2019 Canadian Activities Meeting Addresses Ongoing Key Initiatives

The 2019 Canadian Activities Meeting was held in Toronto at the Delta Toronto Airport Hotel and Conference Centre on November 4. This year represented the largest turn out in recent history with 44 members in attendance.

To kick off the event, John Sanchez, Canadian Government Relations Subcommittee Chair, welcomed everyone and Kendall Anderegg, ICPI Board Chair, provided a brief overview of the 2019-2022 ICPI Strategic Plan and how it drives the committees’ agendas. Staff reported the CSA A231 Third Edition is now available in English and should be available in French by the end of January 2020. ICPI staff will be presenting a summary of the changes in CSA A231 at the World of Concrete Show Toronto on December 4 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Additionally, staff also noted the Concrete Paver Installer Course has been completely translated into French and staff is expecting to have the course taught several times in Quebec.

ICPI Chair Kendall Anderegg toasts Gerry Colquhoun at the CAM group dinner.

Staff reviewed the status of the Corporate Partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Their next Annual Meeting and Trade Show will be in Toronto, ON, June 4-7, 2019. ICPI has also become a member of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) and attended their Annual Meeting and Trade Show on September 22-25 in Halifax, NS. ICPI will be seeking a seat on their Technical Committee in hopes of increasing engagement with the TAC community. The 2020 TAC Conference and Exhibition will be in Vancouver, BC, from September 27-30.

Andrew Pask reported on the activities related to City of Toronto. Currently, the Paver Maintenance Fee remains in effect. City staff have reported that several projects have paid the fee, however, this appears to only be related to Business Improvement Area activities and means the money only transfers within the City’s accounting systems. Activities to remove the Paver Maintenance Fee are on hold until ICPI can provide documents showing the lower maintenance costs for segmental pavement. Once that is available, the Institute can press councilors to withdraw the Paver Maintenance Fee.

Staff reported on the 2019 Canadian Activities Fund sponsored activities. Activities included 2019 Hardscape Live, 2019 FCM Paver Reception, Toronto PICP Symposium, Vancouver PICP Symposium, 2019 Transportation Association of Canada Trade Show and the 2019 Canadian Activities Meeting. All contributors have renewed their support of the program for 2020 and Basalite joined as a Platinum Contributor and Rinox contributed as a Gold Contributor. During the meeting, Steve Jones committed Pave Tech to join as a Platinum Contributor. With the additional contributions, the fund totals $18,500 CAD for the 2020 activities. Potential events for the upcoming year include Hardscape Live – Congress, Toronto, ON; Paver Reception – Federation of Canadian Municipalities Annual Meeting – Toronto, ON Municipal and Design; Professional Symposium – Calgary, AB; TAC Trade Show – Vancouver, BC and the Canadian Activities Meeting – Toronto, ON.

Dr. Jennifer Drake, Richard Morin and Ritchie Popoff all served as guest speakers at the meeting. Dr. Drake presented the findings of the ICPI Foundation sponsored research into the Permeability Maintenance of PICP and research into Winter Maintenance of PICP. Mr. Morin from the City of Montreal received an ICPI Honorary Membership Award for his work with the industry. He followed up with a presentation about the challenges the City of Montreal faced with interlocking concrete pavement over his career. Mr. Popoff who shared information about Portland Limestone Cement (aka GUL or Contempra). Donna Palladino and Chuck Chambers also presented Gerry Colquhoun with a signed poster of members from the Liverpool Football Club to honor his retirement from the industry.

A representative from each ICPI committee was present to summarize activities related to the Canadian segmental pavement industry. The meeting documents package is available here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Bm9e56MUogCw_tobDqmzmGDQOSaDyRVe

The 2019 Canadian Activities Meeting was sponsored by the Canadian Activities Fund with the following Platinum Contributors: Abbotsford Concrete Products, Basalite, BASF, Best Way Stone, Brampton Brick Ltd. (OAKS), Brooklin Concrete Products Corp., Browns Concrete Products, Expocrete, Krete Industries Ltd., Masa, Mutual Materials, Permacon, Rekers NA, Techo-Bloc, Topwerk America Ltd. Gold Contributors included: ACM Chemistries, Barkman Concrete, Bolduc, Rinox and St Marys Cement.

The 2020 tentative agenda has the Canadian Activities Meeting scheduled to begin on Monday, November 16 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. The first day will consist of reports and presentation items, followed by the group dinner on Monday evening. The meeting would resume Tuesday, November 17 at 8:30 am and would be more discussion based and would conclude by 12:00 pm. This would allow the CCMPA to schedule their meeting for Tuesday afternoon. If you have comments about this proposal, please contact Robert Bowers at rbowers@icpi.org.

Overall the 2019 Canadian Activities Meetings was a success and highly rated by all those who attended.