A New Year for CPCA: 365 Days of Opportunity for Growth and Prosperity
As 2017 has drawn to a close, I am honoured to become the new President of CPCA and begin my 2 year term. I am also pleased to announce that Paul Bastel from Phoenix Contact was voted in as Vice President and Ryan Kershaw from Mettler Toledo was voted onto the Board of Directors at the Fall General Meeting held on Dec. 7th.
Looking back on 2017, we have acted on a lot of fresh ideas that are keeping CPCA as the leading Process Control voice in the industry. We hosted a seminar in April that was aimed at educating our membership on Industry 4.0 and how data mining and analysis is affecting the process industries in which we operate. Based on the success of the seminar, a committee has been formed to organize an Industry 4.0 conference in the fall of 2018 that will be open to our industrial and process customers to share the opportunities these technologies provide. In conjunction with the conference, a trade show exhibition for our members is being considered.
Our AGM was a very successful event which mixed the opportunity to participate in workshops and round table discussions with informative keynotes covering a wide range of topics from Ontario’s Energy Conservation Program for industrial users to the progress with NAFTA re-negotiations. We culminated the event with a Christmas networking gathering in the gorgeous venue of the Terrace on The Green.
The Statistics Committee was active and published both the 2016 Year End Product and Industry Reports, as well as the 2017 Quarterly Booking Reports and Quarterly CEO Business Conditions Reports. These reports are the only ones in Canada for process control that are based on actual sales data and provide a real road map for companies to determine areas of growth as well as those that are declining.
CPCA also published the annual forecast which provides specific details on 12 product lines and end user industries regionally across the country. All reports are provided free to participating members.
In an effort to improve the process of getting Canadian Registration Numbers on new products and technologies, CPCA has joined with 3 other Associations and drafted a White Paper that outlines all our concerns with the current process and opportunities for improvement. This White Paper has been submitted to the approval bodies and we are now working with TSSA and ABSA on a mutually beneficial solution to save both time and money. If the improvements are implemented, the process industry will benefit by having new technologies enter the Canadian market in a shorter time frame.
The Academic Committee is continuing to work with colleges to provide guidance on instrumentation and automation programs and to offer scholarships to the most deserving students in these programs. We will also be working with these colleges to ensure our members get access to the best and the brightest through industry specific job fairs.
Our upcoming Annual General Meeting is scheduled for May 31 – June 2 at the Sherwood Inn in Muskoka, Ontario. It is an incredible opportunity to participate in the activities of the Association, hear from some keynote speakers and network at the social gatherings. This should be a great event and we hope to see everyone there!