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Category: CINDE
Posted: Thu, Jan 14th 2021 at 2:56 PM
CINDE continues operation in Ontario and Alberta abiding by Provincial regulations and public health guidelines. As private individuals, we expect our members and customers to evaluate how any and all government regulations, guidelines, or your own corporate policies affect your personal circumstances.  You can view the current Ontario order in council here.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns via email at  Please note that we are currently experiencing a high volume of calls and emails at this time and will respond as quickly as possible to all inquiries.
The CINDE Hamilton location is open for NDT training, workshops, and exams. CINDE will be following health and safety procedures as provided by the Ontario Government and Mohawk College. Please note that the procedures may cause delays in your travel within the campus and during the registration process – please plan accordingly. We will be monitoring the ongoing situation and will provide updates on the CINDE website.
-A non-medical mask or face covering must be worn when at the Mohawk College campus at all times where social distancing is not possible.
-Visitors are required to follow social distancing guidelines when on the campus (2m distance between others).
1) Download the Mohawk Safety App (free on iOS and Android). Alternatively, if you do not wish to download the app, please proceed to the security checkpoint for in-person screening. This will take additional time.
      i) Click on the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) button near the top of the page.
     ii) Proceed to the screening assessment tool and provide all information.
    iii) Proceed to security checkpoint and inform them that you have completed the assessment.
2) After passing the Mohawk College Security checkpoint, continue to the CINDE designated waiting area (Main Administration Office E006A) in the hallway.
3) You will be required to have your temperature taken via a non-contact thermometer as well as signing a waiver (health declaration) at the main office before entering the office/class.
4) We will be registering one (1) student at a time in the administration area. Students will then be directed to the Exit and sent to their training/exam room.  Regular social distancing rules and hygiene will be required (hand sanitizer available in each classroom, exam room, and administration area).

Important Notes
-Parking is free. Please park in any of the designated parking areas. We recommend choosing a parking location that is close to the security entrance:
1) South Entrance, across from the short term parking by the McIntyre Performing Arts Centre Theatre.
-Lockers will be provided for workshop and exam candidates. Please bring minimal possessions with you.
-Steps 1-3 will be required each day while attending Mohawk College.
-No food services will be open at this time. Please be prepared to bring a lunch.
-All water fountains will be closed. CINDE will provide water coolers that visitors can use to fill their own water bottles.

