CRAC celebrates 20 years in Winnipeg
By Andrew Snook
The Crane Rental Association of Canada hosted its 20th anniversary Annual Conference this week from June 6 to 9 in Winnipeg.
Crane professionals from across the country descended upon The Fort Garry Hotel with 179 people attending the milestone event.
During the annual general meeting, CRAC members offered highlights of the association’s activities over the past 12 months, which included: an update of the boom dolly research committee; expanded relations working with fellow international committees;
a newly adopted CRAC logo; expanded relationships with media partners; further developed association policies related to finances, code of conduct, and updated vision, values and missions statements; established the inaugural CRAC Safety Awards; the launching of the first electronic member directory; a revamped website; and the start of working on a member survey.
The first-ever CRAC Safety Awards were presented during the annual general meeting to the following recipients: All-West Crane & Rigging Ltd. (Quesnel, B.C.), Canadian Crane Rentals Ltd. (Wingham, Ont.), Canuck Concrete Pumping & Crane (Yellowknife, N.W.T.), ENTREC Corporation (Acheson, Alta.), Irving Equipment Ltd. (Saint John, N.B.), Niwa Crane Ltd (Medicine Hat, Alta.), NCSG Crane & Heavy Haul Services Ltd (Acheson, Alta.), Sterling Crane (Edmonton, Alta.).
Several board of director three-year terms ended in 2018, including Shawna Boreen (Sarens Canada), John Roberts (Sterling Crane) and Gijs Verdeijn (Mammoet Canada); as well as the two-year term for Curt Jabben (Associated Wire Rope & Rigging) on the supplier side the board. All three directors were re-elected to new three-year terms, while Jose Perez of Broderson Manufacturing Corp. was elected to the supplier side of the board for a two-year term to fill the vacant seat.
Additional highlights from the conference included keynote speaker best-selling author and financial advisor Jane Blaufus; an update of the CSA Z150; a presentation on the future of EN13000; tours of the city of Winnipeg and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights; The Journey to Churchill networking event in the heart of the Assiniboine Park Zoo; a presentation on the Threads of Life, the association’s chosen charity for the conference; and supplier presentations from Manitex; A1A software and Enerpac.
The CRAC’s 2019 Annual Conference will take place at the Delta Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, P.E.I.
For more detailed coverage of the presentations from the 2018 CRAC Annual Conference, check out the upcoming July/August and September/October issues of Crane & Hoist Canada.
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