Message From the IPEIA 2019 Chair
2019 will be IPEIA’s 23rd conference. Once again pressure equipment integrity specialists will meet in Banff to share information and network with their peers to find new and better ways to operate safely and efficiently.
2018 was a record year for the IPEIA community. We made changes throughout the conference and attracted more participants than ever before. IPEIA continues to be a leader in the integrity world as a unique conference. Our intention in 2019 is to further develop on the successes of previous years, while continuing to offer new content.
You may be aware that IPEIA is a not for profit volunteer organization, something rare in the conference world. A group of dedicated volunteers are essential to the development of the various programs and content you experience at the conference. This ever-changing group allows the conference to grow and transform itself every year, making every IPEIA conference a memorable experience for delegates.
Many delegates have been returning for years. Others are just starting out in the industry. IPEIA is an excellent platform for the transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next, especially as the population ages. New and innovative technologies are showcased at the Pre-Conference committee’s workshops, the Public Relations Committee’s exhibition and through the Program Committee’s presentations allowing everyone to stay current with advancements. Various events are funded by our Sponsors who are essential to supporting the industry and the conference and to whom we are owe a huge thank you.
Although most delegates only attend the annual conference it is important to note that the organizing committees are active for a full 12 months putting the conference together. Additionally, we have an Education Committee that is responsible for developing and delivering full day codes courses to institutions such as SAIT and the University of Alberta through the Mechanical Engineering Club. Over the years IPEIA has provided educational funding for scholarships, NDE laboratory upgrades, funding for public projects such as historical equipment maintenance and assistance for the Pressure Equipment Inspection Training program. IPEIA is also actively supporting six industry groups that meet throughout the year.
Crucial to all these initiatives is our Conference Manager, Christi Marcine whose conference organization expertise has been critical to making change happen and maintaining our forward momentum.
We are looking forward to greeting the more than 700 delegates, sponsors, exhibitors, students and volunteers who will continue the tradition of success at the 2019 conference.
IPEIA 2019 Chair