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New DCA president


The Distribution Contractors Association (DCA) recently inducted Dale Mykyte as their new president at their 2017 Annual Convention Feb. 6  – 10 in Maui, Hawaii.

Dale is president and owner of Pe Ben USA, Inc. in Houston, Texas. Beginning as a laborer in the oilfields of Alberta, Dale joined Kaps Transport in 1980, western Canada’s largest oil rig mover at the time. He joined Pe Ben in Canada as operations manager in 1988, opened the U.S. operations in 1995, purchased the US assets and renamed it Pe Ben in 2006.

Neil Waugh, PLCAC president (left) with
Dale Mykyte, DCA president.

PLCAC staff visit Waschuk Pipeline Construction Ltd. job site


PLCAC staff members Kellie Gamble (left) and Lianne Appleby visit Waschuk's job site near Wandering River, Alta.


Kellie Gamble, PLCAC manager, labour relations and Lianne Appleby, newly-hired associate, communications & member services were on the move recently. The pair visited Waschuk Pipeline’s camp near Wandering River, Alta. in February to gain a better insight into the everyday challenges and opportunities in pipeline construction.

Gamble and Appleby were hosted by Brian Fowers, office manager for the site, superintendent Doug Denk and security manager Donald "Scotty" MacInnes.

MacInnes and Fowers spent two days explaining not only the technicalities and logistics of building a pipeline, but also the challenges employees can face when working away from home for extended periods of time and the more intricate issue of neighbour relations – be that landowners, giving back to the community or indigenous considerations.

The visitors observed an early morning foremen’s meeting which demonstrated a strong safety culture and recognition of the efforts of the workforce. Messages from that meeting were then communicated to crews at the ground level.

"We were very pleased to witness the skills and leadership of the Waschuk team and are so grateful for the opportunity to visit with one of our regular members," says Gamble. "As PLCAC staff, it’s not often we are able to spend time on the ground, interacting on a face-to-face level with workers and management - so every chance to do so is welcomed. Sincere thanks to everyone at Pipelines who took time out of their already busy schedules to spend time with us."

Word Federation of Pipeline Industry Associations meeting


PLCAC met with delegates to the World Federation of Pipeline Industries (the Federation) recently. The Federation, made up of groups based in Russia, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, the U.S.A. and Canada, as well as the International Pipe Line and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA) encourages interest from other associations in order to help expand the industry. The Federation also works with a mandate to provide the industry with access to the latest technology in all disciplines associated with the international pipeline industry, both on- and off-shore.

Back row (left to right): Patrick Tielborg, PLCA; Elizabeth Cyr-Worrell, PLCA; Juan Arzuaga, IPLOCA; Robert Darden, DCA; and Kevin Barrett, PLCA. Front row (left to right): Dale Mykyte, DCA president; Neil Waugh, PLCAC president; Bernie Bermack, former PLCA president; and Neil Lane, PLCAC.

PLCA-USA appoints new president


Robert C. Osborn, senior vice-president (Pipe Line Division) of Michels Corporation, was elected president of the Pipe Line Contractors Association at the 69th Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Feb. 16, 2017. Robert has served as a director on the PLCA board since 2011, having been elected treasurer in 2015 and 2nd vice-president in 2016. You can meet him at our convention in Banff, Alta. in May. Please offer him a warm welcome.

Pictured (left to right):
Neil Waugh, PLCAC president; Patrick Tielborg, PLCA-USA; Neil Lane, PLCAC; and Robert Osborn, PLCA-USA president.


New PLCAC appointment  Lianne (Lia) Appleby

Lianne (Lia) Appleby joined PLCAC on Feb. 1, 2017 as associate, communications & member services.

Having studied animal science at the University of Guelph, Lianne completed a Master of Science degree in poultry nutrition. Combining a passion for technical writing and her science background, her first role was in government relations with Chicken Farmers of Ontario, before moving to a similar role with the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association, where she also served as editor of Ontario Beef magazine. She then worked with global animal breeding company, Hendrix Genetics as marketing and communications manager, with a focus on emerging European markets.

In 2013, Lianne moved to Annex Business Media as editor of Canadian Poultry magazine. With Annex, Lianne took on additional roles as digital editor for all of the company’s agriculture publications while also covering a maternity leave on Top Crop Manager magazine.

Lianne has served on the board of directors of the Eastern Canadian Farm Writers’ Association and Farm & Food Care Ontario. As a Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) and former vice president of the organization, Lianne continues to be active with the Ontario Institute of Agrologists (OIA). OIA fulfills a mandate to ensure that its members are competent and engage in continuous professional development. Achieving national standards of qualification assurance ensures federal labour mobility requirements are achieved.

Lianne looks forward to the challenges of the pipe line construction industry and meeting our members at various functions and events. Catch up with her at our convention in Banff!


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


CPAC’s “Day on the Hill”

On Nov. 28 and 29, the PLCAC leadership team — in collaboration with its four pipeline union partners — participated in 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. Meetings also served to inform elected Members and their staff regarding where the pipeline workforce comes from and how personnel are trained and developed.

There were so many requests for meetings from Members of Parliament, Senators and other officials that the appointments had to be capped at 75. Of these, 62 in-office briefings went ahead during a busy day of parliamentary proceedings.


PLCAC Team heads to Parliament Buildings


"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, six NPD MPs, and three Independent Senators.

In a remarkable instance of good timing, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet chose Nov. 29 to sign off on two major pipelines projects.

Trudeau gave the green light to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3, which, if constructed, could collectively infuse nearly a million more barrels of oil per day from Alberta’s oilsands to global markets.

"The decision we took today is the one that is in the best interests of Canada," Trudeau said in announcing his government’s support for the two major projects. "It is a major win for Canadian workers, for Canadian families and the Canadian economy, now and into the future."

The CPAC team meets with Senator Doug Black. Pictured (left to right): Neil Lane, PLCAC; Jeff Rakebrand, International Union of Operating Engineers; David Kavanaugh, O.J. Pipelines Canada; Jim Topping, Banister Pipelines Constructors Corp.; Lionel Railton, International Union of Operating Engineers; and Senator Doug Black.

The CPAC team meets with The Honourable James Carr, minister of natural resources. Pictured (left to right): Lyall Nash, Testco Western Corp; Neil Lane, PLCAC; Minister Carr; Patrick Campbell and Steven Schumann, International Union of Operating Engineers.


"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.


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:



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.



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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