PHILADELPHIA - The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) recognized Laura Johnston, Axalta Canada Technical and Regulatory Manager, for her exceptional industry contributions. Johnston received the Industry Achievement Award at CPCA’s annual conference held May 25-26 at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax.

CPCA represents Canada’s major paint and coatings manufacturers and their industry suppliers and distributors. It helps to promote the sustainability of the coatings industry and advises on regulation and policy to help both governments and the industry meet their objectives.

Johnston has worked with the CPCA since 2009 in various roles. She serves as a member of its Paint and Coatings Working Group and is Chair of the Health, Safety and Environment Committee. Johnston represents CPCA on the government of Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System Current Issues Committee and has helped shape the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System in Canada. This new system updates pictograms, labels, safety data sheets and more in Canada’s existing Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, to align them with those used in the United States. The government’s Health Canada department expects these changes will positively impact trade between the two nations and will strengthen worker health and safety in Canada.

“The success of CPCA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of its members relies on the strong technical support of its member companies,” said Gary Leroux, President – CPCA. “Laura is a clear representation of that support. She is always available and willing to share her time and expertise for the benefit of the entire industry.”

“The work that Laura does has a tremendous impact not only on Axalta’s operations, but on the broader coatings industry in Canada,” said Paul Chaney, Axalta’s Ajax, Canada Plant Manager. “We are extremely proud of Laura’s contributions to the industry over her 17 years with Axalta. This award is truly well-deserved.”