History of the CGPSA
The development of the TransCanada Pipeline and
the export of natural gas to California in the 50's and 60's spurred the development of
the gas industry in Western Canada. The challenges of the early gas industry in Canada
were distinctly different to that of the American Gas Industry of the time. Thus, the
early US-designed Canadian gas plants required many changes to accommodate the climatic
and "sour" differences.
These challenges were met on an ad-hoc basis by
the pioneers of the time. It was soon recognized that in order to develop the required
expertise within Canada, that Associations of gas persons in the processing industries and
companies supplying services to those industries were required. The organizing meeting of
what was to become the Canadian Gas Processors Suppliers Association (CGPSA) took place in
December, 1959. The first joint meeting with what was to become the Canadian Gas
Processors Association (CGPA) was held on February 25th, 1960 at the Palliser Hotel in
Calgary. The CGPSA was incorporated in August of that year.
Since their inception, the Associations have
provided a forum for the dissemination of information to the participants in the industry.
They have brought together designers, operators and equipment suppliers, so that mutual
concerns and problems could be discussed.
The reasons for the existence of the CGPA and CGPSA are the same today as they were
at the beginning:
To meet and discuss the problems and concerns
of the industry.
The Associations meet at four Technical
Sessions each year, where topics of current interest are presented.
In addition, there are several annual social
functions to allow networking amongst industry members. These include : the Safety Awards
banquet; the Northern and Southern Chapter Golf Tournaments; and the President's Ball.
If you wish to participate in the Canadian
Gas Industry, seriously consider joining the over 750 persons and 300 member companies who
presently service the industry.
Individuals can join the CGPA, and companies
can join the CGPSA. If you are interested in joining or receiving membership information,
please visit our Member Services page.
Belding, a Past President of the CGPSA has put together a document
describing progress and highlights in the history of the CGPSA and the
CGPA over a 20 year period (1959 to 1979). You can download and view
this PDF formatted document by Clicking
Here (you need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to
view this file).