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Lubrication, Tribology Society Appoints New Leadership

Effective 2020, Paul Hetherington will become the new president of the STLE technical society.

Paul Hetherington from Petro-Canada Lubricants will become the first president from a Canadian lubricants manufacturer to lead the Society of Tribology and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). Hetherington officially joined the STLE Executive Committee as treasurer in May. He will assume the position of President in May 2020 during the 75th STLE Annual Meeting in Chicago.

“This opportunity brings Canada and Petro-Canada to the forefront of the world lubricants stage,” says Paul Hetherington, team leader, technical services Canada, Petro-Canada. “Having a seat at the STLE table gives us access to additional research and resources that we can use to help lead the industry to better, more efficient and longer-lasting lubricants, which will in turn save our customers time and money through improved equipment and reliability.”

Hetherington is a long-standing member on the STLE board of directors. He established a 20-year career at Syncrude as a lubricants and fuels corporate technical advisor. He proceeded to spend 9 years at Fluid Life Corporation in Edmonton developing and managing the consulting and training division. He joined Petro-Canada in 2011.

The STLE serves 15,000 industry professionals worldwide. It delivers on a strategic plan for global advocacy, education, and research that leads to stronger, sustainable innovation in equipment and product performance. The STLE also shares a trends report across Europe and Asia. It promotes research funded by the National Science Foundation. Its resolution recognizing the impact of tribology on the United States economy was recently introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives.

“As President,” said Hetherington, “it will be my responsibility to ensure that we continue to engage in positive, transformational industry initiatives that will have a ripple effect across the globe, maximizing energy efficiency and ensuring long-term sustainability for a better world tomorrow.”


Toronto Section Member In The Running for the STLE Board of Directors

James Arner
Chevron Canada Ltd 

James (Jim) Arner received an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. He started as a chemist in the product development laboratories for Texaco Canada Inc where he developed new products and modified others to meet the demanding challenges of the Canadian operating environment. Other responsibilities at the laboratory included analysis of lubricants, championing the quality assurance process, product training, and providing troubleshooting services for the plant production. 

He then transferred to the Technical Services department where he became more involved in supporting customers by providing lubrication advice, conducting lubricant surveys, recommending lubricants, troubleshooting customer issues, coordinating training programs,and directing the used oil analyses programs. 

He continued in various technical services roles through several mergers and acquisitions, and he is now a Lubricants Business Consultant for Chevron Lubricants Canada Inc. Over the years he held positions of Toronto Section Chair, Regional Vice-President, Director, and is a past chair of the Oil Monitoring Specialist Committee Chair. Mr. Arner earned the STLE certifications of CLS, OMA I, and OMA II.

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2012 STLE Annual Meeting Recap

At the 2012 STLE Annual Meeting, held in St. Louis in May 2012, the Toronto Section won the 2012 Award for the Outstanding Large Section!

The photo below show some of the Toronto Section Executive who were present at the meeting with the award banner. 

From left to right: Paul Sampson (Chair, Lubrizol Canada), Ted Austin (Education Committee, Forsythe Lubrication Associates), Michael Dugger (STLE 11/12 President, Scandia National Libraries), Greg Maderak (Forsythe Lubrication Associates), Jim Arner (Sponsor & STLE Board Director, Chevron Lubricants Canada), George Staniewski (Tours, OPG), Behshad Sabah (University Affairs, Agip-Eni USA R&M), Henry Sapiano (Education Committee, Petro-Canada Lubricants) and Mauricio Galvez (Membership, Sea-land Chemical Canada)
Congratulations to all of the Toronto Executive for a very good year! Accomplishments included our two tours, a student chapter at Ryerson, our Education Course, new members, our technical program, our work with other societies and our newsletters.

The STLE Toronto Section is excited to regroup for the 2012-2013 year!

Update your lubrication knowledge and come join us at the Old Mill every month on the 2nd Tuesday for an evening of educational seminars presented by researchers, managers, engineers and other personalities in the field.  Visit our Meetings Schedule page for all details on all upcoming meetings.

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We look forward to meeting you there. 

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