National industry organizations


This information from the Minister’s transition binder was current as of November 2019. We don’t update this page as it is part of the historical record.

Aluminium Association of Canada

President and CEO: Jean Simard, (514) 288-4842 ext. 225,

Organizational Profile:

The Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to represent the Canadian aluminium industry in its dealings with citizens, public authorities, current and potential users of aluminium, as well as other players on the economic scene.

The AAC was founded with a view to grouping together into a single representative body Canada's three aluminium producers: Alcoa, Aluminerie Alouette and Rio Tinto Alcan. The AAC focuses on solving its members' common-interest concerns of a non-competitive nature.

AAC contends that the presence of the aluminium industry in Canadian and the 10 aluminium smelters they operate make the industry a powerful lever for the national economy while providing a permanent and increasing contribution to the economic wealth of Canada and Quebec. The industry is among the top three industrial sectors of Quebec, both in terms of production value and foreign sales volume.

Association of Canadian Port Authorities

President: Wendy Zatylny, (613) 232-2036 ext. 201,

Organizational Profile:

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) was founded in 1958 and  brings together ports and related marine interests into one national association. ACPA represents all Canadian Port Authorities, various government entities and companies doing business in the marine sector. ACPA members are responsible for more than 250,000 direct and indirect jobs and handling more than $400 billion worth of goods annually.

The Key Industrial Issues that the ACPA is concerned with are: competitiveness, infrastructure, security, sustainable development, legislation and regulation, and innovation and technology.

The ACPA has a number of programs related to education which includes seminars and conferences throughout the year, including Operations Seminar, Governance Seminar, Annual Port/Government Interface, Policy and Technical Workshops, and the Annual General Meeting and Conference. These are opportunities for all members and non-members in the port community to discuss issues and to network. As well, ACPA seeks to recognize the achievements of those in the port community that are deserving of industry recognition.

Canada Cleantech Alliance

Chair:  Denis Leclerc,

Organizational Profile:

CanadaCleantech Alliance coordinates regional clusters, associations and hubs to identify and crowdsource issues, obtain guidance and mobilize for change. Canada Cleantech Alliance was created in March 2016 as an alliance between the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance, BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, MaRs Discovery and Ecotech Quebec. It aims to provide a national voice for Canada’s cleantech sector and to serve as a focal point to help transition Canada to a stronger, climate-resilient economy

Canadian Association of Forest Owners

Managing Director: Christopher Lee (613) 410-6455,

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Association of Forest Owners (CAFO) is a non-profit association that works with some of the 450,000 individuals, families, farmers, companies and associations who own and manage forest land across Canada to ensure policy decisions respect private property rights. Private forest land comprises over 10% of managed forest land in Canada and is a significant contributor to the environment, economy, and communities.

CAFO members own and manage over 3 million hectares of private forest land from coast to coast. Additionally, members also manage over 15 million hectares of Crown (public) forest land.”

CAFO strives to balance the public interest and private property rights within a policy and incentive framework that encourages responsible stewardship.

CAFO is active on two of five SARAC Working Groups that deal with Multi-Species, Place-Based approaches to species at risk, and Knowledge Plan, which is examining the availability and use of data, data sharing and the protection of proprietary information.

Key areas of policy interest:

An essential element to promote viability of private forests and encourage responsible stewardship is the coordination of landowner interaction with federal agencies to ensure that legislation and policy decisions are well informed about potential impacts on privately owned lands. CAFO focuses on dialogue, information exchange and negotiation with Environment and Climate Change Canada and other federal regulators regarding laws designed to protect endangered species, fisheries and migratory birds. These regulations can have serious impacts on the management of forest land.

Committee membership:

A representative of the Canadian Association of Forest Owners, Christopher Lee, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.  

Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

President and CEO: Tim McMillan

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents Canada’s upstream oil, oil sands and natural gas industry. CAPP membership includes more than 90 producer members and 150 associate members. CAPP’s mission is to advocate for and enable economic competitiveness and safe, environmentally and socially responsible performance.

In working towards responsible development of oil and gas resources, CAPP has identified several priority environmental issues:

Committee membership:

A representative of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, Amit Saxena, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.  

Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI)

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Association of Recycling Industries (CARI) is an industry association made up of over 200 member companies in the recycling sector that process, broker, and consume recyclable commodities, including ferrous and non-ferrous metals, electronics, paper, rubber, glass, textiles, and plastics. CARI was founded in 1941 at the request of the Canadian government, which sought high-quality scrap metal to support the war effort. CARI has evolved into a powerful industry association representing companies from small family scrap yards to massive capital-intensive processing plants. Members are engaged in the recycling of all commodities, but the majority deal primarily or exclusively in metals. Every activity CARI undertakes is aimed at improving the economic position of our member companies and promoting the recycling industry.

