August 27, 2014 – Next week, thousands of capital region students will head back to school, signalling the end of summer holidays. As families in the region adjust to their new autumn routines, Northeast Capital Industrial Association (NCIA) members will continue to make progress with their own seasonal changes.

“We are pleased to report the successful completion of turnarounds for eight of our member companies so far this year,” says NCIA Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Danielson. “In the coming months, four more of our NCIA partners will perform scheduled maintenance at their Heartland facilities in order to ensure ongoing safe, efficient and enhanced environmental performance with their daily operations.”

In addition to the effective planning and execution of strategic turnarounds, NCIA members have adopted everyday policies and procedures that contribute to positive outcomes for their employees, contractors and the surrounding community.

“Our members have a collective workforce of over 6000 industry specialists who work and live in this community,” says Dr. Danielson. “Being a good industry neighbour is something they all take very seriously.”

The 26 companies, who form the not-for-profit cooperative representing industry operating in the City of Fort Saskatchewan, Strathcona, Sturgeon and Lamont Counties, are conscious of how site activity may impact the others in the region.

“Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing centre. It is home to a number of industry leading organizations that operate 24 hours a day,” explains Dr. Danielson. “Our members place a high priority on seamless integration into the community. We are actively involved on a number of collaborative committees in the area and championed the development of a Regional Noise Management Plan to help industry meet and exceed regulatory requirements.”

NCIA members also deliberately plan activities such as shift changes and deliveries around peak traffic and school bus schedules. And they have worked hard to foster and promote safety in all aspects of their operations.

“Safety is paramount,” adds Dr. Danielson. “All of our NCIA members have individual policies and guidelines in place that clearly set out employee and contractor workplace health and safety expectations as well as important concerns such as appropriate transportation, handling and disposal of materials.”

As active members of the Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NRCAER), NCIA members are committed to helping others when they need it most. This mutual aid emergency response association was initiated in 1991 and is responsible for training, planning and sharing best practices for emergency response in the area.

“It is an honour to be a part of this great community,” says Dr. Danielson. “And we are doing our best to make sure it remains a safe, healthy and prosperous place for everyone.”

Established in 2001, NCIA has been working together with industrial organizations, neighbours, government representatives and industry stakeholders to support and advance sustainable growth and environmental stewardship in the region. NCIA is proud to continue being the voice of industry in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Laurie Danielson
Executive Director
Northeast Capital Industrial Association
(780) 992-1463
ncia@telusplanet.net