2019 Q3 Newsletter - President's Message

I trust all of you had a safe and enjoyable summer with time spent with family and friends. 

You may have heard me say this, but I will reiterate how proud I am to be associated with the dedicated professionals that make up Emergency Response Assistance Canada. Inside the organization, although we have a small team, each one of our employees works diligently to meet the expectation of the regulators, our valued clients and the responders we support.

Each day, the team supports almost 400 organizations in meeting requirements under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and Environmental Emergency (E2) regulations; we ensure our documentation meets due diligence on behalf of our Plan Participant members. In the field, our managers and technical advisors work to continuously improve our resource network, and our responder training contributes to the safety and success of our ERAC response teams.

Part of ERAC’s mandate is helping our responders to be as safe and efficient as possible in the field through our annual regional training and assessment, National Training Forum, funding for external training courses, and the online ERAC Responder Training curriculum. We work with the best and appreciate our contracted and industry responders’ commitment to safety and continuous improvement. Any way we can improve our services and response network helps support industry’s social license to operate.

I would like to again extend my gratitude to our BC North LPG response team, with members supplied by Spectra Energy/Enbridge/North River Midstream, which recently stepped down after 25 years with ERAC. The team members’ dedication and commitment are greatly appreciated by ERAC and our Plan Participants.

ERAC Plan Participant members may notice changes to their flammable liquids and LPG ERAPs over the next few months – we’ve simplified the documents by making them shorter and more concise, while continuing to meet regulatory requirements. We continually update the ERAP on behalf of our Plan Participants based on regulatory changes. In addition to updating the ERAP over the coming months, our Plan Participants can expect information on renewing your ERAC Dangerous Goods Participation Agreement as part of regulatory changes with Transport Canada.

I’m also excited to announce that the ERAC Dangerous Goods Emergency Management Conference will return to Hotel Arts in Calgary on May 4-6, 2020. Registration is now open – we encourage our Plan Participants, clients, industry partners and response network to consider attending this event. We’re building on the foundation set during our successful event in 2018, making this one even bigger and better. As with the last event, sponsorship opportunities are available; don’t miss your chance to get in front of oil & gas, transportation and industry emergency management professionals.

On the staffing side, ERAC is currently in the process of recruiting a new full-time Technical Advisor to support our Operations team. Once fully trained, this individual will be responsible for conducting the annual Regional training and assessment for our response teams, as well as other training events as required, and participating in our Home Base Coordinator on-call rotation. Having a full complement of staff allows ERAC to best support both our responders and Plan Participants, as well as communities across Canada.

As we head into autumn, one of ERAC’s busiest seasons, as always, please work and play safe.

Spencer Buckland
President
Emergency Response Assistance Canada