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association

Executive Vice President: Dennis Laycraft

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) is a non-profit federation comprised of eight provincial member cattle associations that provide representation to a national, producer-led board of directors. The 27-member board provides the leadership and unity necessary to speak as one voice on issues of importance to the beef cattle industry. CCA’s operating divisions carry out the day-to-day business in support of the vision, policies and recommendations established by the board.

Current key areas of focus include market access and trade regulations, sustainability, animal care, animal health and food safety, grading/inspection, marketing, government and regulatory affairs, fiscal/monetary policy and business risk management.

The organization’s major areas of work include:

Committee membership:

A representative of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Larry Thomas, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.  

Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association

President: Shannon Coombs, (613) 232-6616, ext. 11

Organizational Profile:

Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters

President: Jean Lanteigne, (819) 777-3474, toll-free: 1-800-758-3981

Organizational profile:

The Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters (CCPFH) is a non-profit organization that supports the health and vitality of the Canadian fishing industry. It was created with an objective of representing Canadian fish harvesters’ interests, helping lead in the development of having fish harvesting become a recognized profession and to help with the implementation of training and adjustment programs.

Founded in 1995, CCPFH acts as a National Industry Sector Council to support the skills and human resource capacity needs of the fishing industry in Canada.

A Board of Directors governs CCPFH. Directors are appointed by fish harvester organizations from across the country representing the Atlantic, Pacific, Freshwater and First Nations fisheries.

CCPFH represents the interests of fish harvesters across Canada by:

Key areas of policy interest:

Canadian Council for Importers Compliance

Chairman:  George A. Gowing, 450-240-0199

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Council for Importers Compliance (CCIC)  was formed following discussions with Transport Canada that identified the need for a professional organisation that would bring administrative order and technical standardization to an industry in need of assistance.

The founders George A. Gowing, engineer and Paulette Lussier Gowing have been involved with the production, compliance testing and .regulatory certification of motor vehicles under the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Act and CMVSS regulations since 1970.

The Council believes excellence is achieved by sharing, collection and making available knowledge and expertise from all segments of the industry, not by deception and/or shortcuts.

The Council will promote administrative comprehension and technical competence by working with the industry, organizing, channelling and refining services that exist.  Resolving the problems identified by Transport Canada, Environment Canada & other government Agencies will require an industry effort, not a one man show.

The Council has developed expertise in both the administrative and technical aspects of emissions certification to assist importers in understanding emissions requirements and testing protocols as well as planning and executing a successful certification program.

Canadian Electricity Association

President and CEO: Francis Bradley

Organizational Profile:

Founded in 1891, the Canadian Electricity Association (CEA) is the national forum and voice of the electricity business in Canada. CEA is comprised of corporate utility member companies, major electrical manufacturers, corporate consulting companies and several hundred other company and individual members. CEA members provide over 95% of the electricity in Canada.

CEA’s environmental work includes:

CEA is a member of the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Clean Energy, which is studying means to design and manage a transition toward clean energy systems. CEA also supports the Clean Energy Dialogue, established in February 2009, to identify ways Canada and the U.S. can jointly develop clean energy solutions to reduce GHG emissions and address climate change.

Committee membership:

A representative of the Canadian Electricity Association, Terry Toner, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act. 

Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

President and CEO: Chris Bloomer

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) represents Canada's transmission pipeline companies, which transport nearly all of Canada’s daily crude oil and natural gas from producing regions to markets throughout Canada and the United States (U.S.). CEPA’s mission is to enhance the operating excellence, business environment and recognized responsibility of the Canadian energy transmission pipeline industry through leadership and credible engagement between member companies, governments, the public and stakeholders. Members have operations in Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

CEPA lists its goals as:

The Association seeks to demonstrate to Canadians how natural gas is a smart foundation for Canada’s evolving energy mix, and to encourage supportive public policy in Canada.

Committee membership:

A representative of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Sue Flaman, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.

Canadian Federation of Agriculture

Director: Frank Annau, Environment and Science Policy, 613-236-3633 x2328

Organizational profile:

The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) is Canada's largest general farm organization, representing 200,000 farmers and farm families. The organization is headquartered in Ottawa, with the mandate to provide a unified industry voice at the national level. The CFA was formed in 1935, and continues today as a farmer-funded, national umbrella organization. It represents:

In addition, CFA partners with a vast number of other industry associations, think tanks, academic groups, and private companies on projects that touch many different aspects of the agricultural sector.

