CANASA Update: Monitoring Station Symposium returns
By Patrick Straw
By Patrick Straw
On behalf of the staff and our Board of Directors, I would like to wish all of you a safe and prosperous 2022.
CANASA is very excited about moving ahead with in-person events this year, particularly our three Security Canada shows starting in April in Laval, Que. We have made some exciting changes to our show format. Security Canada now has a new online floor plan with built-in search capabilities. Using this new interactive floor plan, attendees can easily search by exhibitor, category or booth on any device.
2022 Show Dates:
• April 20: Laval, Que.
• June 22: Richmond, B.C.
• Oct. 19 and 20: Toronto, Ont.
The first class from our revised ATC course graduated late last year and we were very pleased to present 13 diplomas. We will have a new suite of online training programs ready to go soon. CANASA also worked with Conestoga College to develop an Alarm Technician course, which they are ready to start in the spring. But first we need students to register. We all know there are hundreds of jobs available across Canada, but we need students to recognize the great opportunities ahead. We will be working with Conestoga to promote the program, but we definitely need your help as well to get the word out.
Our Membership Committee is now hosting a series of educational webinars for members only. Our first three are all on subjects related to building your business online using social media tools. We are actively promoting these on our website and on all of our social media platforms. We have also started a weekly “Benefits of Membership” campaign promoting CANASA and the work that we are doing for our members.
Monitoring Station Symposium
We are very pleased to announce that our next Monitoring Station Symposium is well into the planning stages. We will be running this event in conjunction with our Security Canada Central show, so put Oct. 18, 2022 in your calendar. Sponsorship opportunities and a complete agenda will be available soon. After the success of our last symposium, we are very excited about continuing this series.
Patrick Straw is the executive director of CANASA (www.canasa.org).