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CPCA Annual General Meeting 2017

Canadian Process Control Association

Thursday, 13 July 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, 16 July 2017 at 4:00 PM (MDT)

CPCA Annual General Meeting 2017

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
AGM Deposit: Member Rate 2d 21h 19m $300.00 $18.60
AGM Deposit: Non-Member Rate 2d 21h 19m $500.00 $30.60
One Session Conference Only 2d 21h 19m $100.00 $6.60
Three Sessions Plus Networking Reception 13 Jul 2017 $200.00 $12.60

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This year's AGM will be hosted in separate and equally thrilling venues. We will be kicking off the meeting at the Calgary Stampede and experiencing some of the most exciting activities the event has in store.

We will then move to Banff and enjoy views of majestic mountains while participating in is a series of activities and meetings to sharpen your mind and to subsequently unwind in the company of your peers, who are most often leaders in both their companies and fields. As the CPCA's premier meeting, the AGM is a wonderful event not to be missed by senior process specialists.

During the General Meeting, delegates will learn about trends in the Canadian market, regulatory liaison, academic liaison and process related events.  Delegates will also participate in workshops which will help to forge the future direction of the CPCA. This year members are asking us to address the CRN issue which has caused headaches for years. Our Industrial Relations Committee has begun a process to work toward national harmonization. 


From Trump to Toronto to “Tofino”: The rise of anti-reality politics, Mark Milke

Many years ago, as I was explaining how politics really works to an accountant friend—the importance of carefully crafted words and images, why sound bites matter, how promises can be made and broken with seemingly little consequence—my friend’s eyes became ever-wider. He explained that the rewards and punishments in his field were very different: they were connected to reality, e.g., an accountant who falsifies numbers can lose her designation and even end up in jail.

Governments are a necessary, desirable part of a civilized society. But in politics the incentives, rewards and even the “punishments” are unique: the hard numbers rarely matter and emotions and images initially matter more than verifiable facts; also, emotions often “trump” sound decision-making on a wide variety of critical issues. All of that produces behaviour properly frowned upon in the business world and in life. I will highlight some historic numbers on trade worldwide and their effect on prosperity.

At the end of this talk, I explain (positively!) how when governments do face reality, the results are better for just about everyone.

“Alberta’s Resource Potential and its Ability to Reach New Markets”,  Paul Tsounis, Director, Energy Economics, Alberta Energy

"Due to an unexpected surge in crude oil production in the United States over the past few years, along with rising global crude oil inventories in the face of declining global energy demand and economic activity, crude oil prices have tumbled dramatically with little certainty among investors and analysts of when we can expect a rebound in economic conditions. Alberta's economy, with its large dependence on the energy industry, has been feeling the pinch of reduced energy prices through reduced investment and rising unemployment."

Paul will provide an overview the current market conditions in Alberta along with data on US and global situations. He will also discuss the climate leadership plan and detail issues with the administration south of the border.

Paul Tsounis is currently the Director of Resource Economics in the Energy Information and Analysis Branch in Alberta Energy. In the 8 years that Paul has been a part of the Branch, he has led a group of professionals responsible for conducting energy price forecasts, monitoring global and North American energy market conditions and trends, royalty policy analysis and is now conducting upstream resource economics analysis.

Prior to his current position in Alberta Energy, Paul also was Chief Economist with the City of Edmonton for 5 years, Senior Economist with Alberta Treasury Board and Finance for 3 years, and an Economist with the Oil Sands Business Unit at Alberta Energy for one year.

“Energy Trends, Threats and Opportunities”, Davis Gray, Gray Energy Economics 

• What will the future hold for carbon trading?

• What effect will carbon taxes have on the oil and gas sector?

• What will the effect of carbon taxes be on the manufacturing sector?

• What are the key trends in electricity over the next 20 years?

• What strategies make sense in maintaining profitability and creating demand in the controls sector?

David K. Gray, BA, MBA, MM, CEM Energy Economist Dave is a well known and respected energy and utility sector economist and executive. He has previously served as Senior Executive of the Office of the Utilities Consumer Advocate and as President of CCW Inc. an innovative oilfield energy efficiency firm. Dave is currently President of Gray Energy Economics with clients across North America.

“Industrie 2030, Reinvigorating the Manufacturing Sector in Canada”
Mike Holden, Chief Economist: Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Manufacturing is the largest and most important business sector in Canada. However, the sector has struggled in recent years and along with it, so too has the Canadian economy. Output and employment have stagnated, investment and innovation have declined, and trade deficits have ballooned.

At the same time, the Fourth Industrial Revolution – the fusion of the digital and physical worlds – offers a unique opportunity. Advanced technologies are transforming what it means to be a manufacturer and play directly to many of Canada’s strengths: our ingenuity, our technological capabilities and our skilled workforce.

Canada needed a national strategy to respond to these opportunities and challenges. For this reason, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters undertook a year-long research and consultation exercise in 2016 called Industrie 2030. Now in the early implementation phase, Industrie 2030 has an ambitious goal of creating the conditions necessary to see Canadian manufacturing and value-added exports double by the year 2030.

Mike will provide an overview of the Industrie 2030 strategic plan. He will discuss the specific challenges facing Canadian manufacturing today, as well as CME’s proposals for how to address those challenges and reinvigorate the sector.

Mike Holden is Chief Economist for Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. Based out of Calgary, Mike leads CME’s economics, research and analysis services and is a senior member of the national policy team. Mike’s responsibilities include ongoing economic analysis commentaries and publications, directing major research projects, and policy development. He is also a member of the lead team in designing and executing CME’s Industrie 2030 initiative.

Social Program:

The AGM is a truly unique opportunity to talk with fellow process leaders and form relationships in a casual environment. Networking is one of the key values to association membership.


The event will begin with a number of actitivities at the Calgary Stampede, including a BBQ and chuckwagon race, before moving to Banff to enjoy the majestic surroundings through golf, hiking, atving and an authentic cowboy cookout dinner. This event truly raises the bar in both professional and social aspects and will be one to remember for years to come!


Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Rates: $185

Deposits: Payments can be made via CC or by sending a cheque to the CPCA liaison office

Have questions about CPCA Annual General Meeting 2017? Contact Canadian Process Control Association

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Banff Centre for the Arts
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Banff
Banff, ab T1L 1H5

Thursday, 13 July 2017 at 1:00 PM - Sunday, 16 July 2017 at 4:00 PM (MDT)

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Canadian Process Control Association

The only trade association for the instrumentation and automation industry in Canada, the Canadian Process Control Association promotes the industry and its members to customers, academia and public bodies; provides a forum to exchange technical, industry and regulatory information; develops industry statistics; and, encourages professional and ethical behavior and quality standards among its members

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