All Systems Go!

By Carol Hochu, President and CEO

Someone once said that April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks go!" Well CPIA has also prepared a green traffic light and we are already pressing down hard on the accelerator. Heres just a taste of Aprils activities and whats to follow

The Plastic Film Manufacturers Association of Canada (PFMAC) held their second annual Technical Seminar on April 9 at the Alt Hotel near Pearson Airport in Mississauga. A standing-room only crowd gathered to network and hear great speakers and presentations on the pertinent technical film issues of the day. Many thanks to Dave Douse of PolyExpert and the PFMAC Executive Committee for their excellent efforts in planning and delivering this very well received seminar!

Also in April, we welcomed the latest addition to the CPIA team, Ms. Aie Curran, as our new Director General, Issues, with responsibility for PFMAC, Vinyl Council of Canada (VCC), plastic bag task group and other CPIA groups and issues. Aie, a Public and Government Relations Specialist, brings to the CPIA a wealth of private and not-for-profit sector experience. Her successful career in media and government relations, crisis communications, and strategic partnerships makes her ideally suited to the role. She has the hit the ground running and looks forward to meeting with many members in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Last but not least National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) was about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. I want to take this opportunity to thank the many members who tirelessly share their time and talent for the betterment of CPIA and the plastics industry. From our Board of Directors, whose passion for our mission and vision is contagious and motivational, to our Committee chairs and the members of the PFMAC, VCC, plastic bag task group, awards review committee, foam plastics group, and anyone else I may have missed. These members are wonderful workers, dedicated decision makers, and lively leaders. Here's to all CPIA volunteers, those committed people who don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless!

Taking a look ahead, we have the CPIA Western Canada Member & Guest Meeting on May 14, 2014, PFMAC Annual Golf Tournament on May 22 and we will issue shortly our Q1 quarterly report to members. Additionally, mark your calendars to join us at the CPIA Annual General Meeting and Plastics Industry Leadership Awards Dinner on June 19.

We also look forward to saying thank you and bidding a fond farewell to Cathy Cirko after 17 years of outstanding service to CPIA and the plastics industry and welcoming a new Vice President of Sustainability to the team. All in all, it's been an amazing April, with a marvelous May and jumping June to follow! .