STAC hosts 2nd annual Open Steering Committee Meeting and Reception


The STAC Steering Committee was thrilled to see so many members turn out for a pair of recent events in Toronto, both of which have been touted as a tremendous success by those in attendance.

The 2nd annual Open Steering Committee Meeting, which was hosted by Rogers at the Rogers Park Campus in Brampton on Oct. 18, provided STAC members with a peak inside some of our most active projects and activities. Meanwhile, the 2nd annual Pub Night Reception – which took place immediately after the meeting – gave members a chance to unwind with free food and drinks, and provided them with the opportunity to talk shop with industry colleagues from across the country.

The STAC Steering Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the Open Steering Committee Meeting (either in-person or via Webex) and those who came out for the Pub Night Reception.

For those who couldn’t attend, here’s a brief overview of what you missed:

Open Steering Committee Meeting
STAC and Rogers were pleased to host approximately 40 STAC members for the 95-minute afternoon meeting, which focused on providing information about four broad themes:
• STAC membership
• STAC project advancements
• STAC governance
• The STAC 2019 Conference & Exhibition

An MP4 file containing the slides and audio of the entire meeting can be downloaded via the link here.

On the membership front, STAC noted that this year’s renewal process has gone smoothly, with nearly all of our members quickly indicating a desire to renew. As of Oct. 18, STAC had 87 members and honorary members confirmed for the 2018-19 membership year, and that number has continued to grow in advance of the Nov. 1 deadline.

STAC employees also provided a quick rundown of major advancements in our projects this year, including:
• The STAC Climber Training Guidelines Project, which is targeting publication of the first draft of the flagship project this spring.
• The STAC Prequalification Roadmap Project, which is also targeting publication this spring after recently completing review through the STAC Contractor Qualifications Committee.
• The STAC Anchor Shaft Corrosion Project, which has sent the Recommended Anchor Shaft Inspection Priority Matrix to the Steering Committee for final approval before publication, and which continues work on a “basic corrosion backgrounder” and a dig-to-block checklist.
• The STAC Rooftop Fall Protection Project, which is working on a document that will highlight rooftop fall protection requirements and systems.
• The new STAC Fall Protection Systems Project, which will begin encouraging contractors to report to site owners any sites that have fall protection systems that do not have CSA-compliant compatible components.

Additional information was also provided during this portion of the meeting on a pair of STAC webinars – the Tall Tower Rescue Webinar, which took place on Oct. 12, and the S37 Annex N Webinar, which is being planned for Dec. 4. And STAC also shared information about another major project that has been developing this summer: The STAC Governance Project, which brought together a handful of Steering Committee members to draft formal governance documents for the council’s operations. STAC also noted during this portion of the presentation that the Steering Committee plans to expand in September 2019 by bringing on two new members.

Finally, STAC also noted that registration for the STAC 2019 Conference & Exhibition is now open, and that a handful of companies have already come on as exhibitors or sponsors. Please see https://www.stacouncil.ca/stac-2019/ for more information about the conference, including registration opportunities, and https://www.stacouncil.ca/stac-2019/sponsors-exhibitors/ for a complete listing of STAC 2019’s confirmed sponsors and exhibitors to date.

Pub Night Reception
The second annual STAC Pub Night Reception was also a roaring success, with more than 50 attendees packing the nearby Moxies Grill & Bar for food and drinks.

The event was made possible by the generous contributions of four STAC members who stepped up to sponsor the reception: Excel Tower Services, Gap Wireless, International Climatic Evaluation (I.C.E.), and WesTower Communications.