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Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating L Institut canadien de plomberie et de chauffage

Volume 52 Issue 3 December 2006


Chairman’s Holiday Greetings

O n behalf of the Board and the staff at CIPH and Viessmann Manufacturing, best wishes for a wonderful Holiday Season! It has been a great year for CIPH and for our companies, and the forecast for 2007 indicates cautious optimism. I have been truly fortunate for the opportunity to represent our great industry these past six months. Whenever I travel to CIPH Regions, I continue to reinforce what the Board and member companies acknowledge is one of the real strengths of CIPH: our nine active Regions across Canada. So far, I have had the pleasure of carrying this message to CIPH Ontario, Manitoba, and Calgary and further visits are expected for ICPC Quebec and CIPH Edmonton Regions in 2007.

As you read this issue of Pipeline you will note that the CIPH Board has been busy working on your behalf:

  • Eight new members have been voted into CIPH, bringing the total to

    • 262.

      The Canadian Hydronics Council continues their membership

recruitment campaign of hydronics installers.

  • The CIPH Board has approved funding for the 2007 ProFit Report

(Wholesalers' Operating Ratios). Non-members will be invited to participate in a compensation and benefits survey for wholesaler distributors and manufacturers on a user-charge basis.

  • The CIPH Board is finalizing a schedule of CIPHEX Roadshows to

be held in Newfoundland, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia for the fall of 2007.

  • CIPH President Ralph Suppa and I presented the Lebrun Family

with the keys to their CIPH Habitat Home in Winnipeg in October. A special dinner was hosted by CIPH to recognize all CIPH and Habitat

volunteers that made the house a home. Thank you to Jim Krovats (Murray Krovats Ltd.), for chairing the home build, and CIPH committee build volunteers Ken Friess and Brad Goodridge (Jones Goodridge).

  • CIPH has committed $25,000 to provide scholarships to ten

community colleges across Canada. The purpose is to encourage students to seek careers in the manufacturing, distribution or sale of plumbing, hydronic heating, and industrial pipe valves and fittings industry.

  • The Plumbing Industry Advisory Council has been very busy

working on your behalf liaising with governments and regulators to combat counterfeit product, propose regulations to prohibit the sale of non-approved plumbing and heating products, and to establish a uniform Canada-wide use of conservation-type plumbing products.

  • In February of 2007 the CIPH Board will be holding a Strategic

Planning Workshop. CIPH members are being encouraged to complete a questionnaire that will help to assess the performance of the Institute and how you see our future shaping up. CIPH exists because it provides benefits to its membership. Your views are most important!

  • CIPH continues to build and nurture relationships with allied

associations. A special round table summit meeting has been arranged by CIPH to meet with the Canadian Home Builders Association, the Canadian Construction Association, and the Mechanical Contractors Association in Ottawa to address mutual interests and concerns.

Thank you for your support of CIPH and for allowing me to serve as your Chairman. May the year 2007 bring us all peace, hope, goodwill, ultimate comfort and prosperity!

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    Kenneth Webster, Director, Sales and Marketing - North America,

Viessmann Manufacturing; Chairman of the Board

ABC 2007 Planning Committee Chairman Cliff Sarjeant (NCI Marketing), and his committee, Jerry Wright (J. Wright Sales), Bill Hooper (ITT Industries), Kevin Fullan (Mueller Flow Control), Brian Hildreth (American-Standard) and Mike Patterson (Emco) are pleased to announce the speakers confirmed for “ABC 2007: Harnessing the Tides of Change”, at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PEI, June 17-20, 2007. Leading off ABC 2007 on Day 1 will be performance coach Dr. J.P. Pawliw-Fry, who will discuss how to take careers, businesses and personal lives to the “next level”, followed by award-winning marketing authority Ken Wong, who will deliver a special strategic planning and marketing presentation that will identify common challenges in achieving business goals. Speakers on Day 2 include Amanda Lang of ROB-TV, who will address current business news and economic trends, and entrepreneur & “food hunter”, Pete Luckett, who will discuss customer service, consumer experiences, employee motivation and change management. The keynote speaker at ABC 2007 is former Federal Minister & Premier of Newfoundland, Brian Tobin, who will share his insights on the Canadian political landscape from his own unique point of view. ABC 2007 registration forms will be mailed in February, 2007. For more information contact Ralph Suppa: r.suppa@ciph.com

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