Plans & Projects

By Carol Hochu, President and CEO

"Spring is the time of plans and projects", said Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina. Let me tell you about some of the exciting plans and projects ongoing here at CPIA

We recently welcomed two new members to Team CPIA Aie Curran, our new Director General, Issues (replacing Marion Axmith who retired last year) and Krista Friesen, our new Vice President, Sustainability (replacing Cathy Cirko who recently retired). They both come with years of relevant experience and expertise, and both are already making great contributions to our efforts. I know that you join me in welcoming them to our fantastic industry and association!

Many thanks to the BC members and prospects who met with me and CPIA consultant Craig Foster for coffee and conversation on May 14 in Richmond, BC. Craigs insights into Multi-Materials BC (a non-profit stewardship organization that uses member fees to finance residential recycling programs for printed paper and packaging) and the launch of their May 19 program definitely generated lots of discussion!

CPIAs Post-Use Committee met May 16 to review progress to-date on projects and activities designed to divert plastics from landfill into recycling and energy from waste programs. There are so many success stories to crow about that its impossible to list them all here! Watch for highlights in our Thursday NewsBrief, this monthly e-newsletter and the CPIA website.

imgMcQHBEWlXf.pngThe Plastic Film Manufacturers Association of Canada or PFMAC for short (a CPIA council) held another well attended and well received golf tournament on May 22. Thanks to the efforts of the organizing committee, all golfers and dinner guests, CPIA and the Richmond Hill Golf Club staff, and the weather gods for a superb outing. The highlight for me was the dinner speaker, Jim Barker, General Manager of the Toronto Argonauts.

Looking ahead, June 19 is CPIA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members, followed by our Plastics Industry Leadership Awards Dinner. At the AGM, the CPIA board of directors is elected, the auditors are appointed, and the financial statements reviewed. Its an opportunity for you the members to ask any questions regarding CPIAs future direction, plus we will be reviewing and approving changes to the CPIA bylaws in order to comply with the new Canadas Not-for-Profit Corporations Act. This AGM will be followed by our Industry Leadership Awards Dinner, where we will recognize and celebrate outstanding individuals and companies for their commitment and dedication to Canada's plastics industry. You dont want to miss our special keynote speaker, Ezra Levant, on his new book Groundswell: The Case for Fracking. So mark your calendar and make plans to join us!

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming, said Pablo Neruda. You cannot keep CPIA from our plans and projects and successes. Thanks for your continued support of our efforts and see you June 19!