OTTAWA, Ontario - The Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) recognized several key individuals for their exemplary service to the association and the paint industry over many years. The association also approved its Board of Directors for 2012-2013 at its Conference and Annual General Meeting in Vancouver.

The Roy Kennedy Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the work of the association. Darrin Noble, Vice President of Home Hardware Beauti-Tone Paints, has been an integral part of the transformation of CPCA into a successful, modern association, and he continues to bring passion and energy to the association’s work as a valued board member. In addition to his support of the CPCA, Noble is an active board member of several industry associations including the Canadian Chemical Specialty Products Association, Product Care Association, the Coatings Research Group and Guild CPO.

Susan Peterson and Yvon Savaria, of AkzoNobel, and Jim Edwards, of Home Hardware Beauti-Tone Paints, received the Industry Statesman Award at the association’s conference in Vancouver.

Savaria joined AkzoNobel, then known as Sico, as Marketing Manager in January 1996 and led the development of a contemporary marketing effort that helped establish tremendous brand recognition for the company’s products. Edwards was involved with the paint industry for over 50 years working for companies such as Home Hardware, Cloverdale Paint, Penfound Varnish and Sico, leading efforts on new and experimental products that found their way to store shelves across the country. Peterson dedicated a large part of her life to the coatings industry beginning as a chemist with C.I.L., Bapco, ICI and later AkzoNobel. She has been involved in many industry-wide issues through her work with CPCA and other industry associations.

All recipients received their awards at the annual Chair’s Gala held during the conference.

At its Conference and Annual General Meeting in Vancouver, the association named the Board of Directors for 2012-2013. Members of the CPCA Board of Directors for 2012-2013 are: Dale Constantinoff, General Paint (Chair); Tim Vogel, Cloverdale Paint (Treasurer and Chair of Finance & Audit Committee); Darrin Noble, Home Hardware (Nominations Committee Chair); Sharon Kelly, KelCoatings Limited; Ed Thompson, L.V. Lomas Ltd.; Mario Tremblay, DuPont Performance Coatings; Andy Doyle, American Coatings Association; Fred Veghelyi, OPC Polymers Canada; Carl Minchew, Benjamin Moore & Co. Ltd.; Rick J. Duha, The Duha Group; Andre Buisson, Boomerang Paint; Mike Klein, Dominion Color Corp.; Ron Nakamura, PPG Canada Inc.; Harry Dhanjal, BASF Canada Inc.; and Claude Brosseau, AkzoNobel.

The CPCA represents Canada’s major paint and coating manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. The industry has more than 261 establishments in Canada representing sales of more than $6 billion with direct and indirect employment of more than 30,000 people.