The first is a book signing which is planned for Sunday, July 17 in the ballroom of the Roosevelt Hotel. A number of presenters and sponsors have recently published books and NATEAC wants to provide them with an opportunity to offer these books to the conference attendees. “This is a perfect extension of the NATEAC mission,” says John Huntington, the moderator of the Networks on Shows and in Venues session and author of Show Networks and Control Systems, “and I’m thrilled to be able to participate.”
Over 1,400 professionals gathered at the Palais des congrès de Montreal for Expo-Scène 2016 on May 2nd and 3rd. The show featured over 65 exhibitors from Canada and the U.S., as well as 15 different seminars and demos over the course of the two-day event.
Solotech has announced that Mike Poirier has joined its Integration Division as Business Development Director for the broadcast market. Poirier will work within Solotech’s broadcast sales team.
Poirier joins the company with more than three decades of experience in the broadcast, AV, and post-production industries. “Mike has extensive experience in selling system solutions in both Canada and the US,” says Danny Berthelet, executive VP of Solotech’s Integration Division. “With his rich blend of technical expertise and his know-how in marketing and sales, he will be a valuable asset as Solotech steps up its efforts in the broadcast markets”.
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.”
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.
“NAB Show demonstrated again its power as the preeminent destination to make headlines, launch innovative products and connect with key influencers in media, entertainment and technology,” says NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton. “We’re thrilled with the tremendous feedback from attendees and exhibitors, and we are delighted that NAB Show continues to be a must-attend event for global content creators and distributors.”
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.
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.
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.
Montreal’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.