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CANASA Update: A bounce-back year

November 23, 2022  By Patrick Straw

What an incredible year it has been for both CANASA as well as the Canadian security industry as a whole.

We just completed our third and largest Security Canada Trade Show and Conference in Toronto, which was very successful. We had exceptional vendor participation and the attendance was very good.

The atmosphere for the entire three days was electric. One of our member partners said to me at the show, “It feels like someone opened up a pressure valve and everyone is having a blast.”

It should be noted as well that we had 15 vendor participants who were exhibiting at Security Canada for the first time. The expectation is that they will all be coming back.


Monitoring Symposium
We opened up the conference with a full-day Monitoring Symposium which brought together monitoring sector leaders from both Canada and the United States. They were able to delve into issues affecting the current monitoring environment and also talk about upcoming technology changes that will affect everyone in the business.

Thank you to all who participated and we look forward to hosting another one in two years.

At Security Canada Central we launched our full suite of online learning opportunities with eight new partners. You can check them out on our website under Education and the “Education Partnership Program.”

Our Education Committee went through each course to ensure that the ones selected were right for our industry. Thank you to our Education Committee under the leadership of Ron Jagmohan, who was presented CANASA’s “Outstanding Contributor Award” for his hard work and leadership.

This year, we launched an aggressive membership campaign. While there is a lot of consolidation taking place in the industry, we are picking up new members on a weekly basis and we are broadening our base from the traditional membership profile. This is great for our association, as we represent the entire security industry. Great work by our Membership Committee!

In closing, I cannot thank enough the team at the CANASA office, our Board of Directors and the many other volunteers who make up our councils and committees. Best wishes and continued success for the rest of 2022.

Patrick Straw is the executive director of CANASA (www.canasa.org).

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