ProACTIVE Planning welcomes the addition of Mark Murray, J.D., as our Municipal and Regulatory Relations Advisor to support our growing client portfolio and to lead our project work in the Province of Ontario.
The Province of Ontario has many significant pipeline corridors, many of which are located within urban centres and in areas of rapid growth and development. For decades, pipeline operators in Ontario have struggled with encroachment in these corridors, and have needed solutions to understand, predict, and respond to development near their infrastructure. Mark Murray has joined the ProACTIVE team to lead our municipal engagement in Ontario and will play an instrumental role assisting our clients with the issues of land use planning and development in the vicinity of pipeline systems.
For the last 24 years, Mark was employed with Enbridge Gas Inc. in roles ranging from Senior Legal Counsel, Manager Regulatory Projects & Land Acquisition, and Supervisor, Permitting and Lands. In these roles Mark provided strategic land, construction and development advice regarding pipeline growth, to Enbridge management. He has successfully managed multi-disciplinary teams with applications before the Ontario Energy Board resulting in approval of transmission and distribution pipeline and natural gas storage facility projects.
Mark’s involvement with landowners and understanding their concerns regarding the impact of pipelines and pipeline construction to land was significant in achieving agreements with national landowner associations and provincial ministries for pipeline easement, crossing and construction agreements.
Mark’s pipeline industry and regulatory experience supports ProACTIVE clients’ understand and management impacts of municipal development, in the vicinity of their pipelines, and obligations under CSA Z663, especially for Ontario pipelines.
Mark is currently Vice-Chair CSA Z663-18, “Land use planning in the vicinity of pipeline systems” standard and is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.
On March 31st, ProACTIVE Planning presented to the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association’s (CEPA) Damage Prevention Community of Practice to share their innovations and solutions in the field of integrity and damage prevention in the pipeline industry. This unique and privileged opportunity came at an ideal time in ProACTIVE’s growth as a business.
CEPA is a world-class and world-renowned organization comprised of Canada’s leading pipeline companies and in the global pipeline community, Canada’s safety and pipeline integrity governance is routinely recognized. The Association’s ‘Integrity First’ program is devoted to “zero pipeline incidents” and “to help pipeline companies share and implement leading practices, keeping pipelines safe and communities protected”. CEPA’s Mission, goals and objectives align with ProACTIVE Planning’s vision, momentum and enthusiasm contributing to the responsible growth and sustainability of Canada’s municipalities and transmission pipeline industry.
“Our work is about improving collaboration and sharing best practices across the industry to resolve issues of land use planning and development in the vicinity of pipeline systems. It was a privilege to be invited to the CEPA table to explore ways our company and the Association can collaborate on messaging, best practices, and potential joint programming opportunities.” - Russ Leedham, Director of Operations, ProACTIVE Planning
In Q1 2020, the ProACTIVE team discovered significant instances of unaccounted for and unmonitored development near pipeline infrastructure. Mike Sullivan of ProACTIVE believes the inherent value of the company’s work simply speaks for itself: “It’s an issue that affects all parties - municipalities, developers, and pipeline operators alike are enduring immeasurably financial and societal costs when development remains undetected. Addressing these issues in a cost-effective and sustainable way today will save pipeline operators from making multi-million dollar class upgrades in the future”.
In a time of uncertainty for the oil and gas sector, the need for enhanced technologies and innovation to keep up with an ever-changing market is becoming increasingly critical. ProACTIVE was excited to share their own contributions with CEPA’s influential audience, and demonstrate how they are bringing relief to their pipeline operator clients through the implementation of Z663. ProACTIVE Planning’s primary objective is resolving land use planning issues and the related challenges of development in the vicinity of pipelines, and “we are thrilled by the opportunities we’ve had in the last six months to share our solutions with our current and prospective clients, stakeholders, and pipeline regulators.”
Last month, ProACTIVE Planning was privileged to be invited by the Canada Energy Regulator to present to their Safety & Security Community of Practice.
The CER and Damage Prevention organizations alike have expressed a continued concern for the lack of awareness on issues of land use planning in the vicinity of pipeline systems, and ProACTIVE was excited to share its solutions and experience working with clients who have made addressing these issues an operational commitment.
“For us, it’s really happy news that we get to share with the CER”, says Mike Sullivan of ProACTIVE. “It’s an opportunity to speak one-on-one with an actively engaged regulator that worked on Z663 and show them how ProACTIVE has built the best land use monitoring tool in Canada. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved! And more so, we’re excited about how we can improve the industry as a whole. That has always been the end goal”.
