2019 CCGA Symposium Recap

CCGA’s 7th Annual Damage Prevention Symposium

**Members of the CCGA Board of Directors posed for a photo.

L-R, Front Row: Stephanie More (Enbridge/Atlantic CGA), Travis Ferguson (Encana), Doug Lapp (Ontario Regional CGA), Todd Scott (Liberty Utilities/ Atlantic CGA), Nathalie Moreau (Info-Excavation), Michelle Tetreault (Alberta CGA), Jackie Jones (Manitoba CGA).

L-R, Back Row: Brian Ramor (Canadian Nursery & Landscape Association), Dave Core (CAEPLA), Dave Baspaly (BC CGA), Darwin Durnie (Canadian Public Works Association), David McConkey (Canadian Gas Association), Rob Morrison (Manitoba Hydro), Wilson Phillips (Professional Surveyors Canada), Bas Owel (Global Training), Vince Bellissimo, (Canadian Construction Association)

Missing/Not in Photo: Mike Sullivan (CCGA), Sher Kirk (Canadian One Call Centres Committee), Jim Yaremko (Canadian Energy Pipeline Association), Shannon Neufeld (Canada Energy Regulator), Mike Doyle (Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors), Randy Palaniuk (Canadian Association of Pipeline & Utility Locating Contractors), Francis Bradley (Canadian Electricity Association), Tanis Peterson (The Railway Association of Canada), Shannon Doka (Saskatchewan CGA).

THIS PAST OCTOBER, over 200 stakeholders met at the Fallsview Casino Resort in beautiful Niagara Falls, ON to participate in the Canadian Common Ground Alliance’s (CCGA) 7th Annual Damage Prevention Symposium. This amazing venue allowed for excellent networking and the exchange of ideas all day and into the evening.

Todd Scott, Damage Prevention Symposium Emcee

Individual CCGA committees, Regional Partners, DIRT Committee, Best Practices, and Education & Marketing met on Monday and Tuesday before the start of the conference and several exhibitors took advantage of the opportunity to present Vendor Outreach Sessions before the Welcome Reception on Tuesday. These unique sessions gave ProStar Geocorp Inc, Safe Locate Solutions and Urbint the chance to showcase their products and services to attendees in a classroom environment, offering product demonstrations and engaging in Q & A.







Keynote speaker Keith Brown shares some magic tricks during the exhibitor reception

The event officially opened with an exhibitor reception on the expo floor Tuesday evening. This year the expo floor featured a new Damage Prevention Theatre, and live music was provided.










Speaker Johnny Johnston, COO, Algonquin Power & Utilities, opened the event Wednesday morning with the address, The Evolving Energy Landscape. His address offered an interesting perspective on the state of the industry.

Musical duo, Dually Noted, provided live music for the Welcome Reception.

After lunch, Keith Brown amazed the crowd with his magic tricks, performing his signature needle swallowing routine. Keith shared his story about how the trick went amiss one time and how he transformed one of his biggest failures into an opportunity to implement procedures and strategies to minimize risk.

With 15 different breakout and plenary sessions, attendees were offered a diverse selection of informative presentations. Some of the highly-rated and interesting topics covered:






-Six Nations Natural Gas Infrastructure Expansion Project: Six Nations Natural Gas spoke about their infrastructure expansion project and their decision to register with Ontario One Call.











-Implementing CSA Z663-18: Addressing the limitations and gaps in stakeholder awareness and engagement, examined case studies where awareness and early collaboration between stakeholders and pipeline operators was absent, explored the suggested formalization of roles and responsibilities for municipalities, and reviewed emerging and recommended best practices in stakeholder engagement.

-Legislation Across Canada Roundtable brought together a panel of speakers for an interactive discussion to understand and discuss legislative pursuits across Canada including Quebec, Alberta, and British Columbia.

Wednesday closed with an exhibitor reception on the expo floor. Thursday morning included an address by former Common Ground Alliance president Bob Kipp on the current and future state of damage prevention.

After lunch on Thursday, keynote speaker Jowi Taylor of Six String Nation told a fascinating tale about building a guitar using pieces of historical and cultural material from every part of Canada. The Symposium closed with the grand prize drawing for a full trip to the Excavation Safety Conference in Palm Springs, California. The winner was Jason Kostiw of TC Energy.


The CCGA is already at work developing the details for the event and invites potential speakers, sponsors and exhibitors to reach out to them at info@emailir.com.

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