Canadian Plastics


May 1, 2014 News

Nova CEO Randy Woelfel steps down

by Canadian Plastics

Randy Woelfel, the CEO of Calgary-based polyethylene maker Nova Chemicals Corp., has stepped down after four years at the company’s helm.

April 1, 2014 News

VersaFlex boosts presence in Canada, U.S.

by Canadian Plastics

VersaFlex Inc, a formulator and manufacturer of polyurea protective coatings, liners and sealants, is expanding its technical sales and service operations into regionally staffed units across Canada and the U.S.

March 12, 2014 News

PolyOne head Stephen Newlin to retire

by Canadian Plastics

After eight years, Stephen Newlin is stepping down as head of material supplier PolyOne Corporation, to be replaced by Robert M. Patterson.

February 7, 2014 News

Skills gap top barrier to Canadian competitiveness: Chamber of Commerce

by Canadian Plastics

Canada’s growing skills gap is the greatest impediment to business success, according to a new report from The Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

January 31, 2014 News

Feds add $1 million to skills training program

by Canadian Plastics

The federal government is channeling another $1 million into a manufacturing skills training program aimed at filling skilled labor gaps in Canadian industry.

October 30, 2013 News

Looming skilled labor shortage in Canada is exaggerated: TD economists

by Canadian Plastics

A new report from the TD Bank claims that fears of a looming labor shortage in Canada as the workforce ages are largely unfounded.  

September 25, 2013 News

Canadian economy lost $16.6 billion due to absenteeism: Conference Board

by Canadian Plastics

The Canadian economy lost $16.6 billion in 2012 due to absenteeism, according to a study by the Conference Board of Canada.

August 25, 2013 News

290,000 jobs went unfilled in Canada in Q2: report

by Canadian Plastics

The job vacancy rate dropped in the second quarter but there are still 290,000 full- and part-time private sector jobs unfilled for four months or more, according to data compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

May 28, 2013 Feature

After 50 years with one company, a plastics worker looks back

by Canadian Plastics

In 1963, Lester Pearson was Canada’s Prime Minister, the Beatles were still in Liverpool, and Branko Muich started working at a new Toronto-based custom extrusion shop called Polyform Ltd.

May 20, 2013 News

Almost 300,000 unfilled jobs, many of them in manufacturing: CFIB

by Canadian Plastics

There are almost 300,000 unfilled private sector jobs out there and manufacturing is among the sectors with the highest number of vacancies, according to data compiled by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

April 1, 2013 News

Canadian Plastics Sector Council officially shuts down

by Canadian Plastics

The Canadian Plastic Sector Council (CPSC) officially closed its doors on March 31.

March 23, 2013 News

Petroleum HR Council of Canada to merge with Enform

by Canadian Plastics

The Petroleum HR Council of Canada is being acquired by not-for-profit safety organization Enform Canada.

March 13, 2013 News

New report on human resources and Canada’s plastics industry identifies problems ahead

by Canadian Plastics

Canada’s plastics industry suffered employment losses during the Great Recession that cut deeply into leadership, assets, skills, and supporting infrastructure, and there’s little indication they’ll come back even as the industry enjoys a…

March 13, 2013 News

PolyOne names new president of new division

by Canadian Plastics

Polymer manufacturer PolyOne Corporation has named a new president to head a new division.

January 28, 2013 News

William Murray named new president of Teknor Apex

by Canadian Plastics

Custom compounder Teknor Apex has appointed William J. Murray as its new president.

November 28, 2012 News

Canada’s small business owners place premium on older workers: study

by Canadian Plastics

A large majority of Canadian small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners agree that workers 65 years and older offer more valuable experience and expertise than younger workers, according to new research from Investors Group.

November 26, 2012 News

Canadian Plastics Sector Council to wind down in March 2013

by Canadian Plastics

Not-for-profit industry association the Canadian Plastic Sector Council (CPSC) is suspending its activities and services at the end of March 2013.

December 23, 2011 News

Husky execs named to global VP positions

by Canadian Plastics

Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. has promoted two of its North American and Asian sales executives to global vice president positions.

June 26, 2011 News

Canadian Plastics Sector Council launches Essential Skills website

by Canadian Plastics

The Canadian Plastics Sector Council (CPSC) has launched its Essential Skills website and assessment tool, designed to help plastics industry workers beef up their skills.

February 21, 2011 News

Ontario injection molder gets $3 million in provincial funding

by Canadian Plastics

A plastics manufacturer in Mississauga has received funding from the Ontario provincial government to develop new, innovative technology that will make it more competitive and create 27 new jobs and support 26 existing positions.