CIAC advocates for a circular economy for plastics to Ontario government ahead of ministers’ meeting

Information sharing and collaboration at Alberta Chemistry Day 2018

David Podruzny, CIAC’s VP of Business and Economics, retires after 25 years

After nearly 25 years of dedicated service to the Canadian chemistry industry, David Podruzny, CIAC’s VP of Business and Economics, will retire at the end of this year.

Many who worked with Mr. Podruzny over the years, including former CIAC President and CEOs, Richard Paton and Jean Bélanger, gathered in Ottawa on October 18 to wish Mr. Podruzny well in his retirement.

Mr. Podruzny came to CIAC’s Business and Economics team in August 1994, on secondment from Industry Canada where he was Director of Chemicals.  Before that, in 1979, he had joined the federal Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce – now ISED – where he participated in the Canada-U.S. Free Trade negotiations, the GATT Uruguay Roundtable negotiations, and served as a member of Canada’s Energy and Petrochemicals negotiating team during the North American Free Trade Negotiations.

“Ever since, David has been passionate and knowledgeable on all matters trade. Never was this more apparent, or more in need, than in this past year of negotiations on the new United States–Mexico–Canada trade agreement,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC.

In addition to becoming Vice-President and leading CIAC’s advocacy efforts on tax, trade, investment and competitiveness, Mr. Podruzny has also served as secretary to CIAC’s Board of Directors since 2003.

“We appreciate everything you have contributed to the global chemistry industry, our national industry, this Association and its members and each of us as your peers and colleagues,” said Mr. Masterson.

“Since I arrived here nearly nine years ago, David has been a tremendous friend and thoughtful colleague. He has been patient and supportive. It has been a pleasure and honor to work alongside him.”

We wish David all the best in his retirement.

Alberta Chemistry Day 2018

CIAC invites you to attend our 19th Alberta Chemistry Day.

This annual event for all chemistry industry stakeholders provides an opportunity to discuss common issues, better understand industry and government positions and get to know new participants.

This event is sponsored by NOVA Chemicals Corp.

Where: Amber Room of the Matrix Hotel, 10640 -100 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Who: Speakers will include Marg McCuaig-Boyd,  Alberta Minister of Energy; Allan Fogwill,  President of Canadian Energy Research Institute, presenting findings on a recent study on natural gas;  and Let’s Talk Science will be sharing their mission to expand awareness of STEM with Canadian youth.

There will also be panel discussions on:

  • Innovations in Plastic Design, Recycling, and Recovery
  • Environmental Regulation and Competitiveness of the Chemistry Sector
  • Market Access: With New Investment in Chemical Sector, Is our Rail and Port Infrastructure up to the Challenge.

Register: There is no cost for attendance. To register, please RSVP to Lyn Gibbard at lgibbard@canadianchemistry.ca

CIAC welcomes New Chair and Vice Chair to its Board of Directors

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomes Marcelo Lu, President of BASF Canada, as Chair of the Board of Directors for 2018-2019 and Ed Bechberger, President for ERCO Worldwide, as Vice-Chair.

“I am honoured to serve as Chair of the CIAC, a diverse association of innovators, solution providers, and stewardship pioneers, working together to present a strong voice for our country’s chemistry sector. For me, this is a unique opportunity to connect the private and public sectors and leverage the chemistry industry’s commitment to drive sustainability in Canada,” said Mr. Lu.

Mr. Lu follows outgoing Chair, Pierre Ducharme of Olin Canada ULC.

“CIAC is very pleased to welcome our new Chair and Vice-Chair. Marcelo and Ed’s deep knowledge of the industry will be key in realizing the association’s strategic objectives in the year ahead. We will continue to have a strong, dedicated Board and Executive Committee to guide the business of the association,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “I would also like to thank outgoing Chair Pierre Ducharme for his vital contribution.”

Additionally, CIAC welcomes David Chappell of Inter Pipeline to its Board of Directors. View the full CIAC Board of Directors here.

