Media Release

Safety, Training and Best Practices to Be Shared as Canada’s Wireless Industry Prepares to Invest in Next-Generation Networks

Calgary, AB – [April 4], 2018 – Canadians have access to some of the most advanced wireless networks in the world thanks to the efforts of thousands and thousands of Canadian workers who build and maintain our wireless infrastructure. Hundreds of these hard-working professionals will gather in Calgary at the third annual Structure, Tower & Antenna Council (STAC) Conference & Exhibition. The event will take place on April 17-18 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary, with a focus on safety for workers.

“Wireless customers across Canada have access to high-quality wireless networks that are the most up-to-date in the world. That is no small accomplishment, and it calls for the construction and maintenance of thousands of wireless towers and antenna locations every year. It is so important to ensure this work is done safely,” said Clay Parchewsky, Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment at WesTower Communications and Co-Chair of STAC 2018. “Canadians have built these networks, and they have done this with a world-leading safety record. STAC members are committed to safety for their workers, and the STAC annual conference plays an important role in helping all of us build on this tremendous record of safe work and strong practices by sharing information.”

Canada’s geography is unique, and the towers that support its wireless networks are found in a variety of locations, from remote urban areas to the tallest buildings in dense urban locations. STAC’s annual conference is the premier event dedicated to safe policies and practices for those who design, build and maintain these sites. STAC 2018 will bring together tower professionals from across the industry, including wireless operators, broadcasters, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, land owners, safety equipment suppliers and safety trainers. Attendees will learn about new industry practices and technologies. They will receive exclusive information about the development of STAC best practices and other industry resources that are normally only available to STAC Members.

“We have an enviable safety record in Canada because we share information about it, and STAC 2018 is an excellent platform for everyone in the industry to stay up to date and learn from their peers,” said Keith Ranney, Director of National Implementation and Network Management at Bell, and Co-Chair of STAC 2018. “Our industry employs 138,000 Canadians, working every day to ensure the wireless networks we count on will be there for all of us while providing customers with some of the best network performance in the world. By participating in STAC, members ensure these workers can do this vital job in the safest possible fashion.”

Visit www.stacouncil.ca/stac-2018 for more details and registration.

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About the STAC Council
The Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) helps ensure communications antennas in Canada continue to be constructed with the highest regard to worker safety. STAC is a non-profit Council of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association, representing and providing a collaborative forum for Canadian wireless communications carriers, tower owners/operators, tower and rooftop equipment engineering service suppliers, and wireless communication facilities construction and maintenance contractors.

About CWTA
CWTA is the authority on wireless issues, developments and trends in Canada. It represents companies that provide services and products across the wireless sector. Representing the industry before all levels of government and various regulatory agencies, CWTA actively promotes the industry with the goal of ensuring continued growth of the wireless sector in Canada. CWTA administers a number of initiatives on behalf of its members, including corporate social responsibility programs and the national common short codes program.

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