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THE MAGAZINE OF CANADA’S CHEMISTRY INDUSTRY

WINTER 2016 | www.ciac-acic.ca

Catalyst

A CONVERSATION

WITH

DERON

BILOUS

Alberta’s Minister of

Economic Development

and Trade

Climate Change and

Chemistry-Based Solutions

Profile/Profil:

Kevin Henderson,

Methanex Corporation;

Chairman, CIAC

Board of Directors

Who Will Fund the Future?


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VOLUME 12, NUMBER 3, WINTER 2016

COLUMNS

6 President’s Message

Meet Bob Masterson, CIAC’s New President and CEO.

Contents

Catalyst

THE MAGAZINE OF CANADA’S CHEMISTRY INDUSTRY

WINTER 2016 | www.ciac-acic.ca

7 Message de Président

Message de Bob Masterson, le nouveau président - directeur général de l’Association

canadienne de l’industrie de la chimie (ACIC)

9 Edifications

A New Government, New Dialogue, Better Chemistry

BY PIERRE GAUTHIER

11 Responsible Care ®

Climate Change and Chemistry-Based Solutions

BY LUC ROBITAILLE, VICE-PRESIDENT, RESPONSIBLE CARE ®

13 Critical Perspectives

Who Will Fund the Future?

Who will lead the industry and the field of chemistry forward?

BY ROBIN D. ROGERS

FEATURES

14 A Conversation with Deron Bilous, Alberta’s Minister of

Economic Development and Trade

Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade is a new department

that will oversee the province’s plans for economic growth and diversification.

The Hon. Deron Bilous, who heads up the new ministry, shares his vision for Alberta.

16 CIAC Annual Dinner and Awards

Meet the individuals CIAC honoured for dedicating their time and expertise to

support and advance CIAC initiatives.

17 Honouring Richard Paton after 19 years

as CIAC’s President and CEO

Paton is leaving CIAC but will still be active in the industry.

18 Profile: Kevin Henderson, Methanex Corporation;

Chairman, CIAC Board of Directors

19 Profil: Kevin Henderson, Methanex Corporation;

Président du Conseil d’administration de l’ACIC

SOLUTIONS

21 The Chemistry Behind Skiing

Learn how this fun wintertime sport has more going on than meets the eye.

BUYERS’ GUIDE

22 Buyers’ Guide and Index to Advertisers

A CONVERSATION

WITH

DERON

BILOUS

Alberta’s Minister of

Economic Development

and Trade

Climate Change and

Chemistry-Based Solutions

Profile/Profil:

Kevin Henderson,

Methanex Corporation;

Chairman, CIAC

Board of Directors

Who Will Fund the Future?

On the Cover: Deron Bilous, Alberta’s

Minister of Economic Development

and Trade.

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

President & CEO

Bob Masterson

Vice-President, Public Affairs

Pierre Gauthier

Catalyst Editor &

CIAC Communications Manager

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President’s Message

By Bob Masterson

MEET BOB MASTERSON,

CIAC’S NEW PRESIDENT

AND CEO

CIAC has a

proud 50-year

history, and

today, is

recognized as

a national and

international

leader.

I’M VERY PROUD to have been selected as the next President and CEO of the Chemistry Industry

Association of Canada (CIAC). It is an honour and privilege to follow in the footsteps of past-presidents

Richard Paton and Jean Bélanger, two extremely capable and well-respected individuals, who combined,

led the association for the past 36 years. I am impressed by what the association has achieved

and confident about its potential to continue to accomplish even more in the future.

CIAC has a proud 50-year history, and today, is recognized as a national and international leader.

The association is the founder and leader of Responsible Care®, the industry’s sustainability initiative

which now operates in 62 countries around the world. During the past 30 years, Responsible

Care has guided Canada’s chemistry industry in making significant improvements in the areas of

worker, public and environmental safety. Throughout this period, CIAC and its members have held

an unwavering commitment to fair, ethical, and solutions-oriented engagement with stakeholders

and critics. And I look forward to strengthening these relationships in the coming years.

Our industry and the country have benefited from working collaboratively with our stakeholders,

and this approach has resulted in world-leading public policy creation in key areas such as the

Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999), Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan and more

recently measures that have helped strengthen the competitive position of Canada’s manufacturing

industries.

CIAC’s success has been the result of a number of factors:

• a highly engaged membership fully committed to the Responsible Care ethic;

• a talented and professional staff dedicated to developing policies to assist industry in being more

competitive, more responsible, and more credible; and,

• a network of stakeholders and critics who ensure there is no wavering in the industry’s drive to

continuous improvement.

It is my role as the next President to ensure the Responsible Care ethic continues to guide the association

as we move forward. CIAC will continue to provide increased value for its members and encourage

the broader industry to join our efforts to ensure a sustainable chemistry industry in Canada.

