Construction on the new TRANSCAER Tank Car Begins in Summer 2021

Since the retirement of the CCPX 911 tank car in 2018 due to an irreparable crack, TRANSCAER members and partners have been seeking ways to evolve the safety training program and replace the training tank car. Working in partnership with CIAC members and partners, the Railway Association of Canada, and Transport Canada under the Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP), development of the new TRANSCAER training car is currently under way.

In 2020, GATX donated a railway tank car that will be converted into TRANSCAER’s new safety training tank car, this was a crucial step in enabling TRANSCAER to restore its capacity to deliver hands-on training. Following the securement of the tank car, a project committee was assembled, consisting of CIAC and TRANSCAER members and partners with expertise in areas relating to tank car design, engineering, and equipment procurement to support this exciting project. The committee has made progress on the design of the tank car including identifying the valve arrangements that will be used, producing preliminary drawings of the tank car, and working to procure parts and material. The team has recently coordinated the movement of the tank car to GATX’s shop in Red Deer, Alberta where construction on the tank car will begin in the coming weeks.

Upon completion, the new training tank car will embark on a cross-country tour, making stops in communities where dangerous good travel, raising awareness about rail safety and emergency response for transportation incidents involving dangerous goods. By travelling to communities, TRANSCAER will continue to establish partnerships between manufacturers, distributors, carriers, emergency responders, government agencies and residents – an important first step in preparing for any transportation emergency.

For more information on donating materials for the outfitting of the TRANSCAER tank car, please contact Kristina Adler.

CIAC welcomes new Ontario Cabinet Ministers

CIAC offers our congratulations to Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the appointment of new Ministers to the Ontario Cabinet. In particular, we wish to highlight the following Ministers:
  • Dave Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Todd Smith, Minister of Energy
  • Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities
  • Rosario Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services
  • Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, President of the Treasury Board
  • Kinga Surma, Minister of Infrastructure
  • Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, reporting to Minister Fedeli
CIAC looks forward to working together with Premier Ford and all Cabinet Ministers to create the conditions that support a growing chemistry cluster in the province.

TRANSCAER Launches a New Virtual Reality Tool in July 2021

A new web-based virtual reality (VR) experience of the CCPX 911 safety training tank car will go live on the TRANSCAER website in July 2021.  This VR experience will provide first responders with familiarization and awareness with railway equipment, emergency response and safety procedures, and the transportation of dangerous goods.

Developed in partnership with CIAC members and partners, the Railway Association of Canada, and Transport Canada under the Rail Safety Improvement Program (RSIP) the VR tool will deliver an interactive learning experience that will be available online for all users to access on demand.  This is just one of the exciting projects we have planned through this RSIP partnership. In the Fall, TRANSCAER will begin offering virtual outreach events using the new VR technology.

Stay tuned for more updates and virtual outreach events coming soon!

ChemNews for June 17, 2021

ChemNews for June 3, 2021

CIAC welcomes new members and the May Plastics Division Newsletter is now avaliable, in ChemNews for June 3, 2021.

Read the full newsletter here.

CIAC responds to Ontario Government’s improvements to Blue Box Recycling

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) recognizes  Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ recently announced plans to improve the Ontario Blue Box recycling program and its intentional approach of moving toward a harmonized Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program.  

An EPR program — where industry is responsible for the cost, collection, and management of recycling in the province — is the most efficient and effective way to improve recovery and recycling rates and develop a circular economy for plastics.  

“A circular economy, of which EPR programs play a key role, will sustain economic growth while improving the environment for future generations,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice President, CIAC Plastics Division. “When managed responsibly, plastics are the modern sustainable choice for a prosperous economy and healthy environment.”  

Canada’s plastics industry is dedicated to playing its role in the fight against plastic waste, and this innovative approach by the Ontario Government will help us reach two key goals: 

  • By 2030, 100 per cent of plastic packaging in Canada will be recyclable or recoverable 
  • By 2040, 100 per cent of plastic packaging in Canada will be reused, recycled, or recovered 

We look forward to working with the province to ensure that all recycling and recovery approaches are supported in a circular economy for plastics. 

CIAC Plastics Division Leadership Council Announces Changing of Officers

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) Plastics Division is pleased to announce the changing of officers on the Plastics Division Leadership Council (PDLC) and thanks the outgoing Chair for his hard work and dedication.

PDLC Chair, Joel Rudolph, Vice President, Strategy and Business Development for Farnell Packaging, will be stepping down after guiding the Leadership Council through its inaugural year. In his time as Chair, Mr. Rudolph helped lead the successful merger of members into the CIAC Plastics Division from the former Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).

