Message from the Executive Director

I just returned from ISC held in Las Vegas where Canada was well represented. The CANASA national President Ellery Demedash and I met with the educational team from SIA to explore the opportunity to offer their highly respected Project Management Course to CANASA members.

Ellery and I also met with the BICSI team and will be looking at ways that we can provide access to our members via their CANASA membership. I’ll be reporting on this as we progress.

April 18th our Atlantic Regional council held a members meeting with one of the best turnouts in years. The guest speaker was Stephen Sayle from Sayle Group of Halifax who is a nationally recognized expert on cannabis in the work place. Feedback from this event was very positive and we are looking to engage Stephen’s expertise in other regions.  In addition, we are developing the opportunity to post Stephen’s work on our web site – www.canasa.org on a regular basis.

Security Canada Shows are quickly taking shape with registration and vendor support experiencing strong interest. CANASA encourages everyone to check out our web site: www.securitycanada.com for detailed information. We encourage you to make every effort to visit the show that is in your area.  Here is the lineup for 2018: Our first Security Canada event is in Laval on April 25 followed by shows in Ottawa on May 9th and Edmonton May 30th. Security Canada West is on June 13 in Richmond BC. The fall events are happening September 12 in Moncton and we close the year with the largest security show in the country – Security Canada Central - held October 24 and 25 in Toronto.

Our relationship with ASIS is continuing to provide us with some excellent opportunities to work together on networking and events. In June, ASIS and CANASA will jointly host a golf tournament immediately after the Security Canada West show in Richmond BC. Based on early registration this will be an outstanding event with a few openings available. It’s selling out fast so visit www.canasa.org to register. Congratulations to our BC Regional council and our ASIS partners for the outstanding work they have put in on this project.

At the CANASA offices in Markham, we welcome our new Member Services Specialist, Erich Repper, who has very quickly embraced his new role and is doing a terrific job serving our members. As CANASA continues to grow, we are working on many new upgrades to our systems and processes.  

CANASA continues to work closely with the AHJ community, Police, Fire, Ambulance and Governments to ensure that we are truly representing all of the Security Industry in Canada.  

2018 is shaping up to be another strong year for CANASA and I want to personally thank my senior managers Steve Basnett, Danielle Paquin and the rest of the CANASA team for the effort. 

Patrick