Bright Future Predicted For PLCAC

By Traci Read, Managing Editor | August 2014, Vol. 69, No. 8

The Pipeline Contractors Association of Canada (PLCAC) celebrated their 60th Anniversary in Vancouver, B.C., May 11-15.

Nearly 400 delegates gathered for the convention at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, located in picturesque Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver and historic Stanley Park.

The first day of the event, golfers tested their skills on the scenic Furry Creek Golf and Country Club that provided ocean views and encounters with abundant wildlife. That evening, delegates and their guests kicked off the event with a “Diamonds are Forever” party theme.

On the second night, John Deere treated everyone to a “Splash Bash” party at the Vancouver Aquarium. Wednesday evening featured a “Best of the 60s” theme party, sponsored by Caterpillar. Attendees also had the opportunity for optional PLCAC activities that included a tour of Granville Island, a Vancouver Harbor boat cruise, sea kayaking and a bike tour of Stanley Park.

Business Agenda

The PLCAC convention boasted a packed, informative agenda as well. This Diamond Anniversary got off to a great start with outgoing PLCAC 2013-14 President David Johnstone, T.W. Johnston Co. Ltd., giving a report to members that the association has grown in activity and provided a positive message regarding the future of pipeline construction work in Canada. He reported that over the past year the association, through its partnership with the Canadian Pipeline Advisory Council, met with stakeholders to discuss future training initiatives and ways contractors and their labor partners could meet the labor demand needed for the industry. One of the highlights of the message was the amount of activity coming from the mainline pipeline, distribution pipeline and maintenance and service segments contributing to the highest man-hours worked on record for the association.

The morning business sessions featuring industry speakers from Enbridge and TransCanada provided an opportunity for delegates to get the most up-to-date information on current and future pipeline projects across the country. Also, guest speakers, Canadian Astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield and Joe Roberts rounded out the morning sessions.

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