The Canadian Plastics Industry Association is replacing its Quebec committee, after the former members resigned in protest. Those ex-associates now are starting a new trade association.
CPIA President and Chief Executive Officer Serge Lavoie said a new chair has been appointed and another five or six committee members should be chosen this month. The new chair is Denis Cloutier, senior vice president of film extruder Poly Expert Inc. of Laval, Quebec. Cloutier also was chairman of CPIA's board of directors in 2005.
When the new committee is set it will help find a new executive director for the Quebec region.
Bernard Poitras, president of blow molder Plastique Micron of Sainte-Claire, Quebec, and one of the Quebec members who resigned from CPIA, is spearheading efforts to form a new association centered around Quebec companies' needs.
Poitras has called for a meeting to be held April 9 in Drummondville, Quebec, to discuss formation of the new association. He did not respond to requests for an interview for this story.
``It's a fluid situation,'' Lavoie said in a phone interview from his Mississauga, Ontario, office. ``We'll see what happens after the [April 9] meeting.''
Lavoie said CPIA is willing to consider working with a new association.
``Our national body will work with partners on issues facing industry.''
The resignation of the Quebec committee followed months of rancorous debate over the future governance structure for the Quebec region. CPIA closed offices elsewhere in Canada due to budget cuts, but it maintains an office in Quebec in sensitivity of the province's unique needs.
What tipped the debate into a mass resignation was the termination of Quebec Executive Director Pierre Fillion late last year for undisclosed reasons.
Lavoie said the controversy does not seem to have affected support for Expoplast, the triennial trade show due to be held Oct. 20-21 in Montreal. The show recently held its space draw and the amount of space reserved was equal to that of the 2005 show. As well, the show is expanding with addition of educational and business management seminars, Lavoie added.
Five former CPIA members in Quebec have cancelled their membership out of about 90 in the province, according to Lavoie.