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Horizontal Directional Drilling Academy
 

Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction and Benjamin Media, Inc. will host the third annual Horizontal Directional Drilling Academy Feb. 13-14, 2017. Horizontal directional drilling experts will deliver presentations during a two-day intensive course designed to equip attendees with knowledge of horizontal directional drilling pre-construction, design and material selection, construction and operations. The 2016 conference sold-out quickly and the same is expected for 2017. Registration now open.  Visit the link below to view the agenda, learn about the speakers and register today.

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Standing Senate Committee Releases Report “PIPELINES FOR OIL” – A Must Read
 

The Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications Petroleum recently completed a study and published a report titled “Pipelines For Oil: Protecting our Economy, Respecting Our Environment” 

An excerpt from the report’s preface sets out the importance of this study and pipelines to Canadians:
“Petroleum pipelines, like highways, railways and power line corridors, are long established in Canada. They are instrumental to the quality of life and the standard of living we enjoy in Canada today. Pipelines have no equal when it comes to the safe, reliable and cost-efficient movement of petroleum over long distances. They are critically important to the creation of wealth in Canada and their use and development are in the public interest and the greater good of all Canadians.”

View the complete report here

 
 

PLCAC’s “Day on the Hill”

On November 28th and 29th, the PLCAC leadership team in collaboration with its four pipeline union partners, participated on a “Day on the Hill” in Ottawa. The all-party outreach, focused on awareness and education about the innovations, processes and practices of modern pipeline construction, service and maintenance, including where the workforce comes from and how they are trained and developed.  There were so many requests for meetings from Members of Parliament, Senators and other officials that the meetings had to be cut-off at 75 requests, of which 62 in-office briefings were kept during a busy day of parliamentary proceedings. “Day on the Hill” teams consisting of small groups of union-management partners, met with 28 Conservative MPs and Senators, 35 Liberal MPs and policy officials, 6 NPD MPs, and 3 Independent Senators.

 


 
PLCAC Team heads to Parliament Buildings

     

Teams were very positively received and officials were appreciative for the information that was shared, especially since many officials reported that they were getting questions from constituents about pipelines that they had never heard of before. A detailed “leave behind” package was produced and left with each official for their future reference.
 

      
PLCAC Team meets with Senator Doug Black on Parliament Hill who Tweets out after the visit. (Pictured from left to right:
Neil Lane - Executive Director PLCAC, Jeff Rakebrand – Researcher IUOE, Steven Schumann - Director Government Affairs IUOE,
David Kavanagh – President OJ Pipelines Canada, Jim Topping - Vice President Banister Pipelines Constructors Corp.,
Lionel Railton - Canadian Regional Director IUOE, Senator Doug Black)

       

       
PLCAC Team meets with the Honourable James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources on Parliament Hill.
(Pictured from left to right: Lyall Nash - President Testco Western, Neil Lane - Executive Director PLCAC,
Minister James Carr, Patrick Campbell - International Rep. IUOE, Steven Schumann - Director Government Affairs, IUOE)

 

 
  
"We Care" Campaign Helps the Citizens of Fort McMurray in a Big Way.
  


Thank You!

On May 6 of this year the Association started a campaign to raise funds to address the catastrophic issues the residents and businesses of Ft. McMurray were facing as a result of their historic fire. Six months later we are pleased to report that the “We Care" Campaign has generated over $582,000 in funds and services from PLCAC members and friends.

Although the fires have faded from the headlines, your generosity has had a lasting impact on those victims and is still working to support them. One such individual is Everett. He received help after the Alberta fires thanks to the generosity of donors like you with things like rent, groceries, and work-related equipment such as tools that were lost in the fires. I would encourage you to meet Everett and read his story and the full report at www.redcross.ca/about-us/red-cross-stories/2016/at-first-reluctant-to-ask-for-help.

Lastly we can't thank you enough for the key role you have and are playing in the relief and rebuilding of hope in Ft McMurray. A special thanks to all of you below who participated in this effort and the numerous other members who donated through their own initiatives. Please note that all names could not be published due to anonymity requests.

