August 16, 2016The Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) held its annual convention May 29 to June 2 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. As is customary at PLCAC conventions, attendance was strong at more than 350 delegates. In fact, the main venue hotel sold out and a wonderful backup hotel had to be used.
Mark H. Scherer, senior vice president of operations – energy, Aecon Construction Group Inc., the 2015-2016 PLCAC president, chaired the overall convention. The convention provided for an opportunity for the World Federation of Pipeline Industry Associations to meet. In addition to PLCAC were the Pipe Line Contractors Association U.S., International Pipeline Offshore Contractors Association and the Distribution Contractors Association.
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The business sessions included presentations by Gary Houston, vice president Energy East Pipeline Project, TransCanada and Rex Murphy, a noted Canadian journalist who challenged delegates with his thoughts on the energy sector.
Marcel Singh, contracts manager for NPL Canada Ltd., received the 2016 Jack Cressey Future Leader Award. This award is open to all regular association members’ employees who have not achieved executive status in their companies.
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The convention featured the presentation of the annual James L. Abraham Pipeline Construction Safety Awards. Recipients were: Michels Canada, Mainline Pipeline Construction; Aecon Construction Group, Distribution Pipeline Construction; Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd., Pipeline Maintenance and Service; Michels Canada, Specialty Contractor Other — Over 20,000 Man-Hours Worked; Allstream Waste Solutions Inc., Specialty Contractor Other — Under 20,000 Man-Hours Worked; and Premay Pipe Hauling L.P., Specialty Contractor Transportation — Over 20,000 Man-Hours Worked.
Among the many social networking events at the convention was a theme party that principally centered on Charlottetown being the birthplace of the Canadian Confederation dating back to 1864. Convention delegates took the opportunity to dress up in various costumes to celebrate being Canadian.
The convention closed with a formal banquet at which Neil Waugh, vice president, operations, NPL Canada Ltd., was introduced as the 2016-2017 PLCAC president. The 2017 convention will be held May 14 to 18 in Banff, Alberta.