ProACTIVE’s goal is to have all primary CER regulated companies equipped with its services by the end of Q4 2021. “It’s not a lofty goal”, Mike adds. “Land use monitoring is an ongoing, everyday area of operations where the transmission pipeline industry relies heavily on manpower and it’s challenging at the best of times. ProACTIVE Planning eliminates those struggles and delivers certainty 100% of the time.”
In their presentation, ProACTIVE gave an overview of the issues surrounding land use planning in the vicinity of pipelines, and how all stakeholders in the equation share a collective responsibility to improve communication, strategies and processes to address these issues. Blaise Fontaine, ProACTIVE’s Director of Engagement, also explored concepts of “stakeholder psychology” and how classic approaches to engagement with municipalities can fall short for the widespread adoption of Z663.
The CER’s Shannon Neufeld, Technical Leader of Damage Prevention, was also on the Technical Committee for CSA Z663-18 and believes “the fundamental principles in this standard, which aims to prevent damage through early and ongoing communication and good land use planning near pipelines, is critically important for the safety of Canadians and the optimization of land use in our communities.”
It was such an opportunity to be able to share our best practices with some of the most passionate and knowledgeable people in pipeline integrity, damage prevention, and regulatory governance.
As ProACTIVE enters into its second year of operation, we have been overwhelmed by the positive reception from industry, municipalities, our clients, and organizational stakeholders. Any time there is an opportunity to share our work and our implementation techniques for Z663, we’ll be there in a heartbeat!
If your organization or municipality is interested in hosting a free CSA Z663 educational session with ProACTIVE Planning, please contact us at email@example.com
ProACTIVE Planning had the special opportunity to provide an educational session to three major municipalities: Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and Parkland County. These three municipalities have a unique interest in ProACTIVE’s work with pipeline operators, as they have significant amounts of pipeline infrastructure within their boundaries.
The session was focused on the best practices and recommended guidance of CSA Z663-18, and provided participants with a mini toolkit for collaborating with pipeline operators when planning new developments, and how to work with ProACTIVE for future development applications.
Municipal education sessions are just one objective for ProACTIVE’s overarching engagement strategy. There has been significant unaccounted land use planning and development in the vicinity of pipeline infrastructure, and the need for municipalities and ProACTIVE’s clients to work together more effectively provides immediate and long term benefits for all stakeholders involved.
If you’re a municipality or Indigenous community looking for an educational session on land use planning in the vicinity of pipeline systems, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will be in touch with you very shortly!
The CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium is only one week away, and the ProACTIVE team is looking forward to presenting on how pipeline operators can create internal strategies for implementing the best recommendations of CSA Z663.
ProACTIVE Planning is proud to be a champion of CSA Z663, and we have woven this standard into the fabric of our entire operations. Our processes and technologies are developed specifically for this work, and we want to share our company’s best practices with all participants at the symposium so that Z663 can be implemented to its fullest potential.
For us, this represents a very exciting time for our company…this will be our first time presenting at a conference as ProACTIVE Planning, and doing so at the CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium is entirely an honour and privilege.
The reception we’ve received as an emerging start-up has been something we only ever dreamed of, and the client base we’ve been building has already far exceeded our wildest ambitions. Our team at ProACTIVE makes our work and our reach possible.
Michael Sullivan has been alongside ProACTIVE since the beginning when our technologies were mere concepts, and our vision as a company was just coming together. Michael expresses that “while this is probably something many have thought of in the past, ProACTIVE is the first to launch. Nothing else out there comes close to what ProACTIVE can do for the pipeline industry”.
Michael believes that ProACTIVE “is setting the bar for managing land use planning near pipeline systems…using automation and technology as a fresh set of eyes on an age old challenge for pipeline operators”.
The guidance of ProACTIVE’s advisors helped shape our greatest asset, the ProACTIVE Portal, our web-based platform capable of managing all aspects of land use planning in the vicinity of pipelines. Michael explains that “the ProACTIVE Portal provides clients with a full spectrum window of all activity in the vicinity of their assets - directly where their view needs to be. From this early vantage point, ProACTIVE's clients can plan and manage capital projects long in advance without burden or risk to operations and without consequence to neighbours”, further protecting our clients’ social licence and reputation, as well as contributing to the field of damage prevention in unprecedented ways.
We’re looking forward to ProACTIVE’s milestones ahead! We have a lot in the works after the CCGA Damage Prevention Symposium, and along with some other strategic growth initiatives, Michael envisions that ProACTIVE “will expand into the United States in the very near future”.
Looking forward to seeing familiar faces in Niagara Falls next week, and just as excited to meet some new ones. Be sure to check out our session on Thursday at 9:45am!