I look forward to working with and for you now and in the years to come.

Bob Masterson

President and CEO

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Message de Président

By Bob Masterson

L’ACIC a une

fière histoire

de 50 ans et,

aujourd’hui,

elle est

reconnue

comme un

chef de file

national et

international.

MESSAGE DE BOB

MASTERSON, LE NOUVEAU

PRÉSIDENT - DIRECTEUR

GÉNÉRAL DE L’ASSOCIATION

CANADIENNE DE L’INDUSTRIE

DE LA CHIMIE (ACIC)

JE SUIS TRÈS fier d’avoir été choisi comme nouveau président - directeur général de l’ACIC. C’est un

honneur et un privilège de succéder aux anciens présidents Richard Paton et Jean Bélanger, deux hommes

extrêmement compétents et hautement respectés qui, à eux deux, ont dirigé l’Association pendant

36 ans. Je suis impressionné par tout ce que l’Association a réalisé et j’ai l’assurance qu’elle va continuer

à accomplir de grandes choses à l’avenir.

L’ACIC a une fière histoire de 50 ans et, aujourd’hui, elle est reconnue comme un chef de file national

et international. L’Association est la fondatrice et le leader de la Gestion responsable MD , l’initiative de

développement durable de l’industrie, qui, à ce jour, a été adoptée par 62 pays. Depuis 30 ans, la Gestion

responsable guide l’industrie canadienne de la chimie, qui apporte des améliorations considérables

sur les plans de la sécurité des travailleurs et du grand public et du respect de l’environnement. Depuis

toutes ces années, l’ACIC et ses membres maintiennent un engagement inébranlable envers des relations

justes, éthiques et axées sur des solutions avec les intervenants et les critiques. Je suis dans l’impatience

de renforcer ces relations au cours des années à venir.

Notre industrie et notre pays bénéficient énormément de la collaboration avec nos intervenants, ce

qui permet d’élaborer des programmes et des politiques publiques de classe mondiale, notamment la

Loi canadienne sur la protection de l’environnement (1999), le Plan de gestion des produits chimiques

du Canada et d’autres mesures récentes qui aident à renforcer la compétitivité des industries manufacturières

du Canada.

Le succès de l’ACIC découle de divers facteurs :

• des membres pleinement engagés, qui respectent l’éthique de la Gestion responsable MD ;

• un personnel talentueux et professionnel, qui élabore des politiques visant à aider l’industrie à être

plus concurrentielle, plus responsable et plus crédible ; et

• un réseau d’intervenants et de critiques qui assurent que l’industrie ne manque pas à son engagement

envers l’amélioration continue.

À titre de nouveau président, mon rôle consiste à assurer que l’éthique de la Gestion responsable

continue à guider l’Association alors que nous allons de l’avant.

Nous allons continuer à créer une valeur accrue pour nos membres et à encourager l’industrie dans

son ensemble à se joindre à nos efforts pour assurer la durabilité de l’industrie canadienne de la chimie.

Je me réjouis à l’idée de travailler avec tous nos membres, partenaires et intervenants, maintenant

et pour les années à venir.

Bob Masterson

Président - directeur général

Catalyst WINTER 2016 • 7


Edifications

NEW GOVERNMENT,

NEW DIALOGUE,

BETTER CHEMISTRY

By Pierre Gauthier

CANADA’S NEW LIBERAL majority government has arrived with an

ambitious agenda for the coming months and years. As it moves to

put new policies in place, especially with regard to the environment

and climate change, this government can count on the support of

the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC).

The government’s agenda aligns well with the priorities of

the chemistry industry, which include a focus on innovation,

high-value manufacturing, research and development, sciencebased

policy-making and sustained emissions reductions. The

industry has been working for many years to advance in these

areas, and it has a great deal of knowledge and experience to

share. And, we are committed to working collaboratively with

this new government to develop sustainable and achievable

policy solutions.

As a $53-billion-dollar industry that converts raw natural

resources into high value goods, the chemistry industry is vitally

important to strengthening Canada’s economic growth and prosperity.

It employs more than 80,000 Canadians directly and

indirectly supports another 400,000 jobs in the economy. It also

provides products essential to other industrial sectors throughout

Canada’s manufacturing value chain. CIAC believes that, by

working with industry, the government can create the right kind

of policies to support this key industry on both economic and

environmental fronts. As the voice of one of the most important

advanced manufacturing sectors in Canada, CIAC can play a huge

part in helping the government fulfil its agenda.

On the environment, CIAC supports the need for environmental

standards that are realistic and science-based. Over the

past 30 years, CIAC and its members have established a strong

track record in progressive environmental stewardship. As early

as 1985, they committed to Responsible Care® and created an ethic,

principles and a suite of codes to ensure that chemistry products

are manufactured in an environmentally responsible manner.

