Canadian Common Ground Alliance
The CCGA continues to receive positive feedback following its first damage prevention symposium held November 12 through 14 in Kananaskis, Alberta - and by all accounts, the symposium was a complete success! Just shy of 200 people attended the symposium and had their choice (sometimes a difficult one!) of three con-current sessions on a variety of subjects for a day and a half. Senator Grant Mitchell, Deputy Chair of the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, which had recently released its study, delivered a keynote address on day two of the symposium on the Senate's view of the importance of a safety culture. Following his speech, Senator Mitchell was presented with a commemorative "DigSafe" shovel from Mike Sullivan, Executive Director of the CCGA and President of Alberta One-Call Corporation.
The Symposium presented the CCGA with the opportunity to introduce its new Board of Directors, including a new Chair, Dr. Dave Baspaly, a new Vice Chair - Ms Nathalie Moreau; and, a new Secretary, Mr. Bryon Sackville. The CCGA's new Board Members are the Canadian One-Call Centre Committee, represented by Ms Sher Kirk of Alberta One-Call Corporation; and, the North American Damage Prevention Council, represented by Mr. Brent Fleury of Bell.
The CCGA also unveiled its plans for the near future - expanding the Board of Directors to include representation from additional damage prevention stakeholders. The CCGA will annouce those members in the near future as their membership is finalized.
As for the next Damage Prevention Symposium, the CCGA will be meeting soon to review feedback from our first and make a decision on when and where the next one will be. In that regard, the CCGA is mindful of its role to complement the foundational work of the Regional Partner CGAs across Canada. "Anything we do is planned so that it is in the Regional Partners' best interests", explains Mike Sullivan. "The goal is to create additional awareness at a high level yet draw attention to local issues at the same time. I think we were able to do that in Kananaskis."
In closing, the CCGA wishes to thank all of our presenters who donated their time and energy to make this first symposium such an enormous success. In their name, the CCGA is donating $2500.00 to the Canmore Rotary Club Charitable Foundation's Flood Relief Fund.
Senator Grant Mitchell
Please note the following message appears in French below.
The CCGA proudly annouces the North American Telecommunications Damage Prevention Council (NTDPC) is now a member of the CCGA Board of Directors.
By joining the CCGA, this significant stakeholder group, consisting of telecomm, signals and communications providers across Canada and the United States, is now actively represented in all CCGA-related initiatives helping the CCGA and its Regional Partners achieve collective goals and objectives.
"This is a formidable addition to the CCGA Board", notes Dr. Dave Baspaly, Executive Director of the BCCGA and Vice-Chair of the CCGA. "The CCGA's goal is to be the collective damage prevention voice of all buried utilities and the damage prevention process at the national level. In joining the CCGA, the NTDPC formally brings an entire sector of stakeholders to the table bringing us closer to that primary goal."
Please join me in welcoming the NTDPC to the CCGA!
Le CCGA est fier d'annoncer la venue du North American Telecommunications Damage Prevention Council (NTDPC) au sein du conseil d'administration du CCGA.
En se joignant au CCGA, ce groupe d'acteurs important comprenant les fournisseurs de télécommunications, de signaux et de communications au Canada et aux États-Unis est désormais représenté dans toutes les initiatives du CCGA afin d'aider ce dernier et ses partenaires régionaux à atteindre leurs buts et leurs objectifs collectifs.
«Cela est un ajout formidable au conseil d'administration du CCGA», note Dr Dave Baspaly, directeur général du BCCGA et vice-président du CCGA. «Le but du CCGA est de s'exprimer collectivement en matière de prévention des dommages pour toutes les infrastructures souterraines au niveau national. En se joignant au CCGA, le NTDPC apporte de manière formelle un secteur entier d'acteurs au conseil, ce qui nous approche encore plus de notre but premier.»
Je vous prie de vous joindre à moi afin de souhaiter la bienvenue au NTDPC au sein du CCGA!
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The AMPs Regulations have been approved and will be in-force next week. Please click the link to view the Regulation.
After almost twenty years of valiant attempts to establish a One-Call service in Manitoba, the wait is over. Manitoba Click Before You Dig launches tomorrow - June 19, 2013.
Although the service has been designed to predominantly receive web-based locate requests, it can also receive phone-in requests. "From the Contact Centre's perspective, we are seeing a tremendous shift to online locate requests" provides Sher Kirk, the Chair of the Canadian One-Call Centres Committee and Assistant Operations Manager with Alberta One-Call.
"One of the CCGA's four damage prevention goals of national interest is to realize One-Call system access across Canada", explains Mike Sullivan, the Executive Director of the CCGA and President of Alberta One-Call Corporation. "We are honoured to offer Alberta's services to Manitoba. At the end of the day, it was simply the right thing to do".
The service goes live at midnight June 19, 2013 - www.ClickBeforeYouDigMB.com
In an effort to simplify access to the damage prevention process, the Canadian One-Call Centre Committee recently launched www.ClickBeforeYouDig.com in both official languages.
"The web portal offers a 'one-window' approach to web-based locate requests", explains Sher Kirk, the Chair of the One-Call Centre Committee. "Web-based locates are quickly overtaking the traditional phone-in requests. The person requesting the locate is never placed on hold, they can make their request 24hrs/day and include drawings, sketches, photos or any electronic attachment with their request".
85% of Québec's locate request volume is now received via the internet. Alberta One-Call, which launched a re-brand and "Click Before You Dig" campaign in March, has seen a significant up-tick in web-based locate requests moving from 37% in May 2012 to 65% in May 2013.
Safe-Digging Month is rolling into high gear across Canada. This morning, the Alberta Common Ground Alliance held a media event to help promote public, worker and community safety.
Click HERE to read more about the event.
Start the 2013 Construction Season off on the right foot at the ABCGA's Annual Safety Conference March 5th in Lethbridge, Alberta.
The CCGA challenges our partners in safety to bring a friend, bring someone new and introduce them to the Alberta's damage prevention professionals who diligently work to protect the province's critical buried infrastructure, its integral and robust energy transportation system and our communities.
The Manitoba Common Ground Alliance will unveil Canada's first ever "Click" Before You Dig service next spring!
Please Click HERE for more information.
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