Welcome to the home of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists (ASPB). As a professional society and self-regulating body, the ASPB is committed to the promotion of excellence in the practice of biology.
The ASPB represents biologists in government, industry, consulting, education, not for profit and enforcement. The Society’s main purpose is to regulate the professional practice of biology in the Province of Alberta to protect the interests of the public. The ASPB is the only organization that is registered under Provincial laws, and it achieved this status in 1991 after approval of The Professional Biologists Regulation and the Alberta Professional and Occupational Associations Registration Act. Registration of the Society gives its members the exclusive use of the title “Professional Biologist” and its abbreviation “P. Biol.”
The ASPB is looking for visionary individuals who are willing to serve on the Board of Directors. Four positions are open for election at the 2015 Annual Meeting; a president elect and three directors-at-large. More information is available HERE
The ASPB is seeking a person to serve in a part-time contract position as the Society’s Registrar. After serving for over 10 years as Registrar for the Society, Bette Beswick, P. Biol., is retiring from this position. Happily, she has agreed to stay on as a member of the Registration Committee; Professional Biologists interested in applying for the position of Registrar may learn more about the opportunity HERE
Website make-over underway
The new website is currently being developed! AgileStyle, the company which developed the current site seven years ago, has been contracted to re-develop the website to accommodate the expanding needs of the ASPB as it enters a new era of growth. The developers at AgileStyle are very familiar with the ASPB and the current procedures involved in processing membership applications and membership renewals, and that core knowledge will help take the existing site to a whole new level in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The new site is expected to be ready in time for membership renewals, which start January 1, 2015.
New Membership Categories and Proposed Changes to Experience Category approved by membership
A motion to accept changes to the experience requirements, as well as three motions to accept new membership categories Registered Technologist in Biology, Professional Technologist in Biology, and Biological Technologist in Training passed at the ASPB Special General Meeting on May 27, 2014. The meeting was held Edmonton and Calgary, where the venues were linked through web and teleconference.
The passing of these motions mark the beginning of a lengthy process involving provincial government approval of both the experience requirement changes and the new membership categories. The ASPB Board and Executive Director, along with government legal staff, will spend several months developing the wording for the new regulations, and both the government representatives and the ASPB Board expect to have the documentation ready for the membership to vote upon at the 2015 Annual General Meeting. Only then will the new regulations package be taken to the Legislature for final approval.
The ASPB will not accept new members under R.T.Biol. and P.Tech.Biol. until the regulations have passed through the Legislature, but may be able to accept BTTs (Biology Technologists in Training) as non regulated members should the membership vote in favour of this at the AGM 2015.
A Draft Copy of the Draft of Member Categories and Experience Requirements is available HERE