Today, more than 60 countries around the world have adopted

Responsible Care as their own industry standard. Thanks largely

to the members of CIAC, Canada is positioned as a global leader

in the environmental stewardship of chemical products.

With this forward-looking sustainability initiative now marking

its third decade, CIAC members have managed to reduce

their carbon emissions by 35 per cent since 1992. They have

virtually eliminated discharges to water, while reducing toxic

substance 1 emissions by 90 per cent and sulphur dioxide emissions

by 87 per cent. These reductions have been achieved through

investments in new plants and technologies; changes in production

processes; energy conservation efforts; and the substitution

of lower-carbon fuels. And the efforts continue. For example,

NOVA Chemicals in Corunna, Ontario recently moved to lighter,

ethane-based feedstock and plans soon to reduce greenhouse gas

emissions by 25 per cent over 2010 levels. Responsible Care is a

Canadian sustainability success story and a model for the world.

With this kind of background, the chemistry industry strongly

believes that economic and environmental objectives can be creatively

intertwined in the development of public policies. We are

ready to roll up our sleeves and define a common set of objectives

and come up with a strong, practical policy framework that is

mutually beneficial to industry and government. However, there

are many unknowns associated with a change of government, and

clarity is needed in a number of policy areas, for example: rail

safety, reliability and service; research and development incentives;

the Chemicals Management Plan (CMP); natural resource

upgrading., and the need to bolster the competitiveness of the

chemistry industry and more broadly the manufacturing sector,

to attract investments that will strengthen productivity, innovation

and create jobs.

CIAC, as the voice of the chemistry industry, is well positioned

to facilitate an open and collaborative dialogue with a broad range

of stakeholders in the chemistry sector. The industry is poised for

growth in 2016 and beyond, and it can help the new government

to achieve an optimal balance between environmental sustainability

and economic driven growth and productivity.

We believe that industry and the government have the right

chemistry to work together to build a strong, sustainable chemistry

industry for the benefit of all Canadians, and we look forward to

entering into an open, collaborative, and productive dialogue.

Pierre Gauthier is Vice-President, Public Affairs for the Chemistry

Industry Association of Canada.

1 Toxic substances as defined by the Canadian

Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).

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MANY WONDERED WHAT role industry played

at the Conference of All Parties (COP21) in

Paris last December, as governments from

more than 140 countries worked, under the

watchful eyes of environmental groups,

towards an agreement to limit the global

impact of climate change.

Industry accounts for nearly four

per cent of all man-made greenhouse gas

(GHG) emissions globally. And many sectors,

like the chemistry industry, are committed

to being a part of the solution to the

climate change challenge.

In Paris, 84 global companies publicly

committed to developing low carbon

action plans through the Low Carbon

Technology Partnerships Initiative 1 . This

initiative provides a collaborative platform

to identify technologies and solutions

to help limit global warming to no

more than 2°C relative to pre-industrial

levels. Several Responsible Care® Global

Charter signatory chemistry producers

such as DuPont, Evonik and Shell participated

in this effort. Chemicals are

one of the eight programs already active

under this Initiative, along with programs

in energy efficiency in the building

sector, carbon capture and storage,

and renewables.

Chemicals are used in sectors such

as health, agriculture, construction, and

transportation where, through continuous

innovation, they contribute to the development

of more sustainable products and significant

emissions reductions.

Construction

Buildings are a significant and growing

contributor to GHG emissions. It

is also where chemistry helps reduce

environmental impact: in construction

and operation. Advanced materials are

continuously being developed to improve

building insulation; to develop zero-waste

building materials; to improve production

and storage of renewable energy;

and to help conserve water. In addition,

technological advances in energy efficient

lighting, window films, air conditioning

coolants, piping for heat recovery

and reflecting paints ensure a more sustainable

structure.

Transportation

Global GHG emissions from the transportation

sector continue to rise as vehicle

ownership becomes more affordable in

developing countries. Today’s chemistry

contributes to a more sustainable

automotive sector through a wide range

of applications—lightweight plastics and

composite materials, reduced rolling

resistance tires, lubricants reducing friction

losses, emission controls, biofuels and

fuel cells, and the growing use of recyclable

materials—resulting in increased fuel consumption

efficiency. Vehicles are becoming

more energy efficient without sacrificing

safety or comfort.

Food

Today, more than a third of all food

produced is wasted. Not only does this

have an impact on human health but it also

results in unsustainable environmental

pressure and in resource and water losses.


The chemistry sector contributes greatly to

reducing GHG emissions associated with

agricultural production at all stages of the

food chain through innovative packaging

such as barrier films; oxygen or ethylene

scavenging coatings; and, light and smart

packaging that can extend the shelf-life of

food and reduce waste.

