The much anticipated Shutdowns Turnarounds Superconference took place December 8 and 9 in Calgary. This is the largest turnaround conference in North America, and as always, brings together a vibrant community of turnaround specialists from a diversity of industries across Canada and the US, to share insights and practical experiences.

The conference opened with…

An in-depth analysis from BuildForce Canada on the Labour Forecast for Changing Economic Conditions, and provided new insight for the sector to prepare for the future.

Several operator-led sessions followed, including presentations from Agrium on how to successfully incorporate a Work Breakdown Structure into Planning, case studies from NOVA Chemicals on Integrated Scheduling, Canfor Pulp on Preventative Maintenance, and Shell Albian Sands on Lessons Learned from their 2015 Turnaround. Everyone appreciated hearing about what worked – and what didn't.

Day 2 featured…

An impactful session on Improving Safety from Jacobs, and new topics on Operations Handover and Work Startup from NOVA Chemicals, an in-depth look at Effective Materials Management from Shell, and Successful Process Improvements from Lucite International – Americas Region. The day concluded with a lively interactive session that engaged the expert panel and the audience.

Delegates, speakers and sponsors enjoyed many networking opportunities including the popular ice-breaker welcome reception and the lively casino cocktail evening. This was an information- packed event that provided invaluable takeaways and opportunities to develop new business relationships.

Hear what our delegates had to say:

'The conference was well organized with an excellent cross section of industry delegates. Hearing about the success and challenges from other companies is a great learning experience'
- Rich Verwegen, Turnaround Team Leader, NOVA Chemicals- Manufacturing East

'I always find valuable nuggets to take back to the mill and the networking is another great reason to come.'
- Mark Valenta, Maintenance Manager, Canfor Pulp Ltd., Northwood Mill

'This is a great opportunity to learn from fellow colleagues and a variety of different companies. The presentations were very informative.' 
- Jason Hamm, Turnaround Planner/Scheduler, Co-op Refinery Complex

There is a need for information and interfacing with other turnaround people – this achieves both and is a great event!
- Kevin Hearn, TAR Manager, SemCAMS

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