 
Andrew Crawford AB Joan Carruthers ON Philip Murden, RB Somerville ON
Anthony Sutton ON Joanne Keating ON PLCAC ON
Appalachian Pipeline Contr. TN Justine Elzner, RB Somerville AB Prroline Pipe Equip. Inc. AB
Brett Verges AB Karen Twardawa, John Deere ON Rob Mitchell, RB Somerville ON
Buff Rock Consulting LTD AB Kellie Gamble, PLCAC ON Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd. ON
Can East Pipeline Equipment Co. ON Leo D'Agostini, LIUNA ON Somerville/Aecon JV ON
Chris Krupa, Mountain View Sys. AB Lyall Nash TESTCO  Western AB Sonya Wells AB
Colin Patterson, Strad Energy AB Marla Netter AB Specialty Polymer Coatings BC
Conor Walshe AB Michels Canada Co. AB Tin Cup ON
Elizabeth Swick ON Midwesco Inc. OK Trenchless Technologies ON
Enterprise Truck Rental AB Neil Lane, PLCAC ON Tyler Safratowich, Viking Mat MN
Gerben Wansink, Matts NTLD Nick de Koning, RB  Somerville ON Vincent Kangas, Mediaco AB
Glacier Blasting & Shoring AB OJ Pipelines Canada AB Volvo Construction Equipment PA
HL Chapman Pipeline Const. Inc. TX Patrick Campbell, IUOE MB Waschuk Pipeline Const. Ltd. AB
 

 

 
PLCAC Meets with World Federation of Pipeline Industry Associations Representatives
  
 

PLCAC President Neil Waugh and PLCAC Executive Director Neil Lane met with representatives from the World Federation of Pipeline Industry Associations during IPLOCA's 50th Annual Convention held in Paris, FR from September 12 to 16 2016. Items discussed were affairs affecting the global pipeline construction industry and training and education of workers within the industry. 


In
attendance:
 

Back  Row Left to Right:
Robert Darden, USA (DCA); Dale Anderson, USA (DCA); Juan Arzuaga CH, (IPLOCA); Mark Bumstead, AU (APGA); Jean-Claude Van de Wiele, FR (IPLOCA); Neil Lane, CA (PLCAC).
 

Front Row Left to Right:
Cheryl Burgess, UK (PIG); Neil Waugh, CA (PLCAC); Bernie Bermack, USA (PLCA); Ruben Kuri, MX (IPLOCA).

 

 
PLCAC Congratulates Newly Inducted IPLOCA President
  

 

At IPLOCA’s 50th Annual Convention, held in Paris, France from September 12 - 16, 2016, Rubén Kuri, Commercial Pipelines Director at Arendal, was inducted as the new 2016-2017 IPLOCA President.
 

Pictured left to right is Neil Lane, PLCAC Executive Director; Neil Waugh, PLCAC President;
Rubén Kuri, IPLOCA President and Juan Arzuaga, IPLOCA Executive Secretary. We wish Mr. Kuri much success in his term as IPLOCA President.

 

 
PLCAC's Ella Matteucci Chosen to Play for Team Canada in Womens Baseball World Cup!

 

We are pleased to announce that PLCAC’s Administrative Assistant Ella Matteucci travelled to Red Deer AB to compete in 2016 Senior Women Invitational Championships August 25-28. Representing her home province of BC, Ella led her team to the finals as the winning pitcher beating out Ontario 9-8 with a 5 and 0 record. Ella was picked to join the roster for Team Canada to compete in the women’s Baseball World Cup in Gijang City, Korea September 3-11.  We wish Ella and Team Canada the best of luck in Korea and look forward to them bringing home a medal!

Baseball Canada Announces Squad-for WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup

UPDATE: Team Canada wins silver medal!

 

 
Have Your Say!

Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Program
It is time to be heard.
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Dear Members and Friends

As a reminder, this year and moving forward the PLCAC will be reaching out from time to time to all members in an effort to move our oil and gas infrastructure projects forward, not only for our own livelihood but for all Canadians, as we cannot maintain our current high standard of living we enjoy today without the revenue contribution this industry makes to our society.

The Enbridge proposed Line 3 Replacement Program in Canada involves replacing all remaining segments of the current Line 3 pipeline between Hardisty, AB and Gretna MB, as well as construction of associated facilities along the right-of-way demonstrating the company’s commitment to integrity and risk mitigation for the safe and responsible operation of pipelines. This Canadian portion of the project at $4.5B, will create thousands of jobs, generate millions of dollars in tax revenue, and contribute billions to the GDP of Canada via direct, indirect, and induced benefits.

