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Workshop of the Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association April 2003

Forty people attended the 14th Annual Workshop of the Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association (WEALA) held at the Alberta Research Council, Edmonton, Alberta on April 10, 2003. The theme was Advances in Laboratory Technology. On behalf of the Alberta Research Council, Salim Abboud welcomed the participants at the meeting. Current WEALA President, Joel Crumbaugh, welcomed attendees on behalf of the Association and chaired the Workshop sessions.

A key component of the meeting was an instrument vendor show with displays by instrument manufacturers and laboratory equipment suppliers (ATS Scientific Inc., Dionex Canada Ltd., Fisher Scientific, LECO Instruments Ltd., Mandel Scientific, SCP Science, and Varian Canada Inc.) and their new equipment currently on the market. The Workshop included the following presentations:

(1) 1200 GC/MS triple quadropole: Darren Johnston, Varian, Edmonton, Alberta

(2) Accelerated solvent extraction: Eric S. Francis, Dionex, Salt Lake City, Utah

(3) Microwave digestion: Holly Bigelow, SCP Science, Edmonton, Alberta

(4) Advances in soil CNS analysis: Doug Robertson, LECO Instruments Ltd., Calgary, Alberta

(5) New Tekmar Velocity XPT purge and trap concentrator: Mandy Wong, ATS Scientific Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia

(6) PC-TitratION plus line of products for environmental and agricultural analysis: Rob Cameron, Mandel Scientific, Guelph, Ontario

The Association held its Annual Business Meeting following the Workshop. The results of a round robin study conducted last Fall were reviewed. The study included the analysis of compost and flyash samples for metals using EPA 3050 and EPA 3051 methods. Discussions were held to conduct a round robin study in Spring 2003 for soil salinity parameters . A committee was formed to organized the 15th Annual Workshop to be held in early 2004. Joel Crumbaugh (President), James LeBlanc (Vice President), and Brenda Chomin (Secretary/Treasurer) completed their terms on the 2002-2003 Executive. The Executive for 2003-2004 consists of James LeBlanc ( President), Curtis Olive (Vice President), and Joel Crumbaugh (Secretary/Treasurer). The next Business Meeting is scheduled for October 1, 2003 in the Boreal Room, Northern Forestry Centre, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, Edmonton.

The Western Enviro-Agricultural Laboratory Association (WEALA) is a non-profit Association consisting mainly of analytical laboratories with common interests in promoting and improving the analytical chemistry industry. For more information, visit us online at .

Yash.P. Kalra and Joel A. Crumbaugh

Canadian Forest Service , Edmonton, Alberta, Canada