Its mission is to promote the interests of Canadian agriculture producers, through leadership at the national level, and to ensure the continued development of a trusted, sustainable, and vibrant agriculture sector in Canada.

The CFA met in July with federal and provincial agricultural minsters and presented a position paper entitled Producing Prosperity in Canada and focused on three key issues - Food Security, Environmental Stewardship, and Economic Growth.

Key areas of policy interest:

Committee membership:

A representative of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, Frank Annau, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.

Canadian Fuels Association

President: Peter Boag,

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Fuels Association (CFA) represents the industry that supplies 95 percent of Canada’s transportation fuels. CFA’s goal is to help their members meet the environmental policy objectives of government and expectations of Canadians without compromising their access to a secure, reliable and competitively priced fuel supply.

CFA’s key activities include:

Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers Association

President and CEO: Jennifer Stewart, (613) 915-5699,

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (CIPMA) is a national not-for-profit trade association representing the interests of its members from the fuel distribution and marketing industry. CIPMA engages in advocacy work at the federal and provincial levels, using extensive research and knowledge of fuel markets and independent fuel marketers’ business models. Currently, advocacy efforts are aimed at enhancing awareness on the impact of credit card fees on independent business within Canada.

CIPMA also informs member companies of current and impending legislation, major market and regulatory trends and valuable networking event such as the Canadian Fuel Marketing Conference.

CIPMA’s mission is to ensure the sustainability and growth of an independent fuel marketing and distribution sector at both the wholesale and retail levels in Canada. Their specific goals include:

Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

President and CEO: Dennis Darby

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business. Founded in 1871, CME represents more than 10,000 companies nationwide. More than 85% of its members are small- and medium-sized enterprises and collectively account for an estimated 82% of Canadian manufacturing production and 90% of all goods and services exports. The mission of CME is to help Canadian manufacturers and exporters compete and win in domestic and global markets by leveraging its leadership, expertise, connections, and the strengths of its membership.

As Canada’s largest trade and industry association, CME focuses on the issues that are most critical to its members – manufacturing competitiveness, US business, international markets, people and skills, energy and the environment. Its three priorities for its member companies are:

Canadian Maritime Law Association

President: David Colford, (514) 393-3700,

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Maritime Law Association (CMLA) is a not-for-profit corporation composed primarily of practicing maritime lawyers and other persons interested in the shipping and maritime industry. The mandate of the CMLA is to advance the development of effective, modern commercial maritime law within Canada and internationally.

The principal role of the CMLA is to represent all Canadian commercial maritime interests for the uniform development of Canadian and international maritime laws affecting marine transportation and related aspects.

Within Canada, the CMLA has worked actively with government and industry to advance new legal developments in many fields including:

Canadian Nuclear Association

President and CEO: John Gorman, (613) 237-4262,

Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs: Steve Coupland, (613) 237-4262,

Organizational Profile

The Canadian Nuclear Association (CNA) is a non-profit organization established in 1960 to represent the nuclear industry in Canada and promote the development and growth of nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes.

CNA activities include efforts to:

CNA hosts an annual conference in Ottawa that focuses on strategic dialogue on industry developments and policies for both the public and private stakeholders, that include emerging technologies and issues such as Small Modular Reactors and Climate Change.

Committee membership:

A representative of the Canadian Nuclear Association, Daniel Gibson, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.  

Canadian Paints and Coatings Association

President and CEO: Gary LeRoux, (613) 231-3604

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) represents Canada’s major paint and coating manufacturers and their industry suppliers and distributors, in three primary product categories: architectural paints, industrial and automotive coatings. CPCA works to ensure that members are fully conversant and compliant with all federal-provincial legislative and regulatory requirements in Canada.

The CPCA leads various initiatives to help protect the environment and enhance human health and quality-of-life:

Canadian Plastics Industry Association

President and CEO: Carol Hochu, (905) 678-7748 ext . 229,

Organizational Profile:

Incepted in 1943, the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) served as the national voice for and leader in plastics sustainability across Canada, representing the interests of the plastics value chain including resin and raw material suppliers, processors/converters, equipment suppliers, recyclers and brand owners.

CPIA is a member driven, non-profit organization advocacy organization dedicated to the growth of the plastics businesses and helping the industry reach its full potential.

