Serge Lavoie will retire from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association in early 2009.
CPIA's president and chief executive officer will have served nearly a six-year stint at the group when he steps down. Lavoie gave notice in February, but made his decision public at CPIA's annual meeting May 21. The exact retirement date is uncertain because Lavoie is involved in CPIA's restructuring effort, designed to reflect changes in Canada's consolidating plastics sector. Once representing mostly manufacturers, CPIA will attempt to bring in new members from firms that participate in Canada's plastics sector without actually producing anything in the country.
``We want to fine-tune and provide different offerings that are attractive to others who sell in Canada,'' Lavoie said in an interview from CPIA's office in Mississauga, Ontario.
``Attracting and keeping members is a constant battle.''
The restructuring will streamline CPIA's functions and revamp relations with other trade groups. The plan should be complete by fall, when members will vote on it. Lavoie said he will help with the early stages of implementation and stay as the role of a new CEO is determined.
Lavoie was highlighted in Ontario media recently because of statements he made regarding plans to ban plastic bags in the province's liquor stores. Though CPIA mainly has worked behind the scenes to educate governments, the bag-ban issue has grown to where CPIA wants to play a prominent role.
``The decision to drop plastic shopping bags but keep paper bags at [Liquor Control Board of Ontario] outlets is a political decision, not a decision based on science,'' he said in a news release.
The LCBO ban would eliminate some 80 million bags annually out of Ontario's total of 3.5 billion used per year. LCBO stores will not reorder plastic bags when their current supplies run out.