What you might or might not know is that earlier this year, after PLCAC contractors were awarded construction of this project, it became the first major pipeline project to be decided upon by the new federal government. As such, the government extended the time needed to reevaluate the NEB’s original approval by having direct additional engagement with stakeholders and Aboriginal communities.

In support of this initiative, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) has introduced a short, online survey as one of the key mechanisms that the government will use to evaluate feedback from Canadians. The survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete. It will be available until September 15, 2016.

Your support is an important part of all of our progress.  If you and your colleagues don’t voice your opinion, you will be part of the silent majority that will put this project at risk.

It is time to be heard! Click here to complete the survey NOW, don’t wait!

 Thank you.

Neil G. Lane
Executive Director
Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada


 

 
Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada introduces Daniella Matteucci, Administrative Assistant at PLCAC Oakville Office
 

Effective June 1, 2016, Daniella (Ella) Matteucci has accepted our offer of employment as Administrative Assistant for the PLCAC. Ella recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Business from Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York, where she received a full academic/athletic scholarship for their NCAA, Div. 1 hockey team.

During her time at Clarkson Ella compiled a long list of accomplishments in both athletics and academics winning the Clarkson Women’s Hockey Coaches Award and making the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Academic team while being named to the University’s Dean’s List. Prior to University Ella held the position of Captain for Team British Columbia at the 2011 Canada Winter Games and has been an active baseball player on Team Canada’s National Team participating in last year’s Toronto Pan-Am Games.

Ella’s extensive athletic and academic achievements have provided her with an enthusiastic winning attitude and an elevated teamwork approach that will serve her well at the PLCAC.

As Administrative Assistant Ella will be the first point of contact for the Association and responsible for the membership data base, meeting planning, office facilities, convention services, assisting with production of publications and liaising with graphic designers and printers.

Please extend a warm welcome to Ella!
 

 

PLCAC 2015 James L. Abraham Safety Awards

Awards were presented at the PLCAC 62nd annual convention in  Charlottetown PEI. These awards are based on lowest lost-time accident frequency rates in six categories. The following contractor companies received awards:
 

1.

Mainline

Michels Canada Co.

Two other contractors also had no lost-time injuries,
but worked less hours.
Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited and
Waschuk Pipe Line Construction Ltd.

 

2. Distribution

Aecon Construction Group Inc.

Two other contractors also had no lost-time injuries,
but worked less hours:
 NPL Canada Ltd. and
 T.W. Johnstone Company Limited

 

3. Pipeline Maintenance and Service

Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited

Four other contractors also had no lost-time injuries,
but worked less hours:
Aecon Construction Group
NPL Canada Ltd.
O.J. Pipelines Canada and
Summit Pipeline Services ULC

 

4. Specialty Contactor - Transportation
Over 20,000 Man-hours worked

Premay Pipeline Hauling L.P.

One other contractor also had no lost-time injuries,
but worked less hours:
Mykyte Transportation Services, Inc.
 

5. Specialty Contractor - Other
Over 20,000 Man-hours worked

Michels Canada Co.

Two other contractors also had no lost-time injuries,
but worked less hours:
McCaws Drilling and Blasting Ltd. and
Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited

 

6. Specialty Contractor - Other
Under 20,000 Man-hours worked

Allstream Waste Solutions Inc.

Three other contractors also had no lost-time injuries,
but worked less hours:
Kamloops Augering & Boring Ltd.
Summit Pipeline Services ULC
Wolverine Pipeline Transport  Ltd.

 

 
 
PLCAC Jack Cressey Future Leader Award Presented to Marcel Singh of NPL Canada Ltd.
 

This award was established in 1995 in memory of Jack Cressey, a board member and past president of the PLCAC.This award is open to all Association members’ employees who have not yet attained executive status and demonstrates leadership qualities of significance and may come from any segment of the company.

In 2006, Marcel began his career with Link-Line, working from their Downtown Toronto, yard as a Note Keeper.  Marcel’s work ethic and commitment was very quickly recognized and in 2008 he was promoted to Estimator/Coordinator.  Very soon into his new role, Marcel realized the need to build effective relationships with our foremen and superintendents.  Productive relationship building soon became one of Marcel’s primary goals. 
 

 
 
Marcel Singh, NPL Canada Ltd.
with PLCAC President Mark Scherer

Marcel was again recognized for his dedication and ongoing professional development and was promoted to Contracts Manager in 2011.  It has been in this role that Marcel has excelled and proven himself an asset not only to the Operations department but to the organization as a whole. 