Canadian Steel Producers Association

President: Catherine Cobden,

Organizational Profile:

Through the Canadian Steel Producers Association (CSPA), member companies seek to advance public policies to advance their competitiveness, innovation, environmental performance, skilled and productive workforce, and community responsibility. These objectives are further advanced by working to ensure free and fair steel trade as well as a globally competitive business environment.

The CSPA’s main areas of work include:

Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance

Board Chair: John Coyne, Unilever Canada Inc.,

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance Inc. (CSSA) is a national, not-for-profit organization, founded in 2012. It represents the recycling interests of Canadian businesses, creating convenient, clever, environmentally sustainable ways for consumers to dispose of the paper, packaging and products these businesses create—from newspapers to glass, metals to plastics.

Canadian Trucking Alliance

President: Stephen Laskowski:

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is the industry association representing Canada’s carriers, owners-operators and industry suppliers of Canada’s trucking industry.  CTA represents the industry’s viewpoint on national and international policy, regulatory and legislative issues that affect the trucking industry.

Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association

President: Mark A. Nantais

Organizational Profile:

The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA) represents Canada’s three largest manufacturers of light and heavy duty motor vehicles. The CVMA’s membership includes Fiat Chrysler Automobiles; Ford, Limited; and General Motors.

Collectively the CVMA members account for approximately 60% of vehicles produced in Canada, operate 5 vehicle assembly plants as well as engine and components plants, and have over 1,300 dealerships.

The CVMA’s current strategic priorities include:

In 2005, the CVMA and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Canada to reduce GHG emissions from Canada’s light duty vehicle sector by 5.3 megatonnes in 2010. CVMA strongly supported vehicle emission standards announced in April 2010. The Association is also involved in research and advocacy on climate change and clean fuel.

In addition, the CVMA has two programs related to the environment. The Canadian Automotive Pollution Prevention Project, initiated in 1992, has resulted in the elimination of more than 404,000 tonnes of toxic and targeted substances at the source. The project is a winner of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment 2000 Pollution Prevention Award. The other program is related to mercury switch recovery following a December 29, 2007, Environment Canada publication in the Canada Gazette Part 1.

The CVMA supported the June 2013 announcement that Environment Canada intends adopt Tier 3 emissions standards, harmonized with those developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Cement Association of Canada

President and CEO: Michael McSweeney, (613) 236-9471 ext.206,

Organizational Profile:

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) represents the Canadian cement industry - eight companies with clinker and cement manufacturing facilities, granulators, grinding facilities and cement terminals. They strive to maintain a sustainable industry as well as promote and advance the economic, environmental and societal benefits of building with cement and concrete. A founding member of the Concrete Council of Canada, the CAC builds and maintains effective working relationships with stakeholder organizations. It advances the industry’s position as a proactive partner in addressing society’s sustainability challenge, and in the face of climate change, the resiliency imperative.

The CAC advocates for legislative and regulatory environments that allow a fair competitive playing field for its members at all levels of government and it advises on technical matters important to the cement and concrete industries, such as codes, standards, specifications and best practice. They advocate for:

All member companies of the CAC measure, monitor and publicly report the air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions data of each cement manufacturing plant on an annual basis through Canada's National Pollutant Release Inventory and Greenhouse Gas Inventory. Member companies employ the Cement CO2 Protocol developed by the global Cement Sustainability Initiative to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions.

All of CAC’s member companies producing grey cement in Canada participate in the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI). Led by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the CSI is a global effort by 25 major cement producers with operations in more than 100 countries who believe there is a strong business case for the pursuit of sustainable development. As a condition of membership, the CSI requires commitment to and compliance with the CSI Charter. In the area of environmental performance, the CSI Charter calls for individual company action against three primary environmental performance indicators: CO2 and climate change, emissions reduction; and responsible use of fuels and materials.

Chamber of Shipping

President: Robert Lewis-Manning, 604-681-2351, email:

Organizational profile:

Founded in 1923, the Chamber of Shipping is the voice of the marine industry on Canada’s west coast, representing vessel owners, operators and shipping agencies engaged in international trade through Canada’s Pacific gateway.The chamber examines day-to-day local issues, as well as wider national and international issues which have (or the potential to have) a bearing on the marine industry, commercially and/or operationally. It works closely with a number of other Canadian, U.S., and International marine and business associations to provide input at the highest levels of marine policy making.

One of the areas of advocacy is Environmental Performance. Commercial ship operators recognize the importance of minimizing the impact of vessel activity in ports and communities in which they operate. 

