CSA Group & YPAC Collaboration

A new Collaborative Opportunity with CSA Group for YPAC members is on the horizon!

Tell me more about this collaborative opportunity!

The Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC) is a professional group for early-career individuals in the pipeline industry.  Pipelines are an integral part of Canada’s energy future, and YPAC is committed to building the next generation of leaders for the industry.  We want to shape the future of the pipeline industry so that it can attract and retain top talent.  We do this by enabling two-way dialogue between young pipeliners and key stakeholders in government, industry, and academia on critical topics such as climate change, indigenous reconciliation, innovation, and diversity & inclusion.  Guided by our values of creativity, bold vision, and focus, we are catalyzing change.

YPAC’s vision is to build the next generations of pipeline industry leaders that diligently work towards safe, efficient and reliable operations of pipelines. IN May 2020, CSA Group and YPAC agreed to collaborate and further strengthen the relationship by inviting YPAC take part in Oil and Gas standards development. Through this partnership, young professionals in the pipeline industry can gain more exposure to the relevant standards and connect with knowledgeable experts in the oil and gas sector, contribute to the development of standards, and stay abreast of ongoing and emerging developments in the sector. This collaboration will help enhance standards development efforts and preserve knowledge transfer for future generations in the industry.

In order to launch this collaboration, YPAC will be actively recruiting suitable candidates for this initiative.  The YPAC executive team will form a CSA advisory committee that will oversee this initiative and recruit YPAC members to join this collaboration when positions become available. The recruiting process will involve applying through the YPAC website as well as filling out the membership survey, so the candidate can be matched with the right opportunities. CSA will advise this team to ensure the candidates are well-suited for the chosen committees.

The letter delivered by the CSA, which highlights the partnership is attached below.

What is CSA Group’s Function?

CSA Group is a global organization dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. They are a leader in Standards Development and in Testing, Inspection and Certification around the world including Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia. Our mandate is to hold the future to a higher standard.

The mission of CSA Group’s Standard Development organization is to enhance the lives of Canadians through the advancement of standards in the public and private sectors.  They are a leader in standards research, development, education, and advocacy. The technical and management standards developed with their 10,000 members improve safety, health, the environment, and economic efficiency in Canada and beyond. For more information about CSA Group visit www.csagroup.org.

For more than 50 years, CSA Group has produced and pioneered standards related to petroleum and natural gas—serving the needs of industry, government, regulators, and the public—while helping safeguard the production, delivery, and storage of these important resources.

Today, CSA offers an internationally-recognized portfolio of standards in this area—many referenced in legislation and guidance documents, such as CSA Z662 – Oil & Gas Pipeline Systems and others. Their collection includes comprehensive standards that address the design, construction, installation, and safe operation of pipeline systems and components, LNG facilities, wells, underground storage, and offshore structures.

About CSA Z662

CSA Z662, Oil and Gas Pipeline Systems establishes essential requirements and minimum standards for the design, construction, operation, pipeline system management, and abandonment of oil and gas industry pipeline systems. CSA Z662 is globally recognized, adopted nationally in Canada and by most provinces and territories, and used by all sectors of the oil and gas industry. It is regularly reviewed and updated to ensure the incorporation of new lessons learned, technological advancements and best practices.

Why join the CSA – YPAC Initiative?

Opportunity: Work in collaboration with an amazing team of industry experts, and receive first hand technical mentorship through assigned tasks.
Impact: Learn to think strategically and provide first hand inputs to the CSA Z662 clauses; with a potential opportunity to present task findings at the CSA Technical Sub-Committee meeting.
Network: Work alongside peer young professionals and technical gurus who share the same drive and passion throughout the experience.

How do I get involved?

Volunteer Selection Process

The volunteer application, once completed, will be reviewed by the CSA Advisory Committee. Upon nomination, the profile of the successful candidate(s) will be passed to CSA Program Manager for final approval. We appreciate your interest in volunteering with us; however, only those applicants selected will be contacted.