Marcel’s leadership abilities have developed throughout the years and he consistently demonstrates the skills and abilities necessary to become a contributor to the senior management team. 

As a manager, Marcel motivates and inspires the people around him to accomplish more than they would have normally; he inspires a high level of commitment from others and he actively shares responsibility, information and credit when working towards the achievement of a goal.

Marcel communicates in a manner which is fair, straightforward and open and is able to take prompt decisive action to resolve issues quickly and effectively.  He sets a high standard of integrity through example and maintains high standards. 

We believe that Marcel will continue to develop into a strong, talented and effective leader and we are proud that he is a member of the NPL Canada team.  

 
 
 


Help the Residents of Fort McMurray Through our "We Care" Initiative!

 

Dear PLCAC members and friends,
 
The Board of Directors of the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada has authorized the pledge of $100,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help address the catastrophic issues the residents and businesses of Ft. McMurray are facing as a result of the current fire of historic proportions.

This devastation strongly resonates with our Association as many of these folks have moved from across the Country to support our energy sector working with us constructing Canada’s pipeline infrastructure. Without their commitment we would not have pipelines or the immeasurable contribution that flows through them to all Canadians.

On behalf of the PLCAC Board of Directors, I am reaching out to all of all our PLCAC members, friends and labour partners to collectively donate to our "We Care" campaign so we can drive this pledge to over one million dollars. Please think about this situation and how these Canadians’ losses affect all of us. Help us show them that we care by meeting this goal.

You can donate to the Canadian Red Cross by clicking on the following PLCAC link
 "http://www.redcross.ca/PLCACWeCare". The web page is set up to donate either personally or by business.

 

Although members’ businesses donations are paramount in reaching our $1,000,000 goal, I can’t emphasize enough how we as individuals can have an equally great impact. If you donate personally through our "We Care" campaign, both the Provincial and Federal governments for a limited time, will match our donations that go to the Red Cross. So if you donate $50.00 it turns into a $150.00 with the match, and this is a huge opportunity for individuals as the match does not apply to businesses. Any personal donations will receive an automatic tax receipt.

 

We realize that some businesses have decided to donate directly to the Red Cross or to another preferred charity instead of through our campaign and we certainly understand that. We would appreciate it if you decided to do that to please let us know the charity’s name and the amount so we can realize the impact that our "We Care" campaign has.

 

We have also been approached by our members who want to donate equipment and labour vs money. We also understand the need to do this and it will make an immediate difference. If your company decides to do this we would ask that you provide us with the details and value so we can acknowledge that assistance also.

 

This is an important campaign for us as the people in Ft. McMurray not only need our help, but they are a very important part of our industry that benefits all Canadians more than they realize.

 

So please donate and remember that every dollar is important!


Sincerely,

Neil Lane, Executive Director
Pipeline Contractors Association of Canada
 
 
 
PLCAC President Mark Scherer and Executive Director Neil Lane
congratulate newly inducted IPLOCA President
 


    
Neil Lane, Mark Scherer,Atul Punj
and Juan Arzuaga

 

At IPLOCA’s 49th Annual Convention, held at the Fairmont Singapore from October 5 to 9 2015, Atul Punj, Chairman at Punj Lloyd, was inducted as the new 2015-2016 IPLOCA President.

Pictured left to right is Neil Lane, PLCAC Executive Director; Mark Scherer, PLCAC President; Atul Punj, IPLOCA President and Juan Arzuaga, IPLOCA Executive Secretary. We wish Mr. Punj much success in his term as IPLOCA President

New PLCAC Members    
    PLCAC’s Board of Directors welcomes two new Regular Members:
  Accuworx Inc., located in Brampton ON, provides water and waste treatment, hazardous waste treatment, soil and ground remediation and industrial cleaning services.
     

  Bantrel Constructors Co., based in Calgary AB, provides complete pipeline construction management services.
     

  And two Associate Members:
C & L Pipeline Equipment
, located in Spruce Grove AB, provides rental pipeline equipment and oilfield supplies.

 

   

  Liebherr, based in Austria, manufactures, sells and services a wide variety of construction and pipeline equipment and parts.

Why is Canada spending all of that money on foreign oil imports when our country holds the world’s 3rd largest crude reserves?

Did you know...
 

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  Canada holds the world’s third largest oil reserves.

