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A variety of developments have brought BICSI storming into the year 2001. Here is a look . . .

February 1, 2001  

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Welcome to the New Year. I remember sitting in a movie theatre in 1968 when I was 11 years old watching “2001, A Space Odyssey” and thinking how far off in the future 2001 actually seemed. Well, it is here now and it looks like it will be a great year for BICSI.

Let’s start by taking a brief look back at 2000. During the past year, BICSI has witnessed tremendous growth in membership, experiencing a 13.5 per cent increase since December 1999. BICSI now totals over 19,300 members. RCDD and RCDD/LAN designations have also increased steadily, growing by 12.7 per cent over 1999. Total RCDDs now stand at 5651 and total RCDD/LAN Specialists number 527.

Over the course of 2000, BICSI also saw Brazil becomes the 7th region (now with over 600 members), and Japan became a district (with more than 120 members). To reflect this increased membership (much of it international), BICSI has planned a demanding conference schedule for 2001. In addition to the three BICSI conferences and one cabling workshop in North America, BICSI will offer additional conferences in Australia, Brazil, Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico.


Congratulations to BICSI, recently recognized for winning the following two awards:

1. Product Reports 2000 – A panel of architects reviewed over 600 submissions to find well-designed products that propose an answer to problems faced by architects and designers. BICSI’s Introduction to Commercial Voice/Data Cabling Systems video was selected as a Product Reports 2000 winner.

2. Association’s Advance America 2001 Honour Roll – BICSI was one of 21 associations (out of 105 entries) recently honoured with an Award of Excellence in the 2001 Associations Advance America (AAA) Awards. BICSI was recognized for its Telecommunications Cabling Installation Training and Registration Program. Sponsored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), this prestigious award acknowledges associations and suppliers that allow America to excel with innovative programs in education, skills training, standards-setting, business and social innovation, knowledge creation, citizenship and community service.


Not only is BICSI membership growing, but the number of staff positions is increasing as well. Please join BICSI in congratulating the following employees on their new roles:

Terry Cone has been promoted to the new position of Senior Editor. Terry will now work as the Managing Editor of BICSI News, Editor of the Region News and Educational Resource Catalogue, and will coordinate the production of various brochures.

Chris Platzis is moving to the Marketing Department to fill the new position of Web Editor/Coordinator. Chris’ primary responsibilities will include adding editorial content to the BICSI web site, and producing a Web Style Guide, BICSI advertisements, and promotional and membership development materials.

Ellen McLaughlin is taking over the Editor/Coordinator, Conferences position, where she will be responsible for coordinating and producing all domestic conference materials.


The following folks have recently received their RCDD designation in Canada. Congratulations to:

Jean-Guy Trudel, RCDD, IBM Canada, Montreal

Steven L. Watson, RCDD, S&T Electrical Contractors, Sault Ste Marie


At last December’s board meeting, a number of issues were addressed. These include the following:

The board will consider offering the RCDD exam in languages other than English. Funding was approved for a Japanese translation of the TDM manual.

BICSI past presidents will be allowed to attend one conference every year of their choice, within their country of residence. Canadian past presidents may choose from US conferences.

Board member Al Feaster will represent BICSI on the International Organization for Standardization. (ISO)

BICSI will produce a new promotional video and translate it into several languages.


Canadian BICSI members interested in getting more involved in the review of the new Canadian Guidebook for Electrical Inspectors should contact BICSI members Phil Janeway or Ron Provost through the BICSI office. Remember, these documents are put together by volunteers and we need your help. Thanks to Henry Franc of Bell Canada for offering his assistance in the review of this document.

By the time you read this, the Orlando conference will have come and gone. Every year, this trip usually turns out to be a major travel nightmare for me. Look forward to my report in the next issue.CS

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