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

Chemistry and Plastics Sectors Poised to Lead Canadian Economy

As provinces across the country continue to relax restrictions and reopen the economy the chemistry and plastics sectors in Canada are in a good position to help lead the country’s economic recovery. Both sectors have been resilient throughout the pandemic, adapting to conditions so they can produce essential products Canadians rely on each and every day.

In two recent op-eds by CIAC CEO Bob Masterson, he lays out how both sectors are resilient and poised to lead the Canadian economy back to prosperity.

Read Calgary Herald Op-Ed: https://calgaryherald.com/opinion/columnists/opinion-chemical-and-plastics-industries-can-help-lead-economic-revival/wcm/dc060df9-c711-4f99-935b-0919eb3f945c/

Read Hill Times Op-Ed: https://www.hilltimes.com/2020/06/12/despite-the-blistering-pace-of-job-losses-chemical-plastics-industry-largely-unscathed/252636

Chemistry sector showing resilience during COVID-19 pandemic

The first quarter of 2020 saw the Industrial Chemicals sector show a rebound from the lows of late 2019 and early resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic. Shipments of Industrial Chemicals rose 6 per cent in Q1 2020 following strong gains in several sub-sectors. Petrochemicals and Inorganic chemicals both saw small declines quarter over quarter.

Exports of Industrial Chemicals also showed resilience in Q1 2020 increasing by 5 per cent over Q4 2020 levels. The sector saw strong export gains for Petrochemicals (24.1 per cent), Industrial Gases (11.6 per cent), Organic Chemicals (10.6%) and Synthetic Resins (7.5 per cent). Inorganic chemicals (-12.8 per cent) was the only sub-sector to register a quarterly decline in exports.

As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic began to fully unfold in April, Industrial Chemical exports declined by 13.1 per cent from the same time in 2019. However, the severity differed immensely across sub-sectors. Inorganic Chemical exports declined by 20.5 per cent while Petrochemical exports declined by 15.6 per cent. A combination of downstream market weakness and the collapse in demand for transportation fuels significantly impacted both sub-sectors. Synthetic Resin exports declined by 9.7 per cent through April, but this masks relatively strong export performance in March and April respectively and an increase from recent lows in late 2019 through January and February 2020.


Provincial Pandemic Update

Provinces across the country continue to take gradual steps to reopen their economies while implementing measures to limit the transmission of COVID-19, including using PPE, protective barriers, and general social distancing measures.  


The Alberta Government has implemented a program to distribute 20 million non-surgical masks to Albertans for free. 

The provincial government has also committed $200 million in funding for eligible businesses and non-profits to help implement transmission reduction measures and offset a portion of relaunch costs. The government is also planning further measures, including legislation, to ensure commercial tenants will not face rent increases or be evicted for non-payment of rent due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.    


The Ontario Government announced a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening Canada’s most populous provinceGeographically speaking, most of province is permitted to take the next step in relaunching the economy except for the Golden Horseshoe (Durham, Toronto, York, Peel, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara), Haldimand-Norfolk, Windsor-Essex and Lambton which also happens to contain the majority of the province’s populationThe province will assess the remaining Stage 1 regions on a weekly basis.  

Statistics Canada Publishes Questionnaire on Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many questions have been raised about its impact on Canadian society. In order to address this information need, Statistics Canada has developed short crowd-sourcing questionnaires to collect information on specific topics related to the impacts of the pandemic.

The focus topic of the questionnaire is The Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians – Trust in Others. It went live on May 26th and will be available for feedback until June 8, 2020. The purpose is to collect data on the level of trust that Canadians have in government, in businesses, and in their fellow citizens, as well as on their views regarding the reopening of workplaces and public spaces.

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