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September, 2018

The focus of the IPE is the support and education of its members. The National Directors hold monthly conference calls to discuss topic of importance to the profession. Topics discussed can relate to specific jurisdictions, regulatory concerns, membership issues, etc. This month’s highlights of the discussion are:
  1. Collaboration Day BC.
  2. Meeting with CPEA Saskatchewan
  3. IPE AGM and 2018 Education Forum and Power Engineer Round Table
  4. Branch Secretary – The Branch President’s best resource.
Collaboration Day BC.

BCIPE Collaboration & Development Day September 14, 2018
The BCIPE along with BCIT and a major sponsor Spartan Controls conducted a collaboration Day event centered around some very current issues within the Province and involving the Technical Safety British Columbia (TSBC) with authority issues and power engineering interests which included.

  • Accounts of Refrigeration problems and the Fernie Incident Investigation report and the recommendation presentation by Geoffrey Chesterton PE our IPE member on the IPECC refrigeration committee.
  • TSBC discussions re the incident from the Boiler Safety manager
  • Afternoon sessions included a TSBC Town Hall Question presentation where the discussions centered around the new Ministerial order on Pressure Welding changes and requirements = a very lively discussion and presentation.
  • On the education side a presentation on Biomass Technology and fuels presented by our IPE member Kevin Ericsson PE who works with Deltech (bio group) and operates a Consulting Company Cariboo Biomass. This event was very well attended
  • A short presentation on District energy given by Nicole Victor PE - IPE member, and chief engineer at Creative Energy central heat distribution for 220 buildings in the Vancouver downtown core
  • A couple of additional short presentations on burners and emissions by Spartan controls engineering presenters.
  • At the conclusion of the afternoon presentations participants were given a choice of 2 tour presentations one of the Turbine –power Lab and the second of the power simulator lab – classroom where the simulator can be set up to simulate different plant conditions where the students must find and correct the conditions.
  • Last but not least, was the Pub – Networking social at the campus Pub hosted by Spartan Controls, and Parkland (Chevron).
There were 71 participants who attended, and we thank each of these participants and we look forward to the next Collaboration Day next year. Also, we would like to thank each and every sponsor company who provided our meals, and participation TSBC, CiMS, FORTIS GAS, PARKLAND, DELTECH, SPARTAN CONTROLS, BCIT, & BCIPE

Thank You.

     David G. Paulin PE
     B.C. Area Director
     Institute of Power Engineers

Meeting with CPEA Saskatchewan
The Saskatchewan Chief Power Engineer Association held a meeting with the Technical Safety Authority Saskatchewan on September 12th in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The IPE attended as a guest presenter on what the IPE stands for and how both organizations could potentially work together. We were well represented by Ed Hyntka, Alberta Area Director, William (Bill) Kalinowich, Manitoba Area Director in person and Allan Whetter, National Secretary via telephone conference system.

A PowerPoint presentation was used to explain what the IPE’s main principals, professional development functions that occur annually as well as the membership structure. This was well received as most were not aware of or considered the IPE to be similar to a union, which is far from the case. If you would like a copy of the presentation, please contact the National Office.

The CPEA will be holding an Education Conference November 15th at the Saskatoon Inn and Conference Center. For more information Saskatchewan Chief Power Engineer Education Conference.

The next scheduled meeting will be December 12th in Regina and the IPE will be an invited guest to answer further questions. We are looking forward to this venture.

IPE AGM and 2018 Education Forum and Power Engineer Round Table Branch

Time is ticking to register for this year’s National IPE AGM and IPE Ontario Education Forum and Power Engineer Round Table taking place from October 24th to 27th. Lots to see, learn and discuss. For registration go to: .

Secretary – The Branch President’s best resource. (second in a series)

Like most companies and organizations, there are jobs. Some are simple in their requirements while others require considerable time, organizational skills and commitment. Unlike corporations, the IPE does not pay those who work on behalf of the profession in monetary value but rather in the development of skills and industry contacts gained. The rate of compensation in this manner is largely dependent upon the commitment of the member. The skills that can be developed through working with other members of the IPE are those that can be used as credible management skills on your resume and will be recognized as such. This is the second in a series where each position within the IPE is explained. This time, it is about the Branch Secretary.

Branch Secretary
Where the Branch President is not so much the leader of a Branch but more a coordinator and communicator to Branch members, the Branch Secretary is the organizer of information and assists the Branch President in the development of communication to the Branch membership. The Branch Secretary brings a sense of order and consistency so that members connected to the Branch, are able to respond with ideas and proposals that the Branch may do. They are able to work well with their President and Treasurer to make sure that the business of the Branch is conducted correctly and can adequately answer Branch member questions. Branch Secretaries can be either regular or associate members who are elected by the Branch members each year. They are responsible for ensure that the Branch is operated according to the Operations Memos related to Branch operation. There is a monthly membership report that is sent to the Branch Secretary to them informed about the membership status and contact info of their members so that they may be able to connect with their members regarding events planned etc.

What can the IPE offer you?
The IPE can offer you the opportunity to grow your time management and organizational skills as you work with the Branch Executive to plan events for Branch members. You will be able to develop a larger contact base as you engage with other IPE members and other stakeholders on behalf of the IPE. Through your efforts, you will also benefit from learning opportunities found at various functions that you will be attending on behalf of the IPE and your Branch members.

How much time is required?
Well, the good news is that there is no established maximum amount of time required as this is best left to each individual to judge that. As a rough guide, you may consider approximately an hour a week from the beginning of September to the end of June. Most Branches have very little planned during the summer except for a BBQ etc. and most similar events can usually be delegated to other members to coordinate with the Branch President overseeing the arraignments.

Other general duties include:

  • Responding to requests and emails as needed from the Branch President, members, the Area Director and the National Office.
  • Keep good records of the discussion, recommendation and voting by members during all regular and executive meetings of the Branch.
  • Depending upon the level of activity of the Branch, you may be required to send out to all members an update on Branch activities.


    IPE National Directors and Executive

    Ralf Klopf, President

    Blair Saulnier, PE, 1st Vise President (Maritimes Area Director)

    Eric Steinson, PE, Past President, York Director (IPE)

    Ed Hnytka, PE, Alberta Area Director

    Dave Paulin, PE, British Columbia Area Director

    William (Bill) Kalinowich,Second Vice-President, Manitoba Area Director

    Mitch McNeil, PE, York Director (IPECC)

    Pete Chamberland, Ontario Area Director

    Allan Whetter, National Secretary Email

    Don Purser, Assistant National Secretary

    Jude Rankin, PE, Advice in Council

    National Office Email

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