|Message from the Executive Director|
|Hello everyone, April was another busy month for NCIA. We held our Annual General Meeting on April 15th where our 2010/11 Executive Committee was elected. Welcome to Peter St. George from Shell Canada, our new NCIA Chair for 2010/11. Look for his profile in this issue.
I attended two Community Advisory Panel (CAP) meetings, as well as presented to the Joint Industry Community meeting in Bruderheim this month to provide information on the Regional Noise Management Plan, and will be presenting to two more CAP groups in May. So far, the overall feedback from the CAPs have been positive and include some of the following:
entation was very good, when you go provide information at open houses, you should provide some comparable noise information (e.g. noise from various sources - conversation; rock band; loud cheering in an arena; train passing; vacuum cleaner being used; etc) since the term "decibels" doesn't mean much to most people."
- "It looks like a lot of progress has been made on what seems to be a very good idea."
- "I'd be interested in learning more about the kinds of noise (sources, high or low frequency) generated."
- "Some of the technologies that are being used or being developed to reduce noise would be of interest."
- "From a social impact perspective this provided a good overview for regional noise management, it will be interesting to see if it works."
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I am looking forward to further dialogue with our community stakeholders on the Regional Noise Management Plan.
As well, NCIA hosted a "Noise Education Day" this month for our member companies to educate the engineers and technicians who will be responsible for implementing the Regional Noise Management Plan in their respective organizations. We had 70 people come out that day and it was a great learning opportunity for our members.
This past weekend was the annual Fort Saskatchewan Trade Show. While the NCIA has been participating in the trade show for more than 10 years now, it was our second year as part of the Life in the Heartland group. It was fantastic to see the great turnout and growing awareness of this group. The opportunity to talk to fellow community members to share with them industry updates and the overall economic progress of the Heartland region was invaluable.
Lastly, a head's up to everyone that we are moving our newsletter to a bi-monthly schedule. Look for our next issue in June!
|Meet Our New NCIA Chair, Peter St. George, Shell Canada|
A longtime manager at Shell Scotford is the new chairman of Northeast Capital Industrial Association.
Peter St. George, general manager of Shell's Upgrader, will helm the executive committee for 2010/2011. He takes over from Sherritt's John Corriveau.
"John did a very good job with increasing the profile of NCIA. It has grown into a well recognized association that is sought for its views on development in the region," said St. George.
"I'm looking forward to developing NCIA's key focus areas for the coming year, as well as ensuring any work we advance balances the needs of all stakeholders in the region."
St. George is a 28-year Shell employee who's been the Scotford Upgrader GM since 2004, and also held leadership roles at the Scotford Refinery and Chemicals plant from 1990 to 1998. For six years in between, he was the GM at Shell's Sarnia Refinery, where he also served as the chair of the Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association.
"It's actually quite interesting that the mandates of the two associations were nearly identical," he points out.
NCIA focus areas for the year include working with Alberta Environment to prioritize cumulative effects frameworks; implementing the Regional Noise Management Plan; completing the third phase of the Regional Groundwater Quality Project; and working with Fort Air Partnership on a regional air monitoring network.
NCIA's relationship with FAP remains at arm's length - and will continue to be in the future, says St. George. "However, we still want to ensure both industry and the public are optimally served by the work FAP does."
Another goal for St. George during his term as NCIA chair is to have strong industry participation at the table.
"I want to ensure that all members take full advantage of the benefit NCIA brings, and that can only be accomplished by their participation," he says.
St. George is a resident of Sherwood Park, has two adult children attending university, and calls competitive slow-pitch as one of his passions away from work.
|Public Invited to Fort Air Partnership's Upcoming AGM |
|Fort Air Partnership (FAP) is hosting its Annual General Meeting on Monday May 10, 2010 at the Walker School in Bruderheim (4844 52 avenue), from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Immediately following the meeting there will be an open house at FAP's new Bruderheim Air Quality Monitoring Station, located three blocks south of the school. Refreshments will be served at the meeting.
All members of the public are invited to attend both the meeting and open house. Members of the FAP Board and Technical Working Group will be on hand to speak with the public, answer questions and give tours of the station.
The primary objective of theBruderheim station is to monitor pollutants close to residents in order tocharacterize the ambient air quality people encounter. This station measures concentrations of fine particulates, ozone, oxides of nitrogen, hydrocarbons, sulphur dioxide and provides the Air Quality Index, Alberta Environment's indicator of overall air quality. Monitoring data will soon be accessible publicly on the internet.
The Bruderheim station is part of FAP's evolution from an industrial fence line monitoring network to a regional air monitoring network. For more information visit FAP online at www.fortair.org, email email@example.com or call 1-800-718-0471.
|This month's profile: Carol Moen, Dow Chemical|
|Carol Moen is a well known and respected leader at Dow Chemical and an active volunteer with NCIA whose infectious enthusiasm and passion for her profession touches everyone she meets.
As Responsible Care and Regulatory Affairs Leader for Dow, Carol has brought her leadership and enthusiasm to the Dow workforce for more than 22 years. "Our employees are so empowered and engaged, it is a privilege to be involved in leadership of such a committed group of individuals", said Moen.
Carol has been active the past few years representing existing industry on the cumulative effects work that has been underway in the region. Specifically, Carol represents NCIA on the Regional Water Management Framework steering team and co-chairs a sub-team from this effort that is focusing on governance options for any proposed changes to the regional management of water.
"The work I am involved in with NCIA is important as it stands to impact Dow's ability to be successful and compete in this region in the future while still protecting the environment. By working collaboratively with other industrial peers through NICA, we can seek to identify common issues and opportunities and commit to finding solutions that will be acceptable to everyone."
Over the years Carol has been active with school parent councils, part of the Board of Examiners with APEGGA, and is currently a member of the Board of NRCaer representing large industry. A graduate from the University of Alberta with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Carol also works to mentor many new young professionals both inside and outside of the Dow family and encourages them to become active and engaged in their workplace and communities.
In the summer when enjoying the family cottage at Pine Lake, Carol can be found volunteering her time as President of the regional water shed committee. Carol also remains active with the Partners for Science Program that she helped establish for Elk Island schools 15 years ago. Within her own family, Carol is a busy mom to two teenage sons ages 13 and 15 and can often be found 'rink side' during the winter months cheering on her future NHL stars beside her husband Jim, also an engineer, working at the Shell Upgrader.
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The Northeast Capital Industrial Association (NCIA) is a not-for-profit cooperative representing industry located in Alberta's Industrial Heartland which include the municipalities of StrathconaCounty, SturgeonCounty, the City of Fort Saskatchewan and Lamont County. NCIA member companies range from large integrated global chemical and petro-chemical industries, to industrial service companies. Members directly employ approximately 4,500 people (not including contract employees) and spend approximately $700 million to purchase goods and services in the region, not including utilities and feedstock for their plants. Current industrial investment in manufacturing plants and infrastructure in the region already exceeds $25 billion, and an additional $20 to 40 billion in investment is expected in the next 10-15 years.
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