Q4 | December 2021
ERAC Q4 2021 Newsletter
President's Message

I’d like to begin by thanking all our stakeholders – Plan Participant members, responders, partners and staff – for your continued commitment to ERAC during our 35th year in operation. We would not be successful without your support. Thank you.

2021 has been a year of change and accomplishment for ERAC as we continued to support our Plan Participant members, responders and other stakeholders across Canada.


Changes At ERAC

In late November, Don Merriam, ERAC’s Emergency Response Planning Manager, left the organization. Prior to joining ERAC, Don was a response team leader at Petro Canada LPG in Montreal. When he joined ERAC, Don initially worked as a remedial measures advisor, and later served as the LPG Operations Manager, Operations Director and finally Emergency Response Planning Manager. Over his seven-year tenure with ERAC, Don proved to be a valued team member and leader and was an instrumental part of the ERAC team. ERAC thanks Don for his many contributions and wishes him all the best in his future endeavours.

With Don’s departure, Patrick Knight has been named Safety & Emergency Management Director and will on take the responsibility of continuing to grow our emergency response planning activities as well as all aspects of ERAC’s safety program.
DGEM Conference Announces Rick Hansen as Keynote Speaker
ERAC is pleased to announce our keynote speaker at our 2022 Dangerous Goods Emergency Management Conference will be Rick Hansen, best known as the “Man in Motion” for his epic 40,000 km wheelchair trip around the world. Hansen, a strong advocate for the removal of barriers for people with disabilities, will be sharing his thoughts on Leadership: Becoming A Difference Maker.
Next year’s conference will be held on May 10-12, 2022, at Hotel Arts in Calgary, and for the first time, will include both Plan Participant members and ERAC’s responder network.
More details to follow later this year.
Emergency Response Planning Continues Its Busy Pace

The emergency response planning (ERP) group is continuing to receive inquiries and requests to develop environmental emergency (E2) plans and other emergency planning documentation and has completed 22 E2 plans, one rail security plan and one BC spill contingency plan so far this year.

Flammable Liquids ERAPs Submitted and Approved

ERAC is pleased to announce that all flammable liquids ERAPs have been submitted and approved in Transport Canada’s web-based system, ERAP Online Services (EOS

Training & Events

ERAC has completed several regional training and assessment events across the country over the past quarter.

ERAC Now Offers Two Versions of Incident Command System Training 

ERAC is now offering two versions of Incident Command System (ICS) training. The newly updated ERAC ICS 100 and the ERAC ICS 200 were developed to train our responders in the basics of ICS.

Safety Bulletin - Leaking Chek Lok®

An ERAC LPG response team attended an incident involving the transfer of a bobtail delivery truck. The bobtail did not have a fitting readily available to allow for liquid removal, so the team opted to remove the liquid through the evacuation valve, sometimes referred to as a Chek Lok®...

In the Spotlight: QM Environmental - Stoney Creek

QM Environmental’s Stoney Creek, Ontario office is staffed by 20 full-time and part-time team leaders, technicians and firefighters that are assessed and approved ERAC LPG responders.

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