CEPA connects with local communities at UBCM convention

Members of the CEPA team had the opportunity to connect with representatives from local governments and communities while attending this year’s UBCM (Union of British Columbia Municipalities) convention. The annual event was held in Vancouver from Sept. 16-20 and gave CEPA a chance to learn more about communities across B.C.

“Connecting with local communities and stakeholders provides valuable insight into what’s really happening on the ground,” said Philippe Reicher, CEPA’s vice president of external relations.

Conventions like UBCM’s are excellent forums for CEPA to build relationships and hear about topics that are important to local Canadian communities.

“It’s important to attend these types of events, so that we can learn more about the issues and answer questions as they arise,” said Reicher.

At this gathering, we also had valuable conversations with members of B.C.’s provincial government, as well as with academic and industry professionals. CEPA hosted a reception where around 150 councillors, mayors, MLAs, ministerial staffers and other convention attendees were able to mingle and discuss local and provincial issues.

Here are some shots from the event:

CEPA’s Philippe Reicher, left, speaks with Jason Lum, Chilliwack city councillor, at CEPA’s reception during the UBCM convention in Vancouver, B.C.

CEPA’s Philippe Reicher, left, speaks with Jason Lum, Chilliwack city councillor, at CEPA’s reception during the UBCM convention in Vancouver, B.C.


CEPA’s Philippe Reicher, left, talks with Richard Sones, senior manager of industry partnerships, faculty of applied science, University of British Columbia, at CEPA’s reception during the UBCM convention in Vancouver, B.C.

CEPA’s Philippe Reicher, left, talks with Richard Sones, senior manager of industry partnerships, faculty of applied science, University of British Columbia, at CEPA’s reception during the UBCM convention in Vancouver, B.C.

The convention also included a trade show where several of CEPA’s member companies hosted informational booths.

Trans Mountain (Kinder Morgan) demonstrates the smart pig (an in-line inspection tool) at the UBCM convention trade show in Vancouver, B.C.

Trans Mountain (Kinder Morgan) demonstrates the smart pig (an in-line inspection tool) at the UBCM convention trade show in Vancouver, B.C.


The Spectra Energy booth at the UBCM convention trade show in Vancouver, B.C.

The Spectra Energy booth at the UBCM convention trade show in Vancouver, B.C.


The TransCanada booth at the UBCM convention trade show in Vancouver, B.C.

The TransCanada booth at the UBCM convention trade show in Vancouver, B.C.

CEPA attends many events at the local, provincial and national level every year in order to connect with Canadians and discuss important issues related to pipelines.


The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association represents Canada’s transmission pipeline companies who operate approximately 115,000 kilometres of pipelines in Canada. In 2012, these energy highways moved approximately 1.2 billion barrels of liquid petroleum products and 5.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Our members transport 97 per cent of Canada’s daily natural gas and onshore crude oil from producing regions to markets throughout North America.