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10 Supporting Associations Back Pipeline Leadership Conference

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The Pipeline Leadership Conference has been endorsed by 10 Supporting Associations for the inaugural event, Nov. 4-5, at the University of Denver, in Denver, Colorado. Members of these Supporting Associations receive a $100 registration discount to the Pipeline Leadership Conference.

The 10 Supporting Associations are the American Public Gas Association (APGA), Clarion, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA), the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA), the International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA), the Lean Construction Institute (LCI), the Midwest Energy Association (MEA), the Pipe Line Contractors Associate (PLCA), the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) and the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA).

The Pipeline Leadership Conference is organized by North American Oil & Gas Pipelines and Benjamin Media Inc., in partnership with Continuum Advisory Group and in cooperation with the Franklin L. Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Visit plconference.com for more information.

The inaugural conference is directed toward top executives involved with building and operating oil and gas pipelines throughout North America. The event will bring together industry leaders to discuss innovative approaches and best practices for managing new construction, ensuring safety, improving efficiency and overcoming challenges from inside and outside the industry.

For registration questions, contact Vicki Miner at vminer@benjaminmedia.com. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Brittany Maurer at bmaurer@benjaminmedia.com or call (330) 467-7588. To register, visit plconference.com/registration. Benjamin Media will provide CEUs to all attendees upon successful completion of the conference. Register before Oct. 2 and receive a $100 discount.

About the American Public Gas Association (APGA)

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APGA is the only not-for-profit trade organization representing America’s publicly owned natural gas local distribution companies (LDCs). APGA represents the interests of public gas before Congress, federal agencies and other energy-related stakeholders by developing regulatory and legislative policies that further the goals of our members. In addition, APGA organizes meetings, seminars and workshops with a specific goal to improve the reliability, operational efficiency and regulatory environment in which public gas systems operate. Visit apga.org for more information.

About Clarion

Clarion is a provider of training courses, technical conferences, books and technical journals for engineers and technical management within the oil and gas production and pipeline transportation industries, both on- and offshore. Today, managers at all levels must have a solid understanding of technical operations and a firm grasp on management issues and technologies that are available to improve operational performance, safety and reliability. Visit clarion.org for more information.

About the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA)

Founded in 1984, COGA’s mission is to foster and promote the beneficial, efficient, responsible and environmentally sound development, production and use of Colorado oil and natural gas. COGA is a nationally recognized trade association that aggressively promotes the expansion of Rocky Mountain natural gas markets, supply and transportation infrastructure through its growing and diverse membership. Visit coga.org for more information.

About the Distribution Contractors Association (DCA)

The DCA, headquartered just outside of Dallas, is a member-centered association. Its members participate in a variety of committees and annual activities that ultimately benefit the entire industry. DCA members look to the association as an advocate for safety, a venue for networking and a voice in labor relations. Through its annual convention, mid-year meeting, multiple publications and website, DCA keeps members up to date on safety issues, labor relations and technological advancements. Visit dcaweb.org for more information.

 About the International Pipe Line & Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA)

With members in more than 40 countries, IPLOCA is proud to represent some 240 of the key players in the onshore and offshore pipeline construction industry worldwide. Onshore and offshore the pipeline industry has an enviable record of achievement in the face of some significant challenges — geopolitical issues, inhospitable terrain and the lack of qualified manpower. Work in hand includes both huge new pipeline projects and the continued maintenance of older pipelines. Visit iploca.org for more information.

About the Lean Construction Institute (LCI)

Glenn Ballard and Greg Howell founded LCI in 1997. The Institute’s purpose is to reform the management of production in design, engineering and construction for capital facilities. LCI developed the Lean Project Delivery System (LPDS) that applies lean construction principles and tools to facilitate planning and control, maximize value and minimize waste throughout the construction process. Visit leanconstruction.org for more information.

About the Midwest Energy Association (MEA)

MEA was founded as a trade association more than 100 years ago by distribution utilities, whose vision was to improve safety and efficiency. Today, utilities and energy delivery companies around the globe benefit from MEA’s industry learning seminars, operations summits and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world’s premier online training and testing system for gas and electric distribution utilities. Visit midwestenergy.org for more information.

About the Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA)

The PLCA was established in 1948 and negotiates labor agreements, encourages safe practices in pipeline construction and seeks the resolution of problems common to all those in the industry. The association negotiates and administers the National Pipe Line Agreements (collective bargaining labor contracts) and publishes a weekly newsletter to keep members up to date on labor matters. The PLCA has an annual convention and, in conjunction with the University of Texas at Austin, publishes the manual “Pipe Line Construction.” Visit plca.org for more information.

About the Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC)

The PLCAC was formed to represent contractors in labor relations matters and to establish training courses for the development of Canadian workers in special pipeline construction skills. Over the years the scope of the Association has broadened to include occupational health and safety, legislative review, pipeline standards and codes and a host of other activities. Visit pipeline.ca for more information.

About the Northwest Gas Association (NWGA)

The NWGA is a trade organization of the Pacific Northwest natural gas industry. The NWGA’s members include six natural gas utilities serving communities throughout Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia; and four natural gas transmission pipelines that transport natural gas from supply basins into and through the region. The NWGA’s mission is to advance the safe, dependable and responsible use of natural gas as integral to the environmental, energy and economic future of the region. Visit nwga.org for more information.

About Benjamin Media

Benjamin Media Inc. (BMI) is a multi-faceted business-to-business media company in markets ranging from construction to water infrastructure. It is dedicated to meeting the expectations of its readers, advertisers, vendors and all stakeholders in the markets it serves. BMI has found success identifying and promoting emerging markets through quality publications and innovative exhibitions and conference programs. BMI currently publishes eight trade magazines: Compact Equipment, NASTT’s Trenchless Today, North American Oil & Gas Pipelines, Solar Builder, TBM: Tunnel Business Magazine, Trenchless Technology, UIM: Water Utility Infrastructure Management and Utility Contractor.

 About Continuum Advisory Group

Founded in 2010, Continuum Advisory Group is a management consulting firm exclusively serving the construction industry to ensure that strategies are in place to achieve capital construction success. The firm’s executive team has more than 50 years of combined experience in the energy, overhead and underground utility, and infrastructure markets where they advise the senior leaders of companies in North and South America, and around the globe. Continuum’s clients include the largest global energy and utility firms as well as modest sized organizations seeking transformation of their capital design and construction efforts. The firm also consults to innovative and leading contractors, engineering firms, EPC firms and building product manufacturers that serve these owners.

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