The year ahead for CANASA
Looking back on the past year, it’s clear that as the industry continues to change, the Canadian Security Association (CANASA) is preparing to meet those challenges by providing information, training and networking opportunities to our members and their associates.
The industry saw a number of acquisitions such as BCE acquiring AlarmForce, ADT acquiring Datashield and Honeywell spinning off ADI. These are three examples from 2017 and we anticipate 2018 will offer more of the same.
Cybersecurity challenges will continue and threats and disruptions will be of particular concern to end users. Managed security service providers will also become more important as organizations recognize the level of effort required to ensure successful security operations.
Commencing my position as executive director in May, we set off to work on ensuring that CANASA expands its position as the leading security association in the country. Through the executive, CANASA undertook a number of initiatives to provide members with information on the changing security landscape. These include the Alarm Technician Course Review; the initiative to connect college grads with companies looking for new talent; a security sales program in development with the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA) and a revamped and upgraded Affinity program specifically designed for members. We anticipate more such programs will be initiated in 2018 and encourage you to visit www.canasa.org for all the details.
CANASA, through the association event division, Security Canada, had another exceptional year. This year’s Security Canada trade shows will be held in Laval, Ottawa, Edmonton, Richmond, Moncton and Toronto. Attendees and exhibitors can visit www.securitycanadaexpo.com for dates, times and detailed information.
CANASA events organized in large part by our various regional councils created opportunities for members and their associates to gather for knowledge sharing and networking.
We anticipate another strong slate of programs and social gatherings in 2018 which will continue to create connections between the various segments of the industry in order to offer participants unique learning opportunities.
All of us here at CANASA wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. We look forward to being of service to you and your organization as we strive to secure and protect individuals and property across Canada.
Patrick Straw is the executive director of CANASA (www.canasa.org).
February 27-28, 2018