September 8, 2017

Special Sessions Committee

Jennifer Dowdle – Special Sessions  Chair

Jennifer Dowdle, P.Eng. API 510/570/653, IBPV, TSask, NBIC IS Acuren Group Inc. In her 18 years at Acuren, Jennifer has worked in various laboratories understanding how material properties are influenced by their environments; then as a failure analyst looking at how/why equipment failures occur; and finally as a chief inspector/is-service inspector to detect damage and ultimately prevent failures from occurring through inspections and preventative programs in the pressure equipment industry. She specializes in setting up training programs and asset integrity management programs.

Shane Caume – Special Sessions Vice Chair

With an engineering technology diploma I began working in the integrity field testing and developing boiler and brine system corrosion management programs. After that I started my career with Northern Materials Engineering as an inspector. Working for various oil and gas companies as contract inspector worked up to chief inspector. For 20 years working on various pressure equipment, boilers, pipelines, failure analysis, and developing management programs. Having the opportunity to work with clients of various sizes and experience has opened many doors and opportunities. Development and implementation of regulatory compliance programs in BC, AB, and SK jurisdictions has been another challenge. Always keep the basic principle of safety in mind and you won’t stray far from the objective.

Denny Stubel – Communications Lead

Denny Stubel; Client Relations & Strategy Analyst, Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan (TSASK). Denny has been employed with TSASK for 6 years and manages their Key Accounts. Denny has established positive working relationships with these companies and his role includes various responsibilities such as inventory reconciliations, Quality Management System reviews and contributing to internal forecasting and budgeting. Years of Service to IPEIA: 3 years on the Planning Committee and 2 years on the Steering Committee.

Anna BenzAna Benz

Ana Benz, the IRISNDT Chief Engineer, has worked for IRISNDT for 22 years as a Corrosion, Failure and Inspection Specialist. She performs inspections and organizes plant inspection projects using mainstream and advanced inspection technologies. Ana has worked extensively for the Chemical Process Industry, Petrochemical Plants, Fertilizer Plants, Oil and Gas and nickel refineries around the world. She graduated as a Materials Engineer in the University Simon Bolivar in Venezuela and then obtained a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering at the University of British Columbia many years ago. She has several CGSB NDT certificates and CWB Level 3 and API 510 certifications. Ana was a member of the NACE Edmonton Executive for 15 years and before that participated in various capacities for the Edmonton Chapter of the Canadian Welding Institute. She is very happy and proud to have had the opportunity of attending many IPEIA conferences since 1998.

Adina Partridge 

Adina works in the software group of IRISNDT as the client relations director, to fulfill owner/users’ asset integrity and data management needs. She is an active member of the energy community in the Calgary area, and as part of that, she enjoys working together with the IPEIA committee members for the past three years.

Nathan Bartley

PL(Eng), CET, ABSA IBPV, TSASK PEI Class 1, NB Commissioned IS/R, API 510/570, and CGSB UT2/MT2/PT2. Nathan has 21 years of experience in the Pressure Equipment Integrity Management (PEIM) industry. Started as an NDE Trainee, he has held multiple technical and management roles during his tenure. Today, Nathan manages the Acuren Prairies Visual Inspection department; responsibilities include maintaining the Acuren National Board AIA (Authorized Inspection Agency), ABSA AQP (Integrity Assessment Organization) and CWB CSA W178.1 (Inspection Organization) programs.

Gobind Khiani

Gobind Khiani, M.Eng., P.Eng. has served in engineering management roles for both operating and EPC companies and has received Fellowship in Engineering. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pune in India and a Masters of Engineering from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He is the past chairman of Calgary Branch Executive Committee at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and Valve Users Group. Currently he is Secretary of CPGCE,Vice Chairman of International Standards Organization, Volunteer at YPAC, GPS, API, representing Canada.

Nick Marx

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 2017 IPEIA Conference. Nick continues to provide his guidance and support on various committees as and where needed. IRML has been a bronze sponsor 5 years.

Doug Morrison

Doug Morrison, P.Eng., MBA former Reliability Supervisor at CNOOC and former  Engineering & Maintenance Manager and Steam Plant Superintendent at Peace River Pulp has extensive operating experience leading Engineers, Quality and NDE inspectors in the safe, compliant, reliable operation and maintenance of pressure equipment. He has worked extensively with Chief Inspectors respecting their knowledge and guidance for the implementation of pressure equipment integrity programs.

Harold Smith

Harold Smith, API 510, 570, ABSA IPV, CWB 3, CGSB 2 in MT, PT, UT, and ET. He currently owns Integrity First Inspections Corp (IFIC) and contracts his pressure integrity inspection services throughout Canada, doing shut downs, shutdown planning, pressure integrity assessments, TML optimizations, etc. Harold has attended four IPEIA conferences and is excited to be taking a bigger role with this incredible conference.

Norm Suitor

Norm Suitor, IPEIA Steering Committee member has extensive experience supporting Asset Integrity Management and Pressure Envelope Integrity. Norm has been working with IPEIA for over 4 years.

Merv Wirth

Merv Wirth API 510/570/653 IPVI – In his 20+ years in the upstream oil and gas industry, he has been in sour process operations for both large and small producers in Alberta. In 2008 Merv transitioned into a new challenge, taking an integrity role and has been invested in Pressure Equipment safety ever since. Merv has been attending the IPEIA conference since 2009.

Jim YukesJim Yukes

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.

Billy LeeBilly Lee

Billy Lee, C.E.T with over 20+ years’ experience in the Quality field in new construction and operating facilities. Billy’s involvements also include Chair of the Alberta Pressure Piping Contractors Association (APPCA) and Vice-Chair of the Pressure Equipment Sub-Council of the Safety Codes Council of Alberta. Billy’s involvement with IPEIA includes presenting at his first ever IPEIA Conference in 2015 and supporting the IPEIA Special Sessions Committee.