John McLay presents at 19th Annual IPEIA Conference

Posted on March 3rd, 2015

John McLay 2013 McMaster Photo.

John McLay, President of JMC Consulting Ltd., attended and presented at the prestigious 19th Annual International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association (IPEIA) Conference. The event was held at the Banff Centre, located in the beautiful rocky mountain parks town of Banff, Alberta, Canada and is world renowned for its scenic setting, culinary expertise, and world class staff . With 60 exhibitors, approximately 400 delegates, workshops and three streams of presentations this week long event was very busy and very well organized by Conference Administrator, Kelly Jaskow.

John shared booth number 44, with PanGlobal Training Systems, as the representative for the Institute of Power Engineers in Alberta. PanGlobal is the sole provider of Power Engineering training materials in Canada and, due to the Canadian national training program, receives recognition and sales throughout the industrialized world. Traffic was very heavy, with both Gary Codner and John McLay being kept very busy answering questions and meeting old friends and colleagues.

Mr. McLay’s 30 minute presentation was on “Quality Assurance/Quality Control Shutdown/ Turnaround Responsibilities,” which touches on two main themes.  The first theme that there  is no qualification or certification requirements to be the QA or QC leads and this is causing problems with planning and executing the inspection work scopes as well as creating the Turnover Documents at the end of the work. These T/O Documents are legal documents and are audited by various groups as part of the Contractor, Owner-User and Authorized Inspector certification programs.

The second theme centres around the amount and variety of inspection work scope that must be accounted for in the preparation and execution of the Shutdown/Turnaround. This is not well understood by persons unless they are closely involved with the Integrity area of Asset Integrity Management. Consequently the QA and QC Leads find it difficult to procure resources on a timely basis. The presentation delivery was designed for Contractors to inform their clients and QA leads to inform their supervisors of these needs which will greatly increase the efficiency of our scheduled maintenance outages and allow us to maintain our world competitiveness regardless of industry.

The IPEIA policy is that presentations are made available to persons who attend the conference. We encourage all folks to make attending this conference their yearly main event. As next year, the IPEIA will be celebrating their 20th anniversary, we suspect that it will be a quickly sold out event. The 2016 conference will be held from February 24-26, 2016, once again at the Banff Conference Centre. More more information on how to register for this event, please visit

To learn more about John McLay or to inquire about engaging for speaking opportunities or upcoming presentations, please contact us directly or visit our events page.