Additional speakers and moderators may be added to the list below as they are confirmed in the weeks ahead. Check back routinely for regular updates.
My Safe Work | Founder & President
Rob Ellis became an outspoken advocate for health, safety and wellness in the workplace after the death of his son David in 1999. Rob has developed international partnerships with companies dedicated to becoming champion employers. His work with young people, parents, and businesses has been widely publicized across Canada and the United States, and he is regularly sought after to participate in international events as a keynote speaker.
As a former business owner, Rob knows the challenges that companies face in recruiting and retaining the best people. He believes that by partnering with industry leaders to promote positive change, a cultural shift will take place in our communities – a shift that will increase the importance of health, safety, and wellness for all workers.
Rob can almost always be seen wearing the original Jersey of Courage.
CWTA | President & CEO
Robert Ghiz is President and CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) and Chair of the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada. Twice elected Premier of Prince Edward Island, Robert’s many accomplishments at the province’s helm include his successful stewardship of its economy through the 2008 global financial collapse and his contributions to PEI’s record-setting economic growth following the recession. While Premier, Robert also led successful trade missions in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States, and was proud to implement full-day kindergarten for the first time in the province’s history.
Robert is proud to be the Canadian wireless industry’s champion in Ottawa, where he works to ensure the industry continues to enhance the personal lives and economic opportunities of Canadians across the country.
National Association of Tower Erectors | Chair
MillerCo | President & CEO
Jimmy Miller is Chair of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) board of directors, and president and CEO of MillerCo Incorporated, an esteemed U.S. tower contractor and electrical service provider based out of Mississippi.
Jimmy held various telecom supervisory and management roles from 1982 to 1997, during which time he developed an expertise in two-way-radio, fiber optics and microwave communications. He also played a pivotal role in bringing a 300-plus cellular network build to market.
Jimmy and his wife, Tonia, co-founded MillerCo in 1997 with just a single truck. Today, dozens of the company’s trucks can be seen throughout the country from New Mexico to Indiana and the entire eastern U.S., servicing tower lighting systems as well as providing L&A services.
Jimmy has been active in NATE as a voting member for 19 years and has served as a director for multiple terms. He was voted in as chair of the NATE board this February.
All Speakers & Moderators
- Adam Gale – President, Vertical Specialties Inc.
- Aimee Arsenault – Safety Manager, Tridon Communications
- Alex Cannon – Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada
- Anne-Sophie Tétreault – Senior Expert, HSSEQ Compliance & Risk Management , Cognibox
- Bill Griswold – President/Chief Engineer, Griswold Tower Software, PC
- Boris Weisman President, Corporate EMC Ltd.
- Brenden Tanchuk – Junior Team Lead, Corrosion Service Company Limited
- Brent Hrywkiw – Telecom Sector Leader – Western Canada , Stantec
- Chris Dickson – Health and Safety Manager, Wesbell Technologies
- Clay Parchewsky – Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment, WesTower
- Craig Dalglish – Senior Operations Manager, Professional Services, Wesbell Technologies
- Craig McLellan – Safety Consultant, Nouvelle Hauteur
- Denis Darveau – Senior Director of Wireless Construction, Vidéotron
- Dennis Graham – Senior Manager – Health Safety and Environment, CBC/Radio-Canada
- Devin Finnigan – Engineering Manager – Product, Trylon
- Diana Samy – Civil Engineer, Rogers
- Duane MacEntee – Executive Director, National Wireless Safety Alliance
- Ed Hachey – VP – Canada, SBA Communications
- Fabrice Blanchet – Président, GRAVI-T ZERO
- Gordon Lyman – President, eSystem Training Solutions
- Hervé Landreville – Vice President, GRAVI-T ZERO
- Jeanne Piercey – Owner, P-SEC
- Jeff Selby – Compliance Officer/ Field Safety, Trylon
- Jeremy Buckles – Safety and Compliance Manager – International , SBA Communications
- Jerry Bezner – Director of Tower and Accessory Sales, Alliance Corporation
- Jimmy Miller – Chair, National Association of Tower Erectors
- John Wahba, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.E. – Principal Engineer, Turris Corp.