Energy

It is clear one of the most promising

approaches to reducing GHG emissions

will come from the development of

renewable energy solutions. Chemistry is

an essential part of the solution through

the development of photovoltaic cells,

the production of composite materials

for wind turbines, and improve battery

performance.

A shift to lower emission fuels – or

decarbonization – will allow for the production

of hydrogen through the electrolysis

of water which can then be used in the

production of various essential chemicals.

Methanol and other synthetic gas and biofuels

can also be produced using waste

Report Looks at GHG

Emissions Reductions

A report published by the World

Council for Sustainable Develop ment –

Low Carbon Technology Partnership

Initiative – Illustrates the important

role the chemistry industry plays in

transforming the products and services

we use daily. The report looks at potential

GHG emissions reductions both in

chemical production and through the

use of chemistry products.

Various renewable bio-based chemicals

can be produced using animal fats,

vegetable oils, starch, sugar and cellulose.

These can be made into plastics,

detergents, fibres, inks, adhesives,

construction materials, lubricants and

medicines.

To learn more, visit:

www.lctpi.wbcsdservers.org.

materials as feedstock instead of disposing

of these materials in landfills.

What can the chemistry

industry do directly?

Since reporting began in 1992, Canada’s

chemistry industry has proactively reduced

GHG emissions by 69 per cent. The industry

continues to invest in more energy efficient

projects and processes, increase its

use of recyclable materials and continues

to use scarce natural resources responsibly.

Improvements like these allow the sector to

continue to grow and innovate, and deliver

the products and solutions to help reduce

the impacts of climate change in Canada

and abroad.

CIAC members and partners, working

with governments and stakeholders,

are committed to investing in and

developing innovative solutions to improve

environmental performance and help

other sectors meet their own emissions

reduction objectives.


Luc Robitaille joined the Chemistry Industry

Association of Canada as Vice-President,

Responsible Care® in November 2015. He

is responsible for CIAC’s environmental,

health and sustainability issues.

1 www.wemeanbusinesscoalition.org/content/

low-carbon-technology-partnerships-initiative

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Critical Perspectives

WHO WILL FUND THE FUTURE?

By Robin D. Rogers

GREEN CHEMISTRY AND sustainability might

be the catalyst for change that reestablishes

the trust between the chemistry industry

and society, or the catalyst which ends

the industry as we know it. Does anyone

remember photographic film and a company

named Kodak? Interestingly, I am

not sure the lessons of history have been

ingrained enough to overcome the shortterm

survivalist thinking that prevents us

from risking change.

Many chemistry industries today are

trying to adopt the principles of green

chemistry to become better at what they

do and to respond to the new societal push

prompted by the rising awareness of global

climate change. Industries such as coal

mining are disappearing, while companies

based on oil, natural gas, and other

nonrenewable fuels and chemical sources

perhaps can see the handwriting on the

wall. In survivalist mode, many companies

seek societally-acceptable solutions that

still fit their current business plans. For

the chemistry industry this has meant

biosourcing chemicals that they can sell

instead of selling chemicals from the

refining of oil.

The change in our industry seems to

be a combination of business as usual and

small changes that seem meant to meet

what society thinks it wants or needs at

the moment. But who is finding and funding

the future? Where is the transformational

thinking that might eliminate the

need for chemistry industries and who

would fund such efforts?

Indeed, almost all disruptive technologies

come from the outside and not from

within the industries being displaced. But

for the chemistry industry, who is on the

outside paying attention? Normally, I

would look to the academic infrastructure,

the discipline of chemistry, for disruptive

changes in our industry; however, the funding

climate does not seem to allow this.

There has been, and apparently always

will be, a tension between ‘pure’ academic

research and ‘industrial’ research. When I

started my first faculty position in 1982, I

still remember being advised to stay away

from working with industry (which was

in the second breath after “I tried that

20 years ago and it didn’t work then and it

won’t work now.”). However, in the United

States, the changes in the economy and

the changes in the funding of academic

chemists turned virtually every successful

fundraiser into essentially an entrepreneur,

raising money wherever it could be

obtained. I also see this trend in Canada,

although many Canadian scientists must

raise significant support from companies

outside of Canada.

The chemistry industry now provides

a lot of funding to academics today, but

the work appealing to industry is likely

not going to be research, which would put

that company out of business if successful.

I still remember developing and patenting

(U.S. Patent No. 5,603,834; Feb. 18, 1997),

a technology that could be used to make

a Technetium-99m radiopharmaceutical

generator without using a source generated

by nuclear fission. Unfortunately for me,

there was only one company (a Canadian

company) in that space and they certainly

would not fund our work that could displace

them from the market. Just as an

update, I understand that perhaps this

technology might now be needed since

this company’s nuclear reactor had to be

shut down. Where would we be today if

the funding for such technologies was provided

by the industries that might eventually

take them forward?

