What’s new in 2018? Optimism.

“New years bring new optimism, and we have especially good reasons to be optimistic this New Year.”

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, in her opening remarks to members of Canada’s transmission pipeline industry at CEPA’s Annual Dinner last week, spoke of hope and optimism for 2018 – emphasizing that it is going to be a great year for pipelines in Canada.

And we couldn’t agree more.

2018 is CEPA’s 25th anniversary as an association. And when we look back at how the industry has evolved since we started, it’s amazing to see improvements in safety, the growth of technology and innovation and an increased focus on environmental protection.

In her remarks, Premier Notley acknowledged the transmission pipeline industry’s commitment to safety and the environment, saying that “pipeline safety and innovation is important to you. You do a better job at it than anyone in the world.” And you know what, she’s right.

Pipeline safety and innovation is incredibly important to CEPA and our members. In fact, safety is our number one priority today, and it will continue to be our priority for years to come. That’s why we brought all of our members together in 2012 to launch Integrity First®, a proactive commitment to Canadians to continuously improve in the areas of safety, environment and socio-economics with a goal of zero incidents.

So, while Premier Notley continues to champion pipeline development and the many benefits pipelines bring to all Canadians, we, as an industry, remain focused on ensuring that transmission pipelines continue to be the safest and most responsible way to deliver the energy that Canadians use every day.

Thank you, Premier Notley, for kicking off our annual dinner (and 2018) with such resounding support for our industry. We too are optimistic that 2018 will be the best year yet, and quite likely one of the most challenging. We look forward to working with you and all Canadians to help build the best possible future.

If you’re interested in reading Premier Notley’s full remarks, they are available here.


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