July 2018

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CALA 'Firsts'





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Prohibition of Asbestos and Asbestos Products

The Government of Canada announced that it would move forward on its commitment to ban asbestos and asbestos containing products by 2018.  Read more


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Volunteers Needed With Asbestos Expertise

Are you interested in sharing your knowledge and

background in asbestos?  

We can use your help.   Find out how.

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2018 AGM Highlights

CALA held its Annual General Meeting this past April in Toronto.  Link here for some highlights and to see some photographs of the event.

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It's a Wrap - 2018 CALA Biennial

Another successful CALA Biennial took place this past April.  See some highlights and pictures of the event.

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CALA Annual Awards

Each year CALA bestows a number of awards including service recognition and the Serge Villard Award.  See the list of this year's recipients.  

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New Matrix and Sub-Matrix Guide

CALA has published a guidance document A136 – Matrix and Sub-Matrix Guide in preparation for the new Association Management System (AMS) database and portal.   Find out how to access this guide.  

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Accreditation Program Updates

CALA is committed to supporting our customers in their transition to the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard.  Link here for the most up-to-date information.

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Documentation Updates

Staff are diligently working away updating our documents in light of the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard.  Link here to find a list of the most recent documentation updates.  Updated documents are always available on the CALA web site.  

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Proficiency Testing Updates

CALA and Ryerson Polytechnic University are working together to improve the testing of air samples.  Read more here.

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Training Update

Lots of activity to tell you about in Training!  Get the updates on

       




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Association Management System (AMS) Update

CALA's Association Management System (AMS) will enable CALA clients to access their own data plus service and program information through this web-based utility.  Check here for updates and milestones on this project.

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Nominate a Student!

CALA annually awards 2 student scholarships.  Find out more details and how to nominate  a student here.    

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CALA Makes New Appointments to Board of Directors

Have a look at the new names on the CALA Board of Directors.

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Next Board Meeting

The next CALA board meeting will take place August 24th.  

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In Memoriam

Condolences go out for long-time CALA assessor Cynthia Young.  

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CALA Membership Benefits

Consider becoming a CALA Member.  Find out the benefits of membership.  

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Looking for Insurance?

CALA has partnered with Rhodes & Williams (Insurance Brokerage) and Berkley Canada (Commercial Insurance Company) to offer solutions that can reduce your total cost of risk.  Find out more.

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Travelling?  Need to rent a car?

Consider using CALA's preferred car rental companies.  Both National and Enterprise offer solutions for CALA members.  

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Looking for survey software?

Are you in the market for survey software and analytics.  QuestionPro is offering a 50% savings to CALA clients.

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Risk based thinking for ISO/IEC 17025:2017

Courses on the Transition to ISO/IEC 17025:2017

Courses that are now offered in French.  |  CALA offre maintenant de la formation en français

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1st Place ribbon

Two exciting 'firsts' for CALA in this climate of change.  CALA has granted its first accreditation to the new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 standard plus we have accredited our first cannabis testing lab.  See both stories here.  

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VOLUNTEER

Happy Summer to Our CALA Community!

It's a season of interesting and exciting times here at CALA,  Browse through the highlights below and use the link to access the full stories.  In addition to our regular program updates, we have some CALA 'firsts' to share with you, recent information on the Federal Government's proposal to ban asbestos and an update on cannabis testing in Canada.  There are also some highlights from our recently held AGM and Biennial.  My longer note to the community can be found here.  


I sincerely hope you find this to be an interesting and informative read.  As always, we welcome any comments or feedback.


Regards,


Andrew Adams

President & CEO