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IMG 6035 CopyCCIS is pleased to announce the approval of the Pressure Equipment Inspection Technician (PEIT) Training Program. CCIS has over 35 years of experience designing and delivering comprehensive training programs in a variety of sectors including oil and gas, trades, hospitality, and banking, among others, which have been successful and validated by Industry, Stakeholders and Government. The Government of Canada and Alberta have approved the funding of this program.


With the support of International Pressure Equipment Integrity Association (IPEIA), CCIS has been working in conjunction with Industry Members in the development of a program to train entry-level Inspection Technicians for the field.

PEIT Training:

  • Start date: October 2, 2017 to May 25, 2018
  • 34-week training initiative
  • Designed to train and introduce competent individuals with transferable skills and related education to the inspection industry.
  • Encompasses Canadian regulatory needs and prepares trainees for the workplace and then to write the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) and American Petroleum Institute (API) examinations for certification

Key course components include:

  • Pressure Vessel and Equipment Types
  • Introduction to Codes (ASME sections 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8) and Regulatory requirements;
  • API 510 and API 570 (coursework)
  • NDT training: Radiography, Ultrasonic, Magnetic Particle Inspection and Liquid Penetrant – Level 1
  • Introduction to Corrosion and Welding
  • Safety Certification (Standard First Aid, Confined Space, Fall Protection, H2S Alive, WHMIS, etc.)
  • Work Experience Placements

How you can become involved…

We hope to reach out to you for your continued support for the successful implementation of this program. Your organizations can become involved in:

  • Selection of suitable clients for training
  • Guest speaking opportunities
  • Work experience opportunities
  • Arrangements of field trips/ site tours
  • Meet ’n’ greets/ lunch ’n’ learns

 We look forward to connecting with you in the very near future.

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Parker: Skinner takes over leadership of BOMA Foundation

BOMA Calgary Foundation provides a scholarship for a student to take the 5th Class Engineering — Building Operator Program run by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS). More than 300 apply for the course and the federal government funds spaces for 20. The foundation supports another student by covering the $15,000 course fee.

Published on: February 3, 2017 | Last Updated: February 3, 2017 6:00 AM MST



Rita Skinner first visited Calgary to study broadcast journalism, on a six-week internship, with radio station QR77. She quickly fell in love with the city and decided to move here from her home in Belleville, Ont.

That was 15 years ago. Today, she is a property manager with Artis Real Estate Investment Trust and was recently appointed chair of the BOMA Calgary Foundation board.

Skinner began her career in property management at Aspen Properties where she was introduced to BOMA by Chris Howard. Now vice-president office leasing and industrial sales with Avison Young, Howard has just completed his term as foundation chair.

The foundation was started by a few BOMA members who volunteered to raise scholarship funds and give back to the community at large. A major contributor is Enmax, a founding sponsor of the BOMA Calgary Charity Golf Tournament.

The foundation raises about $18,000 each year to support its programs. Last year it received a huge boost from a $100,000 donation given by member Fred Edwards, president Western Canada GDI and CEO of Servpro Canada.

BOMA Calgary Foundation provides a scholarship for a student to take the 5th Class Engineering — Building Operator Program run by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS). More than 300 apply for the course and the federal government funds spaces for 20. The foundation supports another student by covering the $15,000 course fee.

Last year’s recipient was later hired by Artis and is now responsible for operating one of its 30 buildings in the city.

Edwards added to his contribution to the foundation by also sponsoring a CCIS student in need of funds.

The foundation’s other annual investment is an educational bursary offered to a full-time Mount Royal University student entering the third or fourth year in the Bachelor of Interior Design program.

Funding has also been allocated to the Canadian Red Cross and the Women’s Centre of Calgary.

This week, Skinner and her 11-person board — joined this year by Derrick Carleton of Riverpark Properties and Steve Walton of Oxford Properties — developed a new strategy to raise more funds for Calgary needs and to encourage BOMA members to volunteer time mentoring others.

Meanwhile, Skinner is busy managing several Artis REIT buildings, including the Ford and Alpine towers downtown, Centre 70 and Heritage Square on Macleod Trail South, and three office buildings in Quarry Park.

News and notes

  • The Calgary Assessment Review Board is looking for candidates with real estate, property management, development, assessment or law backgrounds to become board members. The independent board hears and adjudicates property assessment complaints in the city. The one-year term begins April 1.
  • The Calgary Capital Markets Group at Avison Young has started the year well. It sold the historic Canmore Hotel to a Calgary family of investors through a judicial sale in the mid-$2 million range.

