North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

SEP 2018

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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14 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | SEPTEMBER 2 018 Pipeline Contractors Association-Canada Holds Convention in Nashville P LCAC held its 64th annual convention in Nashville, April 22-26 at the Omni Hotel. Turn- out was exceptional with more than 450 attendees. Lyall Nash, TESTCO Western Corp., 2017-2018 president chaired the convention. He reported that manhours worked in 2017 were the best ever regarding mainline pipeline proj- ects, distribution pipeline projects, and pipeline maintenance and ser- vice. He noted that the association had gained seven new members the prior year — three regular contractor mem- bers and four associate members. Nash indicated that mainline construction hours were up 73 percent, distri- bution were up 34 percent while maintenance and service remained constant. The convention honored two retiring directors from PLCAC's board of directors—David Kavanaugh, OJ Pipe- lines, and Kevin Washchuck, Waschuck Pipe Line Con- struction. Presentation of the 2017 James L. Abraham Safety Performance Awards of Excellence were also part of the convention agenda. Jack Cressey, Future Leader Award for 2018 is Matt Chorney, project manager, Banister Pipe- lines Corp. The convention included networking events and two guest speakers. John Dorenbros, a former NFL player, dis- cussed how he went through much adversity, including open heart surgery and how through magic he learned to cope with his difficulties in life. Mike Abrashoff, a former U.S. Navy ship commander, discussed techniques he used to turn one of the most underperforming war ships in the U.S. fleet into the "best damn ship in the Navy." The Gala Reception Banquet on the last night of the convention saw Nash handing his president's gavel over to the new 2018-2019 president Paul Schultz, Premay Pipeline Hauling. The 2019 convention will be held in Ot- tawa, May 12-16. Shortly after the convention, the board of directors an- nounced the appointment of Wayne Hodgins as executive director designate. He will work alongside PLCAC current executive director Neil Lane for a year-long transition. Hodgins brings to the association nearly 20 years of se- nior leadership position with the pipeline construction in- dustry. His most recent work involved developing working agreements between TransCanada Pipeline's Energy East Pipeline Project and the more than 100 Indigenous com- munities along the pipeline route. Prior to that, Hodgins was vice president within ShawCor's Canusa business unit and was involved in Canadian and international pipeline construction projects in oil and gas regions around the world. He has had active roles as an associate member rep- resentative of the company at various trade associations including the National Association of Pipe Coating Ap- plicators (NAPCA), International Pipe Line and Offshore Contractors Association (IPLOCA), National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE). A native of southern On- tario, Hodgins is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil/ Construction) and holds an MBA (Marketing) from the Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario. Top: The 2018-19 Pipeline Contractors Association-Canada board of directors. Bottom: Out-going PLCAC president Lyall Nash (right) receives a plaque commending his service from new president Paul Schultz. Hodgins

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