Exhibit hall ‘buzzing’ in Orlando
Enhanced Education and Exhibits sessions or E3, went over well at 2011 edition of the Winter Conference.
March 1, 2011
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Another successful BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition in Orlando is complete.
Attendance was up compared to last year and the mood was generally upbeat when conversations turned to the economy.
It was great to meet and talk to many of the Canadian delegates during the week, but there were far fewer than in years past. This was probably due to the high Canadian participation at the BICSI Conference in Montreal last May.
The Exhibit Hall floor was buzzing with activity once again with many new solutions being showcased. Enhanced Education and Exhibits sessions or E3, where attendees were educated on new offerings to assist them with their day-to-day challenges, were filled to capacity.
Another highlight on the floor was the fourth annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge, showcased some of the industry’s best installers and technicians competing in several different competitions, with the winner hoisting a trophy and a check for $5,000.
The Annual Awards Banquet held a special moment for Canadians when Thomas Tang was named among the recipients of the Ray Gendron BICSI Cares Scholarship. He is the son of BICSI member Tony Tang, RCDD, and a student at the University of British Colombia.
There are many new and exciting things happening at BICSI including reduced costs on material and training; the development of new standards; a strategic marketing alliance with Cisco; and our newest Authorized Training Facility (ATF), Pearson Electrotechnology Center, in Lachine, Que.
We already have a number of Canadian Region Meetings scheduled in 2011 and we are working on adding more.
There is a Breakfast Club meeting also in the works. For those interested in a BICSI event in the West, there is a two-day Technical Education Summit scheduled in November, which will be just south of the border in Seattle, Wash.
To hear more and get caught up on the latest ITS trends and solutions offerings, please plan to attend one of the BICSI Region Meetings coming to city near you by visiting www.bicsi.org. If you have ideas or topics that you would like to see covered in our meetings, please let me know.
If you are looking to train your employees to become BICSI-certified installers and technicians, we have a number of technical schools in Canada working to become BICSI Authorized Training Facilities.
The benefit to students and their employers is that they are graduates from well-respected technical schools, and they also leave the school with a globally-recognized professional designation.
One of Canada’s ATFs, the Lester B. Pearson School of Technology will be graduating students with BICSI certifications later in 2011. If you are interested in learning more about this, feel free to contact me.
I can put you in contact with the faculty at the school. Also on the technical school front, I am currently entering discussions with other technical schools who want to enjoy the benefits of having BICSI conduct Region Meetings at their institutions. Stay tuned for updates on this effort.
Upcoming Canadian Region Meetings: March 30, Moncton.; April 27, Lachine, Que.; May 17, Vancouver; Oct. 13, Calgary; Nov. 22, Mississauga.
As always, if you have questions or concerns feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. CNS
Peter Levoy, RCDD, is the Canadian Region Director of BICSI and the vice president of Channel Sales with Anixter Canada Inc.’s Enterprise Cabling Solutions division.