See you next week at WABE

Our dedicated volunteers at WABE have been hard at work over the past few weeks, diligently preparing the best possible experience for you in Vancouver. We are thrilled that so many of you will be joining us in the Shipyard District! For those in the local Vancouver market who haven’t signed up yet, we warmly welcome you to come down and sign up on-site at the Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier Nov 27th -29th!

Day passes are available for $75, the media mixer for $25, and full conference passes are always available on-site. To those who are freelancing, undergoing a career transition, or have recently graduated, our conference is an excellent community to be a part of if you’re looking to explore other opportunities and occupations your skills might lead to.

We have a full schedule that covers topics to interest radio, video, audio, and transmission, offering a taste of something for everyone. Get ready for a great event with a diverse lineup of speakers poised to revolutionize the future of media and technology.

Ron Engvaldsen, an Emmy Award-winning engineer, brings 25 years of experience, unveiling his groundbreaking work in developing innovative camera filters, including the game-changing IRND filter technology. Steve Holmes, a Solutions Architect and Application Engineer at Leader Electronics, with an impressive 35 years of video application engineering experience, explores SMPTE 2110 IP Video, PTP, monitoring, 4k, HDR, and video test solutions. Join us as Kirk Harnack, a Real Radio Host, demystifies the intricacies of working virtually with containerized broadcast systems, providing answers to real-life applications. Gary Shumyla, an award-winning sales professional with over 37 years of sales experience and 50 years of public speaking expertise, adds a unique perspective to the lineup.

The ATSC presentation features Mark Corl, SVP of Emergent Technology Development at Triveni Digital, addressing disruptive changes in TV technology and data distribution innovation within the capabilities of ATSC 3.0. Erin Ruttan from the City of Calgary leads initiatives in Smart Cities, Digital Equity, and ATSC 3.0 programs, with a community-focused approach to bridge the digital divide. Orest Sushko, Director of the Humber College Broadcast-Broadband Convergence B2C Lab, brings over 30 years of audio engineering experience to explore multi-sectoral applications of ATSC 3.0 and convergence with global IP data delivery standards.

The excitement continues with a dynamic lineup of speakers in various sectors. Matt, a Technical Sales Engineer, leads Diversified’s Media Supply Chain Team, while Paul Andrews, Global Support/Business Development Manager for DPA Microphones gives you tech advice you’re going to be able to use. Chris Lapp, Cisco’s Lead Solutions Engineer for media, will give us some training on security resilience, while Dave Rainnie, a project manager, draws on 15 years of operational and engineering experience in broadcasting to talk about a recent tower project. Roy Folkman explores AI’s transformative impact on the industry; other great sessions feature Kirk Nesbitt from the CAB and a panel discussion about mentorship with special guest Jason Lee, VP of BC Industrial Relations at CMPA. Completing the lineup are Cissy Pau, an acclaimed HR consultant, and Kat Yee, Creative Pathways™ Program Lead at Creative BC. Together, they promise to deliver a wealth of insights, expertise, and discussions that will leave you inspired and informed. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable perspectives on the ever-evolving landscape of media and technology.

The sold-out Free Exhibit Hall at the Pipe Shop Venue in the Shipyard District is filled with experts who can assist you with your next technical project, solve your business content creation problems, or offer advice that you just can’t find anywhere else. Explore tools, toys, and technology that will undoubtedly excite any media guru. What has always been special about this conference is the ample time to build relationships and discuss work in a casual and accessible space. This community of professionals is unique to Canada, covering a wide variety of areas within the industry. Whether you need to buy a microphone, mixer, camera, coax cable, transmitter, or teleprompter, this is your one-stop-shop for almost all media, broadcast, and entertainment technology in Canada.

Come and connect; we are confident it will propel your career, enhance your knowledge during changes in technology, and allow you to be part of this great community.

Tessa Potter

WABE would like to thank our 2023 Sponsors!

Gold Sponsors: Applied Electronics, Burli Software Inc., Deltech CGI, G.S. Broadcast Technical Services, & Tieline, The Pipe Shop Venue, Pippin Technical Services, RCS Canada, and Ron Paley Broadcast & DJB Radio.