THE BOILERMAKERS’ International Executive Council scholarship committee announced the winners of its 2014 scholarship program this past April. The committee awarded $50,000 to 28 recipients, with $40,000 being allocated to U.S. applicants and $10,000 to Canadian applicants.
THE TEAM OF Brad Lewis and Jason Dubreuil won the 2014 Canadian Boilermaker Graduate Apprenticeship Competition held June 24-26 at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Vancouver.
Lewis, Local 146 (Edmonton, Alberta), and Dubreuil, Local 128 (Toronto, Ontario), were among 12 graduate apprentices from across Canada who participated in the biennial event, which is planned and executed by the Boilermakers National Training Trust Fund (NTTF), Canada.
Decision hinges on waste gas handling, reverses umpire’s ruling
BOILERMAKER LOCAL 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) emerged victorious April 1 in a jurisdiction dispute over the assignment of waste gas ductwork at the Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum smelter upgrade near Kitimat, B.C.
PHYSICALLY DISABLING INJURIES suffered by two Local 359 (Vancouver, British Columbia) members have not kept them from competing in the rough-and-tumble game of rugby — and the generosity of other Boilermakers is supporting a big dream for one of the members.
Jordon Dycke and Stu Wymer both lost their ability to walk after separate vehicle accidents. Wheelchair sports allow the two men to continue being active and competitive.
SIXTEEN BOILERMAKERS FROM construction lodges across Canada attended the fourth annual all-Canadian project management course November 3-8 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The week-long course was taught by Dale “Skipper” Branscum, Director of Con-struction Division Services for the IBB; Gerry Klimo, Local 154 (Pittsburgh) safety training coordinator; and Greg Blender, Horton CBI.
Boilermakers from 15 lodges work together on major Syncrude job
THE SPRING 2012 Syncrude outage in Fort McMurray, Alberta, was significant for several reasons, according to L-146 (Edmonton) member Denis Lafleur. First, it was one of the largest outages in the Oil Sands region, involving work on Syncrude’s 37-1 plant that included two furnaces and a 256-ft. vacuum tower (one of the world’s largest). Second, the successful project brought together field construction Boilermakers from 15 locals on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border.