Additional precautions that CINDE is taking to increase health and safety of staff, students, and community:
1) The reception area in E006A is a one-way traffic area and has a Plexiglas shield between the reception staff and students to decrease the
    chance of virus transmission.
2) Social distancing guidelines (2m distance between staff/students) are in place to ensure the safety of all students. Where distance guidelines cannot be followed, masks and
    hand sanitizer will be used to decrease the probability of transmission.
3) Hand sanitizer will be provided at all classroom doors so that students can practice increased hand sanitizing.
4) All surfaces will be disinfected and then also sprayed with Clorox electrostatic disinfectant spray.
5) We will continue to limit the number of staff working at the facility to limit the possibility of exposure to students and staff.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, CINDE will make adjustments to procedures to increase the safety of staff, students, and the community. We appreciate your patience during this time.
Please review our COVID-19 Acknowledgement, Waiver and Indemnification policy before arriving to the CINDE Office for any course, workshop or exam.  Upon your arrival, you will be asked to complete it with your name and signature and then witnessed by a CINDE Staff member.
If you have further questions, please contact
Category: CINDE
Posted: Fri, Jan 8th 2021 at 7:51 AM
CINDE values your safety. The training facility is implementing a number of procedures to ensure that you can enter the NDT classroom with confidence:
  • All visitors and staff are required to follow 2m distancing and directional markers on the floor.
  • All visitors and staff will need to sign in and out each day using a supplied ipad and answer questions regarding their health (Receptionist will record using the Visitor Log).
  • Receptionists will take temperature of all visitors and staff (using Provincial guidelines for safe temp readings).
  • All individuals have to enter/exit using the front door.
  • Students will wear masks and gloves in common areas (reception and washroom areas mandatory) and encouraging them as much as possible to where PPE at all times (in class and building).
  • Washroom signs - In and Out throughway arrows…doors marked as entry and exit only.
  • A maximum of 2 visitors are permitted in reception areas at any time.
  • Hand sanitizer station will be available in reception area.
  • All staff and visitors must wear PPE (gloves and masks) at all times in the office.
  • Instructors responsible for monitoring classroom activities.
  • Students will always be > 2m apart, one student per table in classrooms.
If you have more questions, please contact us:
Category: CINDE
Posted: Fri, Dec 18th 2020 at 8:44 AM
Our office will be closed Monday, December 21, 2020 and we return to work on Monday, January 4, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.   We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!
Category: Industry
Posted: Wed, Nov 4th 2020 at 9:33 AM
It is with sadness that the news of the passing of Norman Grieves Harding has been received.  A passionate stalwart of NDT, not only in Canada but throughout the International NDT community, where Norman wore many hats. 
Norman .was a founding Director with INTEG (International NDT Training & Education Group); PT & MT Instructor with CSNDT Foundation; founding Managing Director of Brent Canada; past President of CSNDT; past Executive Director of CSNDT;  past publisher and Editor of the CSNDT Journal (1982-1990).
His passion for training and education was demonstrated by being a member of the CGSB NDT Certification Committee (1968-1999); Canadian Delegate to the ISO Committee for the Cerification of NDT Personnel that created the International Standard (1983-1999); Consultant to International  Atomic Agency Vienna (1984-1998); President of Namron Associates and Surface Methods Inc.
An accomplished singer and actor, Norman tread the boards on stage, radio and TV with his many evenings at Mystery Dinner Shows being a favourite The recent success of his beloved "Wolves" (Wolverhamton Wanderers) returning to the the English Premier Leaque provided great joy.
Norman is survived by his five children, 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
RIP Norm.
Category: Industry
Posted: Thu, Oct 29th 2020 at 10:31 AM
Cenovus Energy Inc. agreed to buy Husky Energy Inc. in a C$3.8 billion ($2.9 billion) all-stock deal that will combine two of the largest players in Canada’s beleaguered oil-sands industry, which is struggling after the slump in crude prices.
The transaction will create the country’s third-largest oil and natural gas producer and lead to C$1.2 billion in savings, the companies said Sunday in a statement. Following the completion of the deal, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing and CK Hutchison Holdings, the conglomerate he founded and Husky’s biggest shareholder, will together own about 27% of Cenovus.
Like most of their industry peers, Cenovus and Husky are currently losing money following the crash in oil demand due to the pandemic. But even before the devastating impact of Covid-19, the Alberta oil sands had already lost their luster due to a chronic lack of pipeline capacity to export crude. That has forced producers there to accept hefty price discounts.
The oil sands also face increased environmental scrutiny arising from their carbon intensity, which makes the deposits more polluting to exploit than conventional reserves or shale. International oil majors including Norway’s Equinor ASA, France’s Total SA and Houston-based ConocoPhillips have either left or reduced their presence in Canada in recent years.
Cenovus’s purchase of Conoco’s oil sands assets in 2017 left the Calgary-based company with heavy debts, magnifying its exposure to tumbling Canadian heavy oil prices. Its shares have fallen 72% since the deal was announced and 75% over five years. Husky’s shares are down 85% over five years. Husky jumped as much as 17% in early trading Monday, and was at C$3.40 at 9:46 a.m. local time. Cenvous slumped 14% to C$4.21.
That terms of the takeover, excluding the share warrants offered by Cenovus, represent a 21% deal premium. That’s an “excessive” level, although the deal makes strategic sense, said Credit Suisse Group AG analyst Manav Gupta, who downgraded Cenovus to neutral from outperform.
For Husky, “the combined portfolio offers exposure to a premier oil sands asset base and a clearer path towards deleveraging and accelerating shareholder returns,” analysts at Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. said in a note.
Buying Husky will boost Cenovus’s production to about 750,000 barrels a day of oil equivalent from about 475,000 now. But perhaps more importantly, it will gain substantial downstream assets, namely additional refinery and pipeline capacity.
That will equip Cenovus to refine and upgrade 70% of its crude at its own refineries. The company says that will leave it less exposed to Western Canada Select, the local benchmark price, which usually trades at a discount of more than $10 a barrel to West Texas Intermediate, partly because of pipeline constraints. The Alberta government has even imposed production limits to keep the size of the discount in check, though it plans to lift those restrictions in December.

More Resilient
The merged company will be cash-flow positive “right out the gate,” Cenovus Chief Executive Officer Alex Pourbaix said in an interview. According to the statement announcing the deal, the company will break-even at $36 a barrel for WTI crude. That’s seen falling to $33 by 2023. WTI closed Friday at $39.85. “The combined entity is far more resilient,” Husky CEO Robert Peabody said in the interview. “We will deleverage faster.”
Cenovus, which is rated Ba2 by Moody’s Investors Service, aims to be an investment-grade borrower, executives said during a call with analysts Sunday. The company said the deal will help it create an “accelerated path” to cutting debt to less than two times earnings within 24 months.
“Nobody should be surprised if non-core assets are sold,” Pourbaix said in the interview. Husky’s retail business, which includes gas stations and travel centers across most of Canada, is a division “we will take a look at.” Cenovus and Husky started their “on-and-off again” merger discussions during the pandemic, with a more concentrated effort to reach an agreement over the last couple of months, Pourbaix said.
The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2021, after which Cenovus will have about C$12 billion in net debt and C$8.5 billion in committed credit facilities from a broad banking syndicate.
It’s the largest deal in the Canadian oil industry since Husky’s attempted C$2.75 billion hostile takeover bid for MEG Energy Corp. Husky abandoned that transaction in January 2019 after failing to win enough shareholder support.

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