2019 National TRANSCAER® Award Winners

While 2020 seems to rush by, we’re taking another moment to press pause and recognize the 2019 National TRANSCAER Award winners. We highlighted the first batch of winners in our last issue, now read along as we recognize another group of hardworking, dedicated individuals.

Carrie Maxim-Distinguished Service Award

CIAC congratulates Carrie Maxim, National TRANSCAER Committee Co-Chair, on receiving the 2019 TRANSCAER Distinguished Service Award.

Carrie is Acknowledged for her long-term and sustained dedication to the TRANSCAER initiative that has fostered growth, recognition, and enhancement of this important initiative in many regions.

Prior to serving as the National TRANSCAER Committee Co-Chair, Carrie served as the Ontario Region TRANSCAER committee Chair and Co-Chair for more than 5 years. Carrie has worked tirelessly to increase the profile of TRANSCAER within her organization, community, region, and nationally to meet expectations of our many stakeholder groups and to engage our TRANSCAER partners.

During her involvement with TRANSCAER, Carrie has been fundamental in developing and implementing a successful transition plan and tracking mechanism for the initiative’s outreach events in Ontario. As the National TRANSCAER Committee Co-Chair, Carrie has played a key role in establishing the CIAC’s TRANSCAER Awards, the new TRANSCAER logo and branding, and expanded membership on the National TRANSCAER Committee.

Carrie’s commitment to ensuring that communities are aware and prepared has helped to make the CIAC and the broader chemistry industry be seen as a credible leader in transportation safety.

Chris Nicholson-Regional Achievement

Chris Nicholson, a Senior Dangerous Goods Officer with Canadian National Railway has received a 2019 TRANSCAER Regional Service Award.

Chris has been a great advocate of the TRANSCAER program as part of the CN initiative to promote safe handling of dangerous goods. As a committed member of the Ontario Region TRANSCAER Committee Chris encourages and promotes the Canadian railway industry’s commitment to TRANSCAER. Chris has done a phenomenal job of promoting and facilitating TRANSCAER Initiatives and successfully attracting new participants and members in the Ontario region.

In addition to the work Chris does to promote TRANSCAER, he has frequently facilitated many TRANSCAER railway-based presentations for first responders in Eastern Canada. Chris has gone above and beyond in both his promotion of the initiative and ensuring the effective delivery of TRANSCAER training and tools.

GATX – Regional Achievement Group Award

Congratulations to Jeff Nee, Tyler Yates, Trina Kautzmann, Jim Torres, Jennifer Radbourne, George Biggs, and Cris Mitchell of GATX Corporation, who are recipients of the 2019 TRANSCAER Regional Achievement Group Award.

The GATX group has made exceptional contributions to regional TRANSCAER events in the Prairies. Most notably, in 2019 the group co-hosted a 2-day rail and road emergency response training event in Fort Saskatchewan. With the help of the GATX group, the event had a remarkable turnout, with 8 Prairie Region TRANSCAER members represented, and more than 70 first responders and 100 GATX customers in attendance.

Additionally, GATX has played a key role in the acquiring and development of our new Safety Train. Since the retirement of the CCPX 911 tank car in 2019, GATX continues to expand their involvement with the TRANSCAER® Initiative with their generous donation of a tank car for TRANSCAER to use as the new Safety Train.

Together the GATX group has exhibited exceptional delivery of TRANSCAER tools and training to new audiences, recruited new TRANSCAER participants, and have attracted positive media attention.

CIAC Welcomes Elena Mantagaris to Lead New Plastics Division

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is pleased to announce the hiring of Elena Mantagaris as the new vice president who will lead the association’s Plastics Division.

“I’m delighted to be joining the CIAC. This is an exciting, important time for Canada’s plastics sector,” said Mantagaris. “I’m looking forward to joining an experienced team and building on the association’s strong reputation for responsible management and a balanced approach to advocacy that ensures a thriving plastics sector and, above all, a healthy environment.”

This move follows the recently announced transaction that sees the former Canadian Plastic Industry Association (CPIA) join forces with the CIAC to form the association’s new Plastics Division. CIAC now represents the entire plastics industry value chain from resin producers and raw material suppliers to processors and converters, as well as recyclers and brand owners.

