Robe Appoints John Bilyk as Canadian Sales Manager

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
(L-R) Josef Valchar (Robe CEO), John Bilyk (Canadian Sales Mgr.), Bob Schacherl (CEO Robe North America) & Harry von den Stemmen, (Robe Sales Dir.)

(L-R) Josef Valchar (Robe CEO), John Bilyk (Canadian Sales Mgr.), Bob Schacherl (CEO Robe North America) & Harry von den Stemmen, (Robe Sales Dir.)

Robe North America hs announced the appointment of John Bilyk as its Canadian sales manager, effective immediately.

Most recently, Bilyk spent 15 years as the Canadian sales manager for Dallas, TX-based Vari-Lite.

Robe North America CEO Bob Schacherl says, “I’ve had the pleasure of both knowing and working with John most of my professional career. He has a deep and extensive knowledge of the Canadian market and outstanding rapport with the principal lighting designers, rental companies, and system integrators. We expect John to make an instant impact on our business in Canada.”

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Barco Announces Jan De Witte as CEO-Designate

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Barco CEO-designate Jan De Witte

Barco CEO-designate Jan De Witte

Barco has announced that CEO Eric Van Zele plans to retire later this year. In anticipation of Van Zele’s retirement, the board appointed Jan De Witte, a former corporate officer of the General Electric Company, as CEO-designate. Jan De Witte will join Barco’s Core Leadership Team in June 2016 to effectively take over as CEO as of Oct. 1, 2016. Van Zele will continue to serve on the board of directors to ensure continuity of leadership and strategic focus for the company.

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Solotech Opens Nashville Office

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
Solotech Nashville's Paul Owen & Lee Moro

Solotech Nashville’s Paul Owen & Lee Moro

Pursuing its expansion plan in North America, Solotech announced the opening of a new office in Nashville, TN. Led by Paul Owen, the office will develop new business opportunities in international touring and special events.

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Freeman Audio Visual Canada Wins Canadian Event Perspective Award

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
(L to R) Freeman Audio Visual Canada's Dianne King, Brian Johnston & Jay Lanchbury accept the Canadian Event Perspective Award.

(L to R) Freeman Audio Visual Canada’s Dianne King, Brian Johnston & Jay Lanchbury accept the Canadian Event Perspective Award.

Freeman Audio Visual Canada has won the Canadian Event Perspective Award in the category of Best Audio Visual Design for an Event for production of the 2015 Winter Cities Shake-Up. The award was presented by the Canadian Special Events Media Group.

The inaugural Winter Cities Shake-Up, held in Edmonton in January 2015, served as a gathering of urban planners and designers, entrepreneurs and business people, artists, cultural and community organizers, and people who live in winter cities and want to take advantage of all winter has to offer. The conference featured three days of presentations from internationally-renowned experts and rising stars in winter design, winter business and winter fun.

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PLASA Launches ‘National Event Lifting Certificate’ Qualification

Monday, April 18th, 2016

PLASA has launchd its latest industry qualification – The National Event Lifting Certificate (NELC). PLASA says it was developed with the support of The National Rigging Advisory Group (NRAG) and industry sponsors, this new certification scheme has been created in response to demand from both employers and freelancers for a competence indicator for people who carry out lifting operations.

Employers know that LOLER Regulations require lifting equipment to be safe; most have their motors, rigging and trusses inspected on a regular basis and hold all the necessary paperwork to prove it.  LOLER also places duties on employers to ensure lifting operations are planned, supervised, and carried out safely by people who are sufficiently competent. This includes planning the lift, attaching loads, and the use of hoists and associated control equipment. If employees use lifting equipment, their employer has the responsibility to ensure they do so correctly and safely even when using another suppliers equipment.

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Online Program “My Canadian Studio” Launches

Friday, April 15th, 2016

17 WILDSHOT MyProjectStudioMontreal’s Mathieu Marano has launched a new online program at www.mycanadianstudio.com called My Canadian Studio. Produced by ÜberMedia and The Montreal Creative Front and shot a Coup Monté Studios in Montreal, this series is a spin-off the popular web TV show Mon Studio au Canada that has been going for three years. It is a weekly online show aimed at educating and advancing Canadian media professionals, touching all aspects of live production, performance, and distribution.

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Christie Canada President Gerry Remers to Step Down in July

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Gerry Remers Headshot

Christie Canada President Gerry Remers

Christie has announced that Gerry Remers, president and COO of Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc., will step down from his current role effective July 8, 2016. Following his departure, Remers will continue to assist Christie as special advisor to Jack Kline, chairman, president and CEO of all Christie operating companies, worldwide, for an indeterminate period.

“Gerry has been, in numerous ways, a key architect in building Christie into the successful, global company it is today and while reluctant to part with such a valued contributor, I understand his motivation, which is to embrace new horizons,” says Kline. “On a personal note, Gerry has become a close friend and I’m delighted that he will be advising me going forward, and I wish him continued success in his new career.”

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Solotech Appoints Rob Poretti as Director of Integration Sales for Toronto Office

Thursday, March 24th, 2016

news_mar_2016_Rob_Poretti_nominationSolotech has named Rob Poretti as the new director of sales for the Integration Division at the Toronto office. Poretti joins the company with 30-plus years of experience in the broadcast, production, and post-production industries, and he will lead the Toronto sales team with the primary goal of expanding Solotech’s presence in the GTA market.

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Christie Appoints Former BlackBerry Exec

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
Gary Klassen

Gary Klassen

Christie has announced that Gary Klassen has joined Christie as the director of solutions software. Klassen will focus on growing a development team to expand Christie’s software capabilities, which will enable the creation of shared experiences such as large-scale projection mapping projects. He will be based in Kitchener, ON.

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TARM Becomes a Member of the Laserworld Group

Monday, March 14th, 2016

TARM laser technologies has become a member of the Laserworld Group.

Richard Krumhus, CEO of TARM Laser Technologies tlt GmbH, says, “Joining the Laserworld Group, the largest manufacturer and distribution company of show laser light systems worldwide, offers us completely new possibilities in terms of synergies in product development, logistics, marketing and sales. Several development projects have already been initiated.”

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