Past Annual Meetings
CPCA 2017 Annual General Meeting Highlights
The CPCA annual general meeting was held on March 6th in Toronto in conjunction with the Ontario Petroleum Contractors Association’s annual conference.
In attendance representing their respective provincial associations were CPCA president Marcus Cormier (Alberta), directors Ken Jamieson (Ontario), Louis Rizzetto (Quebec), Margo Middleton (British Columbia), and CPCA administrator Michelle Rae. Thank you to those CPCA Board members that attended, especially to those that travelled from other provinces. Representatives from Saskatchewan and Manitoba were unfortunately unable to attend.
The meeting commenced with each provincial association providing an update on their respective organization. Marcus Cormier reported the Alberta Petroleum Storage System Contractors Association sees very good participation from their members. They are currently working on a best practice for their members with respect to contractor liability.
Louis Rizzetto of the Association des Petroliers Entrepreneurs du Quebec reported they have made a lot of progress with respect to their petroleum mechanic training and certification program. They are working closely with the labour mobility group to ensure the CPCA standard is consistent throughout the process. Anticipated rollout of the program is early 2018.
Margo Middleton of the British Columbia Petroleum Contractors Association reported they are continuing their efforts to build their associations member base, although their focus right now is to continue their work with their provincial industry training authority with respect to their province’s petroleum equipment tradesperson program. Marcus Cormier and Michelle Rae recently met with the group to discuss utilizing CPCA resources for the BC program.
Ken Jamieson of the Ontario Petroleum Contractors Association reported OPCA is working on a course for work on generator systems, it has been a challenge to develop due to the complexities of the code. The Liquid Fuels Handling Code for Ontario has been delayed in being published; it is anticipated it will be released this fall noting there is more alignment with the national code in this latest version. The OPCA will be working with TSSA to develop a code update workshop for license holders.
The OPCA hosted a welcome reception for CPCA on the evening of March 6th. CPCA delegates also joined OPCA members for dinner and entertainment the evening of March 7th. The banquet was well attended with approximately one hundred guests enjoying the festivities of the evening. Master magician Jack Poulin was invited to entertain the crowd.
CPCA Address at the OPCA Annual General Meeting – Marcus Cormier, CPCA President
Marcus thanked the OPCA for hosting the CPCA Annual General Meeting on March 6. As OPCA staff manage the day to day operations of CPCA, he thanked Michelle Rae and Donna Riddle for all their work.
The CPCA’s mandate is to promote a standard for Petroleum Mechanic Training and Certification across Canada. He noted special recognition should be given to OPCA for their initial development of a training program for the industry in 1994, the program has come a long way over the years.
Marcus also noted the CPCA promotes labour mobility through the Agreement on Internal Trade signed by all provinces. Chapter 7 of the Agreement on Internal Trade states workers officially recognized in once province is recognized in all other provinces without the worker being required to undertake any material additional requirements, such as education, training, examination, or assessments.
As discussed at the CPCA annual meeting, Marcus and Michelle Rae recently met with the British Columbia Industry Training Authority to discuss potential harmonization of their and CPCA’s program to facilitate certification and work towards reciprocity.
The Alberta Petroleum Storage System Contractors Association (APSSCA) is currently collecting case studies with respect to contractor liability. Information collected will assist APSSCA in developing best practices for contractors. Please contact APSSCA for more information.
Marcus congratulated the Association des Entrepreneurs du Quebec on their achievement in working with the Quebec government to establish the Petroleum Mechanic trade and training and certification program in Quebec.
Thank you again to the OPCA for hosting our event, we appreciate all the support received from our member associations. We look forward to our continued collected efforts in promoting our industry across Canada.
CPCA meets in La belle province – 2016 Annual General Meeting highlights
The CPCA Annual General Meeting was held at the Hotel Clarion in Quebec City on May 6. Our host this year was the Association des Entrepreneurs Pétroliers du Québec (AEPQ). CPCA Board members from across Canada representing their respective provincial associations were Margot Middleton from the British Columbia Petroleum Contractors Association, Marcus Cormier and Kim Hansen from the Alberta Petroleum Storage System Contractors Association, Mike Seibel from the Saskatchewan Retail Petroleum Construction Association, Gord Thompson from the Ontario Petroleum Contractors Association and Guy Rochon and Louis Rizzetto from the AEPQ. Several members from the AEPQ also attended the meeting.