In today’s world, as an academic, I have

also embarked into the world of the entrepreneur,

if nothing else to at least encourage

and teach (as much as an academic can)

how to recognize disruptive technologies,

market pain which needs relief, and the

general thinking/planning/organization

needed to be successful in a niche business

world.

Will the disruptive changes come from

the growing entrepreneurial sector where

big ideas can start small and take over?

Here risk takes on a different meaning since

entrepreneurs also need to raise money and

the venture capitalists seem to be quite risk

adverse. If there is already a good business

case to be made, there is virtually no risk,

and the return on investment (ROI) is guaranteed,

can the new technology really be

that novel or disruptive?

My challenge to the chemistry industry

is many fold, but perhaps the biggest

part of it is answering the question, do you

hang on forever or as long as possible for

survival or do you reinvent yourself? The

first step is to recognize when its time to

change, in time to be able to change.

I would suggest that now is the time to

change. In the U.S. it seems both Congress

and industry have been adverse to the concepts

of ‘green’, accusing its proponents

of being anti-business and the demands

of society ringing the death knell of our

economy. In Canada, at least before the

last election, I noted policies and attitudes

consistent with those in the U.S. In reality,

the concepts of green and sustainability

can make money and create jobs;

likely they eventually will do so in a large

and disruptive (i.e., transformational) way.

Given what is happening with oil today,

it should be clear the Canadian economy

will suffer with business as usual, but

could lead the world in alternative sustainable

technologies based on wise use

of renewable resources.

So, who will lead our industry and the

field of chemistry forward, those who are

risk adverse, or those who recognize, adopt,

and encourage change despite the risks?

Robin D. Rogers is a Professor, Department

of Chemistry, and Canada Excellence

Research Chair in Green Chemistry and

Green Chemicals, McGill University

in Montreal.

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Cover Story

A Conversation

with

Deron Bilous

Alberta’s Minister of Economic Development and Trade

Alberta’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade is a new department that will oversee the province’s plans for economic growth

and diversification. The Hon. Deron Bilous, who heads up the new ministry, recently spoke with Catalyst about his vision for Alberta.

Minister Bilous, can you tell us a bit about

the new Ministry?

Minister Bilous: The Ministry of

Economic Development and Trade provides

the leadership and tools business needs to

grow and create good jobs for Albertans. It provides

Alberta’s private-sector job creators with a one-stop

shop for economic development and diversification.

The Ministry has four divisions:

• Economic Development and Small and Medium

Sized Enterprise focuses on sustainable growth

and promotes non-energy sectors to increase economic

resilience in the economy.

• Trade and Investment Attraction drives export

market and investment attraction in both the energy

sector and other industries.

• Science and Innovation works to position Alberta

on the cutting edge of research, innovation and

commercialization.

• Strategic Policy and Corporate Services provides

policy, planning and evaluation support for

the Ministry.

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CIAC member-companies have been leaders in reducing

their environmental footprint while producing safer and

more environmentally friendly products. How do you

see our industry helping to support Alberta’s sustainable

energy future?

MB: I want to start out by commending CIAC in its commitment

to the environment. Through this, you are a model to other industry

associations across Canada.

On Nov. 22, 2015 our government announced Alberta’s Climate

Leadership Plan. The plan will make Alberta one of the most environmentally

responsible energy producers in the world. CIAC members

will be an integral part of reaching the provinces climate goals laid

out in the Climate Leadership Plan. You are already a leader in sustainable

development. An example of how the chemistry industry currently

helps is by taking off-gasses from oil sands facilities and using it

as feedstock. This reduces emissions and uses what would otherwise

be a waste product. Innovation and research is essential—continue

innovating and finding even more efficient processes to manufacture

chemicals.

How will the Ministry encourage value-added

developments and manufacturing in Alberta?

MB: We are working with the energy industry, smalland

medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurs to

develop new opportunities and create good jobs. We

are building the roads, bridges, schools and flood protection that

have been neglected for too long.

We are focusing on ways to diversify and add-value to our

energy sector, as we seek ways to improve market access. This

will help create long-term stability and good jobs in the sector.

The Royalty Review Advisory Panel has been tasked with

exploring diversification opportunities, including value-added

processing. I’m looking forward to the ideas brought forward

by the panel.

Do you see your Ministry directly involved in energy

upgrading strategies such as petrochemical investments

and development?

MB: I see our ministry as leading our economic

development efforts and part of that is exploring

upgrading and refining potential through the Royalty Review

Advisory Panel, and part of that is examining efforts that have

been made in the past to incent petrochemical development.

We are also currently working in partnership with Alberta

Energy to investigate possible program supports, as our government

is supportive of petrochemical development.

