CIAC Team

President's Office

Bob Masterson

President and CEO

Bob Masterson is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC).  Reporting to the Boards of Directors, he has full responsibility for executing the strategic direction and ongoing operations of the Association and is responsible for directing staff in accomplishing organizational priorities to create value for member-companies and partners. 

Bob joined CIAC in 2010. He is the former Vice President of Responsible Care®, the industry’s globally recognized sustainability initiative. Under his leadership, Responsible Care enacted a new set of sustainability principles and guidelines for Canada’s chemistry industry. He was previously Director, Regulatory Affairs with the Cement Association of Canada and - spent 15 years as a consultant on environment and sustainability issues in a number of industry sectors including forest products, electricity, cement, mining and energy.

Bob holds an engineering degree from Queen’s University and a Master of Public Policy from Carleton University. He is extremely proud of three years he spent volunteer teaching in Nigeria. Bob lives in Alymer, Quebec, on the shores of the Ottawa River, with his wife and two children. When not at the office he’s often found pursuing his outdoor passions of canoeing, hiking and wilderness camping.

Nancy Marchi Manager, Executive Services, Office of the President

Nancy joined CIAC’s Public Affairs team in 1991, and became Manager, Executive Services in October 2016.  She is responsible for managing the flow of communications in and out of the President’s office, and supports the Association’s advocacy and outreach efforts, and member and stakeholder relations.  During her time in Public Affairs she was responsible for internal and external communications, government relations support and Responsible Care outreach activities.  

Tel:  613-237-6215 ext. 238
Email: nmarchi@canadianchemistry.ca

Kristaps Kuplais Director, Finance and Corporate Services

Kris joined CIAC in 2014. He is responsible for maintaining the financial accounting systems, budget preparation and financial reporting of the Association. He oversees bookkeeping, general ledger and payroll functions. He is also responsible for the development and implementation of financial and accounting policies and procedures. Before joining CIAC, Kris worked in a number of private and public sector organizations, in Ottawa and abroad, at increasingly greater levels of responsibility and experience. He achieved his Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation in 2012 and holds an Honours Bachelor in Commerce from the University of Ottawa.

Tel: (613) 237-6215 ext. 224
Email: kkuplais@canadianchemistry.ca

Cheryl Plummer Accounting Assistant

Cheryl joined CIAC in 2013.  She processes the payables, receivables, payroll, month-end and year-end working papers. Prior to joining CIAC, Cheryl was employed by various financial placement agencies on long-term contracts replacing employees and assisting companies with their special projects and year-end reporting needs.  Cheryl earned a Diploma in Financial Accounting at Algonquin College.

Tel: (613) 237-6215 ext. 240
Email: cplummer@canadianchemistry.ca

Sylvie Bentivoglio Office Assistant

Sylvie joined CIAC in 2002. Her primary responsibilities are receptionist duty, clerical work and updating and maintaining the Association’s contacts database along with assisting colleagues of CIAC. Prior to joining CIAC, Sylvie worked for a large telecommunications company in various roles.

Tel: (613) 237-6215 ext. 221
Email: sbentivoglio@canadianchemistry.ca

Government and Stakeholder Relations, and Communications

Isabelle Des Chênes

Executive Vice-President

Isabelle Des Chênes joined CIAC in November 2017 and leads the Association’s strategic communications, and government and stakeholder relations initiatives.  Prior to joining CIAC, Isabelle was Director of Communications for the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA). She spent eleven years in the natural resources sector in a number of progressive positions including as VP, Market Relations and International Trade with the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and VP, Market Relations for British Columbia’s Forestry Innovation Investment, Inc.  Isabelle holds a BA, Communications from the University of Ottawa.

