CIPH Welcomes Bill Hooper as Chair for 2021-22
June 16, 2021 | By HPAC Magazine
The CIPH Annual General Meeting also included a number of Award presentations including the Canadian Hydronics Council Award of Merit going to Wade Peterson.
The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) hosted its 89th annual general meeting online, for the second year, with over 200 member-sites registered to attend the event. The proceedings were led by interim-Chair Andrew Dyck, stepping in for Gail Kaufman who was unable to complete the term.
The meeting highlights included the naming of the 74th Chair of CIPH, Bill Hooper, regional sales manager, Atlantic Canada, with Uponor.
Hooper has been a member of the CIPH National Board since 2012. Upon accepting the new role, he outlined his interest in encouraging an ongoing culture of active volunteerism within the CIPH. “Let’s agree that there are no small roles in being a steward of the industry, and we can all find ways to lead and contribute.”
Five new members joined the CIPH Board this year including: Rita Woodley (Noble); Christine Joannou (Riobel); Barbara O’Reilly (Rheem Canada); Julie Storey (Boshart Industries); and David Succurro (Reliance Worldwide).
The meeting also included the presentation of the first ever Golden Leaf Award, presented to a CIPH member (manufacturer/master distributor) who best supports the efforts of sales agencies. The inaugural Golden Leaf Award was given to Bradford White Canada.
The Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC) also presented its 2021 Award of Merit to Wade Peterson P.Eng., vice president sales and marketing with Heatlink Group.
CIPH Honorary Life Memberships were also presented to: Rick Fantham (Emco), Kevin Fullan (The Master Group), John Hammill (Moen), Robert Whitty (Bartle & Gibson), Mike Patterson (Emco) and Paul McDonald (Formerly with Bradford White Canada).
The AGM was followed by a keynote session presented by Chantal Hebert, national affairs writer with the Toronto Star, who shared her views on the political responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, on both the federal and provincial levels of government, and how those actions could affect elections in the upcoming months and alter the nation’s political landscape, even the possibility of an early national election.
The issue of climate change will continue to be near the top of government agendas, led by the change in attitudes south of the border, where policies are showing alignment. Hebert referred to a “community of spirit on some issues” on both sides of the border, something she hasn’t witnessed much during her many years covering national politics. Other issues of alignment include childcare, housing affordability and Internet access.
When asked if she anticipates a greater amount of harmonization between the two countries, she said yes, but it will require governments in place that can take a long-term view and serve for the long term (i.e. a majority government in Canada).