David Kavanaugh Elected President At PLCAC’s 58th Convention

By Traci Read, Managing Editor | July 2012, Vol. 67, No. 7

Looking ahead, deKoning stressed that as the outlook for 2012 and beyond looks encouraging due in part to a mature pipeline infrastructure that will require inspection and maintenance; he also noted that skilled and qualified pipeline workers are needed to meet the demands of the future. The help meet this need, the PLCAC’s Pipeline Workforce Attraction Project reaches out to high schools in Western Canada to educate students about the industry and continues to increase their presence at trade shows and conferences as they work with the four craft unions to streamline experienced workers from their affiliates in the United States.

The winner of the past year’s James L. Abraham Pipeline Construction Safety Award in the mainline category was O.J. Pipelines Canada. Three other contractors, Michels Canada, Robert B. Somerville and Waschuk Pipe Line Construction, also had no lost-time injuries but did not work as many hours as O.J. Pipelines Canada. In the distribution category, Link-Line Contractors was the winner. Also receiving recognition were Louisbourg Pipelines, Robert B. Somerville and T.W. Johnstone, each of which had no lost-time injuries but did not work as many hours as Link-Line Contractors. The winner for specialty contractor transportation was Triple Random.

The specialty contractor award for over 20,000 hours went to Michels Canada Co. and the under 20,000 hours, Academy Construction and Maintenance was recognized. Five other contractors in the specialty contractor category also had no lost-time injuries, but did not work quite as many hours as Michels Canada. They included Aecon Infrastructure Group, Louisbourg Pipelines, McCaws Drilling and Blasting, Robert B. Somerville Company and Testco Western Corp.

The Jack Cressey 2012 Future Leader Award recipient was presented to Ryan Hoyle of Aecon Utilities. Nominated by their employers, this award recognizes future pipeline construction industry leaders who have demonstrated significant leadership qualities.

New board

Officers and directors elected at the meeting to serve on the board of directors during the 2012-13 term are: President David L. Kavanaugh, president of O.J. Pipelines Canada; 1st Vice President David W. Johnstone, president of T.W. Johnstone Company Limited; 2nd Vice President Donald A. Cusack, vice president marketing at Premay Pipeline Hauling L.P.; and Treasurer Mark H. Scherer, senior vice president utilities at Aecon Infrastructure Group. Neil G. Lane serves as PLCAC executive director. The PLCAC is headquartered in Oakville, Ontario.