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CANASA Update: Fall events bring us together

July 26, 2022  By Patrick Straw

We have now completed two of three of our Security Canada trade shows and conferences. In my last column, I reported on our very successful event in Laval with our partners in Quebec.

Security Canada West was held June 22 at our new host location, the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, B.C. The venue was well received by our guests and we sold out all of our exhibit space. Attendance was very near to pre-pandemic numbers and by all accounts, the show was a huge success. We are also working on expanding exhibit space at the same facility for the 2023 Security Canada West show.

Our B.C. golf tournament, held with our partners at ASIS the following day at the Mayfair Golf and Country Club, was also sold out and was an exceptional day of fun and networking. A special thank-you to Steve Basnett, our director of trade shows, and Erin Marsden, board liaison, for exceptional work on making these events run perfectly.

Booths are selling fast for our showcase event in October in Toronto, Security Canada Central. If you are interested in exhibiting, I suggest you get in touch with Steve soon as we expect this show is going to sell out as well. Steve can be contacted at sbasnett@canasa.org.

Monitoring Symposium
On Oct. 18, CANASA will be hosting our sixth Monitoring Symposium just prior to Security Canada Central. This year’s symposium reflects the concerns shared by many monitoring companies affected by challenges from COVID, cyber-attacks, new ULC requirements, and prioritizing alarms with the AHJ community.

Scholarship Program
Thanks to generous contributions from Central BPG in Montreal, Johnson Controls and Liberty Smart Security we were able to offer our scholarship program for all of the regions in Canada. These outstanding recipients have all received their cheques and are working towards completing their studies.

Golf Tournaments
We still have several golf events coming up, so please check our website to see if you can make any of them. Hope to see you there.

As we head into the heart of summer, we wish you all safe and healthy holidays. I can’t wait to see many of you at upcoming events. Thanks to all of our supporters, vendor partners and my board of directors and staff for keeping us on a path of recovery.

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

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