In Calgary, the team sold Standen’s east industrial portfolio of two buildings in Burns Industrial Park to a Vancouver private equity company. The 225,160 square foot properties are entirely leased to Standen’s IMT on a long-term basis. A 66-unit townhome complex in Pump Hill was sold to Killam Properties of Toronto.

David Parker appears regularly in the Herald. Read his columns online at He can be reached at 403-830-4622 or by email at [email protected].




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Honourable Kathleen Ganley (ND) featuring CCIS

We are pleased to share with you the video of Honourable Kathleen Ganley (ND) Minister of Justice and Solicitor General featuring CCISPower Engineering Training Programs.



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BOMA Foundation donation

BOMA Foundation donation

The OGTP team is pleased to announce that CCIS is the recipient of a $30,000.00 donation from the BOMA Calgary Foundation and FRED EDWARDS

BOMA – Building Owners and Managers Association is the industry organization for commercial building owners and management companies. Many of their members have partnered with OGTP in its design and delivery of our Building Operator/5th Class Power Engineer Program. The BOMA Calgary Foundation is the charitable arm of BOMA. Fred Edwards, a Board member of BOMA Calgary Foundation, learned of the program through his work with BOMA Calgary.  As President of Western Canada for GDI Integrated Facility Services and CEO of Servpro Canada Inc., Fred saw the value of tapping into the New Canadian talent pool to help address workforce shortages in his industry as well, and decided to fund a training seat in the 2016 program.  Further inspiration to Fred’s donation resulted from the passing of Lynn Hart and Ted Trewella in 2015, both highly regarded in Calgary’s Real Estate industry.

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This $30,000.00 contribution to our program in the form of a scholarship fund will cover the cost of 2 training seats in our program. We have selected two individuals worthy of our training program who would not otherwise have qualified under our government funding guidelines.
 We look forward to introducing  to CCIS our two scholarship recipients and the rest of our Building Operator/5th Class Power Engineer trainees when the training begins at the end of this month.
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On Thursday, October 1, our power engineer training program team joined forces with industry partners from Husky, Shell, CNRL, and Orion Group to interview 42 applicants shortlisted for this year’s fast tracked 4th class power engineer training program, to commence November 9.

Industry involvement in the assessment of our candidates are two crucial elements in the AIR here at OGTP. AIR – Assessment, Involvement, and Recruitment, are the three guiding principles of our training programs, and we invite our corporate partners to participate in any or all of these areas.  Assessment means interviewing the candidates we have shortlisted to help us identify the right candidates for training. Involvement can mean coming to our classroom to share knowledge about the power engineering field, or presenting the strengths and opportunities of a company, or hosting a facilities tour. Recruitment means considering our graduates as potential employees and having an early bird opportunity to interview them should a partner choose to do so.  Of course, there is never an obligation to recruit, but always the opportunity.

Feedback received from our partners who helped assess applicants last week is crucial to our understanding of how our applicants are perceived by industry. The question put to our partners during such the assessment process is: ‘if you were interviewing these candidates for a job with your company, would you consider them suitable for the power engineering field?’

Arriving at Enform’s Calgary facility at 9:00 a.m., recruiter and technical representatives from Husky Energy, Shell Canada Limited, CNRL, and Orion Group, were given an orientation to prepare for the interviewing process. Interviewing followed, with each interview taking approximately 20 minutes, and each candidate being interviewed just once. Candidates were asked to explain their backgrounds and how their existing skills would serve them in a power engineering career. They were also asked to demonstrate their understanding of the commitment the program would require, and why they want to take the training.

We are now reviewing the invaluable feedback received from our partners, and working to select the twenty candidates who will begin training November 9. We invite our partners to take in more of OGTP AIR by coming in over the 37 weeks of the program to share their knowledge and expertise with our students. If you are new to our unique program and would like to participate or simply know more about what we do, please contact Michele Veldhoen at 403 514 8327 or at [email protected]


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2015 CCIS 5th Class Power Engineering Training Program Graduation

2015 CCIS 5th Class Power Engineering Training Program Graduation


Calgary (June 26, 2015) “I am from a small city in China which has 10 million people. And only one building operator.”

These are the words spoken last night by Zi Lin, one of 19 graduates of the FIRST EVER Fast Tracked Building Operator/5th Class Power Engineer Training Program for New Canadians.  These are the new faces of Calgary’s Building Operators who keep our downtown high rises, recreational facilities, shopping malls and other commercial buildings running. When your office is too hot or cold, it is your Building Operator that takes care of it.

The graduation celebration took place yesterday afternoon at the Calgary Petroleum Club. Approximately 100 guests were in attendance to hear from Zi and his fellow graduate Obi Ugo-Okeke, talk about the dream of immigrating to Canada and the challenges they faced once they landed in Calgary. Zi was a math teacher in China but was only able to find work as a computer repairman here, while Obi, a mechanical engineer, pumped gas in minus 27 degrees. When he got here he faced many questions, “how do I get a job, how do I get this Canadian experience, and most important, how do I deal with this weather!”