How can the chemistry industry help contribute to

diversifying the province’s economy?

MB: In Alberta, we would like to see new value chains

introduced, and the value chains we have extended –

new petrochemical processing facilities means new manufacturing

and processing opportunities that would support many sectors.

The chemistry industry is the fastest growing sector in

North America with over $125 billion in investments

expected between now and 2023 but we face some stiff

competition from the U.S. How can the province help our

industry win some of these investments?

MB: We understand there are some competitiveness challenges.

With the current changes in our economy, we are seeing a less tight

labour market and an advantageous exchange rate helping improve

our competitiveness. This in combination with abundant available

feedstocks like ethane and propane are helping to level the competitiveness

playing field. We are working to quantify the ongoing shift

in competitiveness with our competing jurisdictions and developing

business cases that allow us to strategically focus on key issues that

might be barriers or opportunities.

Some observers are saying that access to long-term supplies

of feedstock (natural gas and natural gas liquids) in

Alberta is restricted compared to other competitive jurisdictions.

How can you and the Ministry of Energy help our

industry secure a more predictable long-term supply of feedstock?

MB: Alberta has enormous shale resources. The challenge may

not be supply of petrochemical feedstock as much as building and

maintaining new markets and processing facilities that will provide

demand for continued deep gas and shale development. Our role is to

work with industry to ensure Alberta can continue to compete on an

international scale.

Given our longstanding history working with your department’s

officials, would it be fair to identify you as being

the lead, or the champion, for adding manufacturing value

to the output of the energy sector?

MB: Absolutely. You are spot on – regard me as the ‘point’ in government

for addressing diversification. The Premier put this Ministry

together as the one stop for value add, for diversification, for competitiveness,

for support and for opportunities to partner together. And

we look forward to working with you and your members in the future

to secure value add for Alberta.


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Feature

CIAC Annual Dinner

and Awards

EACH OCTOBER, CIAC recognizes individuals who have dedicated

their time and expertise to support and advance CIAC initiatives.

This year’s honorees were recognized at the association’s Annual

Dinner and Awards event held in Ottawa on Oct. 21.

Merit Award

The Merit Award recognizes a group or individual that has

provided leadership in supporting CIAC initiatives.

Randy Mark, Hydrocarbon Products Technician, Dow

Chemical Canada is this year’s Merit Award recipient. Randy

has been Chair of CIAC’s National TRANSCAER® Committee

since 2013. Over the past three years, he has helped grow the

TRANSCAER® program – bringing in new partners and increasing

the program’s reach to communities and first responders. Randy

also serves on a number of other transportation related committees,

and was instrumental in developing a rail tank car

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Award winners L to R: Randy Mak, Dow Chemicals;

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training manual, and the TRANSCAER®’s Train-the-Trainer

program. For more information on TRANSCAER® visit

www.transcaer.ca

Chairman’s Awards

The Chairman’s Award recognizes previous Merit Award

winners who have continued to actively support CIAC’s initiatives,

and/or have served on the association’s Board of Directors.

This year’s honourees are:

Graeme Flint, Vice President, Olefins Feedstock, NOVA

Chemicals. Graeme is a seasoned advocate for the industry, and

his ability to skillfully work on policies related to taxation and

competitiveness in both Ottawa and Alberta is unmatched. One

of CIAC’s recent major successes – the federal government’s tenyear

extension of the Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance – is

due in no small part to Graeme’s committed efforts. Graham

has also been very active in the National Energy Board’s process

on natural gas applications, and the Alberta Gas Review –

in both cases bringing a good balance to very polarizing issues.

Carles Navarro, President, BASF Canada. Carles has only

been in Canada for three years, but he has made quite an impact

in that short time. Arriving from BASF Europe in 2013, he

quickly joined CIAC’s Board of Directors and later the association’s

Executive Committee. He has been a valuable advocate

for the industry on issues related to global harmonization, the

Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance, and a range of other competitiveness

issues. But, even more impressive, is his belief in

and support of Responsible Care®, for which he has become one

of the association’s leading champions. Carles is returning to

BASF in Europe in early 2016, but he made as big an impression

on the industry in Canada, as Canada has on him.

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Feature

Honouring Richard Paton

After 19 Years as CIAC President and CEO

ON DEC. 1, 2015, Richard Paton retired

as President and CEO of the Chemistry

Industry Association of Canada. A reception

celebrating Richard’s long career with

CIAC was held last October in Ottawa, to

coincide with his final Board of Directors

meeting. Guests included CIAC staff,

Board members, past and present colleagues,

friends and family. The celebration

spilled over into the association’s

Annual Dinner and Awards celebration

where Richard was presented with CIAC’s

Outstanding Leadership Award.