The chamber was also one of nine groups in support of a conservation agreement introduced by the Department of Fisheries, Oceans and led by the Port of Vancouver aimed at better understanding and mitigating the impact of shipping activities on the endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) in the Salish Sea.

Key areas of policy interest:

Committee membership:

A representative of the Chamber of Shipping, Robert Lewis-Manning, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.  

Chemistry Industry Association of Canada

President and CEO: Bob Masterson,  (613) 237-6215 ext. 234,

Organizational Profile:

Established in 1962, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada represents over 50 companies manufacturing basic chemicals and resins.

Members transform raw materials like natural gas liquids, oil, minerals, electricity and biomass into the building blocks needed to manufacture some 70,000 products that we depend on every day.

The chemistry industry is positioned at the crossroads between Canada's resource base–including mining, forestry, agriculture and oil and gas–and Canada's manufacturers, including the food and beverage sector, construction, plastics and rubbers, textiles and clothing, electrical and electronics and transportation equipment.

The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada has identified several environmental priorities including reducing emissions, climate change, and international accountability. The Association produces an annual Reducing Emissions report summarizing the overall environmental performance of its member companies, and works towards sustainability through its voluntary Responsible Care® program. The Responsible Care® program verifies that companies are complying with an established code of practice through which they commit to innovate for safer and more environmentally-friendly products and processes, and to work cooperatively to identify and eliminate harm throughout the entire life of their products.

Cosmetic Alliance Canada

President and CEO: Darren Praznik

Organizational Profile:

Cosmetics Alliance Canada, formerly the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CCTFA), is the leading Canadian trade association representing the cosmetics and personal care products industry. With over 150 member companies, Cosmetics Alliance Canada maintains a constant dialogue with Canadian government officials to ensure effective representation of industry’s position on all regulatory matters.

Electronics Product Stewardship Canada

President and CEO: Shelagh Kerr,

Organizational Profile:

Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC) was founded in 2003. It is a not-for-profit, industry-led organization created to design, promote and implement sustainable solutions for the recycling of end-of-life electronics. As of 2015, its membership is comprised of 30 leading electronics manufacturers.

EPSC has established product stewardship programs in British Columbia, Nova Scotia, PEI, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador in partnership with the Retail Council of Canada. EPSC members also sit on the industry council for the Alberta Recycling Management Authority.

The Electronic Recycling Standard (ERS) was first developed in 2004 by EPSC. The intent of the ERS is to ensure that end-of-life electronics collected through the provincial stewardship programs are handled in a safe, environmentally sound and responsible manner. The original ERS has been revised several times and now incorporates the internationally recognized R2 Standard. The purpose of revising the ERS is to ensure that it meets the current needs of the stewardship programs as well as the evolving nature of electronic products and the recycling industry.

Explorers and Producers Association of Canada

Community Affairs Advisor: Terence Hughes, Regulatory and Community Affairs Advisor, Paramount Resources Ltd. and designated representative of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada for Caribou Range planning in the Province of Alberta. Phone: 403-206-3859,

Organizational profile:

The Explorers and Producers Association of Canada (EPAC) represents Canadian oil and gas entrepreneurs, with 150 members that operate 65,000 wells and supply approximately 20% of Canada's oil and gas. Its members invest about $15 billion per annum across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which supports employment for tens of thousands of Canadians, their families and communities, including indigenous communities.

EPAC was established in 1986 as the Small Explorers and Producers Association of Canada to be the voice of the junior and independent exploration and production companies within Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry. These producer members form the core of EPAC’s membership today.

They vary in size from small start-up companies to juniors and mid-sized independents. Many are publicly held and trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange or TSX Venture Exchange while many more remain privately held.

Key areas of policy interest:

EPAC advocates to governments, policy makers and regulators to ensure that the interests of our members are reflected in a fiscal and regulatory framework that encourages investment and supports a prosperous oil and gas industry.


Committee membership:

A representative of the Explorers and Producers Association of Canada, Terrence Robert-Hughes, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.  

Fertilizer Canada

President and CEO: Garth Whyte, (613) 786-3030

Organizational Profile:

Fertilizer Canada, formally the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI), is an industry association that represents manufacturers, wholesale and retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate and potash fertilizers.

Fertilizer Canada’s Vision 2020 Strategic Plan outlines the goals and commitments of the association through the year 2020. Fertilizer Canada’s major areas of work include:

Farming 4R Future - Collaborative programs that empower farmers across Canada to utilize the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework to help meet the common goal of a sustainable agricultural industry.

