May 13, 2022

Advisory Committee

Denny Stubel – Advisory Committee Chair

Denny Stubel; Client Relations & Strategy Analyst, Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK). Denny has been employed with TSASK for 10 years and manages their larger Key Accounts. Denny has established trusted working relationships with many companies and his role includes responsibilities such as inventory reconciliations, Quality Management System reviews, Overdue Accounts Receivables and Write-Off’s and also contributes to internal forecasting and budgeting. Years of Service to IPEIA: 4 years on the Program Committee, 6 years on the Steering Committee (Past Chair 2020), 1 year on the Public Relations Committee, 2 years on the Special Sessions Committee and now 1st year on the Membership Committee.

Alison Weeks

Alison Weeks – Advisory Committee Vice Chair

Alison has over twelve years of experience in the oil & gas industry with a strong foundation in inspections and integrity management. She holds professional certifications from ASET, NACE and API. Alison manages the Senior Management Representative for Signalta Resources Limited Owner-User Program as well as Signalta’s Pipeline Integrity Program. She has been involved with IPEIA for the past 9 Years, sitting on both the Steering Committee and Public Relations Committee.

Jim Yukes

Jim Yukes – Advisory Committee Member, Past Chair

Jim Yukes, AVH Engineering Inc, has over 25 years business development experience including Non-Destructive Examination, facilities and pipeline integrity services in Western Canada and internationally. Jim has been committed for over 5 years to IPEIA including Program, PR and Steering Committees.

Izak Roux

Izak Roux – Advisory Committee Member

Izak J Roux DBA P. Eng. Izak was chair of IPEIA 2018. Prior to this he has been vice chair and program chair since 2015. Izak is also an active member of ASME and he is a member of two pressure vessel technical committees as well as of the Canadian CSA B51 Boiler, pressure vessels and piping standard technical committee. In Alberta he serves as chair of the Safety Codes Council’s Pressure Equipment Sub-council and the Edmonton Transit Advisory Board since 2015.

Heather Fairfield

Heather Fairfield – Advisory Committee Member

Heather Fairfield, IHS Market, is an account executive for technical information related to the pressure vessel, pipe and welding industry. Heather is a Member emeritus of IPEIA, past chair of public relations committee and has been an IPEIA member for 12 years.

Mark Palynchuk

Mark Palynchuk – Advisory Committee Member

Mark has been with Western Instruments since 1979 and currently oversees the manufacturer of Non-Destructive Testing equipment and management of the company. Mark started as a mechanical designer and is now the company President. His original focus was on Mechanized Ultrasonic Testing Systems for Tube and Pipe manufacturers, a subject he has authored and published 10 papers on. Mark is listed as a Co-Inventor on over 4 US Patents, one of which is as a result of Equipment developed due to his participation in the IPEIA Conference. The original conference was not going to have an exhibition, but Mark convinced the organizers to create a trade booth section. Mark’s company was 1 of the 6 original Exhibitors, 22 years ago. In 1997 Mark presented a paper on Non-Destructive Testing Equipment, and volunteered for the Steering Committee in 1997. Mark has lead the Public Relations and Program Sub-Committees for over 12 of those years. In 2015 Mark was appointed as Member Emeritus of IPEIA.

Nick Marx – Advisory Committee Member

Nick Marx, IMRL attended the 1st IPEIA Conference 22 years ago. He is a huge supporter of IPEIA and has only missed 2 conferences. He started volunteering his time to IPEIA in 2003 on the Program Committee and continued to evolve his roles. He started on the Steering Committee in 2007 as the Chair of Public Relations and was the Chair of the IPEIA Conference. Nick continues to provide his guildance and support on various committees and where is needed. IRML has been a bronze sponsor 5 years.

Dan Violini

Dan Violini – Advisory Committee Member

Dan Violini spent 10 years with Western Research & Development; 32 years as Associate Dean, Tutor, & Instructor in Energy & Natural Resources at SAIT and 4 years in Integrity Management at Keyera Energy Corporation all the while building and supporting IPEIA. He is a founding member starting IPEIA 22 years ago, he has performed the roles of Treasurer, Vice Chair, and Chair. Currently he continues to support the conference and association on various committees.

Hennie Prinsloo

Hennie Prinsloo – Advisory Committee Member

Hennie was a major shareholder and president of RAE Engineering and Inspection until he sold the company to a group of the staff in 2008. Since retirement he still provides consulting engineering services under his own name. Hennie joined the steering committee in 1994 and stepped down after the 2014 conference. He was vice-president for a year (2012) and chair for two years (2013 and 2014). He is currently an advisor/ad-hoc member of the Education Committee.

Bobby Wright

Bobby Wright – Advisory Committee Member

Bobby has 40 years’ experience in refining and petro-chemical engineering consulting, focusing on fixed equipment integrity as an SME. He works very closely with maintenance, inspection, process and operations to help improve plant reliability, safety and profitability.

Bobby is a Professional Engineer in the state of Texas, holds a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering and has been involved with IPEIA since 2004. He joined the Program Committee in 2006/2007 and is currently assisting with the PR Committee with Heather.

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Norm Blatz – Advisory Committee Member

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Jack Whittaker – Advisory Committee Member

Ken Lau

Dr. Ken Lau – Advisory Committee Member

Dr. Lau began his career in pressure equipment in 1968 when he entered University of Manchester with a scholarship from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), for his postgraduate study. He obtained his M.Sc., and Ph.D., through research in pressure vessel design and stress analysis. After time spent working in England, and Singapore, and Alberta, Dr. Lau joined the Alberta Boilers Branch in 1978. He became Assistant Chief Inspector in 1982 and in 1990; he was appointed Chief Inspector under the Boilers and Pressure Vessels Act. With the proclamation of Safety Codes Act in 1992, he was appointed as the Administrator of pressure equipment safety discipline. Since the formation of ABSA in 1995, he served the dual role of Chief Inspector of ABSA and Administrator of pressure equipment safety for the Province of Alberta until his retirement from full time employment in September 2014. Having been actively involved in pressure equipment safety and having served in a variety of positions in different CSA, ASME and ISO pressure equipment standards development committees, Dr. Lau has received a number of awards for his work in pressure equipment safety, including Member Emeritus status of IPEIA in 2014; National Board Safety Metal of 2009, the highest honour bestowed by the National Board, becoming the 21st recipient of the Medal in the history of the National Board; and CSA Award of Merit “in recognition of his outstanding leadership and expertise in the advancement of pressure equipment standards” in 2004. He was elected Fellow of ASME in 2005 and he received the ASME Dedicated Service Award for standards development in 2011.

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Owen Baker – Advisory Committee Member