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Mark your calendars -- the Canadian BICSI Conference will take place in Quebec City this September.


July 1, 2002  


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As I write this article, spring is in and the Toronto Maple Leafs are out. Now all you Leaf fans with flags on your cars will have to find other uses for them. How about as a handkerchief to wipe away the tears?

Oh well, the good news is that golf season, the World Cup and the hot weather are all approaching. And as summer draws near, and many of you plan your vacations, I thought it would be timely to give everyone a pre-conference update on the Canadian BICSI Conference to be held this September in Quebec City. Why not plan to attend the conference and slip in a little rest and relaxation in Quebec at the same time?

SUMMER IN QUEBEC CITY

The following are some important details about the BICSI Canadian Regional Conference:

There is only one announcement for this conference (regional meetings do not have preliminary and final announcements) which should be in the mail by the time you read this. This announcement will not be mailed to the entire BICSI membership.

A registration form and revised flyer for the conference is now available on the BICSI Web site.

We are anticipating approximately 500+ conference attendees and 50 to 75 exhibitors for the event.

As it is classified as a regional event, the conference will only include educational programs and exhibits. Board Meetings, Committee Meetings, sports tournaments and the spouse program tours will not be held at this event.

HITTING THE BOOKS

The education portion of this conference will include two workshops — LAN and OSP — on Monday, September 16. These workshops will be all-day events consisting of three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon. These workshops are not included in the conference registration fee. The conference sessions will run all day Tuesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 18, and in the morning only on Thursday, September 19.

RCDD, RCDD/LAN Specialty, and RCDD/OSP Specialty exams will be offered during the afternoon of Monday, September 16.

On the educational course side, DD200 will be offered prior to the conference and PM200 will be offered after the conference. For additional details about these courses, please refer to the Training Course Listing or contact BICSI.

Exhibits will be open evenings Sunday, September 15 to Wednesday, September 18. The conference registration fee includes admittance into the exhibits for paid attendees and their spouses. Visitors can purchase admittance into the exhibits for $25 (US$15) per night. Exhibits will be open prior to the conference sessions on Tuesday, September 17 and Wednesday, September 18 for paid conference attendees.

We are also anticipating the release of the French-Canadian version of the Telecommunications Cabling Installation at the conference.

OTHER BICSI NEWS

In other news, the updated Telecommunications Quick Reference Guide for Code Officials: Summary and Excerpts from the NEC 2002 is now available in two formats. You can order a printed pocketsize version with weatherproof cover for US$5 from BICSI, or download a free copy from Resources on the BICSI Web site.

BICSI’s latest Web-based course, Telecommunications Infrastructure Spaces and Pathways, is highly popular and is available online for US$100 for BICSI members and US$175 for non-members.

Speaking of the BICSI site, did you know the site has a new design — take a look at www.bicsi.com and let us know what you think.

In addition, the BICSI Nominating Committee is currently reviewing the information submitted from the three persons that have put their name in the hat for Region 5 Director (Canada). Additional information will be provided next month on the candidates and the election process.

But when my term as Region 5 Director finally ends, what am I going to do with all of my spare time?

Greg Porter, RCDD is Region 5 Director of BICSI and is Sales & Marketing Manager at Innotech Cabling Solutions Inc. He can be reached at (905) 939-2213 or at gp.innotech@sympatico.ca.