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An exciting time to be in ITS

New Canadian region director vows to 'carry the torch' and continue the work of his predecessor.


January 1, 2011  


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As the incoming BICSI Canadian Region Director, I cannot begin to express how exciting it is to be associated with and working in the information technology systems (ITS) industry at this point of my career.

As the demand for information continues to grow at such a rapid rate, there no longer is room for bandwidth band aids.

Enterprise networks need to be rock solid to ensure they meet the current and future needs of many new emerging applications, such as mass notification that includes access control, audio, video, and environmental solutions related to the security industry.

These once independent solutions will soon be IP-based and converged on the network.

Another growing demand on the network is unified communications (UC). With the mobile worker on the rise and the local working environment becoming increasingly global, a company’s competitive edge is dependent on its ability to seamlessly collaborate with co-workers, customers and partners.

Implementing true UC will demand even more bandwidth on the network.

BICSI is and will continue to be focused on these and other topics to ensure that we bring you not only the information you need to be successful, but also the training and education to support that success.

That commitment has been evident throughout the past four years in Canada, demonstrated by the efforts and actions of your last Canadian Region Director, Richard Smith.

I believe that I can safely speak on behalf of the Canadian BICSI membership by saying thank you to him for his tireless and enthusiastic support.

Richard, along with wingman John Bakowski, have been committed to the growth of BICSI through communication and ITS education across the country through countless Region Meetings, Breakfast Clubs, conferences, exams, conference calls and special success in the identification and appointment of key BICSI Authorized Training Facilities (ATFs), including the newest ATF in Canada, Pearson Electrotechnology Centre in Lachine, Que.

I have very large shoes to fill, but I am committed to all of you and look forward to carrying the torch and continuing the work that Richard has started.

Some upcoming courses and exams (visit www.bicsi.org/courses to register):

Courses and Exam in Toronto, Ont.:

– DD102: Designing Telecommunications Distribution Systems, March 13-18

– DC110: Data Center Design Best Practices, March 14-16

– DD200: Telecommunications Distribution Design Review, March 14-17

– RCDD, RITP, ESS, NTS, OSP and WD examinations are on March 19.

Courses and Exam in Lachine, Que.

– ESS110: Designing Electronic Safety and Security Systems, April 11-15

– DC110: Data Center Design Best Practices, April 11-13

– DD200: Telecommunications Distribution Design Review, April 11-14

– RCDD, RITP, ESS, NTS, OSP and WD examinations are on April 16

I hope to personally meet and speak to several of you at the conference in sunny Orlando. CNS