Federal government signals its commitment to ensuring Canada’s competitiveness in Fall Economic Statement

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 hits ground running with new Ontario Government

Last week, CIAC began its first series of meeting with key ministries in the new Ontario Government.

The meetings provided the opportunity to reinforce the important contributions that the chemistry sector plays in Ontario’s economy and outline pressing issues the sector is facing.

President and CEO of CIAC, Bob Masterson, and Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations for Ontario, Don Fusco, met with the Ontario Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade, Jim Wilson, and Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark.

“We were able to engage in substantive dialogue on how to improve the operating and investment environment for the Ontario chemistry industry and we were pleased that we were met with very well-informed and receptive responses. This is due in part to our past relationships and briefings when the ministers were opposition critics, but also because officials have done a great job briefing up on our materials,” said Mr. Masterson.

“I was very pleased at the degree to which the new Ontario Government seems to be hitting the ground running with us. We look forward to working with the new Ontario Government to promote its ‘open for business’ mandate in our sector.”

CIAC will continue to work with the new government and provide recommendations in the spirit of continuous improvement aligned to our Responsible Care® principles. We will also work to support the Ontario Government’s effort to deliver a practical and pragmatic regulatory framework ensuring the citizens of Ontario can enjoy a sustainable future where both the environment is safeguarded and the economy prospers.