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  The development of that oil supports half a million jobs and an industry that produces more than 3.7 million barrels of oil every day.

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  Even so, every year, our country spends billions of dollars on costly foreign oil imports
 

Why is Canada spending all of that money on foreign oil? Are the numbers just not adding up? 

Read Full Article

 

Ezra Levant "Foreign-funded lobbyists are trying to sabotage Canadian jobs"

 

Earlier this summer, U.S.-based anti-oil extremists managed to brow-beat Tim Hortons into cancelling an advertising contract from Enbridge. It was a disgrace that Tim Hortons caved in to such bullying, and became a bully themselves.

But now the exact same anti-oil activists are targeting another Canadian institution: Air Canada; because Enbridge now runs TV ads on Air Canada’s in-flight video system.
 

It’s the same thing all over again — foreign-funded lobbyists are trying to sabotage Canadian jobs. But that’s not even the worst part. You won’t believe where this latest threat was made!

Click here to watch Ezra Levant's video report on the subject.
 

Neil Menard: Interior folks love the environment and support pipelines

 

There has been a lot of discussion about pipeline projects in recent days, especially in the Lower Mainland of B.C., where urban environmentalists tend to dominate the conversation. People seem to forget that the Interior of the province has a stake in these decisions and we certainty have skin in the game.

Big cities in the Lower Mainland have been the most vocal about Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Just over five kilometres of new pipeline would go through Burnaby and zero kilometres would go through Vancouver.

By comparison, more than 350 kilometres of new pipeline would go through the Thompson Nicola Regional District.

Combined with what’s already in place, there will be 1,000 kilometres of Kinder Morgan pipeline going through our region. And yet you don’t hear us complaining. In fact, the regional district board passed a motion in May to support the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

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Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) proudly introduces a new Labour Relations professional to the team

 

August 10, 2015

Effective immediately, the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada  is pleased to announce that, following a national search, Kellie Gamble has joined the PLCAC Executive Office in Oakville, Ontario, as the Association’s Manager, Labour Relations.

Kellie is a widely-respected labour relations and human resources professional, with several years of collaborative labour relations practice and progressive leadership from Ontario’s construction building trades employer-service sector. 

In the new role of Manager, Labour Relations, Kellie will provide a dedicated focus for the collective bargaining and agreement administration functions of the Association, while contributing to initiatives that continue to drive value and results for Canada’s strategic pipeline construction, maintenance and service labour force.

Kellie holds a degree in Labour Studies from McMaster University. She brings to the PLCAC a background of achieving consistent results to the people aspects of complex organizations and sectors critical to the success of the Canadian economy, with a focus on collaboration, client service and cost-effectiveness.

Please extend a warm welcome to Kellie!

The PLCAC Annual Convention was held in Maui Hawaii April 13-17, 2015
 

The 2015 PLCAC Annual Convention, held in Maui Hawaii from April 13–17, brought together PLCAC members for a fun, informative and memorable experience. Hosting approximately 480 attendees, the convention was held at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa located on Ka‘anapali Beach.

Business sessions at the convention provided an opportunity for delegates to get the most up-to-date information on on-going and projected pipeline projects and activities surrounding the industry.

Delegates included various contractors and suppliers from Canada, Europe and the United States. The convention provides an opportunity for delegates to be able to exchange ideas and expand their pipeline construction contacts while attending events.

The PLCAC extends a thank you to all delegates that attended and to all of our sponsors for making the 61st PLCAC Annual Convention a truly memorable experience.
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Safety Awards Presented at the PLCAC Annual Convention
 

•  The award winner in the category of Mainline was O. J. Pipelines Canada

•  The award winner in the category of Distribution was Aecon

•  The award winner in the category of Specialty Contractor Transportation Over 20,000 Man-hours
    worked was Premay Pipeline Hauling L.P.

•  The award winner in the category of Specialty Contractor - Other Over 20,000 Man-hours
    worked was
Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited

•  The award winner in the category of Specialty Contractor - Other Under 20,000 Man-hours worked was
   
Michels Canada Co.
 

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Darel Malcolmson Presented With  Jack Cressey Future Leader Award




Darel Malcolmson, Michels Canada Co. with
2014-2015 PLCAC President Michael Prior

 

Darel Malcolmson from Michels Canada Co. was presented With  Jack Cressey Future Leader Award on April 17, 2015 at the PLCAC Annual Convention.

