Session Details

Building Confidence and Trust Through Competence

Design, construction and operation of pipelines requires input of numerous specialists. Each contributor needs to perform their task effectively in order to ensure the pipeline operates as intended and efforts of the entire team of contributors are successful as a whole. The session will cover importance of qualifications, competency and pipeline’s operator responsibilities in competence management.

The session will address the following:

  • The Definition of Competency per the CSA-Z662.
  • Why Competency is Critical for Safety, Integrity and Confidence.
  • Company Responsibilities in Competence Management.
  • The Role of the Pipeliner.
  • The Difference Between “Certified” and “Qualified”.
  • Designing a Career Path.

Many public concerns surrounding the transportation of oil and gas through Canadian pipelines originate from a lack of confidence in our industry’s ability to design, build and operate these systems safely.  This presentation provides clear and concise guidance for Young Pipeliners in obtaining and demonstrating professional competence to instill public trust and confidence in their work.  Minimum Z662 competency requirements, and strategies for achieving them will be identified and discussed.


William (Bill) Simpson, President, North American Standards  Assessment Corp. (on behalf of Canadian Pipeliner Accreditation Council)


With a career spanning more than 30 years, Bill served 5 years as the Chief Inspector and Executive Director for the AMSCSC, an Authority Having Jurisdiction responsible for compliance monitoring in 62 Alberta Municipalities including heavy industry in both Fort McMurray and Fort Saskatchewan. During his subsequent 6-year tenure with CSA-International, Bill was the Certification Specialist for Industrial Fuel Products and also served as Technical Advisor to the Canadian Gas Code. Bill has developed and presented several workshops and seminars on Codes, Standards and Regulatory requirements including sessions for the CSA Biennial Pipeline Forum.

Bill has served as an expert witness for Environment Canada and since founding NASA Corp. In 2007, has presented several Z662, B51 and HazLoc courses each year. Bill has actively participated in the development of consensus and non-consensus Codes and Standards for over 25 years. His current Canadian participation includes the CSA Z662 (Editorial Sub-Committee Vice-Chair), CSA B51, the CSA Interprovincial Committee on Hazardous Locations and the CPAC Competency Code (technical Advisor).  Internationally Bill sits as a Canadian representative for ISO TC 67/TC 2 Pipeline Transportation Systems and the IEC TC 31 Equipment for Explosive Atmospheres.  Most recently, Bill was appointed to represent Canada on the International Electrical Commission’s work group for development of an international standard for the competency assessment of personnel.