I am thrilled to announce that the dates for the 2024 WABE Conference have been officially set! We eagerly anticipate welcoming our esteemed WABE colleagues to the JW Marriott ICE District in the vibrant city of Edmonton, Alberta, from September 23 to 25.
Join Winnipeg Media Members and WABE friends for a Monday Meetup May 6th, 2024. 6:30pm at the Canadian Brewhouse. Presentation at 7-8pm by Roy Folkman of Cinesys on HOW WILL AI CHANGE THE MEDIA INDUSTRY. Light snacks provide an opportunity to connect with other Manitobans working with media technology. Sponsor the event for $200 and we will include your business logo in the event listing, signage onsite, and mentions during the event!
Organizing such an event, especially in these times, demands the concerted efforts of a dedicated team of volunteers. The challenges of coordinating the event behind the scenes are amplified as our industry experiences significant shifts, with professionals transitioning between roles and companies undergoing rebranding.
Throughout these changes, I have found myself increasingly reliant on both my 20-year-old address book, and digital platforms such as LinkedIn to connect with industry peers who may be interested in attending, contributing as vendor partners, or offering their time as volunteers to foster WABE’s growth.
I am always thankful when new friends put up their hand and show their support, so I am delighted to introduce the 2024 WABE Executive Council who will be steering this year’s event.
Past President: Rob Brown, Technical Manager, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
Secretary-Treasurer: Cameron Thompson , Manager Media Engineering Alberta South, Rogers Media
WABE Office Manager: Kathy Watson
Exhibitor Steering Group
Exhibitor’s Chair: Alan English, Broadcast & AV Technologist Matrix Video
Exhibitor’s Liaison: Eric Becker, Key Account Manager, Applied Electronics
Host Chair, Alexander Hall, Director of Broadcast & Information Technology, CKUA Edmonton
Conference Steering Group
Sessions Co-Chair: Jessica Fontaine, Technical Producer Dome/Freelance Video
Sessions Co-Chair: Tyler Godsman, Broadcast Technologist, Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
Papers Co-Chair: James Seabrook, Engineer/Producer, Two Bodies of Water Productions
Papers Co-Chair: Jim McTighe, Cloud Engineer, Bell Media
Marketing & Events Steering Group
Marketing Advisor Chair: Janet Greco, Founder & Principal, Broadcast Projects
Marketing Chair: Micheal Bruley, Installation Technician, Applied Electronics Limited & Student
Social Media Chair: Amrita Rai, Dome TVA & SAIT BXST Graduate
WABE Media Mixer Chair: Ken Gould, Account Executive, Diversified
Education & Special Projects Committee
Research & Scholarship Chair: Daniel Oong, Programs & Technical Manager, Out on Screen
Special Projects Chair: Dale Coutts, Videographer & Special Projects Chair
A huge thank you to them for their wonderful support!
The recent developments within the Canadian media landscape, including layoffs and the sale of radio stations by Bell Media, have sparked widespread conversation. Having personally navigated through six cycles of layoffs, including one that directly affected me, I understand the resilience required during such transitions. In response, I have reached out to colleagues offering support and encouragement, recognizing the essential skills and knowledge our community possesses, which remain invaluable across various sectors.
This kind of uncertainty for those who are left at stations and the loss of employment for those let go is emotional and difficult. I do think that the knowledge and skills of everyone, from journalists to operators and technicians to sales, are needed everywhere for a variety of businesses working with media technology. I am now seeing businesses not previously on my radar actively making and distributing content, some of which are now hiring and looking for media gurus to fill roles.
For those seeking new opportunities, I would like to highlight several companies currently hiring in the media technology field:
● https://www.musora.com/careers Abbotsford
● https://ckua.com/careers/ Edmonton
● Vancouver Canucks Vancouver
● https://jobs.encoreglobal.com/en/search-jobs 88 positions all over Canada Open
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To our valued vendors, please stay tuned for exciting updates regarding conference registration, booth availability, and sponsorship opportunities!
The SAIT MET Program is offering MMDA 004 – Acoustics and Audio Systems starting February 26th . In this course, you’ll learn the basics of sound transmission in an acoustic environment. You’ll gain an understanding of how acoustic behavior affects our perception of sound and the important role of physical factors, such as studio design. You’ll also learn about the proper placement of loudspeakers, how audio signals are manipulated, recorded, and distributed, and how digital audio is created and transmitted. Lastly, in this course, you’ll examine unique audio workflows such as Ethernet audio and the appropriate technology support for each flow.
WABE remains dedicated to providing an accessible platform for media technology professionals to connect, learn, and grow. Our volunteer-driven community has thrived for 74 years, a testament to its significance to us all. I look forward to a successful convention in Edmonton and to the continued growth of our vibrant community.
All My Best Regards,