Fertilizer Safety & Security Council (FSSC) - The FSSC promotes the safe and secure manufacturing, handling, storage, transportation and application of commercial fertilizers thereby protecting employees, transportation workers, first responders, farmers and the general public from risk due to accidental release, environmental emergency, or criminal misuse of fertilizer products.

GrowZone – This program was developed by CFI to provide continuing education to fertilizer industry workers. Modules include training on driver fatigue, Ammonium Nitrate Security, Nitrous Oxide Emissions Protocol (NERP), and 4R Nutrient Stewardship.

Crops Nutrients Council - The council strives to be a source of information for federal and provincial governments, as well as growers and the general public, and co-ordinates communication to these audiences about environmentally sound crop nutrient practices in the production of food.

Nitrous Oxide Emission Reduction Protocol (NERP) - NERP is intended to reduce on-farm emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) in a quantifiable, credible and verifiable way.

4R Nutrient Stewardship – This program involves producers and their crop advisers selecting the right source-rate-time-place combination from practices validated by research conducted by agronomic scientists.

Nutrients for Life Foundation - Founded by CSI, this is a registered Canadian charitable organization that produces and distributes educational materials on soil science and agricultural sustainability. Its goal is to help Canadians better understand how nutrients increase the health and quality of our soil, improve production of nutritious foods and preserve green spaces.

Food Processors of Canada

Co-Chair: Robert K. Irving

Organizational Profile:

FPC’s mandate is to advocate on behalf of Canadian owners and leaders of food based companies. FPC offers dedicated representation on key issues, advice on regulations, and policies, which affect Canadian competitiveness, and we actively work to remove barriers to our Member’s growth and investment. FPC are focused on market access, competitively priced inputs, and outcomes based policy for our Members.

Forest Products Association of Canada

President and CEO: Derek Nighbor

Organizational Profile:

The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is the voice of Canada’s wood, pulp and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade and environmental affairs. FPAC represents almost all of the largest Canadian producers of forest products. Its members are responsible for 66% of the certified forest lands in Canada. FPAC designs programs to promote Canada’s leadership in trade and economic matters, sustainable forest management and environmental stewardship.

FPAC has expressed a commitment to managing forests sustainably. FPAC members have all the forestlands they manage independently certified to one of three certification systems in use in Canada: Canadian Standards Association, the Forest Stewardship Council, or the Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards. Since 2002, third-party certification has been a condition of FPAC membership.

FPAC members are responsible for 26 percent of all global certified forests. FPAC members are also working to enhance certification standards. Signing and implementing the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement signaled a commitment to developing world-leading forest management practices. The Agreement requires the signatory organizations, consisting of 9 non-governmental organizations and 17 FPAC member companies, to work together to create a plan for sustainable forest management practices.

As a part of its Vision2020 goals, FPAC uses an index of 12 environmental performance indicators to measure and report on the sector’s environmental footprint. It has committed to deliver a further 35% improvement in the sector’s environmental footprint by 2020. 

FPAC is a very active stakeholder on boreal caribou conservation, and has in the past provided detailed input to various federal documents including SARA section 63 reports.

Committee membership:

A representative of the Forest Products Association of Canada, Kate Lindsay, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.

Global Automakers of Canada

President: David C. Adams

Organizational Profile:

Global Automakers (GAC) is the national industry association representing the Canadian interests of 15 automakers. The GAC represents the interests of members engaged in the manufacturing, importation, distribution and servicing of light duty vehicles and advocates for sound public policy to support a competitive and sustainable automotive market in Canada. While the Association was initially dedicated to the interests of importers, it has broadened its focus as offshore-based companies have set up vehicle manufacturing plants in Canada.

Its mission is to:

In 2014, the member companies of the GAC represented 55.1% of the Canadian automotive market and directly and indirectly employed about 77,000 Canadians.

The GAC liaises with governments on the following issues:

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI)

President and CEO: Sandy MacLeod

Organizational Profile:

Founded in 1968, the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is a non-profit national trade association that represents more than 1,150 member companies in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry.  Members include manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors who employ more than 50,000 people in Canada and represent an industry that delivers more than $7B annually to the Canadian economy.

Environmental Services that HRAI provides:

As the refrigeration and air conditioning industry is a major user of certain ozone-depleting substances (ODS) controlled under the Montreal Protocol, HRAI helps to coordinate this industry’s concerns with respect to the domestic implementation of the Protocol in Canada. In addition, HRAI raises awareness among its members of measures and obligations stemming from Canada’s Ozone-Depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations.  In the early 1990s, it developed a one-day course on ODS management that refrigeration technicians in most provinces and territories must take in order to obtain certification.       

