CGA Recognizes Leaders in Safety at the Annual SAFE Awards

The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) proudly recognizes the recipients of the 2021 Safety Awards for Excellence (SAFE) at the inaugural Annual Technical Conference. The SAFE awards are presented annually to individuals or groups who demonstrate outstanding dedication to safety.

TC Energy was awarded the Worker Safety Leadership Award for its Safety Culture Transformation initiative that changed how employees and contractors view safety, broadening what safety means to all areas of TC Energy’s business. TC Energy’s Safety Culture Team completed this change initiative using the “Zero Narrative” document.

FortisBC received the Public Safety Leadership Award for its Public Safety Program. The company is committed to delivering energy safely and takes on the task of reducing damage to its infrastructure as much as possible to keep people safe. Public Safety Manager at FortisBC, Michele Petrusevich, has led the charge to ensure public safety and believes every damage incident is preventable. The number of damages to FortisBC natural gas infrastructure has decreased by 19% in just two years.

CGA received nominations from Enbridge Gas Inc., Énergir, EPCOR, Heritage Gas, and St. Anne Natural Gas Co-op in the Public Safety and Worker Safety categories. All nominations to both categories received a Certificate of Recognition.

Grant Kilpatrick, Operations Manager at Enbridge Gas Inc., received the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Safety Leadership Award. His dedication to safety is recognized both within and outside of Enbridge through his strong safety leadership, the culture of safety he creates, his effective emergency response, and his support for the community.

City of Medicine Hat, Heritage Gas, Liberty Utilities New Brunswick, Gazifère, and Pacific Northern Gas all received the Corporate Safety Award for Employee Safety in recognition of their perfect employee safety scores. Gazifère and City of Medicine Hat received the Corporate Safety Award for Vehicular SafetyThis award recognizes an organization’s track record for reducing vehicle damages over the past year.

More information about the submissions is available on the CGA website and can be accessed here:

“Safety is one of the top priorities of the gaseous delivery industry and it’s a commitment we all take very seriously. Our members demonstrate excellent leadership in safety and the Safety Awards acknowledge their achievements in this area. On behalf of the Canadian Gas Association, I congratulate the organizations and individuals who were recognized with awards today,” said Timothy M. Egan, President and CEO of the Canadian Gas Association

About the SAFE Awards
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) Safety Awards for Excellence are intended to honour significant examples of the natural gas industry’s dedication to safety management. Through engagement in the awards program, member utilities have an opportunity to gain recognition at the corporate and individual level for their work, and through that recognition, to inspire a culture of continuous improvement in safety for employees, contractors, customers, and the public at large.

About CGA
The Canadian Gas Association (CGA) is the voice of Canada’s gaseous energy delivery industry, including natural gas, renewable natural gas (RNG) and hydrogen. CGA membership includes energy distribution and transmission companies, equipment manufacturers, and suppliers of goods and services to the industry. CGA’s utility members are Canadian-owned and active in eight provinces and one territory. CGA members meet 38 per cent of Canada’s energy needs through a network of over 573,000 kilometres of underground infrastructure. The versatility and resiliency of this infrastructure allows it to deliver an ever-changing gas supply mix to over 7.3 million customer locations representing approximately two-thirds of Canadians. CGA members ensure Canadians get the affordable, reliable, clean gaseous energy they want and need. CGA is also working to constantly improve that gaseous energy offering, by driving forward innovation through the Natural Gas Innovation Fund (NGIF).

For more information contact:
Aysha Raad
Director, Communications
Canadian Gas Association

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