2019 WABE Presidents Message

February 4, 2019,

Dear WABE Friends,

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and an even better New Year’s (still on that resolution or have you dropped that yet!?). I had a great time with family and friends with just the right amount of relaxation and overindulgence. I sometimes feel that after being off for 10 days in a row, I have to figure out how to do my job again, do not even get me started on problems remembering all my passwords.

Last Year’s 2018 Vancouver Convention: review

We had another great WABE last year in Vancouver at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. It was our first time at this location and as is when we make changes to the convention, we are always a little nervous on how it will work out. We wanted to focus on being fiscally responsible and finding a venue that would better meet our needs. From the feedback that we received, the new place was an improvement, from the location to the staff, the food was excellent, and we managed to avoid another ‘sandwichgate’.

WABE’s Annual 2019 Convention

Wow, I am finally WABE president after all these years of learning from all the great chancellors that have gone before me. I hope that I can continue with this great legacy and be as positive and professional as those that have led the way. This will be the 69th annual convention (insert jokes here). This year’s convention will take place in Calgary, November 3rd to 5th at a new location, the Westin Calgary Airport Hotel. Again, this change is based on feedback that we wanted a location that had the convention and hotel rooms in the same building as well as getting away from the downtown core making travel a little easier. This is a brand-new facility and we had a chance to tour it as it was under final stages of construction and it looks amazing. Fun fact: we were the first ones to call and inquire about booking a conference (way to go Kathy!).

We are also starting to recruit local committee members for this year’s convention, so if you are interested or if you know someone that would be interested, please let us know. We always have a great time on the committee, and it is a great way to network and meet people in the industry. Our first meeting will be Tuesday March 12th in Calgary.

We will have more info on the convention and papers on our website as our planning continues: http://wabe.ca

Clint Hollinger
WABE President

For further information, please contact Kathy Watson (WABE Office Manager) by phone at (403) 630-4907 or email at info@wabe.ca See you in November!