Special guest speaker was David Mason of Canada Brokerlink. Dave has been working with the CPCA on a campaign to help contractors better understand their cost structures and make better decisions about the projects and/or activities that they are willing to undertake to get the best return for the use of their people and capital resources. The tool is especially useful for small contractors who may not evaluate their business on a regular basis. The CPCA will be publishing the information and the interactive model will be available to members in the coming weeks.
An important mandate for CPCA is to maintain the training and certification program for members across Canada. We now have well over three hundred CPCA licensed individuals, thirty-three of those are new licenses issued over the last year.
CPCA also launched their learning website in 2015. The site is a companion to the home study course in addition to our study manual and in class review and contains online learning tools such as quizzes and video tutorials. We believe this form of blended learning – part home study, part online and part classroom improves the engagement for students. It also helps us monitor students progress and completion of the home study course so they come better prepared to the in class review session.
Also as part of our training and certification mandate is to work with officials from the Labour Mobility Coordinating Group to ensure all individuals with a recognized trade and/or certification can work province to province as per the Agreement on Internal Trade.
CPCA President Marcus Cormier commented on the event saying “…This was a first class event. Thank you too everyone that was involved in organizing it and a special thanks to Jacques Poulin, Myriam Michaud and Michelle Rae for handling all the logistical details. I know it is not easy to put together an event like this one, but it was well done and the feedback from members was positive. And thank you to all the CPCA board members who travelled to Quebec City. I think we had some good conversation during our time there and I’m looking forward to building on our discussions over the coming year.”
Thank you to all for your participation and support, this made our event a great success!!!!
Points saillants de l’Assemblée générale annuelle de la Canadian Petroleum Contractors Association (CPCA)
L’Assemblée générale annuelle de la CPCA s’est tenue à l’hôtel Clarion dans la ville de Québec le 6 Mai. Cette année, nous avons été accueillis par l’Association des entrepreneurs pétroliers du Québec (AEPQ). Les membres du conseil d’administration de la CPCA de l’ensemble du Canada représentant leurs associations provinciales respectives sont les suivants : Margot Middleton de la British Columbia Petroleum Contractors Association, Marcus Cormier et Kim Hansen de l’Alberta Petroleum Storage System Contractors Association, Mike Seibel de la Saskatchewan Retail Petroleum Construction Association, Gord Thompson de l’Ontario Petroleum Contractors Association et Guy Rochon et Louis Rizzetto de l’Association des entrepreneurs pétroliers du Québec. Plusieurs membres de l’AEPQ ont également pris part à la rencontre.
David Mason de Canada Brokerlink était le conférencier invité. David Mason a travaillé avec la CPCA lors d’une campagne visant à aider les entrepreneurs à mieux comprendre leurs structures de coûts et à prendre des décisions plus judicieuses au sujet de projets ou d’activités qu’ils sont prêts à entreprendre en vue d’obtenir le meilleur rendement possible pour l’utilisation de leurs ressources humaines et leurs ressources en capital. L’outil mis en place est notamment très utilisé par les petits entrepreneurs qui ne sont pas en mesure d’évaluer leurs activités de façon régulière. La CPCA publiera les renseignements et le modèle interactif utilisé sera accessible aux membres dans les prochaines semaines.
La CPCA s’est donnée pour mandat essentiel de continuer à offrir le programme de formation et de certification aux membres, d’un bout à l’autre du Canada. Notre association compte désormais plus de 300 membres certifiés CPCA, dont trente-trois ont obtenu leur permis l’année passée.
La CPCA a également lancé son site Web d’apprentissage en 2015. Le site est un complément à notre cours d’étude à domicile ainsi qu’à notre manuel d’étude et à l’examen en classe. Il contient des outils d’apprentissage en ligne comme des questionnaires et des tutoriels par vidéo. Nous croyons que ce mode d’apprentissage mixte – en partie à domicile, en partie en ligne et en partie en salle de classe – consolide la participation des étudiants. Cette façon de faire nous aide également à suivre les progrès réalisés par les étudiants et l’achèvement du cours d’étude à domicile afin que les étudiants soient mieux préparés pour assister à la séance d’examen en classe.
