One of the founding core values of the CPCA is to give something back to the communities in which we work, by:
- Establishing an academic liaison between the Canadian Process Control Industry and academic institutions to provide students of engineering & technology as well as faculty members with greater knowledge of the role and contribution that process control plays in our industrial infrastructure.
- Promoting continued growth and development of the science and technology of instrumentation and automation technology by encouraging, promoting and supporting students and academic institutions.
As most of you are aware, it is a legal requirement in Canada, to have industrial instrumentation approved for electrical safety per the Canadian Electrical Coded (CEC), particularly if it is going into a hazardous area with the potential for combustible gasses. In Canada, the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) approves certification bodies that can provide this approval.
Many years ago, before free trade, we had a near monopoly in Canada: CSA – Canadian Standards Association. This had the advantage of having a common mark out there that was easy to recognize, but there was no competition to encourage improved customer service; providing more options for the manufacturer.