 

Marcelo Lu

President, BASF Canada
Chair, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Mr. Lu was appointed President of BASF Canada in early 2016 and since then, has chaired BASF Canada’s Executive Committee and Leadership Team. He is responsible for implementing regional and global strategies, working across the organization to bring BASF’s corporate purpose “We create chemistry for a sustainable future” to life. Previous to his appointment as Chair of CIAC, he served as Vice-Chair, championing BASF’s commitment to Responsible Care® in all aspects of the company’s business, including operations, product stewardship and environmental, health and safety performance.

Prior to moving to Canada, Mr. Lu was Vice-President, Business Management Polyamides and Precursors, for BASF in Asia Pacific. Throughout his career he has worked towards integrating sustainability into business strategies and procurement practices while holding various positions within BASF Group. Prior to joining BASF, Mr. Lu held several consulting positions at International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector development arm of the World Bank, in Washington, DC.

 

Ed Bechberger

President, ERCO Worldwide
Vice-chair, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Mr. Bechberger was appointed President of ERCO Worldwide in 2015. Previously, as Vice-President for Operations, he was responsible for all aspects of ERCO’s operations and strategy development. Since 1980, he has held various progressive positions at ERCO, including Senior Vice-President Sales and Operations, Vice-President and General Manager for Chloralkali Business, Vice-President Business Development and numerous manager and technical roles. Mr. Bechberger has commissioned over 30 chlorine dioxide plants around the world.

Exploring solutions to marine litter at the Great Lakes Plastics Forum

CIAC and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association joined Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Rod Phillips, and several environmental NGOs in a day-long information session in Toronto on October 11 to discuss the improper disposal of plastic waste in the Great Lakes.

Discussions centred on the current state of the Great Lakes regarding plastic waste, possible innovations and solutions to enable the circular economy and the need for sound public policy to support these solutions.

“Plastics are in the medical equipment that has probably at one time saved you or a loved one’s life, they keep food fresher longer allowing us to feed the world in a way that was unthinkable just a few generations ago, and they create the sustainable energy that will power our low carbon future. The materials our members produce, however, do not belong in our waterways or environment,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC in his opening remarks.

“Nearly 80 per cent of post-consumer plastics packaging now ends up in landfills. Our industry sees opportunities to triple mechanical recycling rates and to make chemical recycling more mainstream, noting this will take monumental changes to waste management activities in Canada.”

Participants included Pollution Probe, the Clean Water Foundation, the Council of the Great Lakes Region, bottled water company Ice River, ONRamp University of Toronto Entrepreneurship and the Ontario Government.

See the full agenda here.

Government and industry collaborate to develop a Framework for Zero Plastic Waste

CIAC representatives attended a very successful and collaborative workshop on how to best tackle the issue of plastic waste domestically at the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Deputy Ministers briefing session October 11 in Calgary.  Attendees included a broad cross-section of stakeholders including officials from federal/provincial/territorial governments, downstream recyclers, manufacturers and producers developing solutions through innovation and environmental organizations.

The federal government hopes to finalize a CCME Framework for Zero Plastic Waste at their meeting in Ottawa November 23. In preparation for that meeting, the Alberta Deputy Minister of the Environment hosted their provincial counterparts to finalize the details of the agenda and sought out the briefings from stakeholders like CIAC to help frame the plastics issue.

There were several informative case studies of innovative solutions from industry including from Keurig, Cascades Canada and Enerkem. NOVA Chemicals presented a case study on designing products for greater longevity, reuse and recycling by demonstrating their recyclable all-polyethylene stand-up pouch package. The pouch is compatible with #2 HDPE recycling streams, while meeting customer needs of performance, processability and cost.

“There was excellent representation from across the plastics value chain,” said Isabelle Des Chênes, who participated in a workshop.

“A running theme was that governments can help by addressing conflicting regulation and policy, harmonizing these as much as possible into a sort of national regulatory framework. That regulation should not be prescriptive and should allow room for industry to innovate. All levels of government should be implicated.”

CIAC looks forward to continuing to work with all levels of government as the Framework for Zero Plastic Waste is finalized.