Toronto, Ontario, 11 April 2019—BICSI, the association advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community, welcomed nearly 750 attendees to the Toronto Congress Centre for the ICT Canada—Presented by BICSI conference. The three-day event attracted a global audience including representatives from Canada, the United States, United Kingdom, France, Japan, Netherlands, Qatar, Taiwan, Turkey and Bermuda.
Beginning Monday, 8 April, education took center stage with Pre-Conference Seminars. Session topics included smart building infrastructure, best practices for project estimation and management, the modern workspace and advanced AV system trends. A special Pre-Conference Seminar and EduTour of the world-renowned and innovative intelligent building, Cisco Canada Headquarters, was also held.
After a welcome from BICSI Canadian Region Director Fernando Neto, RCDD, BICSI President Jeff Beavers, RCDD, OSP, CFHP officially opened the conference Tuesday morning highlighting various aspects of the conference including technical sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities. The morning’s general session was then kicked off with an insightful keynote presentation from Wes Johnston, CEO of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). A global technology, media and telecommunications leader, Johnston shared his insight on the future of ICT and how business, government and associations should work together to drive industry innovation. Following his address, the Exhibit Hall opened with 43 exhibiting companies that were present to showcase their products and services and network with attendees.
On Tuesday, the conference continued with technical presentations and networking in the Exhibit Hall. ICT Canada—Presented by BICSI also saw the debut of the Tech Innovation Stage, an exclusive presentation stage inside the Exhibit Hall. A total of 20 peer-reviewed technical sessions took place at the conference, covering Internet of Things (IoT), intelligent buildings, smart cities, 5G wireless, data centers, advanced AV systems, distributed antennae systems, building information modeling, power over ethernet (PoE), and much more. BICSI full-conference attendees earned BICSI continuing education credits (CECs) and a conference attendance credit for RCDDs. In addition, all technical conference presentations at ICT Canada—Presented by BICSI have been recognized by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for AIA Learning Units.
Wednesday evening’s presentations concluded with a keynote presentation from Phill Nosworthy, founder of Switch L+D. In his keynote address, Nosworthy shared techniques technical leaders can use to unlock dormant potential in themselves and others while creating impactful experiences to transform team performance and achieve outstanding results.
The conference came to a close Wednesday evening when Neto presented the Ross G.H. Cotton Canadian Region Award to Shari English, RCDD. The award recognizes an individual in the BICSI Canadian Region who has made significant contributions to the advancement of BICSI, its goals and objectives.
Following the award presentation, BICSI Cares, the charitable arm of BICSI that supports children’s charities, donated to Camp Jumoke, whose mission is to enrich the lives of children living with sickle cell disease. BICSI Cares collected donations from attendees throughout the conference, and 100 percent of the funds were given to the charity.
Beavers adjourned the conference Wednesday evening, thanking everyone for attending and encouraging them to attend the BICSI Middle East and Africa conference next week, 16-18 April in Dubai, UAE, and the upcoming 2019 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 29 September-3 October.
“A big thank you to our exhibitors, presenters and sponsors who make BICSI technical education and product showcases possible,” Beavers said. "Working together, we continue to advance the ICT community.”
BICSI is a professional association supporting advancing the information and communications technology (ICT) community. ICT covers the spectrum of voice, data, electronic safety & security, project management and audio & video technologies.
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, BICSI membership spans nearly 100 countries.