NEWSLETTER OF THE CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF RECYCLING INDUSTRIES
Vol. 21, Issue 6, June 2016
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR
Many of you attended CARI’s 75th Annual Convention in Ottawa and are aware that I’ve taken over the position of CARI Chair. I would like to introduce myself to those members who couldn’t attend the event and provide some information about my background and how I became involved with the association.
I was first drawn to entrepreneurship when I was 13, when I started a business recovering and selling used golf balls. After a few more business ventures, and a number of years later, I completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting. Upon graduation, I began my career in the scrap business, helping out in the yard at Federal Metals Inc. in Calgary, under the tutelage of scrap veteran Marvin Kraatz. Today, I run Federal Metals together with my partner, Leslie Kraatz.
Realizing a need in the scrap industry for technical solutions, Leslie and I also created a software company two years ago. CRO Software began as a container management program, and it has evolved into a business management software used by yards across North America. Additional certifications in Canadian Securities and Technical Analysis have helped round out my industry knowledge by teaching me about various financial tools and the global market.
My participation in CARI began 5 years ago. I decided to join the association during a time when new metal theft legislation was being created in Alberta. I believed that I could be a stronger advocate for scrap dealers if I had the backing of a national organization.
As your Chair, I will continue my efforts in preventing burdensome metal theft legislation. Other goals of mine are to learn more about the issues that affect your businesses day-to-day, highlight the importance of our organization, increase membership, and strengthen ties between members across the country. I hope that you will continue to get in touch with CARI staff with any questions, concerns, or suggestions for how to improve our association.
- As of July 1, 2016, maritime shippers will be subject to new shipping requirements for Gross Verified Mass (VGM). VGM is defined as the total weight of the container including the net weight of the cargo and the tare weight of the container itself. Shippers are required to verify the gross mass of containers packed in Canada, as per regulations set out by the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). Further information and Transport Canada’s procedure for VGM can be found here.
- Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) President Ranjit Baxi announced his request for the Bureau to set up a BIR World Council, “like a United Nations of recycling”. The proposed council could increase communications, boost BIR membership, and facilitate cooperation among recyclers across the globe. Baxi is also working to establish a World Recycling Day.
Have you registered for CARI’s 2016 Annual Golf Tournament?
Go to www.cari-acir.org/events.
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