Energy Connections Canada formed to tackle pipeline innovation

Pipeline Owner Operators and Industrial Partners emerge as Energy Connections Canada

Today, eight owner operator midstream pipeline companies and industrial partners are emerging across the Country as Energy Connections Canada, an alliance for energy pipeline innovation. Energy Connections Canada’s mandate is to champion pipeline innovation in Canada. ECC is an independent Canadian not for profit, board governed organization.

Canada needs a pipeline association, a voice for the Industry and its Partners, to guide “pipeliners” now as we move through the energy transition, says Rick Tofani, Executive Director. This is a fresh start for our members and a chance to champion pipeline innovation by forging new partnerships and collaborations with members, the public, regulatory agencies, and research and academic organizations.

Energy Connections Canada and its members represent “an alliance for energy pipeline innovation” (new logo shown below). The owner operator members include Fortis BC, Gibson Energy, Husky Midstream, Pembina Pipelines, Plains Midstream, Secure Energy, Trans Mountain Pipelines and Trans Northern Pipelines. The list of industrial members can be found at this LINK.

At our Spring Meeting of the Members on May 24th and 25th, 2023, the Membership resoundingly approved the name and logo. Energy Connections Canada will focus its efforts on matters related to following strategic priority areas; Engagement, Knowledge Exchange and Innovation. ECC’s vision is “A national community of engaged, transparent, world class organizations committed to sustainable and safe pipeline delivery of energy products to the benefit of all Canadians and the world.”

Chair of the Energy Connections Canada Board, Colin Bakoway, says that the Board of Directors, representing an impressive cross section of people from across the energy pipeline industry comprises an extensive list of companies committed to ensure the safe, efficient and consistent supply of energy and derivative products around the world. Innovative thinking and collaboration amongst members will be the key to solving some of the more pressing issues facing our industry today.

Executive Director Rick Tofani says, “We have come through quite a process to arrive at this announcement today. Covid and all of its impacts on our industry since March 2020, followed by the dissolution of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA), have caused us to rethink a number of business matters, during this time. Coming out the other side, we understand that pipelines are going to play an integral role in Canada’s energy transition and we are positioned to tackle some significant issues for our members and are looking forward to working through these issues along with our partner organizations in Canada, the United States and Australia.”


Join us at Energy Connections Canada and help make a difference. For more information, please contact Rick Tofani, Executive Director, at [email protected].

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