New President’s Message

Canadian Prairie Chapter Irrigation Association

2016 President Ken Vowels

As the new president for the CPCIA, I would to take this opportunity to thank our 2015 board of directors and volunteers. Without their dedication and many hours of hard work there wouldn’t be a CPCIA. I would also like to welcome our newest board members, as we are very excited they decided to join the board. They bring new energy and expertise to our association that will ultimately benefit our members, and we look forward to working with them.

2016 brings renewed focus on expanding our membership, territory, and association with other institutions, and government bodies. Our alignment with these bodies have been in the works for many months, and I am confident that our work will come to fruition with great success. Our past president Shane Williams spearheaded our alignment with Olds College, and it will be very exciting to hold our annual education week at this renowned facility. Taking this grass roots approach, we expect even greater opportunities to come with this alignment that will not only yield new members, but additional benefits to our existing members.

I honestly believe that 2016 is going to be a very exciting year for the CPCIA. We are striving to improve our board’s operations and communications, while finding new ways to support our members through professional development, association, education, and community involvement. In this economic climate, I feel there is no better time for our members to get involved, get certified, and promote themselves as the professionals they are. I’m very excited to be associated with the CPCIA and look forward to a fantastic year for all involved.

President’s Message

oie_8FyxNqbcUry0Well another has gone by and I  often wonder, where did the summer go?   I know most were very happy about the extended spring that we saw in 2015 and for the most part the summer was uneventful as far as the weather goes. I do hope everyone is getting a bit of a rest in order to be ready to go in spring of 2016.

This year has been another good year for the CPCIA.    As always the board kept busy with a few new items and a few perennial events. The spring of 2015 saw us attend a few high school career fairs and deliver our annual Education week with a welcomed increase in  sponsorships. This fall saw us back at the Green Show which was nice to have in Calgary this year. Recently we have been hard at work again to plan the AGM event and 2016’s Education Week and certification exams. We are also working to provide HDPE courses and as well as some CIC pre-examination training. We certainly hope you will join us! I would like to thank the Board of Director for their tireless help and the assistance of all our volunteers.  Remember if you are interested in helping please drop us a line at    Lastly I would like to welcome Ken Vowels as the incoming new President, I must say I am excited to see Ken take over. I believe that Ken has the ability to take it to the next level.


2017 AGM – February 10

Kick-off the morning with the CPCIA board by joining us for a FREE BREAKFAST. This year, we are hosting our Annual General Meeting at the Water Centre, 625 – 25 Avenue SE Calgary, AB. Members and non-members are more than welcome to attend this free half-day networking event.



Education Week 2016 Recap

educationOur 2016 Education Week was held at Olds College a little later than usual on April 13th to 17th in order to allow companies to bring train up their new hires.

The event was another success with 72 individuals taking part even though the weather was so nice many people wanted to be out working. Hard to predict the weather!

We ran seven classes: Principles of Irrigation-Landscape, Landscape Irrigation Design, Advanced Irrigation Design for Water, Irrigation System Installation and Maintenance, Electrical Trouble Shooting, Irrigation Contractor, Advanced Irrigation Wiring and Trouble Shooting.  Ultimately, there was not enough interest for the HDPE class in 2015 so we are trying again this year ,for April 20, space is limited, with lunch to be provided.

The next Education Week is set for Feb 6th to Feb 8th. Please visit download a Course 2017 List and sign up form to sign up early and save.


Green Industry Show

GreenShowActionShotThe Green industry show was held at the BMO Centre in Calgary this year on November 19th and 20th.    By all accounts it was a success and worth our time.   Big thanks go out to Myles Sidorak, Darren Kovacs, Helen Gitzel, Shane Williams, Robert Preston and Aaron Boulton-Chaykowski for attending and organizing the event for us. Next year the event is back in Edmonton on  November 17th and 18th. If you are interested in joining us and helping out at the booth please contact us.


