SIA was formed in 1974 in response to land planning issues and environmental concerns. While community safety was paramount, members also realized that together, they could more effectively inform and raise awareness about industry and its practices.

Since its inception, SIA has provided a shared voice for industry members on many topics, such as environmental monitoring, safety promotions and community involvement and outreach.

Timeframe

Milestone/Activity

1976 Multi-stakeholder monitoring is agreed to, and endorsed by, local industry and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD).
1979 Four continuous air monitoring stations are commissioned.
1979 Strathcona District Mutual Assistance Program (SDMAP) is established for sharing best practices re: industrial incident planning and response among members.
1982 Two additional industry-operated stations are incorporated into the SIA network.
1986 The Canadian Chemical Producers’ Association (CCPA) launches its Responsible Care© Program.
1987 CAER is officially accepted by SIA, after being first introduced to the association in 1986.
1988 A Committee is established to develop ways for industry to reach out to its community neighbours.
1990 Celanese is instrumental in forming the local Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) Program. (CAER is one of six codes in Responsible Care©—a made-in-Canada program that has since been embraced by industrial companies in 42 countries worldwide.
1990 (spring) CAER is publicly launched, with the production of CAER News shortly thereafter. CAER News was a quarterly newsletter published by SIA.
1992 The Alberta EnviroFuels plant opens.
1994 SIA establishes a 24-hour response to various alarms and operating deviations. If an elevated reading is detected, the network manager is immediately paged and an investigation is triggered.
2002 Alberta EnviroFuels Inc converts its facility to produce Isooctane—a more environmentally friendly gasoline product used to make premium grades of gasoline.
2004 SIA celebrates 30th anniversary.
2005 AltaSteel receives the Alberta Chambers of Commerce Export Award of Distinction.
2006 The membrane filtration plant and recycled waterline running between the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant and Petro-Canada becomes fully operational. It is an award-winning project that takes municipal wastewater effluent (treated wastewater) and filters the water to an industrial grade use.
2007 Imperial Oil Strathcona Refinery celebrates 10 years without a lost time energy.
2008 Edmonton Waste Management Centre opens. It is one of Canada’s largest electric and electronic waste recycling facilities.
2008 AltaSteel receives ISO 14001 certification.
2009 Merger of Petro-Canada and Suncor Energy effective August 1, creating Canada’s largest energy company and the fifth largest North American-based energy company.
2009 and 2010 Alberta EnviroFuels and EPCOR achieve EnviroVista status. EnviroVista is a program recognizing companies exceeding the expectations of provincial environmental legislation as well as demonstrating responsibility, stewardship and ongoing commitment to improving environmental performance.
2010 Rio Tinto Alcan employees reach 20 years without a lost time injury.
2011 Kinder Morgan becomes an SIA member.
2011 Imperial Oil Strathcona Refinery celebrates 25 years of project construction without a lost time incident.
2012 Keyera acquires the Alberta EnviroFuels isooctane manufacturing business.
2013 SIA evolves its previous CAER Program to Stakeholder Relations as a key focus area of the association.