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Standards association announces Award of Excellence winner

St Andrews By-The-Sea, NB June 16, 2003 The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) today announced Tom Slimmon as the winner of the 2003 John Jenkins Award of Excellence during a special awards ceremony at their annual general meeting today in St Andrews by-the-Sea. The John Jenkins Award is the most prestigious honour bestowed by CSA.

Tom Slimmon receives the John Jenkins Award for his outstanding leadership, passion and dedication in the development and advancement of pipeline standards. His significant contribution to the development of Canada’s national pipeline standard has been invaluable. Among his peers, Tom Slimmon is highly respected for his professionalism, knowledge and vision over the past 30 years.

“CSA is an organization built upon the efforts of its volunteers. Their commitment and leadership are the backbone of this organization,” says Pat Keindel, president of the CSA. “This award reflects our appreciation of Mr Slimmon’s efforts and recognizes his dedication and hard work.”

Slimmon has demonstrated his outstanding dedication to standards through his active involvement in CSA’s standards process since 1979. He has been the chair of a number of committees and subcommittees in CSA’s oil and gas pipeline systems program.

In 1989, he was appointed chair of the technical committee on pipeline materials and chair of the canadian advisory committee for ISO technical committee 67. while chair of the subcommittee on materials, he initiated the formation and development of three canadian advisory committees for ISO subcommittees, two of which are still active today.

As a result of his strong leadership qualities, he was selected to be a member of the technical committee on boilers and pressure vessels where he now holds the position of vice chair. He is also an associate member of the technical committee on oil and gas industry pipeline systems and the strategic steering committee on oil and gas industry systems and materials.

He continues to fuel his passion for developing pipeline standards as a member of the Alberta Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists Association, as well as ASM International, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, NACE International, and the Standards Engineering Society. He has also lectured on CSA standards at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

He currently resides in Calgary where he is a senior materials engineer with TransCanada Pipelines, a North American energy company with about 38,000 km of natural gas pipelines. While at TransCanada Pipelines and in the industry at large, he has championed the adoption and use of CSA standards.

He is the 22nd recipient of the John Jenkins Award. Winners are judged to have rendered distinguished service in the development, advancement, and application of voluntary standards. Since 1979, CSA has recognized accomplishments by Canadians who have made a difference both nationally and internationally towards the advancement of the arts and sciences related to standardization.