September 8, 2017

2021 Pre-Conference Committee

Jennifer Dowdle – Pre-Conference  Chair

Jennifer Dowdle, P.Eng. API 510/570/653, IBPV, TSask, NBIC IS Acuren Group Inc. In her 18 years at Acuren, Jennifer has worked in various laboratories understanding how material properties are influenced by their environments; then as a failure analyst looking at how/why equipment failures occur; and finally as a chief inspector/is-service inspector to detect damage and ultimately prevent failures from occurring through inspections and preventative programs in the pressure equipment industry. She specializes in setting up training programs and asset integrity management programs.

Tim Duru – Pre-Conference Vice Chair

Tim is currently the Ops Manager, Western Canada, and General Manager for Wood Buffalo Region AB. In the NDE and ANDE service provision industry for 20+ years. Sports enthusiast, who plays most sports including soccer and squash. Several years of experience with volunteer organizations board of directors in Edmonton, Ft McMurray, and Alberta and mentor to young and new candidates in NDE and Rope Access industry.

Adina Partridge – Pre-Conference Past Chair

Adina works in the software group of IRISNDT as the client relations director, to fulfill owner/users’ asset integrity and data management needs. She is an active member of the energy community in the Calgary area, and as part of that, she enjoys working together with the IPEIA committee members for the past three years.

Nathan Bartley

PL(Eng), CET, ABSA IBPV, TSASK PEI Class 1, NB Commissioned IS/R, API 510/570, and CGSB UT2/MT2/PT2. Nathan has 21 years of experience in the Pressure Equipment Integrity Management (PEIM) industry. Started as an NDE Trainee, he has held multiple technical and management roles during his tenure. Today, Nathan manages the Acuren Prairies Visual Inspection department; responsibilities include maintaining the Acuren National Board AIA (Authorized Inspection Agency), ABSA AQP (Integrity Assessment Organization) and CWB CSA W178.1 (Inspection Organization) programs.

Gobind Khiani

Gobind Khiani, M.Eng., P.Eng. has served in engineering management roles for both operating and EPC companies and has received Fellowship in Engineering. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pune in India and a Masters of Engineering from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is the past chairman of Calgary Branch Executive Committee at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and Valve Users Group. Currently he is Secretary of CPGCE,Vice Chairman of International Standards Organization, Volunteer at YPAC, GPS, API, representing Canada.

Nick Marx

Nick Marx, IMRL attended the 1st IPEIA Conference 22 years ago. He is a huge supporter of IPEIA and has only missed 2 conferences. He started volunteering his time to IPEIA in 2003 on the Program Committee and continued to evolve his roles. He started on the Steering Committee in 2007 as the Chair of Public Relations and was the Chair of the 2017 IPEIA Conference. Nick continues to provide his guidance and support on various committees as and where needed. IRML has been a bronze sponsor 5 years.

Harold Smith

Harold Smith, API 510, 570, ABSA IPV, CWB 3, CGSB 2 in MT, PT, UT, and ET. He currently owns Integrity First Inspections Corp (IFIC) and contracts his pressure integrity inspection services throughout Canada, doing shut downs, shutdown planning, pressure integrity assessments, TML optimizations, etc. Harold has attended four IPEIA conferences and is excited to be taking a bigger role with this incredible conference.

Denny Stubel

Denny Stubel; Client Relations & Strategy Analyst, Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK). Denny has been employed with TSASK for 6 years and manages their Key Accounts. Denny has established positive working relationships with these companies and his role includes various responsibilities such as inventory reconciliations, Quality Management System reviews and contributing to internal forecasting and budgeting. Years of Service to IPEIA: 3 years on the Planning Committee and 2 years on the Steering Committee.

Norm Suitor

Norm Suitor, IPEIA Steering Committee member has extensive experience supporting Asset Integrity Management and Pressure Envelope Integrity. Norm has been working with IPEIA for over 4 years.

Merv Wirth

Merv Wirth API 510/570/653 IPVI – In his 20+ years in the upstream oil and gas industry, he has been in sour process operations for both large and small producers in Alberta. In 2008 Merv transitioned into a new challenge, taking an integrity role and has been invested in Pressure Equipment safety ever since. Merv has been attending the IPEIA conference since 2009.

Jim Yukes

Jim Yukes, AVH Engineering Inc, has over 25 years business development experience including Non-Destructive Examination, facilities and pipeline integrity services in Western Canada and internationally. Jim has been committed for over 5 years to IPEIA including Program, PR and Steering Committees.