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Chairman's Report

December 1, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Outside my window the first few flakes of snow are falling ushering in the winter season. Warm and comfortable inside, I’m reminded of the important role our industry plays in the manufacture and supply of products that create comfortable living conditions for all Canadians - something we can all be proud of. It is a privilege to serve as your Chairman for 2016/2017 and my first five months have been enjoyable, busy and productive. In an effort to foster stronger bonds I have committed to travel to, and meet with, all nine CIPH Regions and attend as many allied association conferences as time will allow. In my journeys so far I have been impressed by the strength of our allied association relationships and the desire to collaborate to make our industry voice stronger and clearly heard. Our Regions and the hundreds of volunteers who give so generously of their time, as well as the member companies who encourage their employees’ involvement, are what give CIPH its strength. It is truly the life blood of this organization and I thank all of you for your ongoing support. It is greatly appreciated.


We continue to work hard on your behalf. Accomplishments to date include the development and ongoing implementation of our Long Range Plan. This plan came as a direct result of surveys and numerous town hall meetings wherein you, our membership, told us what issues CIPH needed to address in order to increase its value to your organization. You told us that strong government relations and a continued focus on codes and standards was important to you.


We continue to raise industry awareness within all levels of government and work in partnership with many government agencies to ensure industry stakeholder input is considered prior to any regulatory action. We are working with NRCan to develop a national minimum efficiency standard for residential and commercial boilers. Our proposal has been presented to NRCan and it will be considered the benchmark as they do a feasibility study on condensing technology in 2017.


Work continues and progress is being made on the automatic timely adoption of the national plumbing code by provinces. Our "Day on the Hill" in Ottawa, sponsored by our good friend Senator Don Plett and in association with Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada continues to generate both awareness and action within the political arena on major issues affecting our membership and our industry. We will continue our work "On the Hill" in April of 2017.  We will again be insisting on the passing of Bill S-224 (which just passed 2nd reading in the Senate) which outlines prompt payment legislation for federal projects. We will continue our efforts towards the harmonization of codes and standards across Canada and bilateral U.S.-Canada testing standards as we strive to achieve "one standard one test one mark" for the North American marketplace.


Some additional recent activities of the Board include:

  • In our ongoing efforts to attract youth to our industry the Board has approved the Sponsorship of the JDC West and Central student competitions. JDC West and Central are three day events that showcase academics, athletics, social spirit, and charity. Student delegates compete in academic case competitions, parliamentary style debates, sports tournaments and social competitions. The event lets students showcase all aspects of university life from school spirit and dedication, to academic skills and teamwork. The team that performs the best overall takes home the prestigious “School of the Year” title.
  • Approval of the ABC 2017 Conference theme:  Making History Together/Marquons l’histoire ensemble” which will be held June 25-27 at the Delta Ottawa City Centre in conjunction with Canada’s 150th anniversary.
  • Development of a CIPH Climate Change position statement. As the federal government and the provinces move to change or create policies to manage climate change, CIPH should have a game plan and a position to be able to address these changes.
  • Senior leadership teams from CIPH and HRAI recently held meetings to develop an “advocacy playbook” in an effort to maximize the opportunities for greater collaboration regarding advocacy and government relations. In essence, these meetings have amounted to a significant enhancement to the current CIPH/HRAI Memorandum of Understanding.
  • The Board approved the establishment of CIPH’s Women’s Network: “Connecting and Empowering Women in Plumbing & Heating” – read more about this in the article below.

I am grateful to have such a talented group of fellow directors, volunteers and staff at CIPH with which to work. Together we have achieved and will achieve great things for our members. We couldn't do it without you. Thank you again!


December is upon us and the Holiday season just around the corner. On behalf of the Palamar family and the entire staff of Weil McLain Canada and Aqua Tech I wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas, a happy Holiday Season and a healthy and prosperous New Year!


All the Best!


Bill Palamar (Weil McLain Canada/Aqua Tech Sales & Marketing)

2016-2017 Chairman of the Board

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