Beginning on Aug. 4th, Mantagaris will lead a team that will advocate on behalf of CIAC members to help Canada advance sustainable solutions for the development of a circular economy for plastics. Additionally, she and her team will focus on promoting responsible plastic production in Canada while working toward reducing and eliminating plastic pollution from the environment, all in support of a robust Canadian economy.

“We are delighted to welcome Elena to the team,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “Elena’s extensive experience in building bridges across stakeholder communities will be of tremendous support to CIAC as she will work collaboratively with other plastics value chain interests in Canada, as well as like-minded interests in North America and globally to ensure a coordinated and effective approach to plastics public policy issues.

Mantagaris has an extensive background and more than 20 years’ experience working with federal and provincial governments, along with municipalities and Indigenous communities to advance large-scale national initiatives in the iron, energy, transportation, technology, and cultural sectors. She recently advanced a $1.5 billion iron processing facility and prior to that a $20 billion nuclear project with willing host communities.

Chemistry Industry Lauds Alberta’s Plan to Attract Investment, Create Petrochemical Powerhouse

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) is pleased to support the Government of Alberta’s recently announced Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program that will attract a surge of global-scale, multi-billion dollar investments in the province’s petrochemical sector, while creating jobs and leading the economy forward.

“Alberta is leading the way on economic recovery,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO, CIAC. “The Alberta Petrochemical Incentive Program shows that the province understands how to win global-scale chemistry sector investments. In this time of uncertainty, these actions signal confidence in Alberta’s future prosperity and will attract investors to the province.”

The Alberta Government recognizes the importance and growth opportunity of a $12 billion sector that is Alberta’s largest manufacturing sector by exports and value-added. Alberta has a chance to diversify and build its economy on petrochemicals, a sector that has been resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and is poised to see sustained demand continue for the foreseeable future. CIAC looks forward to working with the Alberta Government and other stakeholders to finalize program details in the coming weeks.

2019 TRANSCAER® Awards Profiles

As mentioned in the last issue, despite not being able to gather and celebrate in-person, it’s important that we recognize the winners of the 2019 TRANSCAER® Awards for their dedication, hard work and achievements last year.  

Take a moment and learn a bit more about this first batch of award winners. 

Amber Rushton—Regional Achievement 

The TRANSCAER Regional Achievement awards are presented to individuals who have demonstrated one or more of the following eligibility criteria: Exceptional delivery of TRANSCAER tools and training to new audiences, recruitment of new TRANSCAER members and participants, or actions resulting in positive media coverage. 

Amber Rushton, Community Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Burlington Fire Department, has made significant contributions to the TRANSCAER initiative through her support of regional TRANSCAER events, earning a 2019 TRANSCAER® Regional Achievement award. 

Amber Rushton has been an active participant at Ontario Region TRANSCAER meetings and events. In 2019 Amber spearheaded two major events in Burlington, a full day of first responder training on the CN rail car and a TRANSCAER Community Open House at Burlington Fire Headquarters. These events combined attracted more than 200 participants of all demographics, bringing positive attention to TRANSCAER in the Ontario region. Amber’s outreach efforts have widened the reach of TRANSCAER messaging and public profile. In addition to supporting regional TRANSCAER events, Amber actively promotes TRANSCAER on social media to help bring exposure to TRANSCAER among members of the Burlington community.  

  

Ken Johnson—Regional Achievement 

Ken Johnson of Ken Johnson Trucking is acknowledged for his contributions to the TRANSCAER initiative, earning a 2019 TRANSCAER Regional Achievement Award. 

During the many years that Ken has been involved with TRANSACER in British Columbia, he has been active in Regional TRANSCAER committee meetings and events. Ken has brought forth the perspectives of the trucking industry, including how the industry operates to educate TRANSCAER members in his region on the range of issues they face daily. 

