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Bill Palamar named chairman at the CIPH AGM

July 5, 2016 | By HPAC Magazine

CIPH chairman

(l to r) Peter Smith, Sian Smith, outgoing CIPH chairman, Bill Palamar, 2016-2017 CIPH chairman.

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and

Heating (CIPH) held its 84th annual general meeting (AGM) at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel during its annual business conference (ABC) in Banff, AB on June 26 to June 28.

At the meeting, Weil-McLain Canada’s Bill Palamar was named the incoming chairman of CIPH. Palamar thanked board and committee members for their efforts, as well as his wife and daughter who were in attendance, in his first speech as chair.

Palamar takes the place of outgoing chair Siân Smith, who will now serve as CIPH treasurer. “Being your chairman this year has been one of the highlights of my career so far,” Smith said.

Honourary Life Membership Award,CIPH

Ken Webster, with his wife Marcia, after receiving the Honourary Life Membership Award, CIPH’s highest honour, from Sian Smith (r). Photo courtesy CIPH


Kudos and Awards

Ken Webster of Viessmann received the Honourary Life Membership, CIPH’s highest accolade. Honourary Life Membership is awarded to those who have earned the Institute’s highest acclaim. To be eligible, the person must be nearing retirement or be a retired senior executive who provided outstanding leadership to CIPH, their company and the industry.

CIPH also recognized Mike Miller, Taco Comfort Solutions and HPAC Magazine contributor, with the Young Executive Society (YES) award. Rick Proulx of Reliance Worldwide Canada received a Lifetime Service Award.

Mike Miller,Taco,YES Award

YES award recipient Mike Miller of Taco Canada with Sian Smith, who is holding the gavel plaque for the outgoing CHC chair. Miller handed over the reins of CHC to incoming chair David Hughes.


The three-day business conference featured multiple presenters who talked about leadership in business, and predicted economic and technological trends within the industry. John Rossman, author of The Amazon Way, digital strategy and execution, managing director at Alvarez and Marsel and keynote speaker, discussed the benefits of becoming “customer obsessed,” and the importance of simplicity. “Work hard towards simplicity – simplify the worst customer experience,” he suggested, as some businesses can get tied down with unnecessary complexity.

Brian Beaulieu, CEO of the Institute for Trend Research Economics, told attendees that, “the world is positively getting better.” He explained that employment is on the rise in Canada and noted that the heating and plumbing industries have great potential due to environmental and technological innovations.

The conference also included a luncheon led by Stephanie Martin, building inspector at Alberta Municipal Affairs. She talked about some alterations to the Safety Codes Act in Alberta.

On a lighter note, the ABC event also featured a presentation on Canadian birds of prey and offered guests a western country night. The 2017 CIPH ABC will be held June 25 to 27 in Ottawa, ON.




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