Q1 | March 2020
ERAC Q1 2020 Newsletter
President's Message

For ERAC, 2020 started out with a bang – we’ve seen nine flammable liquids and 19 LPG incidents this year so far; ERAC saw our busiest eight weeks in the organization’s history this year. Thank you to our staff and contractors for managing and responding to these incidents on behalf of our Plan Participant members. A special congratulations goes out to Keyera for responding to their 50th incident since becoming a team with ERAC.

Not only has our Operations team been busy attending to incidents, but also ramping up planning for the year. Regional training and assessment events for the first half of the year are booked and we’re looking at planning at least one large-scale event for 2020.

Announcements

Congratulations to ERAC’s Carley Milhausen on her new role as Executive/HR Associate!
Register Today!

ERAC’s second Dangerous Goods Emergency Management Conference takes place May 4-6, 2020 in Calgary at Hotel Arts. The full agenda is now available . Speakers include Michel Beland , Executive Director, Compliance and Response, Transport Canada; Greg Filipchuk , General Manager, Operations, SECURE Energy; Christina Firth , Senior Program Officer - Environmental Emergency Regulations, Environment and Climate Change Canada; Allen Higginbotham , Vice President, Emergency Operations, CTEH; Bill Jahelka , Vancouver Island Regional Operations Manager, Western Canada Marine Response Corporation; Andy Jeves , Director, Emergency Haz-Mat Services, Nucor Environmental Solutions; Jean-Paul Lacoursière , Associate Professor, University of Sherbrooke; Robert Lavigne , Indigenous Relations Advisor, Canadian Propane Association; David Markham , Director, Stakeholder Relations, AltaGas Ltd.; Adrian Michielsen , Regional Emergency Preparedness and Response Advisor, Imperial Oil; Brandon Morris , Instructor/Chief Pilot, Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC); Clay Reid , Director - Hazardous Materials, BNSF Railway; Laurence Riel , Senior Advisor Aboriginal Initiatives/Partnerships, Pembina Pipeline Corporation; and Chris Sankey , Chief Executive Officer, Blackfish Enterprises.


Don’t miss the free ERAC Program Information Session for all Plan Participant members on May 4. This small-group format session is an opportunity to "meet the team" behind ERAC and ask questions face to face. Registration for the conference is not mandatory to attend.
Training & Events

Regional training and assessment events for our response teams are kicking off in March and continuing throughout the year. We're also gearing up for LPG firefighting and other training events.

In the Spotlight: Ram Environmental Emergency Response

Ram Environmental Emergency Response is in the British Columbia interior region; they’ve been a flammable liquids response team with ERAC for six years, and LPG since 2019. 

Get Caught Up on Regulations with our
Readiness & Review Programs

In terms of federal regulations, specifically TDG and E2, several deadlines have passed or will take place in 2020.

New Year – New(ish) ERAP System

Transport Canada's deadline is January 31, 2021 to log in to EOS and resubmit your ERAP. 

If your ERAP expires this year, ERAC will contact you around 90 days prior to the expiration date to begin the renewal process. 

If you do not have an ERAP expiring this year, we recommend completing the process as soon as possible.

Don’t Forget – Deadline for the Leo Sichewski Memorial Bursary is March 31

The Leo Sichewski Memorial Bursary allows 
  • ERAC responders, 
  • Plan Participant members,  
  • ERAC employees, and 
  • family members of the above

to access up to up to $2,000 for enrollment in a certificate, diploma or degree program in safety, emergency management or first responder training. Applications are open now.

You Spoke, We're Listening

Since Q4 2018, ERAC surveyed our three biggest stakeholder groups: Plan Participant members, ERAC staff and ERAC responders.

It’s our goal to continuously improve in order to meet, or exceed, expectations. Thank you to everyone who filled out the surveys.

ERAC’s ArcGIS Resource Locator and Incident Management Dashboard

ERAC is extending access to the ERAC Resource Locator and Incident Management Dashboard, an ArcGIS web mapping application that aids in the location and allocation of resources for any incident, to all our Plan Participant members.

Find Us

  • March 27 & 28 – TA Louis-Philippe Ethier will be an exhibitor at the Northeastern Fire Education Conference & Trade Show
  • April 7-9 – President Spencer Buckland can be found as an exhibitor at Clean Waterways
  • April 28 & 29 – Safety & Quality Manager Patrick Knight will be on-site as an exhibitor and sponsor at Forward Summit, in cooperation with the CPA and Superior Propane
  • May 4-6 – the entire ERAC team will be at the Dangerous Goods Emergency Management Conference. Register today!
  • May 12-14 – President Spencer Buckland speaks at CANECT on May 13, while Emergency Response Planning Manager Don Merriam will be an exhibitor throughout the event
  • May 27-29 - ERAC will be an exhibitor at the PACWEST Conference
ERAC Key Performance Indicators
Arrival Time by Responder Type
Tier 1 Implementations By Type
Tier 2 Implementations by Type
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