Canada’s first Crane Council names initial members


Born out of last year’s event, the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council will be inaugurated at CRC Canada 2012, at the Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta, Sept. 13-14.

MCM Events is delighted to name the first members of the Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council (CHRSC), which will be inaugurated at its Crane & Rigging Conference (CRC) Canada 2012, at the Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton, Alberta, Sept. 13-14.

A new crane safety council of high-profile industry executives will be unveiled at the event, when it returns to Edmonton, where it opened to a standing room-only crowd in Sept. 2011 at the nearby Fantasyland Hotel. Professionals from all the western provinces and many from the United States attended.

CHRSC acting chairperson Fraser Cocks, executive director, British Columbia Association for Crane Safety, said: “The panel members, which are the initial starting directors, are composed of companies, organizations and associations. It is structured in this way to ensure every industry sector as well as all applications of lifting equipment are included. The intent of the council is to ensure that the members consist of applicable major stakeholders across Canada.”

The new council will be introduced to CRC Canada attendees on the afternoon of the second day of the event before sitting to form a panel to take questions from the audience. Breaking new ground in the way crane safety is addressed in the region, it is sure to be an event highlight.

Cocks added: “The individual panel members will be sharing their perspectives and anticipated outcomes of the council. We will also be reporting on a couple of projects that have already been started as a result of this council. We will have some real work underway to demonstrate the value and potential of what an organization such as this can accomplish when industry comes together collaboratively.”

Last year, a panel sat to discuss harmonization of regulations relevant to cranes and rigging with Alberta and the other three western provinces—British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The Northwest Territories are addressing major growth in the oil, gas, and mining sectors over the next 10 years.

Richard Howes, associate publisher and editor for the event organizer, Maximum Capacity Media, said: “The inauguration of the CHRSC justifies the work that went into launching this conference in the region last year.” Howes, who moderated last year’s event, stressed in his opening remarks the importance of returning 12 months later to report on positive change. “Building on the momentum of last year’s panel discussion and working with a council that was formed out of those positive dealings is evidence of that,” he said.

“I have supported and overseen many international and regional lifting industry conferences—in my hometown of London, the Middle East, Far East, and North America—and CRC Canada has the foundations to influence the biggest changes for the better we have seen an event like this achieve. The market should be congratulated for recognizing that potential.”

The first Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council member organizations and representatives are:

Lorne Kleppe, executive director, Manufacturers Health & Safety Association (MHSA) of Alberta; together with Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA)
Fraser Cocks, executive director, British Columbia Association for Crane Safety (BCACS); and acting chairperson of Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council
Dave Earle, Human Resources Services & Government Relations, Construction Labour Relations (CLR) of British Columbia
Tim Bennett, vice president, Northern Crane Services Group; and chairperson for Occupational Health & Safety Council for the government of Alberta
Daryl Harvey, senior staff, Health & Safety Training & Implementation, CENOVUS Energy Inc.
Judy Mellott-Green, CEO, All Canadian Training Institute Inc.; and CSA and ASME B30 Standards member
Fred Wolsey, system engineer, Bruce Power

Register to attend before July 31, 2012 to save $100 with early bird registration.

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