ISA Hamilton was pleased to participate in the 2017 ISA Leadership Conference for Eastern Canada. Held in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, the gathering took place Fri Apr 28 to Sun Apr 30, and involved over 20 ISA volunteer leaders. At the conference were ISA members from Hamilton, Toronto, Montreal and of course Sarnia. The DLC was hosted by the ISA Sarnia Section, and was held at the Guildwood Best Western Hotel which is only steps away from the Sarnia waterfront.
At the conference, each of the four ISA section participating sections gave a presentation about their past year’s activities, and several volunteers gave talks about leadership and technology topics. Our ISA Hamilton President Kostas Apostolou gave a talk about how to attract and retain ISA students members.
The conference started with a Friday night social, presentations on the Satuday a group dinner, and then a district council meeting on the Sunday morning. A highlight of the trip was a Saturday afternoon trip to Canada’s Oil Museum in Oil Springs, Ontario. The Petrochemical complexes in Sarnia have a long history, beginning with when North America’s first oil boom began in Oil Springs in 1858, which is only 40km inland from the port of Sarnia. From it’s beginnings in the 1860s, Sarnia – located on the St. Clair River – grew to be the largest petrochemical complex in the Commonwealth in 1955, and continues its dominant position to this day.
Group photo from the 2017 ISA District 13 (Eastern Canada) district leadership conference in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. (left to right, front row: Kalpen Vachhararajani, Hank Rasanen, Christy Alexander, Kostas Apostolou, Trung Nguyen, Maxym Lachance, Richard Deza, back row: Mike Murray, Don Murch, Graham Nasby, Brent Killins, Ryan Kershaw, Rob Dixon)
Photos from visiting the Canadian Oil Museum in Oil Springs, Ontario, Canada: