The Canadian Plastics Industry Association has begun looking for a replacement for its president and chief executive officer.
Pierre Dubois, who headed the Mississauga, Ontario-based association since its inception, announced his retirement effective March 31.
Dubois led the creation of CPIA in early 1997 through the amalgamation of the former Society of the Plastics Industry of Canada, Canadian Plastics Institute and Environment and Plastics Institute of Canada. Prior to that he was president and CEO of SPI Canada for two years.
Dubois said his ``mission was accomplished'' with the formation of CPIA.
``It's time to bow out and invite new blood into the organization,'' he said in a telephone interview.
Formation of strong, regional offices to represent processors was one of his most satisfying achievements at CPIA, Dubois said.
``Many of the new and innovative programs that the association delivers today are a direct result of Pierre's influence and leadership,'' said CPIA Chairman Paul Cohen, vice president of film producer W. Ralston (Canada) Inc. in Brampton, Ontario.
Dubois' 41 years of industry experience began with a 15-year stint with Dupont Canada Inc. Dubois then joined packaging major Twinpak Inc., where he was a leader in promoting use of PET soft drink bottles in Canada. He left Twinpak in 1993 as president of subsidiaries in Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces.
Dubois, 62, will move to Montreal next year with his wife, Louise. He will spend more time with family but also expects to continue working in the plastics industry in an as-yet-undetermined capacity.