President’s Message / Message du président
As I write this, we are just into spring, which on the Prairies means flood operations could be just around the corner. It also looks like at least three Canadian NHL teams, maybe more, will be in the playoffs. Hopefully, by the time the 2019 conference starts, spring flood operations will have shut down and at least one Canadian team will still be on the hunt for the Stanley Cup!
As this is the “conference issue,” I’d like to welcome delegates to the 2019 CRPA Conference. The local organizing committee, led by Ali Shoushtarian and supported by the secretariat and the national conference committee, should be proud of what they’ve put together for us to enjoy in Ottawa, both professionally and socially.
Speaking of being proud, we should all be proud of what CRPA represents and how we operate. While there seems to be a lot of divisiveness in the world these days, CRPA’s diversity is a definite strength. Our membership is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds from sea to sea to sea (and sometimes beyond). People work in at least two different languages (some of our members are fortunate to be fluent in both of Canada’s official languages) in a variety of workplaces and organizations. For all of us, the safe use of radiation is always at the forefront. CRPA has made inroads with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and, more recently, is making inroads with both the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) and Transport Canada.
My term as president has been easier thanks to the support of a hard-working secretariat, volunteer board, and volunteer committees. In closing, I’d like to once again salute the hard-working volunteer members whose efforts keep CRPA thriving.