Canadian Model Committee

Mandated by COAA and with support from Energy Safety Canada, this Committee stewards the updating and evolution of the Canadian Model (alcohol and drug guidelines and work rule) for the heavy industrial construction and turnaround sector, plus the energy operating and maintenance sectors:

  • Maintain watching brief regarding emerging issues, legal context, technology advances, etc.
  • Issue ad hoc clarifications or minor revisions/additions as needed
  • Undertake major updates, in consultation with stakeholders, as needed or at minimum every five to eight years

Comprised of senior leaders with corporate responsibility for workplace A&D policy, the committee also serves
as a forum for sharing of learnings, implementation strategies, emerging trends, educational resources and
policy innovations for the good of the industry as a whole.

Team Leads

  • Cynthia Lee, Suncor
  • Scott Desautels, Enbridge
  • Neil Tidsbury, Chair Emeritus

Team Members

  • Otto Bertignoli, Petronas
  • Sigfrid Santiago, TC Energy
  • Larry Staples
  • Shirley Denny, CNRL
  • Kevin Lawlor, Building Trades
  • Sean Strickland, Building Trades
  • Mary Jo Spence, Energy Safety Canada
  • Lisa Stephenson, Energy Safety Canada
  • Dennis Perrin, CLAC
  • Joe McFadyen, CLRA
  • Petra Guerra, Imperial Oil Resources

Other Committees

Future Leaders Of Industrial Construction

Searching for the industry’s best & brightest employees in their early to mid-careers with the drive and energy to make change

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Construction Performance

Developing the next-generation of tools for improving productivity

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Enhancing contracting strategies and tools to improve efficiency and performance for all parties

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Developing leading philosophies, practices and tools to improve safety performance

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Workforce Development

Building a workforce with the right skills, at the right time, in the right numbers

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COAA members are the companies and organizations in the heavy industrial construction industry. Membership has its benefits:

  • Network with industry peers
  • Contribute to committees and best practices for the industry
  • Annual General Meeting and other events and workshops offered through the COAA
  • Attend the annual Best Practices Conference
  • Access COAA initiatives


We welcome members from outside Alberta. The best practices we develop are tailored to Alberta construction, but the principles are universally applicable.  Any company that believes in and wishes to contribute to excellence in heavy industrial construction is welcome.

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