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Special message from the President: Strengthening Relationships with Allied Associations

November 24, 2017   (1 Comments)
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November has been a busy month attending allied associations conferences in North America. These events are the perfect opportunities to make sure that CIPH is maximizing the partnership frameworks contained within the Memorandums of Understanding (MOU’s) we have with complimentary organizations. Due to the increased complexity and globalization of the construction industry CIPH needs to more than ever work closely with other like-minded organizations to achieve synergies that benefit our members and move the industry forward. Our consistent ability to develop meaningful relationships and win-win solutions make CIPH a valued partner on both sides of the border. 


Travelling with CIPH Chairman Joe Senese, I attended the recent MCA Canada conference. To a forum of their members Chairman Senese highlighted the growing importance of the CIPH and MCA Canada relationship, particularly our joint support for prompt payment legislation and timely adoption of the national model codes. These two issues will continue to be the focus of our annual Parliamentary Awareness Day scheduled for May 8, 2018 and sponsored by Senator Donald Plett.


To strengthen our relationship with MCA Canada the CIPH Board believes that our Regions and their “local boards” should have direct contact on a regularly scheduled basis. The more they understand how they can work together the easier it will be achieve results at a regional level. 


The leadership of CIPH and MCA Canada are going to ask local representatives to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing our respective industries. Once each region has performed this exercise, association leadership want each to identify how the respective national offices can provide the “right” support.

The key value of this initiative is to identify the commonalities present in many regions and to be able to work together to apply repeatable solutions rather than one time resolutions. By better understanding Regions we can, where possible, combine available resources, increasing our ability to make more of a difference on the ground from coast to coast. 


While we certainly got a lot accomplished over a few days of networking and learning we also had the opportunity to say a few nice words about CEO Richard McKeagan as he will be completing his service to MCA Canada in 2018. For his leadership and support Richard was recognized with CIPH’s Order of the Bath and Bowl


 L to R: MCAC President Del Pawliuk, MCAC CEO Richard McKeagan, CIPH Chairman of the Board Joe Senese and CIPH President & General Manager Ralph Suppa.


Shortly after the MCA Canada Conference I attended the annual conference of the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI). PMI was the first organization that CIPH had signed an MOU with over 15 years ago and it is still meaningful and relevant today. The theme of the PMI conference was the ”Spirit of Collaboration” and it reminded me that we need to communicate more to appreciate the forces and shifts that are challenging our industry with allied associations, government and the industry at large for which we serve.  

On behalf of the CIPH membership I had the pleasure of presenting about our joint work in the North American marketplace, specifically about our regulatory work regarding NAFTA, the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, timely adoption of codes, and binational and trinational harmonization of standards. In the spirit of collaboration together we are making a difference. 


I also got to say a few nice words about former CEO/Executive Director Barb Higgens, who was recognized at our conference back in June. New CEO/Executive Director Kerry Stackpole and I are already operating as trusted colleagues, a result of productive collaboration between our respective organizations over the years.


L to R: CIPH President & General Manager Ralph Suppa, Former PMI CEO/Executive Director Barb Higgens, Susie Suppa and Trey Higgens


It is my firm belief that relationships built on trust, transparency, cooperation and support will remain key to our success in navigating a challenging future. We must always be open to exchanging knowledge and work collaboratively to thrive in a constantly changing environment.




Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating


Ralph Suppa, CAE

President & General Manager


Posted November 27, 2017
A special message from a special leader! Thank you, Ralph and CIPH, for keeping our Association in tune with the activities and priorities of our Allied Associations. This is so critical so that we can keep a step ahead of the changing environment we operate in, and/or respond to changes in alignment with our allies. Strength in numbers!

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