Ken’s consistent and long-term volunteer efforts with the British Columbia Region TRANSCAER committee has been remarkable. Ken has ensured that British Columbia regional TRANSACER events include both rail and road training opportunities and has sent his demonstration tank trailer to events as far north as Fort St. John or east to Cranbrook. Ken has displayed exceptional delivery of TRANSCAER tools and training to new audiences in his region and has expanded the reach of TRANSCAER in the British Columbia region.

 

 

Dave Clarke—Regional Achievement 

Captain Dave Clarke has contributed significantly to delivering TRANSCAER training through outreach at the regional level and has been awarded a 2019 TRANSCAER Regional Achievement award.  

Captain Clarke does an exceptional job educating First Responders at FESTI (Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute) at Toronto’s Pearson Airport, where he facilitates courses to educate students from various backgrounds such as fire, police, industry, emergency response contractors, and government in responses techniques for fire, rescue and Hazmat/dangerous goods. As a member of the Ontario Region TRANSCAER Committee Dave has forged a strong bond with the TRANSCAER program and its participants and organizers. Dave routinely participates in regional meetings and events and is active in offering the extensive FESTI facilities and experience.  

In addition to his consistent support of TRANSCAER events in the Ontario region, following the retirement of the CCPX 911 Car in 2019, Dave offered the Fire and emergency Service Training Institute (FESTI) as a permanent home of the tank car. This has enabled the continued exceptional delivery of TRANSCAER training and outreach tools, increased participation, and positive media attention in the Ontario Region. 

 

Michael Heeringa—Regional Achievement 

Michael Heeringa has done an exceptional job of delivering TRANSCAER® tools and training to new audiences, earning a 2019 Regional Achievement Award. 

Michael holds the position as a Dangerous Goods Officer with Canadian National Railway in south western Ontario. Michael’s background and commitment to emergency response makes him a valuable asset to CIAC’s TRANSCAER® program. During his involvement with the initiative he has both facilitated and participated in many TRANSCAER® events and works closely with emergency response contractors, railway suppliers, and shippers to conduct outreach initiatives to reach participants across Ontario. 

Michael not only actively conducts TRANSCAER® training in Ontario, but he does extensive “behind the scenes” work to ensure successful delivery of TRANSCAER® outreach. This includes bringing CN’s valve trailer directly to events to conduct TRANSCAER® training with firefighters and assisting with some hands-on work to ensure that the retired CCPX 911 made it safely to its new home at FESTI. Michael’s contributions to the TRANSCAER® initiative have been vital in delivering effective and consistent TRANSACER® training and broadening the reach of the initiative in the Ontario Region.  

 

Jeff Stevens—National Achievement 

Jeff Stevens of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada is recognized for his outstanding contributions to the TRANSCAER initiative nationally as the recipient of the 2019 TRANSCAER National Achievement Award. 

Jeff Stevens played an exceptional leadership role for the proposal to Transport Canada to develop new TRANSCAER tools and outreach plans which increase rail safety and TDG awareness and preparedness. This proposal included rationale and costing for developing a virtual reality program and tools, building a new safety training tank car, and hosting a series of outreach events across the country. These tools and outreach initiatives will increase the profile of TRANSCAER nationally and help advance its sustainability and mandate over the long-term. With Jeff’s help, TRANSCAER training and tools will be accessible across the country. Jeff’s continued efforts have promoted increased participation and recognition nationally; this has earned him the 2019 TRANSCAER National Achievement award. 

Through Jeff’s work with the TRANSCAER initiative he has exemplified exceptional delivery of TRANSCAER tools and training to audiences across multiple regions, aided in the recruitment of new TRANSCAER members or participants in multiple regions and cultivated positive media coverage in multiple regions.  

 For more information on how to nominate someone for a 2020 TRANSCAER® Award visit transcaer.ca 

 

CIAC Launches New Plastics Division to Lead the Way on a Circular Economy for Plastics

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) officially launched its new Plastics Division today, welcoming the members of the former Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) as part of the CIAC team. The result of a transaction between CIAC and CPIA that was set in motion in 2019, CIAC now represents the entire plastics industry value chain from resin producers and raw material suppliers to processors and converters, as well as equipment manufacturers, recyclers and brand owners.

