutants of the Air

  • Air pollution
  • Approaches to collecting air samples from area and point sources
  • Analytical methods used for each type of air pollutant.

Speaker Bio

Abdel M. Kharrat Ph.D., P.Chem.

Director, a-KEM Solutions Ltd, Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Abdel Kharrat studied at the University of Bordeaux, France, where he earned his Doctorate in Chemistry.

Abdel previously worked at the University of Alberta Soil Sciences Department before joining Alberta Research Council’s (currently InnoTech Alberta) environmental chemistry business unit.  There he served as a Senior Research Scientist and a team leader. He led a group of scientists and technologists conducting work on the development of new technologies and analytical methods for soil, water, and air, and was granted the ”Business and Technical Achievement” award.

Abdel has worked and collaborated with many industries including Environment Canada, the Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton, City of Calgary, and the Alberta Agriculture Department.  He has significant experience in the analytical chemistry of soil, water, and air pollutants. Abdel has published numerous papers, client reports, and internal reports and has many patents to his name. He has acted as a Board Director and President of the ACPA and was the Chair of the Technical Program at the Industrial Chemistry Conference held in Edmonton in 2014.

He is currently the Director of a-KEM Solutions Ltd. a chemical consulting company that focuses on oil and gas operations and their environmental implications.

Who should take this course?

This course is being offered for environmental analytical chemists who work in the lab or the field as well as environmental engineers, biologists, forestry professionals, agrologists, and government regulators.

Professional Development Credits

This course qualifies for 16 PDC credits for ACPA members.

Registration fees

(includes lunch and coffee breaks)

ACPA Member: $650

Non-Member: $750

Registration Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 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 or email

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