MRO Magazine

PEMAC celebrates 25 years of service in Canada

Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) celebrates 25 years of service in Canada.


July 6, 2015
By PEM Magazine

The national, not-for-profit association for maintenance and reliability professionals and for asset management practitioners, will mark the milestone with a celebratory event coinciding with its annual MainTrain conference in Vancouver (September 21 – 24, 2015).

“Over the last several years we have been proud to host over 400,000 hours per year of professional development and networking events, either directly or in partnership with post secondary institutions,” says Cindy Snedden, executive director, PEMAC.  

“What strikes us most as we reflect on the opportunity provided by this significant anniversary is that the vision of the founding members to build an organization with the capacity to provide global leadership is truly becoming a reality. Our members are actively contributing to global developments in the field through the GFMAM (Global Forum on Maintenance and Asset Management) as well as the WPiAM (World Partners in Asset Management).”

PEMAC has chapters in Alberta, Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, Sudbury and Greater Toronto Area and Vancouver, and a membership of more than 1,100. The association administers two programs of study that lead to professional designations, namely the Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) program, and the Asset Management Certificate program.


“With a target of increasing membership to 3,000 over the next five years, the goals of the current strategic plan are to excel at engagement; deliver value; aim for continuous improvement; and grow awareness of maintenance, reliability and asset management,” says Steve Gahbauer, a former PEMAC executive director who holds charter and life memberships.

Future plans include having the association’s “Body of Knowledge” available within the next five years, having members represent a range of roles from frontline trades through to senior executives, providing opportunities for members to connect, learn and contribute to advanced management practices, and getting the PEMAC certification system recognized globally, notes Gahbauer.

View the Official Press Release.