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CANASA Update: Major initiatives underway

March 7, 2023  By Patrick Straw

It is busy times at the CANASA office.

We are in the process of elections for our regional councils across the country and for our board of directors which are scheduled to be completed by June. We have had an amazing response from association members who want to get involved — not only with our regional councils but also with our working committees.

Applications are also being accepted now for participation in our scholarship program. We are very proud of this program — it enables us to assist those on a path to a successful career or someone who wants to enhance an existing career by upgrading their skills through education. If you are interested, visit www.canasa.org for all the details or contact me directly. We extend a special thank-you to Johnson Controls, Liberty Security and Wesco for supporting and sponsoring our program this year, and we look forward to handing out cheques right across the country.

Security Canada

Security Canada is ramped up and ready to go after a very successful reboot in 2022. Booths for both Laval, Que., in April and Vancouver in June sold out in record time and we are months ahead of schedule in preparation for Canada’s largest security show in October in Toronto.


There are still booths left, but I can assure you they will sell out before the summer. If interested, contact me at pstraw@canasa.org or Steve Basnett at sbasnett@canasa.org. Steve has done an excellent job this year and we have added some new features to allow attendees to view an interactive floor plan for better scheduling while visiting our shows.

Conestoga Alarm Technician Course

Speaking with Don Willis, program coordinator for the Protection, Security and Investigation program at Conestoga College, I was pleased to hear that last year they had 180 enrollments in this program. Registration for the Spring Semester opened Feb. 27. We encourage future students as well as employers to check the program out.

Why join CANASA?

We are working continuously to offer enhancements to our industry through education, networking, social events and Security Canada, which brings the industry together to do some serious business.

We are also involved behind the scenes representing our industry with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ontario Solicitor General’s office, ULC, and other groups in the country that affect our industry.

If you are part of the industry and you are not a member, I would love to chat with you.

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

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