Irrigation Association Tradeshow and Conference Meeting

2015_Show_and_Conference_logo_RGBOn November 11, 2015 Ken Vowels and Shane Williams met with the IA CEO Deborah Hamlin to discuss issues and opportunities. Deborah and the IA were gracious hosts, as always. Our discussions included cost of the courses, due to the Canadian dollar, and IA support for our ongoing discussion about DCVA’s. We also discussed  improving access to updated membership list, financial help with our trade show banners, and an overall increased communication to help us both be financially responsible and sustainable. Deborah was very receptive and is committed to working with us to insure our combined success. We are looking forward to a busy and event filled 2016 to report back to Deborah in December at the IA show in Las Vegas!

Become a Certified Cross Connection Control Tester

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Another added benefit is that this course may be eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant Program

Here is a list of some of some organizations that are offering training and certification:

The City of Calgary website does have some useful information also.

Alberta Public Safety – Backflow Prevention Enforcement

Caution TapeThe Canadian Prairie Chapter of the Irrigation association recently sent a letter to Alberta Public Safety requesting that the public be informed about the required codes when installing and connecting in-ground irrigation systems to residential and commercial properties. We are concerned about some contractors not following Alberta and Canadian codes when installing backflow devices. This causes lost business for contractors who do work to code, as well as jeopardising the health of the public. We are also asking for provincial fines and enforcement being applied to these contractors.  The following letter was sent to the government for their review.

It’s Time to Get Certified, Save $1800

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The Alberta and Canadian government have a program to help employers retain and train workers.

Through this program you may have the opportunity to have all your staff complete the Certified Irrigation Contractor program.  Certification has it’s benefits:

  • Qualified staff able to handle installation, service, and advanced irrigation technologies.
  • Ability to bid on Certified Projects.
  • Be ahead of regulation and save costs for your clients.

All of the details about this amazing opportunity will be released at the upcoming Annual General Meeting.  You will want to be in attendance as you can get all the forms, all the details, and access $1,800 of government subsidy.

Sneak peak details:

  • Includes access to 3 of the most popular Irrigation Association courses
  • Includes Exam Registration Fee
  • Over 50 hours of comprehensive training
  • First time ever “How to Pass the Exam” course

See you at the 2016 Annual General Meeting to learn more!

Global TV video on Smart Irrigation Month

Global News Story about irrigation

Global News story about smart irrigation information

Smart Irrigation Month Breakfasts and Luncheons

Thank you to The City of Calgary, John Deere Landscapes and Regency Irrigation for hosting Smart Irrigation Month promotional breakfasts/luncheons this month. Thank you to everyone who showed up to participate as well.
The CPCIA was happy to be able to coordinate this chance to network and showcase continuous improvements being made in irrigation technology and Best Management Practices and looks forward to bringing this opportunity to the industry again next year.

Smart Irrigation Month

City of Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi Proclaims ‘July 2014 – Smart Irrigation Month

Smart Irrigation Month is proclaimed in Calgary

City of Calgary Mayor, Naheed Nenshi Proclaims ‘July 2014 Smart Irrigation Month

EPA to Develop Draft Specification for Sprinkler Heads

WaterSense released a notice of intent (NOI) in May to develop a specification for landscape irrigation sprinklers in order to address and promote outdoor water efficiency. The specification will apply to both components of sprinklers: high-efficiency nozzles and pressure-regulating bodies. The NOI describes EPA’s intent to establish performance measuring criteria for both components separately and estimate water savings through quantifiable methods by collecting existing data or analyzing designed field studies. WaterSense is also requesting additional data or studies to support research needed for the development of a specification. All interested parties should submit comments and data to by July 28, 2014. Learn more about the NOI on the WaterSense website.

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Advisory Bulletin

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Changes to the required backflow prevention for irrigation systems
As of January 1, 2013 all irrigation systems (including residential systems) installed within the city of Calgary will be subject to the CSA B64.10-07/B64.10.1-07 section and installation of backflow preventers code and Clause 2,6,2,1,(3) in The National Plumbing Code of Canada 2010. For more information please click here (pdf)
For a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding this change please click here.

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