De plus, dans le cadre de notre mandat de formation et de certification, nous travaillons avec le Groupe coordonnateur de la mobilité de la main‑d´œuvre (GCMM) afin d’assurer que toutes les personnes exerçant un métier ou ayant une certification reconnus puissent travailler d’une province à l’autre, conformément aux dispositions de l’Accord sur le commerce intérieur.
Le président de la CPCA, Marcus Cormier, a dit à propos de l’évènement : « Je remercie toutes les personnes qui ont pris part à la planification de l’évènement, tout particulièrement Jacques Poulin, Myriam Michaud et Michelle Rae qui se sont occupés de toute l’organisation logistique. Je sais qu’il n’est pas facile de prévoir un évènement de ce type, mais j’ai pu constater que le travail a été bien fait et la rétroaction des membres a été positive. Je remercie tous les membres du conseil d’administration de la CPCA qui se sont rendus à Québec. Je pense que nous avons eu quelques discussions fructueuses durant notre rencontre et me réjouis de donner suite à ces discussions au cours de l’année à venir. Je vous remercie à tous de votre participation et appui qui ont contribué au succès de cet évènement! »
CPCA Annual General Meeting 2015
The CPCA 2015 Annual General Meeting was hosted by the Saskatchewan Retail Petroleum Construction Association during their annual AGM & Golf Tournament in Saskatoon on June 1. The meeting was held at the Parktown Hotel followed by a meet and greet at Finn’s Irish Pub. The meeting was well attended by CPCA directors including Gord Thompson representing Ontario, Marcus Cormier and Pat White representing Alberta, Rob Bateman representing British Columbia, Mike Seibel and Arlene Wright representing Saskatchewan and Chad Kenwood representing Manitoba. Past Board members Jacques Poulin and Denis Goulet from Quebec were in attendance as special guests.
Another special guest attending was Robert Renkes, VP of the Petroleum Equipment Institute, the US equivalent of the CPCA. Bob was kind enough to travel from Tulsa Oklahoma to attend. Both PEI and CPCA are keen on further building the relationship between the two organizations and discussing ways to further serve our respective membership. Bob also shared information on various member surveys they conduct throughout the year in part to assist CPCA in developing similar survey for its members.
There were also number of attendees from the SRPCA including Randy Iverson from River Consulting, Alex Tsamis from Franklin Fueling, and Kishor Parmar from Elgon Ltd.
Michelle Rae made a presentation to the group on the new CPCA learning website. The new site was created for students taking the CPCA Petroleum Mechanic home study course and includes additional resources and video tutorials to compliment the self study material. The site also includes management capabilities for CPCA administration including course completion notification , student progress reports, organizing classes and sending feedback to instructors.
A special presentation was made to Jacques Poulin and Denis Goulet for their work in promoting the CPCA training program and lobbying certification in Quebec. The Quebec petroleum contractors association, AEPQ joined the CPCA in the beginning of 2004. At that time, AEPQ President Jacques Poulin and director Denis Goulet joined the CPCA Board as representatives. Both noting their association has been working towards trade recognition for the petroleum industry and was impressed with the CPCA’s program.
Since then, both Jacques and Denis worked tirelessly meeting with various regulatory bodies in Quebec including the Ministry of Labour, Ministry of Natural Resources, Trade Certification commission (CCQ), and the construction commission.
With their retirement from AEPQ, Jacques and Denis passed the torch to Guy Rochon and Louis Rizzetto who have worked to maintain momentum on these lobbying efforts. Finally in the fall of 2013, the CPCA and AEPQ met with representatives with Emploi Quebec who did show interest in the program.
While there is still a lot of work to do, no one can deny the work and endless meetings Jacques and Denis participated in on AEPQ’s behalf to recognize the trade and adopt the CPCA training model and the CPCA didn’t want these efforts to go unnoticed.
The awards chosen for Jacques and Denis depicted an Inukshuk – an eternal symbol of the importance of communication and teamwork. Chosen as the symbol of the 2010 Winter Olympics in