The Jack Cressey Future Leader Award was established in 1995 in memory of Jack Cressey, a board member and past president of the PLCAC. Jack was regarded by all who knew him as a strong leader, with vision, integrity, and drive. 

This award recognizes leadership and is open to Regular Association members’ employees who have not yet attained executive status in their company.  The candidate is someone who has demonstrated leadership qualities of significance to the company and may come from any segment of the company, such as field operations, accounting, sales, estimating, or warehousing with the emphasis on being a future leader.

Darel has been in the pipeline industry since the age of 16. He is currently Construction Manager for Michels Canada Co., on the GTA project for Enbridge, one of the largest pipeline projects that has taken place in the Southern Ontario Region for many years. Michael Prior, Michael R. Prior, Senior Strategic Advisor, Michels Canada Co., describes Darel as having a strong work ethic, a great attitude to safety and client standards and leadership skills that makes him a valued member of the Michels team. Congratulations Darel on your achievement!

New Regular PLCAC Members


  PLCAC’s Board of Directors welcomes two new Regular Members:

Ganotech Inc. is a heavy industrial contractor specializing in pipeline & gas distribution.

The State Group Inc. is a provider of multi-trade services
.
 

Derailments of trains hauling fuel could kill hundreds and cost billions

  Derailments of trains hauling fuel could kill hundreds, cost billions

Oil-train derailments in Canada expose folly of anti-pipeline movement | National Newswatch

1.5 million at risk in PA for crude oil derailment


Train carrying large oil haul burns after West Virginia Derailment

DCA Elects New President


    
Michael Prior, PLCAC President with Frank Patterson, DCA President

 



PLCAC President Michael Prior pictured with newly inducted DCA President, Frank Patterson at the DCA 2015 Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA in February 2015. Frank L. Patterson is the President of Primoris Pipeline Services Corp., in Garner, North Carolina.

PLCA-USA Elects New President


    
Michael Prior, PLCAC President with
Frank Welch, PLCA-USA President

 

  

PLCAC President Michael Prior pictured with newly inducted PLCA President, Frank Welch at the PLCA-US 2015 Annual Convention in Carlsbad, CA in February 2015. Frank Welch has been with Rockford Corporation, Hillsboro, OR, since 1999, becoming President in 2005.

PLCAC Welcomes New Members

New Regular Members

New Associate Members

    

PLCAC’s Board of Directors welcomes three new Regular Members and seven new Associate Members to the Association.

The new Regular Members are: A.L. Sims & Son Ltd., Kamloops Augering & Boring Ltd., and Underhill Landscaping and Excavating Co.

The new Associate Members are: A & E Construction Supply, Inc., Explotech Engineering Ltd., Praxair Canada Inc., SafeTech Consulting Group Ltd., Twobro Equipment Services Ltd., Vietz GmbH, and Viking Mat Company.

PLCAC President Mike Prior and Executive Director Neil Lane
congratulate newly inducted IPLOCA President
 


    
Neil Lane, Mike Prior, Jean-Claude
Van de Wiele and Juan Arzuaga

 

At IPLOCA's 48th Annual Convention held at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal from October 13 to 17 2014, Jean-Claude Van de Wiele, General Director at Spiecapag was inducted as the new 2014-15 President for IPLOCA.

Congratulating the newly inducted President is (pictured on left) Neil Lane, PLCAC Executive Director; Mike Prior, PLCAC President and Juan Arzuaga Executive Secretary, IPLOCA.  We wish Mr. Van de Wiele much success in his term as IPLOCA President!

PLCAC meets with representatives of the World Federation of Pipeline Industry Associations
in Abu Dhabi during IPLOCA’s 48th Annual Convention in October 2014

 


    
World Federation of Pipeline Industry Associations Representatives

 

PLCAC President Mike Prior and PLCAC Executive Director Neil Lane met with representatives from the World Federation of Pipeline Industry Associations during IPLOCA's 48th Annual Convention held at the Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal from October 13 to 17 2014. Items discussed were affairs affecting the global pipeline construction industry and training and education of workers within the industry. 

Along with PLCAC, in attendance were: Cheryl Burguess, ‎Director General at The Pipeline Industries Guild; Rob Darden, Executive VP DCA; Vladilen Ermolin, Director General at PTPS (Russia); Vladimir Drobyazko, Russian Pipeline Representative; Nagaev Vasilii, Executive Director of  Russian Oil and Gas Contractors Union; Jim Frith, Board Member of APIA and IPLOCA; Grady Bell, President of DCA; Ronnie Wise, President PLCA (U.S.); Juan Arzuaga, Executive Secretary for IPLOCA; Najib Khoury, Immediate Past President IPLOCA.