 

Tel: (613) 237-6215 ext. 242
Email: ideschenes@canadianchemistry.ca

Shannon Watt Director, Environment and Health Policy

Shannon joined CIAC in 2014.  She is responsible for the development of CIAC positions and strategy on regulatory and policy issues in all areas of environment and health. Prior to CIAC, she worked for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the B.C. provincial government.   Shannon has more than a decade of experience working for not-for-profit associations and developing  public policy at the municipal, provincial and national levels.   She holds a Master’s of Science in Agro-Meteorology from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Environmental Life Sciences from Queen’s University.

Tel: (613) 237-6215 ext. 247
Email: swatt@canadianchemistry.ca

Erika Adams Director, Communications

Erika joined CIAC in April 2016.  She is responsible for leading communications initiatives to enhance the association’s visibility, and strengthen engagement with the industry’s key audiences.  Erika is also an instructor at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration, and has taught in the Department of Health Sciences.  Before joining CIAC, Erika was Director, Policy, Research and Communications with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.  She holds a BA (Honours) degree in Communications from the University of Ottawa, a Masters of Arts in Public Administration and a PhD in Public Policy from Carleton University. 

Jeff Stevens Director, Information Technology

Jeff joined CIAC in 1998. He is responsible for the Association’s information technology resources. This involves evaluating, planning and implementing technology systems which support the day-to-day activities of CIAC staff and members. Jeff attended CDI College in the 1990s and has taken various programming language refresher courses over the years. Prior to joining CIAC Jeff trained as an apprentice welder and worked for an Ottawa based technology solutions provider.

Tel: 613-237-6215 ext. 227
Email: jstevens@canadianchemistry.ca

Business & Economics

David Podruzny

Vice-President, Business and Economics and Board Secretary

David joined CIAC in 1994 and, along with the rest of the Business and Economics Team, is responsible for coordinating analysis and advocacy geared to achieving improvements in the global competitiveness of CIAC members. Previous to working for CIAC, David held positions in Revenue Canada and Industry Canada. In the latter, he participated in the Canada-US Free Trade negotiations, the GATT Uruguay Round, and the North American Free Trade Negotiations. He served as Director in the Chemicals Branch at Industry Canada in the early 1990s before joining CIAC. Dave received an Honours Bachelor of Science in chemistry from the University of Alberta.

Tel. : 613-237-6215 ext. 229
Email: dpodruzny@canadianchemistry.ca

David Cherniak Senior Policy Analyst

David joined CIAC in February 2017 and is responsible for analysis and efforts related to improving the global competitiveness of Canada’s chemistry industry.  Prior to joining the Association, David was Communications and Policy Analyst with the Industrial Gas Users Association (IGUA); a Policy Analyst at Natural Resources Canada; and was a Research Assistant in both the School of Public Policy and Administration and the Sustainable Energy Research Center at Carleton University.  Dave has a Masters Degree in Sustainable Energy Policy from the Faculty of Public Affairs at Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Political Science from the University of Alberta.

Lyn Gibbard Corporate and Economics Coordinator

Lyn joined the Association in 1990 and is responsible for the daily operations of the Business and Economics team.  She provides assistance with sector statistics and information and works closely as a member of the team on a variety of CIAC activities and issues related to taxation, competitiveness, industry and sector growth. Lyn also coordinates corporate affairs for the association and provides support for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  Prior to joining CIAC, Lyn worked at Canada Revenue Agency.

Tel: 613-237-6215 ext. 222
Email: lgibbard@canadianchemistry.ca

Responsible Care®

Luc Robitaille

Vice-President, Responsible Care®

Luc Robitaille joined CIAC in 2015.  He is responsible for overseeing CIAC’s environmental, health and sustainability issues; administrating RC verification processes; working with the National Advisory Panel, and coordinating best practice sharing and mutual support among Responsible Care participants. He has extensive experience working with industry and governments in the development and implementation of effective, evidenced-based environmental regulations, policies and initiatives.  Previously, Luc was Corporate Director, Environment for Holcim, one of the largest cement companies in North America. While at Holcim, he served as Chair of the Cement Association of Canada’s (CAC) Environment Committee. He holds an Engineering degree from Université Laval and an MSc Hydrogeology from Wright State University.

