Exciting Things Brewing at CPIA

By Carol Hochu, President and CEO, CPIA

imgliIVFqyFYh.pngSomeone once said “February, sweet and small, is the greatest month of all!” I couldn’t agree more – “sweet” because of Valentine’s Day (love and chocolate, a great combination!); “small” because it’s only 28 days long; and “great” because lots of exciting things are brewing at CPIA!

We’re only a few short days away from CPIA’s “Plastics on Parliament Hill” event on March 3rd and 4th. About 25 CPIA members and guests will descend on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to tell what I believe is a very compelling story to key Members of Parliament and senior bureaucrats – the important size and scope of Canada’s plastics industry; our commitment to innovation and sustainability; our important place in Canada’s overall energy strategy; and some important asks (seek a Canadian exemption from “Buy American” protectionism, and the need for longer-term incentives for value-added manufacturing in Canada, like an extension of the Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance). I’m excited at the opportunity before us and look forward to reporting back to you in March.

We’re in the midst of membership renewals so grateful thanks to those many member firms that have renewed their commitment to and support of CPIA’s efforts. If you haven’t yet renewed, let us know what we can do to help. Spring is just around the corner and that means a time of renewal and growth. In that vein, I’m pleased to welcome Aine Curran as CPIA’s new Director General, Issues. Ms. Curran, a Public and Government Relations Specialist, brings to the CPIA a wealth of private and not-for-profit sector experience. As a highly accomplished and respected practitioner, Aiñe has provided over 20 years of strategic and tactical counsel, and leadership to a number of distinguished clients including the Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association. Aiñe’s successful career in media and government relations, crisis communications, and strategic partnerships makes her ideally suited to the role of CPIA Director General, Issues. I look forward to welcoming her aboard.  

P.S. Someone once said that February is always a bad month for TV sports because football’s gone, basketball is plodding along in the annual midseason doldrums, and baseball is not even mentioned – I guess they weren’t watching the recent Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics? As I write this report, the Canadian men’s hockey team just beat Sweden for the Olympic gold medal…or as some declared on social media “Canadian Tire 3, IKEA 0”. Congratulations to all Team Canada athletes – 25 medals places us third in the IOC medal count but you’re number one in our hearts!