CIAC welcomes new Chair and Vice-Chair to CIAC Board of Directors

October 17, 2019

On October 17, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomed Ed Bechberger, President for ERCO Worldwide, as Chair of the Board of Directors for 2019-2020, and Peter Noble, Chemicals Business Manager, Imperial Oil, as Vice-Chair.

“CIAC has long been a strong voice for the chemistry industry in Canada and I look forward to serving as its Chair. I am proud to be a part of the association of Canada’s solution providers and stewardship pioneers as we work to achieve our industry’s important priorities this year,” said Mr. Bechberger.

Mr. Bechberger follows outgoing Chair, Marcelo Lu, President of BASF Canada.

“Ed and Peter have had a long and successful relationship with CIAC. We are very grateful to be able to tap into their deep knowledge of the industry, which will be imperative to leading the Board and Executive Committee to guide the association,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC.

“I would also like to thank outgoing Chair Marcelo Lu for his vital contribution over the past 12 months. His leadership, enthusiasm for continuous improvement and his passion for our industry was palpable and we are grateful to continue to benefit from his expertise.”

Additionally, CIAC welcomed Arnel Santos, Senior Vice President, Operations, NOVA Chemicals Corporation to its Board of Directors. View the full list of CIAC Board of Directors here.

Ed Bechberger

President, ERCO Worldwide
Chair, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Mr. Bechberger was appointed President of ERCO Worldwide in 2015. Previously, as Senior 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. He has presented several papers at Pulp and Paper industry conferences around the world; has commissioned over 30 chlorine dioxide plants around the world and is named as inventor on 14 patents. Mr. Bechberger holds a Bachelor of Technology in Chemical Engineering and a Diploma in Chemical Technology from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. As a member of both the CIAC’s board and Executive Committee for just over 4 years, in October 2018 he was appointed to the position of Vice-Chair, of the CIAC. Mr. Bechberger previously served on the Board of the Chlorine Institute.


Peter Noble

Chemicals Business Manager, Imperial Oil
Vice-Chair, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

Mr. Noble was appointed Chemicals Business Manager of Imperial Oil in 2018. He is responsible for the sales, supply chain and business development for Imperial’s petrochemicals business. He started his career with Imperial in 1989 after receiving his Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and has more than 30 years of experience in the petrochemicals industry. Mr. Noble previously served on the board of directors of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association and Alberta’s Clean Air Strategic Alliance. He has also held leadership positions within the CIAC, American Chemistry Council, Canadian Fuels Association and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.


Don Fusco

CIAC at Chemistry Canada Summit and Exhibition

On September 24 and 25, Don Fusco, Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations – Ontario, participated in the 2019 Chemistry Canada conference in Sarnia, Ontario. Don participated in two sessions.

In the first session, “The Impossible Challenge: Crowdsourcing a Chemistry Narrative to Build a better future for Canadians,” Don reinforced the need to raise awareness of the continued investment gap between US and Canada in the sector. He provided a comparison of sector investments across Canada and highlighted the sector’s contribution of solutions that benefit the environment and the economy.

In the second session, Don moderated a panel on “Zero Waste and Creating Value Added Products from Recycled Plastics.” The panelists included Jocelyn Doucet, co-founder and CEO of Pyrowave Inc. and Ryan L’Abbe, Vice-President of Operations at GreenMantra Technologies. Pyrowave and GreenMantra are two Canadian-based innovators of world-leading, advanced chemical recycling technologies. The session covered the current state of our industry’s actions in managing plastic waste – keeping the molecule in the economy and out of the environment.

Register now for Quebec and Alberta Chemistry Days!

CIAC will be holding a Quebec Chemistry Day on Monday, September 16 at the Delta Québec in Quebec City and its 20th Alberta Chemistry Day on Wednesday, October 16 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton.

