Introducing the new ACPA Seminar Series, a monthly webinar series including various topics of interest related to advancing the Chemical Profession in Alberta. For the sixth seminar in this series, we are happy to introduce Michel Alsayegh, President of the Ordre des Chimistes du Québec (OCQ) to speak on 'Professional Chemists Need to Find Their Voice' on January 18, 2022.  Each seminar will be eligible for 1 PDC credit.

Agenda

6:45 - 6:59 PM MT - Networking
7:00 - 8:00 PM MT - Presentation and Q&A

Professional Chemists Need to Find Their Voice


Chemists need to speak up. We need to speak for the public on issues related to chemistry and make sure that we appear more often in written and verbal media. The OCQ was involved in several high-profile examples in 2021 where the public was at risk in chemically related issues concerning public health.

In July 2021, Health Canada tried to increase the level of glyphosate residue allowed in Canadian foods. The OCQ was instrumental in fighting against this proposed increase and helped to defeat it. A substantial report on the manufacture of hand sanitizers found that many were substandard, even though the facilities that made them were approved by Health Canada. The validity of lead testing in school drinking water in elementary schools in Quebec was disputed by the chemical profession. 

Michel will relate the stories of how the OCQ investigated the incidents in question and used the media and their chemistry knowledge to protect the public and to raise the profile of the chemistry profession.

Speaker Bio


Michel Alsayegh, President of the Ordre des Chimistes du Québec (OCQ)

Michel Alsayegh has been on the Board of the Ordre des Chimistes du Québec (OCQ) since 2015 and President of the Order since 2018. The OCQ regulates over 3000 professional chemists in the province of Quebec, where chemists have the right to practice the profession of chemistry. As President of the Order, Michel manages an annual budget of $1.5M and has constant interaction with the Government of Quebec as well as written and verbal media communication. He also maintains an active career in sales as Senior Account Manager, Key Analytical, Eastern Canada with Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Registration Information

Cost:  FREE
Registration Deadline: January 17, 2022


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