Richard may be leaving CIAC, but

he is not exactly retiring. He has set

up a consulting company, R. Paton

Consultants, and plans to continue providing

advice and guidance to association

executives and aspiring leaders. Richard

will also continue to teach in the Masters

in Public Policy and Administration program

at Carleton University.

What a Team!

“There is one staff person that has made the

job of President a joy every day, and that person

is Charlaine Gendron. Charlaine has

worked with me for 28 years through four

different jobs... She has brought teamwork,

professionalism, organization, and fun to

the job, and has been a huge force in creating

a positive work environment.” -R. Paton

Richard’s family was on hand for the celebration.

From a plaque presented to Richard

at his retirement reception. “Who

is that guy?” was a question you’d

often hear Richard ask.

Outgoing CIAC Chairman, Mark Stumpf (Imperial Oil) presents Richard with

the Outstanding Leadership Award, a platinum Responsible Care® pin.

Catalyst WINTER 2016 • 17


Profile

Kevin Henderson, Methanex Corporation;

Chairman, CIAC Board of Directors

KEVIN HENDERSON HAS come a long

way in his 40 years with Methanex, the

world’s largest producer and supplier

of methanol. Today, he may be their

Vice-President for Manufacturing in North

America, but he started out loading railcars

for the company.

During the past four decades, he has

worked at plants in British Columbia,

Alberta and New Zealand, and done just

about every job—from emergency response

instructor to manager of operations to

plant manager.

Now, Henderson has taken on a new

challenge—Chairman of the Board of

Directors of the Chemistry Industry

Association of Canada (CIAC).

While he assumed the role in October

2015, Henderson isn’t new to CIAC’s

board. He joined the association in 2012

and has been a member of the executive

committee since 2014. He initially became

involved with CIAC because of the positive

impact the organization was making

on the industry.

“I admired what CIAC and its members

achieved and the global leadership

they brought to the chemistry industry

with regard to Responsible Care®,” he

explains. “Having worked in the industry

for 40 years, I have seen firsthand the value

of Responsible Care and the work that CIAC

has accomplished—the improvements in

overall safety, and the responsible management

of products.”

Responsible Care is a key part of

Methanex’s operations, not just in Canada,

but also at their plants in Chile, Egypt, New

Zealand, the United States and Trinidad

and Tobago. The company underwent its

first Responsible Care verification in 1996

and was the first chemical company in the

Kevin Henderson, VP North America (centre) is presented with a street sign in

his name from John Floren, President and CEO (right) and Paul Daoust, Plant

Manager, Medicine Hat in recognition of his 40 years of service. The sign has

been mounted on a road inside the Medicine Hat manufacturing facility.

world to be globally verified to Responsible

Care. Henderson says their vision is to

always be a leader in Responsible Care.

“Responsible Care practices are part

of the foundation of all things that we do

within the company”, he says. “We have

been verifying across the globe using the

Canadian standard of Responsible Care and

that has helped us drive our whole business

to improve at every level, from environmental

to safety to product stewardship

to sustainability.”

Henderson is looking to his new position

as a chance to work even more closely

with CIAC, and to find ways to achieve the

goals and expectations of its members. He

is also determined to help the Canadian

chemistry industry grow and be more competitive

in the global marketplace.

“I would like to see further advances in

technology and the opening up of new markets

for Canadian-produced chemicals,”

says Henderson. “I think the Canadian

chemistry industry is poised for growth.

Access to markets through an efficient and

competitive rail and ports system helps to

support that growth.”

Collaborating with government will be

key to making Henderson’s vision a reality,

especially with recent changes in leadership

at the federal level and in several provinces.

He believes it is critical that government

is aware of the sustainability efforts

and the economic value the industry brings

to Canada.

“Since 1992, our industry has reduced

its emissions by 88 per cent and will continue

efforts to improve environmental

performance even further,” he says.

Another of Henderson’s priorities as

chairman is to educate on the economic

value of the chemistry industry. The industry

directly employs 82,000 Canadians and

is the second largest exporter among all

manufacturing sectors, exporting more

than $30 billion worth of product each year.

Continued on page 22

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Profil

KEVIN HENDERSON,

METHANEX CORPORATION;

PRÉSIDENT DU CONSEIL

D’ADMINISTRATION DE L’ACIC

KEVIN HENDERSON A parcouru beaucoup de

chemin au cours de ses 40 années de service

auprès de Methanex, le plus important producteur

et fournisseur de méthanol dans

le monde. S’il en est aujourd’hui le viceprésident

de la fabrication en Amérique

du Nord, à ses débuts, son travail était

pourtant de charger les wagons.

Au cours des 40 dernières années,

il a travaillé dans des usines en

Colombie-Britannique, en Alberta et en

Nouvelle-Zélande et a occupé pratiquement

tous les postes qui soient, dont celui

d’instructeur en intervention d’urgence à

celui de directeur d’usine, en passant par

celui de gestionnaire des opérations et de

directeur d’usine.

