2018 BICSI Board of Directors Election

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Canadian_RD_Fernando_NetoFernando Neto, RCDD
Senior ICT & Security Systems Consultant at Arup Canada, Inc.
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 2400
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8
Tel: +1 647.260.3449 or +1 416.617.3540
Email: fernando.neto@arup.com

Fernando Neto, RCDD, is passionate about his wife of 12 years, Elizabeth, their two kids (a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl), and technology in the built environment. Born in Toronto, he lived in a small village in Portugal between the ages of 6 and 15, at which time he returned to Canada. After graduating college, Neto worked for a startup. As many startups go, within a couple of years the firm was bankrupt. Soon after, he “fell into” the telecommunications business when he joined Ehvert Engineering as a CAD designer having absolutely no knowledge or experience in the telecommunications field. Within a few short years he became a member of BICSI, studied for the RCDD exam and passed the exam in 2000. With over 20 years’ experience at the intersection of technology and the built environment, Neto has focused on the effective procurement, integration, and delivery of technology across the globe within complex facilities such as airports, sports venues, rail, education, and health care facilities. He feels fortunate to have been involved in projects in the U.S., the UAE, Brazil, Peru, Ivory Coast, Russia and across Canada. Starting his career designing Structured Cabling Systems, today he leads the design of Communications Systems (SCS, Public Address, Intercom, Audio Video, Wi-Fi, and TV Broadcast Infrastructure) and Security Systems (Access Control, Video Surveillance, and Intrusion Detection) projects with a focus on aviation and property. Over the past 6 ½ years, Neto has applied his skills at Arup, an independent firm of designers, engineers, consultants, and technical specialists where “We shape a better world.” Those of us involved in the technology field are fortunate to work in an ever changing and rapidly advancing world of technology. Keeping up with the changes is part of the fun and what makes the work exciting.

Involvement with BICSI activities, committees, and membership:
Neto has been an active member of BICSI and an RCDD since July of 2000. He co-presented at the Ottawa Conference in the spring of 2015, and presented at the 2018 Winter Conference. He's also completed BICSI’s ESS110: Designing Electronic Safety and Security Systems course.

If elected, Neto will:
1. Never compromise on ethics and safety. 2. Work with BICSI and the Board of Directors to address BICSI’s Canadian members’ concerns around course/training locations and costs. 3. Work to elevate the recognition of the BICSI credentials for the benefit of all involved in the ICT industry, including its clients. 4. Collaborate with BICSI and the Board of Directors to promote the industry through educational outreach at higher education institutions.

Additional volunteer experience:
Neto is a member of the Consult 2018 Steering Committee. Consult 2018 is a Technical Security Symposium, sponsored by Security Specifiers, specifically for the security industry’s leading design consultants. He gives back to the industry by sharing his Communications and Security Systems knowledge. At Arup, Neto leads a volunteer program for the benefit of co-op students where senior members of staff present to the students during lunch hour to share technical knowledge in each of Arup's engineering fields. He was also a panelist at Consult 2017 where the MasterFormat 2016 was discussed.