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CANASA Update: October brings networking events

September 27, 2022  By Patrick Straw

I am reluctant to use the term “back to normal.”

While I don’t think most things are quite the same, CANASA has learned that we can get a lot done. We’re just doing things a little bit differently. So far, 2022 has gone off without a hitch. We have had several golf tournaments, two very successful Security Canada shows and a variety of regional meetings and educational sessions in various parts of the country. It’s amazing what can be accomplished when you have outstanding engagement from membership committees and councils working hand in hand with the CANASA staff.

Security Canada Central
Security Canada Central is Canada’s largest and most attended opportunity to showcase companies’ products and services. Our shows in Laval and Vancouver sold out and booths are selling quickly for this year’s Toronto event. Don’t wait if you are thinking of exhibiting.

Monitoring Symposium
CANASA will be hosting its sixth annual National Monitoring Station Symposium on Oct. 18 in Toronto, one day prior to Security Canada Central (Oct. 19-20). This event is a must-attend opportunity to meet with your peers and exchange information in a very friendly environment. This year’s symposium reflects the concerns shared by many monitoring station operators such as new challenges imposed by COVID, the risk of being the victim of a cyber-attack, and new monitoring station requirements from ULC.


The symposium’s program encourages participants to discuss and exchange information face-to-face. Moreover, this event is also the place to share your recommendations and suggestions on what CANASA’s National Monitoring Station Committee could be working on in order to assist our industry and you.

Survey on enhanced membership
Many of you will be receiving an email asking you to fill out a brief questionnaire about an “Enhanced Membership Category.” We have been working with our committees for some time on an opportunity for qualifying member companies to elevate their credentials as a security provider with the endorsement of your association. When you receive this survey, please take the time to fill it out carefully as your opinions on this are very important and can have an impact on CANASA moving forward. If you get the survey and have any questions prior to filling it out, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I hope to see you all in October and have a wonderful autumn.

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

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