CPA Public Affairs
June 2019

CPA three-year strategy: positioning the propane industry for the future

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Growing and positioning the propane industry for the future were key elements at the May quarterly Board of Directors meeting and the Annual General meeting that took place on Tuesday, May 28 in Niagara Falls, ON. 
Many CPA Board members have served the Association since its inception in 2011. As a result of the succession planning by the board over the past year, six new members joined the board at the meeting, replacing those who are retiring.
The CPA gratefully thanks outgoing board members: David Palmer, Scott Rurak, Greg Thibodeau, Pierre Magnan and Ian Appleton.
The Association welcomes: Darren Eavis (Total Control Systems), Sterling Koch (Plains Midstream), Chad Mackarenko (Pembina Pipeline Corp.), Chantelle McGivern (Shell Canada Chemicals), Keith Morin (Federated Co-operatives Ltd.), Darryl Campbell (Parkland Fuel) and Mark Mundy (NGL Supply Co. Ltd.).
Congratulations to Nancy Borden (VI Propane) now Vice-chair and a special thank you to Dan Kelly who accepted to remain Chair for another year.
At the Annual General Meeting that followed, Chair Dan Kelly reported on the board and CPA advocacy activities, while President and CEO Nathalie St-Pierre provided an overview of a new three-year CPA Strategic Plan.
Kelly told AGM attendees that membership continues to grow and to be engaged, adding that the Association remains in a very strong position from both strategic and financial perspectives.
He highlighted the value of the regional Chair-to-Chair calls, which focus on issues in each region of the country as well as provide the opportunity for developing synergies and sharing solutions.
He also gave an overview of CPA advocacy activities across the provinces and touched on the changing political landscape – since the CPA’s AGM in Ottawa last June, there have been four new provincial governments elected and possibly another new government with the federal election coming this fall. Regardless of who’s in power, he said, the CPA is promoting the Propane Advantage to governments at all levels and all political stripes.
Issues the Association is focused on include working to create a level playing field in numerous key areas such as the federal carbon tax, the filling of propane vehicles, natural gas expansion and training.
“We have our work cut out for us and with the board members, past and present, active and engaged members across the country, and a renewed CPA team,” said Kelly, “I know we will move forward together to advance the Propane Agenda in Canada.”
St-Pierre provided key highlights from the three-year Strategic Plan that was adopted by the board earlier that day and will be key in moving the Association forward.
The CPA Strategic Plan 2020-2022 focuses on five main goals:
  • Advance the interests of the propane industry
  • Grow the propane industry
  • Expand the industry safety culture (including through the Reliable Propane Fiable© Commitment, which will be a condition of membership starting next year)
  • Elevate the propane brand
  • Improve the value proposition of the CPA
The CPA will communicate more about the Strategic Plan with members as it evolves and is set in motion.

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