The pipeline contractors in Canada always have fantastic annual conventions and this year was no different. PLCA-Canada’s 55th annual convention was held April 26–30 in Victoria, British Columbia, at the historical Empress Hotel. Victoria is on Vancouver Island, which is about a two-hour ferry ride from either Vancouver or Seattle.

A host of attendees were on hand from both Canada and the United States, with a total of approximately 280 in attendance.

2008-09 PLCA-Canada president Ted Shipka, Triple Random Inc., chaired the convention and was the focal point of much of the convention activity. This was best illustrated at “King Ted’s Kick-off Party” the first night of the convention. Assisting Shipka was convention chairman Dave Douglas, Ritchie Bros.

There were numerous business sessions through out the convention, most notably a presentation on TransCanada Pipelines by Mel Johnson of TransCanada. There were also invigorating and Bruce Vincent.

A fun evening event was a barbeque and logging show at nearby Sooke. Local loggers put on a fun event that was breathtaking.

PLCA-Canada always comes up with a great costume theme party and this year it was based on the popular TV series M*A*S*H. Delegates came dressed as matching characters like Klinger, Hawkeye, etc.

As the convention was brought to a close at the Gala Banquet Black Tie, Teri McKibbon, Aecon Infrastructure Group, was introduced as the 2009-2010 president. The 2010 convention will be held June 6-10 at the Sheraton in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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