COCA Recognizes PLCAC's 60th Anniversary
 


    
Neil Lane with Ian Cunningham

 

In July 2014, the Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) formally recognized the PLCAC, a member of COCA, for having reached its 60 years anniversary milestone. On behalf of COCA, President Ian Cunningham, presented PLCAC Executive Director Neil Lane with a plaque to acknowledge PLCAC’s achievement and long standing ties with the construction industry in the province of Ontario. “We thank all members of COCA for their kind gesture to recognize PLCAC’s milestone. PLCAC members look forward to many more years of service to the Ontario construction industry” said Neil Lane.   

CPAC meets with Enbridge Inc.
 


    

CPAC Meets with Enbridge

 

On May 27, representatives of the Canadian Pipeline Advisory Council (CPAC) met in Calgary, Alberta with senior executives of Enbridge Inc.’s Major Projects and Integrity Divisions to discuss future projects and dig programs across Canada. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss labour demands and training needs for upcoming projects and how contractors and their labour partners can work together to address these needs.

The PLCAC Annual Convention was held in Vancouver BC May 11-15, 2014
 

The Association celebrated its 60th Anniversary at the 2014 PLCAC Annual Convention during May 11–15, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia.  The Convention was held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel Vancouver and hosted approximately 400 delegates for a fun, informative and memorable week in Vancouver.

The morning business sessions featuring industry speakers from Enbridge and TransCanada provided an opportunity for delegates to get the most up-to-date information on current and future pipeline projects across the country.  Also, guest speakers, Canadian Astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield and Joe Roberts rounded out the morning sessions. 

Delegates included various contractors and suppliers from Canada, Europe and the United States. The convention provides an opportunity for delegates to be able to exchange ideas and expand their pipeline construction contacts while attending events. A very special thank you to all delegates that attended and to all of our sponsors for making the 60th PLCAC Annual Convention a truly memorable experience.
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Safety Awards Presented at the PLCAC Annual Convention
 

•  The award winner in the category of Mainline was Robert B. Somerville Co. Limited
•  The award winner in the category of Distribution was Link-Line Contractors Ltd.
•  The award winner in the category of Specialty Contractor (Transportation) - 20,000 and over
man-hours
    worked
and over was Premay Pipeline Hauling L.P.
•  The award winner in the category of Specialty Contractor - Other (Maintenance) – Over 20,000
man-hours
    worked
was Summit Pipeline Services ULC
•  The award winner in the category of
Specialty Contractor - Other Under 20,000 man-hours worked was
    Testco Western Corp.

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Tom Patocka Presented With  Jack Cressey Future Leader Award
 


    

Tom Patoka, O.J Pipelines with 2013-2014
PLCAC President David Johnstone

 

Tom Patocka was presented With  Jack Cressey Future Leader Award on May 15, 2014 at the PLCAC Annual Convention.

The Jack Cressey Future Leader Award was established in 1995 in memory of Jack Cressey, a board member and past president of the PLCAC. Jack was regarded by all who knew him as a strong leader, with vision, integrity, and drive. 

This award recognizes leadership and is open to Regular Association members’ employees who have not yet attained executive status in their company.  

The candidate is someone who has demonstrated leadership qualities of significance to the company and may come from any segment of the company, such as field operations, accounting, sales, estimating, or warehousing with the emphasis on being a future leader

Tom is a Project Manager with O.J. Pipelines Canada, and has been on major pipeline projects that OJ has constructed which includes Corridor C for Inter Pipeline Limited, Nipisi for Pembina, Buffalo Creek for TransCanada; and Wood Buffalo, Norealis, and TUC for Enbridge.

New PLCAC Members

 

PLCAC’s Board of Directors welcomes two new Regular Members and seven new Associate Members to the Association.

The new Regular Members are:
Appalachian Pipeline Contractors LLP and Snelson Pipeline Construction Company.

The new Associate Members are:
Corrpro Canada, GCS Energy Services Ltd., Great West Equipment Ltd., Matts Pipeline Equipment, Roberts Welding & Fabricating Ltd., Strad Energy Services Ltd. and Wesgroup Equipment LP.