Canadian Propane Association names award winners

June 2, 2017 By    
Canadian Propane Association

Sparling Photo: Canadian Propane Association

The Canadian Propane Association (CPA) named Steven Sparling, former CEO of Sparling’s Propane, as its Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2016.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have made significant and consistent contributions to advance the Canadian propane industry, according to CPA. It honors those who are regarded as possessing integrity, honesty and the respect of their peers.

While CEO of Sparling’s Propane, Sparling grew his company into one of the largest propane retailers in Canada, CPA says. Sparling has served as founding chairs for the Propane Industry Advisory Council, the previous Ontario Propane Association and the CPA.

“I am honored that we are recognizing Steven Sparling, who has devoted many years of his life to the propane industry,” says Guy Marchand, past chair of CPA’s board of directors. “Steven’s passion, unwavering dedication and compassion for those around him have helped lead and grow the propane industry, not just in Ontario, but across Canada.”

This year’s annual awards program also named the PTI Propane Trainer of the Year, which is new to CPA’s awards program. CPA also announced the recipient of its student scholarship award.

PTI trainer Roy Kitchen was named CPA’s PTI Propane Trainer of the Year. This award honors PTI trainers who demonstrate hard work, dedication and a commitment to students as well as to promoting safety in the industry, CPA says. Kitchen has worked for Free Gas Company for 32 years and trains about 80 courses per year.

In addition, CPA named Luke Watson as this year’s student scholarship recipient. This scholarship provides financial assistance to students pursuing a career related to the propane industry through post-secondary education. Watson is enrolled at Camosun College to study plumbing and pipe trades.

“Identifying and applauding success is an important way to celebrate achievement in our industry,” says Nathalie St-Pierre, CPA President and CEO. “This year, we are delighted to recognize three individuals who have earned their place in the CPA awards program.”

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Clara Richter was a managing editor at LP Gas magazine.

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