The Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada held its 65th annual convention May 12-16 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Convention attendees numbered more than 400. The many business and social activities were hosted by Paul Schultz, Premay Pipeline Hauling, PLCAC’s 2018-2019 president.
PLCAC added five new contractor members in the past year plus four new associate members. Also, PLCAC contractors reported more than 10 million man-hours of work in 2018, the third highest in the Association’s 65-year history. And although the mainline and distribution sector activities dropped slightly from the previous year, there was a strong increase in maintenance and service work resulting in a very respectable year. The Association reported that there have been more than 300 student scholarship awarded to date. There were 35 awardees in 2018.
The convention featured this year’s Jack Cressey Future Leader Award. Shannon Caron, Michels Canada’s HSE director, received the award.
New honorary member recognised at the convention were: Gerry Harding, Michels Canada; Kevin Waschuk, Waschuk Pipe Line Construction; Jim Topping, Banister Pipeline Construction; Thomas Johnstone, T.W. Johnstone Company; John Michael Rypien, O.J. Pipelines, James Abraham, Somerville Contractors.
The business sessions featured excellent guest speakers. Rex Murphy a noted Canadian journalist and commentator talked about all of the positive attributes of the oil and gas industry. An amazing motivational speaker Chris Koch who was born without arms and legs, delivered a powerful talk on how wonderful his life has been and his foundation “If I Can.”
As the convention wrapped up at the gala banquet, Nick DeKoning, Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd., was inducted as the 2019-2020 president. It was also announced that the 2020 convention will be held April 20-24 on the Island of Maui in Hawaii.
Pictured in the lead photo: Back row (from left): Nick de Koning, PLCAC president and executive chairman of Robert B. Somerville Co. Ltd.; R. Wayne Hodgins, PLCAC executive director; Greg Hrabec, president of Banister Pipelines Constructors Corp.; Russell Keller, PLCAC Treasurer and president of O.J. Pipelines Canada; David Blaker, director of commercial sales, B.C./Alberta South, Acklands-Grainger Inc.; Michael Prior, senior strategic advisor of Michels Canada Co.; and Paul Schultz, PLCAC immediate past president and senior vice president of Premay Pipeline Hauling L.P. Front row (from left): Neil Waugh, PLCAC second vice president and president of NPL Canada Ltd.; Wes Waschuk, president of Waschuk Pipe Line Construction Ltd.; Mark Scherer, executive vice president of Aecon Industrial – Aecon Group Inc.; David Johnstone, PLCAC first vice president and president of T.W. Johnstone Co. Ltd.; Lyall Nash, president of TESTCO Western Corp.; and David Douglas, manager, Canadian Pipeline Division of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (Canada) Ltd.