Zi and Obi competed with 393 applicants for one of the 19 seats available in this INAUGURAL and unique program. After 5 months of classroom theory, hands on training in SAIT’s power lab, and 6 weeks of work experience in Calgary’s downtown high rises, 100% of the trainees wrote and passed the provincial exam for power engineers, thereby becoming licensed 5th Class Power Engineers. This remarkable achievement is the result of the graduates’ hard work and an intensive collaboration between CCIS and the commercial real estate building operations industry. This industry is dealing with a severe shortage of qualified Building Operators. Bob Khan, Director of Operations, recognized the need in the industry and worked closely with his team and government funders to lay the groundwork for the program. Industry also reached out to CCIS in order to address this shortage. Many of Calgary’s major commercial real estate owners and management companies partnered with Bob and his team in the design and delivery of the program. As Artis REIT’s Manager of Employee Potential and Relations Morgan Johnson said about the decision to bring her company on board with the training program,“the CCIS approach to bringing together industry partners, the expertise of SAIT and a highly motivated group of newcomers sounded like a winning combination”.

And indeed, the program is proving to be a spectacular success, as at least 70% of the graduates are already either employed or considering job offers.


The graduates received congratulations from all levels of government including Mayor Naheed Nenshi who sent a video message. Written congratulations were received from the Honourable Lori Sigurdson, Government of Alberta’s Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour. The Honourable Deepak Obhrai, Member of the Queen’s Privy Council, Member of Parliament for Calgary East, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, was in attendance to speak to the graduates and deliver congratulations from Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

CISS Oil and Gas and Power Engineer Training Programs (OGTP)

Further information on the CCIS OGTP is available on the OGTP website or by contacting:

OGTP Media Contact Michele Veldhoen, Business Development 403-389 3656 [email protected]



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Alberta is the Future

Alberta is the Future

Alberta, Canada is one of the most popular destinations for immigrants to Canada, thanks to its quality of life and economic opportunities.


In Alberta, you will find welcoming communities built by hardworking people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. People from any country or background can participate in a high quality of life, with safe and inclusive communities that welcome and celebrate diversity. The government of Alberta protects human rights and promotes fairness.


In Alberta, you will enjoy a stable and financially secured government. With plenty of jobs opportunities and the province is becoming one of the best places to relocate from another country. There is an abundance of natural resources, agriculture, energy, forestry and industrial products. Alberta is home to more than 60% of the country's conventional crude oil reserves and all of its heavy oil and oil sands reserves. Major cities in Alberta are full of innovation and knowledge-based industries. Along with low property tax, there is no provincial retail sales tax, and the provincehas the lowest personal tax rate in Canada. Thanks to low levels of unemployment and high demand for workers, Alberta’s average wage and salary rates are highly competitive. Most basic health services in Canada are offered at no direct cost to the patient.


In Alberta, you will find magnificent landscapes, mountains and lakes. There is plenty of wide open spaces and parks as well as major cities. Summers are mild and green while winters provide fresh snowfall for skiing and other outdoor sports. Alberta enjoys a very low crime rate and one of the more affordable housing markets in Canada. In a renowned education system, from kindergarten right through to its universities, all citizens and permanent residents under the age of 20 are entitled to free education until the end of high school through the public school system.

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Integration in the Workplace

Integration in the Workplace

Build Your Future – Build Your Career

Alberta, Canada is becoming one of the top locations for re-locating from other countries. High standard of living and stable economy attracts immigrants from all over the world. Cities in Alberta are known for multicultural communities and are welcoming to all races and religions. However, a great job in a new country is not all that is needed for a prosperous life.

Having a “job” is simply putting in your time for a paycheck. To have a career and build your future, you must incorporate your skills and talents into the company and participate in all aspects-socially, mentally and physically. Your success in immigrating to another country depends on your ability to meld with and become part of the dominant culture. Success depends on making your new country and career a part of yourself and making it your new home.

A great place to start your immigration process is CCIS Oil & Gas Training Programs. Our intensive training programs will not only teach you hands-on skills to work in the expanding oil and energy industries, but also how to integrate into your new company and the culture of Alberta, Canada.

CCIS, the leader in energy training, has everything you need for a successful change:

• Sourcing
• Integration
• Training
• Safety
• Retention

CCIS Integration training component is what makes graduates successful and satisfied with their new careers and lives. The 2012 Immigrants of Distinction Award was given to CCIS for their focus on integration as their #1 priority for all new Canadian citizens moving here from other countries.

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