October 23, 2013

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) honoured the recipients of its 2013 Merit and Chairman’s Awards, and presented one of its members with a rare Outstanding Leadership Award, at its annual awards dinner in Ottawa this evening.

Gabriel Dionne (KRONOS Canada) and Ian Parkin (Dow Chemical Canada) each received a Merit Award for their longtime commitment to CIAC, and for promoting the association’s sustainability initiative, Responsible Care®, within their community of Varennes, Que. and beyond. Daniel Léger (Axiall Canada) was also recognized with a Merit Award for his public education work, and for his efforts to continuously improve the health, safety, transportation and site security at Axiall’s Beauharnois, Que. facility. Ken Tsang (Dow Chemical Canada) was presented with a Merit Award for his impressive efforts to foster the Responsible Care initiative within China’s chemistry industry.

In a particularly touching ceremony, the CIAC Chairman’s Award was presented posthumously to Marty Byron of CCC Chemicals, who chaired the association’s National and B.C. Regional TransCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) Committees, and dedicated himself to educating others about transportation safety.

“Marty – who was known to many people in the industry as ‘Mr. TransCAER’– worked for CCC for 35 years, and was an inspiring example of the Responsible Care ethic to ‘do the right thing and be seen to do the right thing,’” said Mike Oxley, outgoing Chairman of CIAC’s Board of Directors.

“Marty was well-respected throughout the industry, and will be greatly missed.”

Finally, Paul Timmons, President of ERCO Worldwide, was awarded CIAC’s Outstanding Leadership Award for his more than 20 years of active participation in the association – first, as a Director on the association’s board, then as a member of its Executive Committee, and ultimately, as Chairman of the Board from 2008 to 2010.

“Our association has tackled some major challenges over the past decade, and Paul has provided invaluable guidance through all of them,” said Richard Paton, CIAC’s President and CEO.

“Paul’s willingness to listen to, and understand the concerns and viewpoints of our stakeholders ─ including communities, NGOs and governments ─ makes him an invaluable asset in CIAC’s outreach and advocacy efforts.”

CIAC’s Merit and Chairman’s Awards are presented each year to individuals whose commitment to the issues, advocacy and sustainability of the chemistry industry deserve special recognition. CIAC’s Outstanding Leadership Award acknowledges those whose service to CIAC is deemed to be exceptional and deserving of special recognition.

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada is the voice of Canada’s $47-billion chemistry sector. CIAC represents the interests of Canada’s leading chemistry companies – from petrochemical, inorganic and specialty chemical producers, to bio-based manufacturers and chemistry-related technology and R&D companies. Canada’s chemistry industry employs 87,000 Canadians directly, and supports another 435,000 jobs in the Canadian economy.