Canadian Welding industry prepares for work in arctic

CanWeld Conference focuses on sub-zero temperatures

VANCOUVER, Sept. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Welding professionals and researchers from around the globe gathered at the 5th Annual Canadian Welding Association CanWeld Conference at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia today. The Canweld Conference is the largest, most attended welding conference in Canada and is completely dedicated to advancing Canadian welding standards, skills and knowledge.

Each year the conference brings together welding professionals, their employers, fabricators and welding-products suppliers to exchange information and share knowledge to further strengthen the welding profession, its products and its practices.

The 2014 CanWeld Conference focuses on welding in the arctic. Over the last number of decades, there has been a tremendous amount of technical research and industrial developments to address the issues and challenges created by extremely cold climates. Experts from around the world will provide attendees with innovative solutions and introduce them to new discoveries that will shape the future of welding in the Canadian north.

This year's conference made history by also serving as the forum for the International Institute of Welding (IIW) Congress. IIW is made up of national welding societies from around the world and provides an international platform for the exchange and dissemination of evolving welding technologies and applications.

"One of the key goals for the Congress is that it results in more countries working together on projects and finding solutions that will benefit our society as a whole," said Dan Tadic, Director of CWA.

Over 40 international experts will present groundbreaking research about working in sub-zero temperatures; some of which had never been shared before. Topics covered include shipbuilding, construction, mining, research, pipelines, education, NDE, safety, energy and environmental consideration for welding in the arctic.

"I am thrilled that so many experts world-wide have committed to being a part of this experience and to enthusiastically share their knowledge on a variety of related topics," said Cécile Mayer, Chief Executive Officer of the IIW.

About CWB:

The CWB Group is Canada's only national welding oversight organizations. It is mandated, through the Canadian building codes and other national, provincial and regional legislations to ensure the quality of construction of Canada's welded environment – including buildings, bridges, towers and other steel and aluminum items. As a not-for-profit, in operation for over 65 years, the CWB Group provides local certifications, qualification and training services to Canadian codes and standards to the welding and constructions industry across Canada.

With offices in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, CWB's team of over 250 staff provide true national services from BC to Nunavut to Newfoundland and all places in between. The CWB is also responsible for certifying international companies and their personnel involved in building products or providing welder consumables destined for use within Canada. Regardless of the location or type of services provides – CWB Group's mandate is the safety of Canadians and the environment though the proper application and enforcement of Canada's national codes and standards.

SOURCE: The Canadian Welding Bureau

For further information: Tia Thomas, Consultant, Environics Communications,, (416) 969-2729

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