AITF receives EnviroAnalysis Founders award

 AI-EES’s Brett Purdy (L) and AITF’s Julius Pretorius (R) received
 Founders’ awards on behalf of their corporations from EnviroAnalysis
 co-founder Ray Clement (C) in Banff on July 13.

Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures (AITF) and Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environmental Solutions (AI-EES) received EnviroAnalysis Founders’ awards in recognition of their contributions and support of environmental education, communication and technology transfer activities on July 13. 

EnviroAnalysis was created by professor Robert C. Burk (Carleton University) and senior research scientist Ray Clement (Ontario Ministry of the Environment) in 1996 in response to a perceived lack of attention to the critical importance of chemical analysis and monitoring in environmental research. 

While chemical analysis and monitoring remained the foundation for this year’s meeting, discussion was broadened to include all areas of environmental investigation and research. The group billed this year’s event as the premier environmental conference focused on measurement, monitoring, and all other aspects of describing and improving the natural environment.
The awards were handed out at EnviroAnalysis 2015: The Environmental Solutions Conference held at the Banff Centre from July 12 to 15. 
AITF’s Julius Pretorius, Manager of Analysis and Testing Services, was on hand to receive the corporation’s Founders’ Award, which ‘recognizes the significant contributions of industry and government organizations for the support of environmental education, communication and technology transfer activities.’ AI-EES’s Brett Purdy, Senior Director of Enhanced Ecology, picked up the award on behalf of his corporation.

To prove AITF is a worthy award recipient, the corporation’s Environmental Analytical Services laboratory presented four papers at the conference:

  • Xinbang Feng presented an innovative approach that enables the analysis of mercury in fish tissue using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS).
  • Lisa Shi discussed the performance of a validated method for the analysis of 31 trace metals in a wide variety of plant and animal tissue samples using ICP-MS.
  • Albert dos Santos Pereira discussed the application of High Resolution Mass Spectroscopy to the analysis of naphthenic acids in Oil Sands affected Process Water (OSPW).
  • Julius, on behalf of Helena Wang, discussed the approach to analyse ambient air samples, collected in northern Alberta, for a suite of 102 Volatile Organic Compounds at sub-parts per billion levels.

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