Q2 | June 2019
ERAC Q2 2019 Newsletter
President's Message
ERAC just wrapped up our National Training Forum in the first week of May. For those who don’t know, this is an event we hold every two years for our response team network, including team managers and leaders, remedial measures advisors, technical advisors, dangerous goods officers and regulators. 

ERAC Organizational Changes

As ERAC continues to grow and mature as an organization so does our organizational structure. To more effectively and efficiently assist our Plan Participant members and response team network, ERAC made changes to our organizational structure in April.

As the interim Emergency Response Planning Manager, Don Merriam is responsible for writing proposals and emergency response plans (ERPs), including environmental emergency (E2) plans and Emergency Response Assistance Plans (ERAPs), and performing gap analysis and evaluations. He also manages the development of ERP drills and exercises.

As the interim Operations Manager, Lee Nelson is responsible for overseeing the ERAC technical advisors and working with our response team network on annual Regional Training and Assessments to ensure they meet or exceed ERAC’s training requirements to support our Plan Participant members' ERAPs. He is also responsible for overseeing the planning and delivery of industrial and first responder firefighter training in relation to LPG and flammable liquids.

ERAC Board of Directors Changes
The Board of Directors for ERAC and the Canadian Propane Association recently approved changes to the ERAC Board of Directors.
Congratulations to Sterling Koch (Plains Midstream Canada) for stepping in to the role of Chair, and to James Shelford (AltaGas Ltd.) for taking on the role of Vice-Chair. Ian Appleton (Parkland Fuel Corp.) moves in to the position of Past Chair. We also welcome Anthony Ippolito (CN) and Louise Dame (Keyera) to the Board. 
Finally, our sincere thanks to departing Board member Mike Freeman (Keyera) for all his hard work.

RMA changes

Welcome to new RMA Craig Lypps of Echo Bay, ON.

ERAC is recruiting technical advisors and RMAs in Saskatchewan and BC South – contact
Lee Nelson, Operations Manager, 250-318-5708.
Changes to Federal Regulations:
TDG and Environmental Emergency (E2)
Over the past months, both Transport Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada published changes to federal regulations. 

Training and Events
ERAC operations staff have conducted several training sessions already this year in order to maintain best-in-class response capabilities for our Plan Participant members.

ERAC Responder Awards Recipients

In order to recognize the efforts of outstanding ERAC responders, individuals and teams, we're pleased to announce the winners of our four awards for 2019.

In the Spotlight: RST

RST of Saint John, NB is one of the longest-standing ERAC response teams in Canada, celebrating 21 years of experience in emergency response. 

2019 Leo Sichewski Memorial Bursary Winner
Amber Rushton
A former music teacher, Amber Rushton fell into the diverse worlds of hazardous materials, environmental emergency response and emergency planning.

Currently a Business Continuity & Emergency Planning Coordinator with the City of Burlington Fire Department, Amber also works with ERAC on a contract basis, primarily in emergency response planning.

EOS (ERAP Online Services) Update

Thank you to our Plan Participant members who’ve transitioned to Transport Canada’s ERAP online services (EOS) to process new applications, update or renew your ERAPs.

ERAC Responder Training Launch

Our ERAC Responder Training curriculum launched earlier this year! This new curriculum, based on NFPA training standards, is also available for purchase by all stakeholders.

Find Us

  • June 13: Spencer Buckland, President, ERAC, will speak at the CPA Atlantic Seminar regarding recent federal regulations changes
  • June 19-20: Find us at the Clean Pacific exhibition space

Thank you Pembina Pipeline Corporation for your donation towards an equipment cache in northern BC. LtoR: Martin Clough, Senior Manager, Safety & Emergency Management, Pembina; Spencer Buckland, President, ERAC; Craig Hilton, Manager, Prince Rupert Terminal, Pembina.
ERAC Reaches LPG ERAP Milestone

ERAC reached a notable milestone when Transport Canada issued our 500th LPG ERAP number to Barnwell of Canada Ltd.!

To fully appreciate how far we’ve come, we’re casting back to 1987 when A-1 Industrial Propane Ltd. from Burnaby, BC signed its Participation Agreement with LPG Assistance Corp. to secure its LPG Stationary Tank Plan.

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