“CIAC is incredibly grateful for the time, effort, support, and dedication Joel and the entire Leadership Council have put into establishing the Division as the respected, go-to voice for Canada’s plastics industry,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice President, CIAC Plastics Division.  “Under Joel’s Chairmanship the Division has helped reinforce industry’s leadership role in realizing a circular economy for plastics.”

Magali Depras, Chief Strategy Officer and CSR for TC Transcontinental, will take on the role of Chair, while Mike Burt, Vice President & Global Director Climate and Energy for Dow Chemical Canada, will become the new Vice Chair of the PDLC. Mark Rose, President of the Layfield Group, will assume the role of Treasurer.

“There’s no doubt that members of the CIAC Plastics Division include innovative companies who are investing in solutions for the effective management of post-consumer plastics. We are honoured to have such impressive, dedicated people including Magali, Mike, and Mark entering new roles,” said Bob Masterson, CIAC President and CEO. “Their combined experience is truly invaluable and will guide us in achieving plastics circularity.”

CIAC welcomes new associate members Busch Vacuum Technics, Canvass Analytics and Hexagon PPM

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomed new associate members Busch Vacuum Technics, Canvass Analytics and Hexagon PPM on May 27. 

Busch Vacuum Technics is a subsidiary of Busch Vacuum Pumps and Systems, one of the largest manufacturers of vacuum pumps, blowers and compressors in the world and a leading supplier of vacuum solutions to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. A partner to Canadian manufacturers since 1985, Busch has locations in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.  

Canvass Analytics is an artificial intelligence (AI) company that helps industrial manufacturing engineers optimize processes, reduce waste, and cut their CO2 emissions through data collection.  Their platform is designed to optimize processes and operations, improve production yield and improve energy efficiency. They are headquartered in Toronto.  

Hexagon PPM is part of Hexagon, a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous solutions. Hexagon PPM division software helps workers visualize, create and manage the lifecycle of facilities and structures. Over 50 years, the company has supported the engineering, design, construction and operation of facilities and structures around the world. They are headquartered in Alabama with multiple locations in Canada including Calgary, Alberta. “We at CIAC are so pleased to have these associate members join us. The provide vital services that support our member companies in achieving their business and Responsible Care® objectives,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “We look forward to working with Busch Vacuum Technics, Canvass Analytics and Hexagon PPM.” 

For more information on Busch Canada. 

For more information on Canvas Analytics. 

For more information on Hexagon PPM. 

CIAC Plastics Division members GreenMantra Technologies and Cleanfarms recognized for innovating to reduce plastic waste

GreenMantra Technologies Limited and Cleanfarms Inc., members of the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) Plastics Division, were recently recognized for their outstanding work in reducing plastic waste in Canada through innovation today. 

GreenMantra Technologies Limited, a Brantford, Ontario chemical recyclerwill receive $300,000 as part of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s challenge to Canadian companies to find innovative, efficient and cost‑effective ways to recycle single-use personal protective equipment used in healthcare. In total, eight small and medium-sized Canadian companies will receive funding for projects that will support Canada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic 

The Government of Manitoba announced that Cleanfarms Inc. has been chosen to operate a provincially regulated stewardship program on behalf of the agricultural industry and manage the collection and recycling of agricultural plastics. Manitoba producers will be able to drop off used grain bags and plastic baler twine at designated collection sites throughout the province without paying user feesCleanfarms, an Etobicoke, Ontario based non-profit environmental stewardship organization focused on agriculture waste management, will arrange for pickup, transportation and recycling of these materials from the collection sites. 

“Our Plastics Division members like Green Mantra and Cleanfarms continue to amaze us with their innovative solutions to reducing plastic waste,” said Elena Mantagaris, Vice-President of CIAC’s Plastics Division. “We are delighted that our members have been selected to develop and lead these important solutions for Canadians.”  

Members of the CIAC Plastics Division have ambitious targets that underscore our commitment to a future without plastic waste; 100 per cent of plastics packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040 and 100 per cent of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030.   

For full details on the CIAC Plastics Division’s commitments to managing post-consumer plastics, visit 

ChemNews for May 20, 2021

CIAC Supports Key Findings from Canadian Energy Research Institute Study, Realizing Technology Innovations to Recirculate Plastics Webinar, in ChemNews for May 20, 2021. Read the full newsletter here.

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