HRAI also administers and oversees the work of Refrigerant Management Canada (RMC), a private consortium responsible for collecting and disposing of ozone-depleting and HFC refrigerants used in stationary refrigeration and air conditioning in Canada.  Launched in the year 2000, RMC is the first industry program developed on the continent for the destruction of ozone-depleting and HFC refrigerants, and it remains the only such program in existence to this day.  

Industrial Truck Association

Gary Cross,

Organizational Profile:

The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) has been the leading organization of industrial truck manufacturers and suppliers of component parts and accessories that conduct business in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Members gain access to exclusive member services, such as industry engineering practices, statistical reporting, market development, training and networking.

International Ship-Owners Alliance of Canada

Chair: Oscar Pinto, (604) 685-3318

Organizational Profile:

The International Ship-Owners Alliance of Canada Inc. (ISAC) was founded in 2004. The purpose of forming ISAC was to create an alliance of ship-owners that could focus on building trust and good will with various sectors of the industry both nationally and internationally including the provincial and federal governments of Canada, as well as specific interest groups such as labour and environmental organizations in an effort to establish open communications for effective working relationships.

ISAC works to strengthen Canada’s marine industry and work on creating a maritime cluster in Western Canada. In doing so, ISAC recognizes the need to be environmentally responsible while remaining competitive in the global marketplace. Knowledge of government policy and legislation, awareness of social and environmental impacts, co-ordination with various sectors such as the unions, are necessary factors to ensure a sustainable shipping industry.

ISAC supports the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and as part of the Canadian delegation, regularly attends the Marine Environmental Protection Committee meetings as an advisor to Transport Canada and Environment Canada.

Since 1959, the IMO, a United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships has been providing a forum for co- operation among Governments.

The IMO facilitates the adoption of comprehensive multilateral treaties for a wide range of technical measures, operational areas of competence affecting maritime safety, security, technological development, environmental initiatives, etc.

Since 1959 of the 51 treaty instruments IMO has adopted, 23 are directly environment-related.   

Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association

Executive Director : Dr. Rasto Brezny,

Organizational Profile:

The Manufacturers of Emission Controls Association (MECA) is a non-profit association incorporated in Washington, D.C. MECA's members include leading manufacturers of a variety of emission control equipment and efficiency technologies for: 1) automobiles, trucks, and buses; 2) off-road vehicles; and 3) stationary sources.

Mining Association of Canada

President and CEO: Pierre Gratton 

Organizational Profile:

The Mining Association of Canada (MAC) is a national organization representing companies engaged in mineral exploration, mining, smelting, refining and semi-fabrication. Member companies account for most of Canada’s production of base and precious metals, uranium, diamonds, metallurgical coal, mined oil sands and industrial minerals. MAC’s mission is to contribute to building a strong, sustainable and internationally competitive Canadian mining, minerals and metals industry with broad national support and to promote sound corporate and public policy. MAC works with members to promote the industry nationally and internationally, work with governments on policies affecting the sector and educate the public on the value mining brings to the economy and the daily life of Canadians.

MAC is involved in a number of environmental policy issues such as environmental assessment, sustainability, wildlife and protected areas, pollutants, and climate change.

Committee membership:

A representative of the Mining Association of Canada, Tara Shea, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.   

National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada

President, NMMA Canada: Sara Anghel, 905-951-4048

Organizational Profile:

The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA) programs and services are designed to serve the best interests of its members and the recreational boating industry. To that end, NMMA:

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute

President and CEO: Kris R. Kiser

Organizational Profile:

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Standards Organization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI is managing partner of GIE+EXPO, the industry’s annual international trade show, and the creative force behind the environmental education program, OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments across the Canadian provinces.

The OPEI is comprised of many committees, including but not limited to:

PAC Packaging Consortium (formerly Packaging Association of Canada)

CEO: James Downham,

Organization profile:

PAC Packaging Consortium has been the voice of the Canadian packaging industry since 1950. Created as the Packaging Association of Canada (PAC), its membership has since grown to include about 430 corporate members, and over 1100 total associate members. In 2014, the association rebranded as PAC Packaging Consortium and now includes all of North America in its focus.

The PAC is unique in its membership because it represent the glass industry, or the plastic industry, or the food industry, but looks at issues that affect those groups, but don’t attempt to represent industries other than packaging. The groups is also involved in looking at issues horizontally across the supply chain, from retailers and fast food to large producers of glass, plastic, paper etc. Members also include packaging machinery companies, academic institutions and students and professional services members.