CIAC will be holding a Quebec Chemistry Day on Monday, September 16, 2019 at the Delta Québec in Quebec City in conjunction with the Quebec Leadership Group and Quebec Business and Economics Group meetings from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This biennial event will provide an opportunity for Quebec members to discuss with government ministers the various competitiveness issues of the chemistry industry and an opportunity to dialogue with members.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Yves Hamelin or Isabelle Des Chênes at

CIAC will be also holding its 20th Alberta Chemistry Day on Wednesday, October 16 at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, Alberta from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A detailed agenda with the schedule of events to follow. This is an annual event that provides an opportunity to dialogue on common issues, to better understand industry and government positions and to get to know new participants, both in industry and government.

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Greg Moffatt at or Lyn Gibbard at

CIAC welcomes Ontario Government’s announcement transitioning blue box recycling to producers

August 15, 2019

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) applauds today’s announcement from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) about beginning the transition to full extended producer responsibility for Ontario’s blue-box recycling system.

“We applaud the Ontario Government to tackling the urgent issue of plastic waste head-on in a way that has been proven to be effective in other jurisdictions within Canada,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC.

“Unlike symbolic gestures that do little to solve the real issue – like bans – industry-led, designed and managed Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs have been shown to effectively and efficiently allow producers to grow end-markets for recycled materials and encourage producers to make recyclable products. It will also reduce costs to municipalities and taxpayers.”

With EPR, the entire life cycle of a product, from selection of materials and design, to its end-of-life management, is the responsibility of the producer. In British Columbia, all recycling is handled by the non-profit Recycle BC, whose costs are covered by businesses in the province that create packaging or products. B.C. has the highest rate of waste recovery in Canada (78 per cent), and one of the lowest rates of contamination (6.5 per cent). Currently, Canada only recycles around 10 per cent of plastics.

In 2018, CIAC and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association announced ambitious targets that underscore their members’ commitment to a future without plastic waste: 100 percent of plastics packaging being reused, recycled, or recovered by 2040 and 100 percent of plastics packaging being recyclable or recoverable by 2030.

“Our members are committed to developing a more sustainable approach for waste management through better designs, innovative recycling and working with governments at all levels,” said Mr. Masterson. “We look forward to working with the Ontario Government to support and facilitate well-designed, industry-led extended producer responsibility system.”

The Chemistry Industry 2020 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

Chemistry industry seeks innovation fund for plastics recycling technology in federal pre-budget submission

August 6, 2018

On August 2, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada asked the Government of Canada to commit to the establishment of a new Plastic Technology Innovation Fund (PTIF) to promote the research and development of ground-breaking technology in plastic recycling and recovery innovation as part of its pre-budget submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

The fund would include an initial allocation of $200 million and Natural Resources Canada would be responsible for assessing applications from the private sector and research communities for innovation in areas of product design and advanced plastics recycling and recovery such as chemical recycling, pyrolysis, gasification and energy recovery.

“There is no ‘one-size fits all’ solution to managing plastic waste. A variety of technologies and approaches will be needed to keep plastic waste out of the environment and in the economy,” said Bob Masterson, President and CEO of CIAC. “The innovation and ingenuity of the chemistry sector will be key in solving this problem.”

Other highlights of the submission include CIAC’s request for the reform the Federal Scientific Research and Development (SR&ED) program to help foster research and development in Canada. These reforms include:

  • raising the investment tax credit to 20 per cent from the current 15 per cent;
  • eliminating or substantially raising the upper limit for taxable capital phase-out range from the current $50 million; and
  • reinstating capital expenditure eligibility that was phased out beginning January 1, 2013;
  • eliminate the 20 per cent disallowance on arm’s-length consulting payments.

The SR&ED program provides more than $3 billion annually to over 20,000 claimants and is administered by the Canadian Revenue Agency. The proposed changes to the SR&ED program are required to ensure that Canada remains a destination for global research mandates.

Finally, the CIAC is proposing the Federal Government re-authorize the existing funding for the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP) and specifically develop and expand all aspects related to international development to share Canada’s expertise.

To read the full submission, please see: The Chemistry Industry 2020 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affair