OTTAWA, Ontario - The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) announced a robust program for its Annual Conference and AGM. This year’s event will take place on May 27-29, 2015 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, at the Pillar and Post Inn & Spa.

“The 2015 conference will feature the theme, ‘Survival of the Fittest,’ and we have an exciting lineup of speakers scheduled for our Business Sessions,” says Gary LeRoux, CPCA’s President. “They will update attendees on all of the latest trends, opportunities and challenges facing the Canadian paint and coatings industry.”

The sessions will begin with Professor Mike Moffat of the Richard Ivey School of Business who will discuss the current state of the Canadian and global economies and identify prospects for future growth. Sustainability will also be a main focus during this year’s sessions with Jane Sadler Richards, the new Managing Director of the Network for Business Sustainability, on hand to share seven sustainability opportunities for Canadian businesses in 2015.

Stewardship will be a topic of interest, with a session planned to address the new era for post-consumer paint in Ontario. Mark Kurschner, President of Product Care, and Mary Cummins, Waste Diversion Ontario’s Oversight Analyst, will discuss the transition of Product Care as the new program operator in Ontario.

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) will also be addressed, with government officials offering important insight on the GHS implementation from both the federal and provincial standpoints on the eve of the June 1 implementation date.

A panel exploring the various aspects of the coatings industry in Canada from the perspective of the manufacturer, supplier/distributor and user is also scheduled, along with a discussion on building resilience in the workplace.

CPCA’s Annual Conference will also include the Chair’s Annual Gala Dinner, its prestigious industry awards and a social program. For more information, visit or click here to view the conference program and here for a registration form.