The Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) has announced that executive director Barry L. Brown will retire on Dec. 31, after 42 years in the pipeline industry and 34 years with the PLCAC.

Current assistant executive director Neil Lane, who joined PLCAC in 2008, will be appointed as the new executive director, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Brown has been active in the pipeline industry in Canada and also at the international level through his involvement in the World Federation of Pipeline Industry Associations and his attendance at the annual conventions of the International Pipe Line and Offshore Contractors Association.

“I am proud to have been a part of the PLCAC family and will certainly miss all of my friends and the numerous members that make the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada such a great association,” Brown says. “There is a lifetime of memories that I will always treasure, but it’s time for me to move to a new chapter in my life. I sincerely thank all of those who have helped me along the way, especially my wife and children.”

Brown grew up in Alberta, attending university in Calgary, during which time he was a production clerk at Tenneco Oil during the summers. In 1965 and 1966, he operated a vegetation control company throughout the Alberta and northern British Columbia oil patch. In 1967, he joined Mannix, a large construction firm in Calgary, and continued working in the pipeline field until late 1976, when he accepted the job of assistant executive director of the PLCAC. He was promoted to executive director in 1984.

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