CANASA wraps up a successful year with a solid turnout at Security Canada Central
By Patrick Straw
CANASA wrapped up our show schedule for this year with a very successful Security Canada Central show in Toronto. (For more information please visit www.securitycanadaexpo.com).
Attendance was better than projected and the feedback we have received from our sponsors and vendors has been quite positive.
The show got off to a great start with a powerful presentation from Brittany McBain of the RCMP, who spoke about the protection of critical infrastructure related to events that have taken place in Canada — some of which were thwarted by the efforts of various police services.
Our Monitoring Symposium, which was held just prior to the Toronto show, was also a big success, well attended and featuring some great contributions from our guest speakers:
•ULC - Alan Cavers
•The Monitoring Association - Ivan Spector
•Cyber Security - Sascha Kylau
•Bell Communications - Ken Short
•Video Monitoring – Rob Baxter
•Software Integration Panel – Rod Coles, Cliff Dice, Hank Goldberg and Jens Kolind
Now it is time to get back to work on a number of the initiatives that we have already started.
CANASA has signed a MOU with ASIS Canada and we are looking forward to working with the ASIS team. By combining our resources, we can continue to promote the values and issues that are important to members of the Canadian security industry.
As executive director of CANASA, I am scheduled to meet with the new executive director of the Canadian Fire Alarm Association (CFAA) before the end of November and look forward to exploring collaborative opportunities with them.
We have strengthened our social media presence by continuously improving our website and we are intensely marketing CANASA now on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Our focus is on connecting with Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) and Canadian media outlets across Canada. I would urge you to visit www.canasa.org for information on the benefits of membership and security-related information.
All of us here at CANASA look forward to finishing off the year with lots of momentum moving into 2018.
Patrick Straw is the executive director of CANASA.