As another April turns to May, STAC members are likely still collecting their thoughts and following leads from yet another record-breaking STAC conference last week.
The STAC 2019 Conference & Exhibition – held in Montreal last Wednesday and Thursday – was our fourth annual conference, and it was our biggest show yet. We had more people, more sponsors, more exhibitors, and more sessions than any previous STAC conference. We probably had more fun than any previous show too!
Here’s a quick look at some of the numbers:
• 425 attendees, up from 350 last year
• 20 sponsoring companies and organizations, up from 17 last year
• 39 exhibitor companies and organizations, up from 30 last year
• 30 sessions and “product pitch” presentations, up from 26 last year
• 100+ signatures on STAC’s new Jersey of Courage
Leadership was one of this year’s major themes, and it’s fitting to note that our record-breaking success could not have been achieved without the generous support of the STAC 2019 Full Conference Sponsors: TEAM-1 Academy, Wesbell Technologies, and WesTower Communications. A big thank you is owed to all three companies for their continuing support for STAC and for communication tower safety in general!
STAC 2019’s success also relied on significant contributions from the STAC Steering Committee, staff at CWTA (and particularly CWTA’s tireless event manager, Chantale Neapole), as well as comms, design and multi-media support from our good friends at Parktown Studios and Longview Communications and Public Affairs.
And of course we couldn’t possibly forget the invaluable contributions of all of the conference speakers and moderators. In particular we want to thank our keynote speakers: Rob Ellis from My Safe Work, Jimmy Miller from NATE, and Robert Ghiz from CWTA.
While it’s impossible to properly capture all of the events of the two-day conference in a one blog post, a few other highlights that created quite a buzz in Montreal include:
• The launch of five new STAC documents, as highlighted in the annual State of STAC presentation;
• Rob Ellis, from My Safe Work, providing STAC with a Jersey of Courage for members to sign in order to signify their commitment to workplace safety;
• Growing momentum for the new Women of STAC Committee, which threw a wildly popular reception before the conference (sponsored by Alliance Corp.), and which hosted a session (Careers in Telecom: Perspectives from Women in the Industry) that has already inspired multiple session ideas for next year;
• Inspiring presentations by Jordan Camplin from Wesbell and Jeanne Piercey from P-SEC that challenged attendees to consider ways to further professionalize the tower industry going forward;
• A fabulous presentation by Pascal Texier from Stantec that blended the perfect amount of humour and serious reflection when looking at the 2001 Mont-Carmel tower incident and the safety-first approach that Pascal and other leaders adopted throughout the response.
• Adam Gale from Vertical Specialties screaming in excitement after winning a Roomba (sponsored by NWS Wireless) during the conference close raffle draw, and announcing that he had “just got a cat.”
STAC will be working in the days and weeks ahead to post presentations and official photos from the conference to the STAC Members Website and will also begin working to advance some of the new and existing industry initiatives discussed last week in Montreal.
STAC will also be taking steps to finalize details about STAC 2020, which will be held in Vancouver next spring. STAC members can expect an email in the weeks ahead to firm up dates and the specific venue for our fifth annual conference, but we are encouraging members to please submit session topic ideas for our next conference at any time.
Finally, STAC members will also receive an email over the next few days with more details about STAC’s first-ever golf event taking place on June 20 at the Station Creek Golf Club in Markham, ON, which was also announced at the conference. Registration is now open for the inaugural STAC Golf Tournament (visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stac-golf-tournament-tickets-59768628577) and sponsorship and other opportunities will be opening up in the weeks ahead.
Thank you again to everyone who helped to make STAC 2019 such a huge success. STAC’s annual conference continues to grow thanks to the dedicated support of a growing number of people within the STAC community, and everyone who attended or participated in the conference deserves a huge round of applauds. We can’t wait to see you all in Vancouver next year!