VANCOUVER WELCOMES BICSI CANADIAN
CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION ATTENDEES

 

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 29, 2014 —BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, welcomed industry professionals from all over the world to the Vancouver Convention Centre for the 2014 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition beginning Sunday, April 27.

BICSI President Michael Collins, RCDD, RTPM, CCDA, NCE, officially opened the conference Monday morning, placing emphasis on the event’s three days of educational sessions and exhibits. Collins also focused a portion of his remarks on BICSI’s two newest publications: the Telecommunications Distribution Methods Manual (TDMM), 13th edition, which is the latest version of its flagship manual and the basis for its Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD®) credential; and the ANSI/BICSI 003-2014, Building Information Modeling (BIM) Practices for Information Technology Systems standard, which provides detailed information about BIM content models and object parameters.

Previously held every other year, this Canadian Conference marks the first in what will now be an annual event. “BICSI is deeply committed to advancing the professional careers of our Canadian members,” said President Collins. “Our stakeholders greatly benefit from attending BICSI conferences, whether as an attendee or an exhibitor. Making the Canadian Conference & Exhibition an annual event offers our members even more opportunities for education and networking with others in the industry. With their support and participation, we continue to advance the ICT community in Canada and beyond.”

Following Collins’ opening remarks, Dr. John Izzo delivered an exceptional opening keynote address. Izzo is a bestselling author, a community leader and one of North America’s most sought after voices on leadership. He consults and advises some of the most admired companies in the world, teaches at major universities, conducts leading edge research on workplace values, and has spoken to more than one million people across the globe.

Monday’s General Session continued with educational presentations regarding testing and retesting cable; the Canadian government’s impact on the ICT industry; data center optimization; building information modeling (BIM); and the future-proofing role of enclosures in data center migrations.

The Exhibit Hall opened Sunday evening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and entertainment by singing group The Mountain Men. Host to more than 70 exhibitors, the Exhibit Hall drew in hundreds of attendees from around the globe who were eager to learn about the latest products and solutions that will help them in their careers.

“We’re here because there are many ICT designers and installers, which is a very important audience for us. We’ve been to more than five BICSI conferences, and this is our first in Canada,” said BICSI exhibitor Clint Strong, CEO of Connectrac in Dallas, Texas. “Our products make ICT installation much easier. We’re looking forward to some excellent BICI leads. We’re very optimistic. BICSI shows are always great shows.”

The Canadian Conference offers more educational sessions, networking opportunities and exhibit hours through Wednesday afternoon.

BICSI is a professional association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community. ICT covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies. It encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, optical fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signaling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

BICSI provides information, education and knowledge assessment for individuals and companies in the ITS industry. We serve more than 23,000 ICT professionals, including designers, installers and technicians. These individuals provide the fundamental infrastructure for telecommunications, audio/video, life safety and automation systems. Through courses, conferences, publications and professional registration programs, BICSI staff and volunteers assist ICT professionals in delivering critical products and services, and offer opportunities for continual improvement and enhanced professional stature.

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.