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Mandated by COAA and with support from Energy Safety Canada, this Committee stewards the updating and evolution of the Canadian Model (alcohol and drug guidelines and work rule) for the heavy industrial construction and turnaround sector, plus the energy operating and maintenance sectors:

  • Maintain watching brief regarding emerging issues, legal context, technology advances, etc.
  • Issue ad hoc clarifications or minor revisions/additions as needed
  • Undertake major updates, in consultation with stakeholders, as needed or at minimum every five to eight years

Comprised of senior leaders with corporate responsibility for workplace A&D policy, the committee also serves as a forum for sharing of learnings, implementation strategies, emerging trends, educational resources and policy innovations for the good of the industry as a whole.

Understanding the Canadian Model
Energy Safety Canada is a partner in the Understanding our Canadian Model online course. This course is administered and supported by BuildForce.

Energy Safety Canada is a distributor of PINs required to complete registration. Upon purchase of the PIN, registrants will be eligible to enroll into the Understanding our Canadian Model through BuildForce.




Team Leads

Cynthia Lee, Suncor
Scott Desautels, Enbridge
Neil Tidsbury, Chair Emeritus

Team Members

Otto Bertignoli, Petronas
Sigfrid Santiago, TC Energy
Larry Staples
Shirley Denny, CNRL
Kevin Lawlor, Building Trades
Sean Strickland, Building Trades
Mary Jo Spence, Energy Safety Canada
Lisa Stephenson, Energy Safety Canada
Dennis Perrin, CLAC
Joe McFadyen, CLRA
Petra Guerra, Imperial Oil Resources


The COAA Library contains more than 550 documents and resources, including Best Practices documents, Power Point presentations, tools, templates and more! 

The Library contains 30 Best Practices developed by COAA committees over the past two decades. These Best Practices are presented as a ”master” document (PDF format), followed by individual appendices, forms, checklists, etc., which can be accessed or downloaded individually. Nullam quis risus eget urna mollis ornare vel eu leo. Maecenas faucibus mollis interdum. Praesent commodo cursus magna, vel scelerisque nisl consectetur et. Cras justo odio, dapibus ac facilisis in, egestas eget quam. Vivamus sagittis lacus vel augue laoreet rutrum faucibus dolor auctor.


The Construction Owners Association of Alberta recognizes that COAA’s office in Edmonton is located within Treaty 6 Territory and within the Métis homelands and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. We further acknowledge that what we call Alberta is the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations and we are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.