M. Henderson entreprend maintenant

un nouveau défi : celui de présider

l’Association canadienne de l’industrie de

la chimie (ACIC).

Même s’il a débuté ses fonctions en

octobre 2015, il n’en est pas à ses premières

armes avec le conseil d’administration de

l’ACIC. M. Henderson est devenu membre

de l’Association en 2012 et fait partie de

son comité de direction depuis 2014. Au

départ, il s’est investi auprès de l’ACIC en

raison de l’influence positive qu’elle exerce

sur l’industrie.

« J’admirais ce que l’ACIC et ses membres

ont accompli ainsi que le leadership

dont ils font preuve à l’échelle mondiale

dans l’industrie de la chimie quant à la

Gestion responsableMD, explique-t-il. En

40 années au service de l’industrie, j’ai constaté

la valeur de la Gestion responsable et

le travail accompli par l’ACIC, notamment

les améliorations à la sécurité globale ainsi

que la gestion éclairée de nos produits. »

La Gestion responsable est un élément

clé des activités de Methanex, non

seulement au Canada mais également dans

ses usines au Chili, en Égypte, en Nouvelle-

Zélande, aux États-Unis ainsi qu’à Trinitéet-Tobago.

L’entreprise a subi sa première

vérification de la Gestion responsable en

1996 et il s’agit de la première entreprise

chimique ayant réussi une vérification à

l’échelle mondiale. M. Henderson affirme

que sa vision est de demeurer un chef de

file de la Gestion responsable.

« Les pratiques de la Gestion responsable

sont à la base de tout ce que nous faisons au

sein de la société, affirme-t-il. Nous avons

mené des vérifications partout dans le

monde en fonction de la norme canadienne

de la Gestion responsable et cela nous a aidé

à améliorer nos activités à tous les niveaux,

du point de vue de l’environnement et de la

sécurité, en passant par la bonne gestion des

produits et la durabilité. »

M. Henderson voit son nouveau poste

comme une occasion de travailler encore

plus étroitement avec l’ACIC et de trouver

de nouvelles façons d’atteindre les buts et

les attentes de ses membres. Il est par ailleurs

résolu à aider l’industrie canadienne

de la chimie à croître et à devenir plus concurrentielle

dans les marchés mondiaux.

« Je souhaite voir d’autres avancées

technologiques ainsi que l’ouverture

de nouveaux marchés pour les produits

chimiques du Canada, affirme-t-il. Je crois

que l’industrie canadienne de la chimie

est prête à prendre de l’essor. L’accès aux

marchés grâce à un système portuaire et

ferroviaire efficace et concurrentiel viendra

soutenir cette croissance. »

La collaboration avec le gouvernement

sera essentielle pour concrétiser la vision

de M. Henderson, surtout compte tenu

des récents changements de leadership au

fédéral et dans plusieurs provinces.

Selon lui, il est essentiel que le gouvernement

soit sensibilisé sur les efforts

que l’industrie déploie en matière de durabilité

ainsi que de la valeur économique

qu’elle offre au Canada.

« Depuis 1992, notre industrie a réduit

ses émissions de 88 pour cent et poursuit

ses efforts en vue d’améliorer encore davantage

son rendement sur le plan environnemental,

affirme-t-il. »

Une autre priorité pour M. Henderson

en tant que président est de faire connaître

la valeur économique de l’industrie de la

chimie. Elle emploie directement 82 000

Canadiens et est le deuxième exportateur

en importance dans l’ensemble des secteurs

manufacturiers, exportant chaque année

des produits dont la valeur dépasse 30 milliards

de dollars. Si les membres de l’ACIC

souhaitent continuer d’expédier leurs produits

dans ces marchés, ils auront besoin

du soutien du gouvernement.

Il est primordial que les gouvernements

soient conscients que beaucoup parmi nous

sommes des joueurs mondiaux et que les

consommateurs de la plupart de nos produits

se trouvent à l’étranger. Ainsi, les

politiques et les taux d’imposition qui

assurent la compétitivité de nos membres

permettront à l’industrie de poursuivre

sa croissance et ses activités au Canada,

explique-t-il.

Il s’attend à ce que tous les membres de

l’ACIC fassent en sorte que ce message soit

entendu haut et fort.

« L’ACIC et ses membres doivent être

faciles à rejoindre pour le gouvernement

afin que nous puissions avoir une discussion.

Il en va de l’intérêt de tous les membres

de soutenir l’organisation. Ce n’est

pas le devoir d’une seule entreprise. Nous

devons tous participer. »

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“It is critical that governments understand

a lot of us are global players and

that customers for the majority of our

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to provide support to the organization

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