Staff and Consultants

CCBDA has a long history of providing insight and expertise on copper related subjects to industry, government, and consumers.

Our consulting group is chosen from recently retired engineers and business professionals whose collective expertise in related disciplines serve our members and the industry well.

We have a permanent head office staff located in Toronto, also with years of background experience in sourcing and communicating valuable copper industry information to members of the Association and other interested groups or businesses. Head office personnel also employ outside services in marketing and communications.

The Executive Director of CCBDA is Stephen Knapp.

Our Staff

Stephen Knapp - Executive Director

Stephen Knapp Stephen is the Executive Director of the Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association and oversees the operation of the non-profit Association.

His role includes contact and liaison with companies from copper producers to fabricators and manufacturers. He coordinates with the broader network of copper centre's world-wide and with the International Copper Association (ICA).

Another key function is his involvement with a wide range of code and standards activities on behalf of CCBDA Member Companies.

Stephen has a myriad of personal interests including hockey, golf and football and a special passion for his guitars.

His formal education includes: M. Arch, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and B. Tech. Arch. Sci., Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Toronto, Ontario.


Vern Buchholz - Electrical - BC

One of two CCBDA's Vancouver based consultants, Vern is our Electrical specialist on the west

He was Director of the Electrical Technologies at Powertech Labs, a subsidiary of B.C. Hydro, prior to retiring in 2006.

Vern's projects included work on electrical cables and cable accessories, grounding apparatus, electrical connectors, switchgear, fuses, circuit breakers, power and instrument transformers, batteries, and lighting equipment.

Vern and his wife have travelled extensively in Canada and the U.S. with their 8' x 15' trailer in tow. He also likes searching out obscure texts on science, technology and world history. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering, Physics and Astronomy and is a registered professional engineer.

Pierre Liberatore - Elec/Const - PQ

A welcome newer arrival to the CCBDA Electrical Consultancy Group, Pierre is a Montrealer with an impressive technical background.

For almost 30 years he held the positions of Technical Advisor, Director of Technical Services and Technical Consultant for the Executive Vice-Presidency for the Corporation des maîtres électriciens du Québec, retiring in 2012.

Pierre has been on many national and provincial committees for the development of safety codes and standards, especially on the CSA Canadian Electrical Code Part I Committee for 25 years. He is the author of numerous technical articles for electrical trade publications and bulletins.

A graduate of École Polytechnique de Montréal with a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, Pierre is a keen follower of the "Canadiens" and the Alouettes and considers himself an "old movies junkie". His music is Jazz of course.

David Pope - Elec/Const - BC

David is one of our "far" west coast consultants specializing in the Construction and Electrical fields.

Before retiring, David's last executive role was Manager of the Plumbing and Gas Inspections branch, Sewer Separation branch and Environmental Protection branch, Chief Plumbing Inspection and Gas Safety Manager at the City of Vancouver. He had worked for 15 years in the Commercial Construction Sector.

He is a member of the Standing Committee on Building and Plumbing Services for the National Plumbing Code of Canada.

David likes golf, photography and travel. He is also a volunteer driver for the Canadian Cancer Society Freemasons Cancer Car program.

Sally Remedios - Elec/Const - ON

Sally joined our ever expanding group of consultants in 2011 and serves in both the Electrical and Construction formats.

Her specialization is in codes, standards, and product compliance in Canada and the U.S. She has worked with the CSA Group in both countries along with a major plumbing products manufacturer in the U.S.

Sally's "attempted" (her words!) activities include golf, gardening, volunteering and attending art and music cultural events. We suspect she is being humble!

Sally currently belongs to ASME, ASPE, ASTM, CSA, IAPMO, ICC, PEO.

A graduate of The University of Sheffield in Yorkshire, England with a B.Eng Hons Mechanical Engineering.

Frank Sullivan - Elec/Const - ON

Frank is one of the key players in our consulting group serving in both the Electrical and Building Construction committees of CCBDA.

With a background of 43 years in the Copper & Brass industry with companies with extensive casting facilities using substantial amounts of recycled copper and copper alloys. Frank operated as V.P. Sales and Marketing and a Board Member for those companies with whom he was employed.

Frank's ongoing passion is hockey, where he played at St. Mikes in his early days and Old Timer's hockey for a number of years. A staunch Maple Leaf fan, Frank also enjoys tennis and cycling.

He holds a P. Eng. Mechanical degree from the University of Toronto.