ProACTIVE Planning is thrilled to announce that Blaise Fontaine and Russ Leedham will be presenting at the Canadian Common Ground Alliance’s 2019 Annual Damage Prevention Symposium in Niagara Falls this October!
This exciting opportunity for ProACTIVE comes during an even more exciting time for our company. As we continue to grow and gain traction in the industry with our innovative technologies, we will have the chance to share more about our internal strategies related to stakeholder engagement, and how we designed our Engagement Framework for the specific purpose of creating widespread implementation and adoption of CSA Z663-18.
The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Z663-18 is a key foundational document that was made possible through the collaboration and hard work of many industry experts who had a vision of addressing land use planning and development issues in the vicinity of pipeline systems. This document has gained recognition in the pipeline industry as the new “go-to-guide” for formalizing roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in this enduring and complex issue.
ProACTIVE’s session is titled “Implementing CSA Z663-18: Addressing the limitations and gaps in stakeholder awareness and engagement”, and during our discussions we will share stakeholder engagement theories, strategies, and tactics that we employ in our day-to-day operations that help all development stakeholders and pipeline operators implement this critical standard into their companies and organizations.
ProACTIVE Planning answered the call to help pipeline operators implement Z663-18 by providing comprehensive solutions for understanding land use planning in the vicinity of their infrastructure.
Watch our latest video and learn more about how we collaborate with clients, municipalities, and developers to address one of the most enduring issues in the industry!
Ed Plant is ProACTIVE’s Executive of Regulatory, Damage Prevention, and Municipal Relations. He joined our team in January 2019 when the formation of our Executive Team took place over a late lunch in Edmonton with nothing more than a handshake to move forward. Ed represents half of our Edmonton based team, and brings over 34 years of experience in Right of Way Management, Municipal Relations and Oil & Gas to the ProACTIVE Team.
Ed joined ProACTIVE because he believes that “the way ProACTIVE has come together is the way the developer, municipal, and pipeline processes are meant to work – through collaboration.”
Upon our first meeting with Ed, he enthusiastically agreed to provide his expertise in the formation of our company. He shared his excitement about joining our group of “dynamic professionals to further collaborate on this exciting Canadian initiative” and to “radically change how developers and municipalities interact with pipeline companies as it relates to land use planning around existing pipeline corridors.”
Ed explains that “ProACTIVE’s processes take what they did in the CSA Z663 Technical Committee and puts in into practice for real world applications,” and he envisions ProACTIVE proving our concepts and processes while “honouring the intent of CSA Z663-18”.
Not unlike the rest of our team, Ed sees ProACTIVE’s applications and processes as a “total game changer”. He goes on further to explain that “pipeline companies are often left out of stakeholder engagement until late in the land use planning and development process – and that creates difficulties for developers, landowners, and others. By having one company being that liaison for all land use proposals between the pipeline company and the municipality makes it easier for both parties.”
Our entire team is dedicated to making our land use planning solutions for pipeline operators more accessible, straight forward, innovative, and affordable than ever before. From Ed’s perspective, “ProACTIVE’s platform is the next step in bringing the parties together at appropriate stages of planning and development…making our solutions easier, faster, and more comprehensive” than ever believed possible.
As ProACTIVE enjoys our exciting growth as a new company in high demand, our team believes our growth and opportunities are virtually limitless. Ed envisions ProACTIVE’s technologies, applications and team members to reach new levels of opportunity and eventually branch out to other industries, sectors, and international markets.
The long anticipated ProACTIVE Network went live on our website on May 5th to support ProACTIVE’s overarching municipal and developer engagement strategy. As the leading liaison for major pipeline operators in Canada, we needed to create a platform to fulfill a growing need to share educational resources with our stakeholders with regards to collaboration on development in the vicinity of pipeline systems.
The ProACTIVE Network is easy and free to join! It connects hundreds of municipalities, developers, Indigenous communities and leading pipeline and municipal organizations to our toolkit of educational resources, free planning advice, and web-hosted information sessions.
We’re excited to connect with you and share industry best practices that will support your community or development. – sign up today by clicking the button below:
On April 26th 2019, the ProACTIVE Team came together to brainstorm on a number of strategic priorities for ProACTIVE’s growth.
Graciously hosted by the Sunnybrook United Church, the ProACTIVE team enjoyed a full day workshop exploring municipal engagement opportunities, conference attendance, business development and growing our affiliation base in Western Canada.
The ProACTIVE Team has two team members based in Edmonton and three in Calgary. Every month, we come together to advance our strategic plan and collaborate on new initiatives.