- Jordan Camplin – Construction Manager, Wesbell Technologies
- Julien Thibeault – Directeur de service Ingénierie des métaux et de la corrosion, Englobe
- Keith Ranney – Director, National Implementation and Network Management, Bell Mobility
- Kevin Toderel – Product Manager, UAV Division, GAP Wireless
- Kyle Thorpe – Project Manager, Paul J. Ford
- Laura Marciniwe – President, Teletek Structures
- Leo Helmer – Vice President – Business Development, Westower Communications
- Luc Marceau – Vice President of Staffing and Support Solutions, NWS Wireless
- Marina Guerra – Senior Manager of Network Construction, Bell Mobility
- Mark Fudge – Director of Engineering, WesTower
- Mathieu Coulombe – Senior Health and Safety Specialist, Bell
- Murray Hunt – V.P. Operations, Canadian UAV Solutions Inc.
- Nathan Schauerte – President, WesTower Communications
- Nicholas Kyonka – Program Manager, Structure, Tower & Antenna Council
- Pascal Texier – Vice President, Stantec
- Rick Kirby – Executive Vice President, WesTower Communications
- Rick Tiller – President & CEO, Tiller Engineering
- Riley Brown – Director, Site Acquisition and Management, Xplornet
- Rob Ellis – Founder & President, My Safe Work
- Robert Ghiz – President & CEO, CWTA
- Ron O’Neil – Director, 3M Fall Protection Group
- Roy Holland – Sr Civil Engineering – Specialist, Rogers
- Scott Connor – Director of Training, TEAM-1 Academy
- Serge Arseneault, P.Eng. – Senior Project and National Standards Manager, WSP
- Serge Charron – Director, Site Operations, SBA Canada
- Sharyn Gravelle – Vice President of Telecommunications, WSP Canada
- Shawn Hoffmeyer – Senior Engineer, P-SEC
- Simon Weisman, P.Eng. M.A.Sc., FCSCE – President, Weisman Consultants
- Sylvain Bourque – Civil Aviation Safety Inspector, RPAS Transport Canada
- Terence Saar – Senior Advisor Business Process & Analysis, Bell Mobility
- Tom Morin – Director of Manufacturing, NWS Wireless
- Walter Wannamaker – Vice President, Vertical Specialties
- Wolfgang Fieltsch – Team Lead – CP and AC Mitigation, Stantec
Clay Parchewksy (WesTower) and Keith Ranney (Bell Mobility) have been members of the STAC Steering Committee since its inception and are the STAC 2019 Conference & Exhibition Co-Chairs.
Clay Parchewsky is the Vice President of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) at WesTower Communications Ltd in Canada. Through his 20+ years in the wireless and broadcast tower industry, Clay has worked on tower installations, maintenance and reinforcing projects across North American. He has worked through the full breadth of challenges our industry can offer including from “turn key” tall tower builds, antenna mast and transmission lines, and cellular network projects. Some of his work has included projects in excess of 2,000’.
Prior to joining WesTower Communications, Clay worked with LeBlanc & Royale, LeBlanc Broadcast Ltd and Radian. He is also a certified commercial diver and a journeyman crane operator by trade.
While Clay remains active on tower projects his main focus today at WesTower is providing leadership and oversight for all aspects of the company’s comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety program. He is driven to expand WesTower’s safety landscape to a standard unsurpassed in the industry. Clay has a particular passion for fall protection issues and safety procedures for working at heights, and he represented the North American tower industry as a voting technical committee member on Fall Protection with the CSA z259. Clay helped to lead the efforts to found Canada’s Structure, Tower & Antenna Council (STAC), which works to ensure communication towers continue to be constructed with the highest regard to worker safety. He has been very active within STAC over the past three years, including by serving on the STAC Steering Committee and leading the STAC Workplace Health & Safety Committee.
Keith Ranney is National Director, Wireless Operations & Implementation for Bell Canada and has domestic and international experience in telecommunications in managing, engineering, planning, implementation, maintenance and optimization of wireless networks. Accountable for all 9000-plus locations in BCE’s tower site portfolio across Canada, Keith provides leadership to Bell teams in National Build & Operations, Finance, Standards in Construction, Real Estate Acquisition & Municipal Affairs, and Co-location.
Keith began his career in telecommunications with Bell Canada in 1987 after graduating from DeVry Institute of Technology. He also later studied business management at Queen’s University and York University. In his 32 years of experience at Bell, Keith has moved throughout the Bell Network in Cable, Fibre and Wireless.
Keith is a founding co-chair of the STAC Steering Committee and the lead of the STAC New and Emerging Technologies Committee.