PelicanCorp participates in Canadian CGA Symposium

pel633 pelicancorp participates in canadian cga symposium

The Canadian Common Ground Alliance’s annual Damage Prevention Symposium is coming up in October, and PelicanCorp will be well represented: as speaker, exhibitor and sponsor.

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CEO Duane Rodgers will join other senior industry figures for a panel session “Other Ways to Protect What's Underground: Locating Practices in Different Regions.” The discussion will examine the strengths and weaknesses of different damage prevention programs and the ways in which stakeholders in the locating process interact. Attendees will be able to compare and contrast the practices in their own regions with those in Australia, as presented by Rodgers, and from other executives from the US, Alberta and British Colombia.

PelicanCorp will also offer one lucky delegate to the symposium a trip to the US CGA’s annual symposium in 2017, to be held March 14-16 in Orlando Florida.

The two-day event will have a host of useful presentations for anyone involved in the damage prevention industry. It opens with a talk from James Anspach, Director, Utility Market & Practice Development; Engineering & Environmental Services Division of Cardno on a topic that we covered recently: “A brief history on the efforts that preceded the realisation of the Common Ground Alliance in the United States.”

That session will be followed by “A series of inspiring five-minute presentations on current damage prevention and communication issues, delivered by industry professionals.” Some of these are issues you’d expect to see, but there’s also a presentation from Michael Morrison on “The Power of Social Media.”

He has nothing to do with any industry remotely connected with underground infrastructure, but he does know a thing or two about social media. He’s the Michael behind Mike's Bloggity Blog, a Canadian website that attracts some 88,000 page views per month.

He’s also got an entire session later in the conference on “Understanding the Power of Social Media for Businesses Big and Small” during which he will be “sharing some tips and tricks for getting the most out of Twitter, Facebook and more!”

His is not the only presentation at the Symposium that could be considered ‘left field’. How about this one? “The Modern Brain Science of Communication.” It will be delivered by Doug Downs, Managing Partner JGR Communications, a corporate communications and stakeholder consultation firm.

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Contrary to what this might suggest, he does have some industry involvement: he’s led communications and stakeholder engagement for a wide range of multi-billion dollar projects, including pipelines.

And here’s another one, on a topic that’s particularly germane to the Australian community, but not one that’s often raised. Darwin Durnie, senior advisor to Government of Alberta will talk about protecting buried infrastructure from bushfires. Specifically the largest bushfire in Canadian history earlier this year that destroyed 2500 homes and saw the 88,000 inhabitants of Fort McMurray, Alberta evacuated.

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