W. Scott Thurlow, MA LL.B Legal Counsel and Director, Chemicals Management

W. Scott Thurlow trained as a lawyer and specializes in federal and provincial regulatory policies for environment, energy, chemicals management, trade, transportation and tax with additional expertise in laws and regulations governing legislative processes, lobbying and elections in Canada. Most recently he served as the President of the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA). In 2005, he served as the Director of Parliamentary Affairs for the Minister of Natural Resources.  Scott holds an Honour Bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton University, a Masters' degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and an LLB from the University of Ottawa's Law School.

Tel: (613) 237-6215 ext. 250
Email: sthurlow@canadianchemistry.ca

Gilles Laurin Director, Responsible Care®

Gilles joined CIAC in1989. He is responsible for the coordination of Responsible Care activities with the member and partner companies, including the verification process.  In this capacity, he works closely with many companies and individuals who are committed to CIAC activities and issues.Gilles also support the CIAC Process Safety Network and process safety management activities in Canada.  Prior to joining CIAC, Gilles worked in the Public Service in graphic design and communications.

Tel: 613-237-6215 ext. 233
Email: glaurin@canadianchemistry.ca

Kara Edwards Director, Transportation

Kara joined CIAC in 2011. She currently manages a number of CIAC’s transportation initiatives including the National TRANSCAER® Committee and Transportation Emergency Assistance Program (TEAP®III).  In addition, Kara works on policy files related to the transportation of dangerous goods.  Prior to joining the Association, Kara honed her research and analytical skills working for a number of federal government departments.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa. 

Tel: (613) 237-6215 ext. 244
Email: kedwards@canadianchemistry.ca

Regional Consultants

Greg Moffatt Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations - Western Canada

Greg joined CIAC in July 2016 and is responsible for government and stakeholder relations for B.C. and Alberta. Prior to joining CIAC, Greg held positions with Penn West, TransCanada, the University of Alberta, CN and the Government of Alberta. He has worked extensively in all four western provinces, at the federal level, and in a number of U.S. states.  Greg has also worked with a number of associations at the committee level, including the Canadian Electricity Association and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.  He holds a Executive MBA from the University of Alberta and  BA in Political Science from the University of Calgary.

Tel: 613-237-6215 Ext. 230
Email: gmoffatt@canadianchemistry.ca

Don Fusco Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations - Ontario

Don joined CIAC in August 2016 and is responsible for government and stakeholder relations in Ontario.  Prior to joining CIAC he was Team Leader in the Advanced Manufacturing Branch with the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth responsible for chemical, biochemical and cleantech industries.  He has also served as a Senior Advisor in the Ministry’s Investment Funding Programs Branch responsible for managing regional investment initiatives and key programs such as the Jobs and Prosperity Fund.  Don graduated from the Schulich School of Business, York University with an MBA in Business Strategy and Marketing.

Tel: 613-237-6215 Ext. 223
Email: dfusco@canadianchemistry.

Yves Hamelin Regional Director, Quebec

Yves Hamelin joined CIAC in September 2014. As Quebec Regional Director,  Yves is responsible for the Association’s provincial advocacy; represents the Québec membership at the national level; assists member-companies in meeting their Responsible Care® commitments.Yves has been associated with the chemical industry for more than 20 years, as a plant manager and as President of Arkema Canada, a CIAC member-company. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Parc industriel et portaire de Bécancour, and a member of the Comité Développement Nordique de la Fédération des Chambres de commerce du Québec. While President of Arkema Canada, Yves served on CIAC's Board of Directors, the Québec Business and Economics Committee and was a memeber of the Québec Leadership Group. He holds a Bachelor of Education and a Masters in Project Management from the Université du Québec and a Masters in Management from Université Laval.

Tel: 819-696-0470
Email: yhamelin@canadianchemistry.ca