“CIAC is delighted to be launching the Plastics Division at a time that is both challenging and exciting for Canada’s plastics industry. The Plastics Division and its members will focus their efforts on advancing sustainable solutions for the development of a circular economy for plastics in Canada,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “The Division is committed to promoting responsible plastic production in Canada while working toward reducing and eliminating plastic pollution from the environment, all in support of a robust Canadian economy.”

“By combining forces with CIAC’s respected and pragmatic advocacy team, Plastics Division members will work collaboratively with other plastics value chain interests in Canada, and with like-minded interests in North America and globally to ensure a coordinated and effective approach to plastics public policy issues,” continued Masterson.

“By bringing together members of both the chemistry and plastics sector, the Division will be able to respond more quickly in today’s very dynamic environment for plastics. And it will do so with a single, strong and united voice.”

CIAC will announce its Plastics Division Vice President in August, as well as the rest of the Division’s team. Three Plastics Division members will be added to the CIAC Board of Directors at its Board meeting in October.

2019 National TRANSCAER® Awards

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused countless challenges for people, governments and organizations around the globe. The 2020 TRANCAER® Awards are no different; normally, we would be gathering together to recognize and honour individuals who have reach milestones and made positive impacts on the Transcaer community.

These individuals deserve to be recognized. Today, we’re announcing the names of all the Transcaer award winners and in the following issues of ChemNews we will feature the award-winners so you can get to know them a bit better and why they are so deserving of their respective award. Stay Tuned.

See the 2019 TRANSCAER Award Winners:

  • Carrie Maxim, Site Logistics Team Leader – NOVA Chemicals (Distinguished Service Award)
  • Jeff Stevens, Director Information and Technology – CIAC (National Achievement)
  • Amber Rushton, Community Emergency Management Coordinator- Burlington Fire Department (Regional Achievement)
  • Chris Nicholson, Senior Dangerous Goods Officer – CN (Regional Achievement)
  • Cris Mitchell, Regional Quality Specialist- GATX Corporation (Regional Achievement award)
  • Dave Clarke, Instructor / Captain – Greater Toronto Airports Authority | Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) (Regional Achievement)
  • George Biggs, Senior Railcar Design Engineer – GATX Corporation (Regional Achievement)
  • Jeff Nee, Vice President, Environmental Health and Safety – GATX Corporation (Regional Achievement)
  • Jennifer Radbourne, Corporate Account Manager- GATX Corporation (Regional Achievement)
  • Jim Torres, Railcar Design Engineer- GATX Corporation (Regional Achievement)
  • Ken Johnson, President – Ken Johnson Trucking (Regional Achievement)
  • Michael Heeringa Dangerous Goods Officer- CN (Regional Achievement)
  • Trina Kautzmann, Tank Trainer Scheduling Manager- GATX Corporation (Regional Achievement)
  • Tyler Yates, EHS Manager – GATX Corporation (Regional Achievement)

NOVA Chemicals CEO Announces Retirement

The times, they are a changing for Canada’s Chemistry Industry. It was recently announced that Todd Karan, CEO of NOVA Chemicals, will be retiring this summer effective August 1. Karan has been CEO since 2015 and is highly regarded for his leadership skills and ability to grow the company is his time at the top.

“There have been a number of important milestones achieved under his leadership and we truly appreciate his commitment to the NOVA family and, not least, ensuring an unwavering focus on safety.  We wish him well as he retires from the company.”

– Musabbeh Al Kaabi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of NOVA Chemicals

Full Details: https://www.novachem.com/media-center/news-releases/todd-karran-to-retire-as-president-ceo-and-board-member-of-nova-chemicals/

 

Alberta Government Commits $1.1 billion to Petrochemicals

The Alberta Government recently confirmed its commitment of more than $1 billion for the province’s Petrochemical Diversification Program. Alberta is already home to Canada’s largest petrochemicals manufacturing industry, which also happens to be the largest manufacturing sector in Alberta. The funding will ensure this important program continues to attract investment, diversify the economy and create jobs.

Full Details: https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=64693C0FB74D7-F065-9297-32348E2C11FB5D74

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