Pelmorex Corporation

President and CEO: Sam Sebastian

Organizational Profile:

Pelmorex is a Canadian corporation involved in the provision of weather services through The Weather Network and MétéoMedia. The company also provides the backbone of the national public alerting system (Alert Ready) – in collaboration with federal departments (including ECCC-MSC), provincial emergency management ministries and broadcast and wireless service providers. The Weather Network’s Commercial Services division provides a range of value-added weather services for a variety of industries, including hyperlocal weather products alongside health products like pollen and UV reporting. Pelmorex relies on the MSC’s monitoring data and predictions from ECCC computer prediction system to feed into its services.

Pelmorex has identified the following priorities:

Renewable Industries Canada

President: None at this time 

Organizational Profile:

Renewable Industries Canada, formally the Canadian Renewable Fuels Association (CRFA), is is a business coalition representing leaders and innovators in Biofuels, Renewable Products, and Clean Technologies.

Its mission aims at working with government stakeholders and policymakers to identify climate solutions with growth opportunities; sharing expertise in planning and building initiatives with economic and environmental sustainability; and advocating for increases in adoption, production and innovation of Biofuels, Renewable Products, and Clean Technologies.

Responsible Distribution Canada

President: Cathy Campbell, 905-332-8777 ext. 21

Organizational Profile:

Responsible Distribution Canada (RDC), formerly the Canadian Association of Chemical Distributors (CACD), RDC represents 45 member companies across Canada, with 169 sites.

As a condition of membership, the member companies are committed to Responsible Distribution®. This Code of Practice governs member company actions to meet the guiding principles as they relate to all aspects of the distribution of chemicals, chemical products and chemical services.

The Guiding Principles state that member organizations shall:

Retail Council of Canada

President and CEO: Diane J. Brisebois, (416) 922-6678,

Organizational Profile:

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing more than 45,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada, including independent, regional, national mass and specialty retail businesses and online merchants in general merchandise, drug and grocery.

RCC mission is to advance the interests of the retail industry through effective advocacy, communications and education. RCC also provides its members with services and programs including education and training, benchmarking and best practices, networking, advocacy and industry information.

As a part of its Member Services, RCC offers the following energy efficiency services:

Standards Council of Canada

CEO: Chantal Guay

Organizational Profile:

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is a federal Crown corporation responsible for promoting standardization in Canada, which reports to Parliament through the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Standardization is the development and application of standards publications that establish accepted practices, technical requirements and terminologies for products, services and systems to ensure better, safer and more efficient methods and products. SCC carries out a variety of functions intended to ensure the effective and coordinated operation of standardization in Canada. In addition, CSC is Canada’s national accreditation body, which accredits conformity assessment bodies to internationally recognized standards. Conformity assessment is the practice of determining whether a product, service or system meets the requirements of a particular standard. SCC has published International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification standards, which MSC uses. It also represents Canada's interests on standards-related matters in foreign, regional and international forums.  SCC works directly with stakeholders from industry, government and consumer organizations to deliver standardization strategies to support Canadian innovators, break down internal trade barriers by aligning regulations across Canada and facilitate international trade to help Canadian businesses compete internationally.

SCC established the following priorities listed in its 2019-2020 Corporate Plan:

Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association

President: Jed R. Mandel,

Organizational Profile:

The Truck and Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) represents worldwide manufacturers of internal combustion engines and on-highway medium- and heavy-duty trucks.  

WaterPower Canada (formerly Canadian Hydropower Association)

Regulatory Coordination Officer: Mark Reed, Manitoba Hydro; Chair of WaterPower Canada’s Species at Risk Act Working Group,, (613) 751-6655

Organizational profile:

Founded in 1998 as the Canadian Hydropower Association (CHA), WaterPower Canada is the national association dedicated to representing the interests of the hydropower industry.

Its principal mandate is:

Members represent more than 95% of hydropower capacity in Canada with more than 500 facilities scattered coast-to-coast. Close to 60% of Canada’s electricity comes from hydropower.

Today, the industry contributes more than $35 billion to Canadian GDP (2013) and supports upwards of 130,000 jobs across the country, directly and indirectly.

Key areas of policy interest:

Committee membership:

A representative of the Canadian Hydropower Association, Mark Reed, is a member of the Species at Risk Advisory Committee (SARAC), established under the Species at Risk Act to advise the Minister of ECCC on the administration of the Act.

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