Presidents Message – June

Dear WABE friends,

As summer heats up across Canada, so do projects, holiday coverage, and media purchases. While many of us may leave our desks a little earlier on Fridays, numerous workers in live production are just arriving at job sites, gearing up for a busy month. The NHL playoffs in Edmonton, the Canada Open in Hamilton, CFL games, and Blue Jays matches herald the full swing of summer sports events.

Newsrooms nationwide start reporting on weather events, storms, and community festivals. Film crews kick into high gear, filming series and movies set in warm weather, while radios pump out tunes to cottage country, where cell coverage and internet access can be spotty. Pro AV installers are also busy in offices, updating technology while workers and students are away for the summer.

The Alert Ready Emergency system, a partnership across all communications platforms, ensures we stay informed and safe with alerts and weather warnings about impending storms. All this activity keeps our industry strong, vibrant, and connected throughout the summer, with WABE members playing a crucial role.

Next month, I’ll be heading to the Olympics in Paris, taking a leave of absence from my role maintaining local transmitter sites. Like many broadcast technicians who service these sites, my weeks have been packed with filter changes, HVAC maintenance, and ensuring backup generators are ready to run during the summer storm season.

Strengthening our industry also means we at WABE have been working diligently to fortify our organization. This June, we have a special meeting to propel our organization forward. Initiatives include the launch of a new scholarship to support students entering the media and technology industry, opening our membership additional people who want to be a part of WABE, adjusting the timing and format of our AGM to include members who might not always attend the conference, and updating and adjusting our executive roles and terms to gain more volunteer strength and facilitate the achievement of our new strategic plan goals.

We do all this while actively connecting with every organization that might find value in our presence in Edmonton. We rely on your help to spread the word. Liking and sharing posts, as well as inviting people to attend, are just a few of the many ways to propel our industry connections in Edmonton and throughout Canada, forging ahead in media’s new landscape.

Read on for More WABE News!


Tessa Potter

President WABE

Behind the scenes at WABE, we’re thrilled to welcome new vendors to exhibit and sponsor our Edmonton event, reflecting the tremendous support driving our industry forward. 

Mark your calendar for the conference

📅 Date: September 23-25, 2024

📍 Location: JW Marriott, Edmonton

Don’t miss out on what is shaping up to be the industry event of the year in Western Canada! 

Sign up now to attend WABE 2024.     

      Sign up and let us know you are coming! We’re eagerly anticipating your presence in Edmonton. For those of you in other regions, this presents a fantastic opportunity to travel, visit your team members, reconnect with colleagues, and learn about the technology we’re going to start working with. This refreshing and outside look at our industry is crucial for teams and employees to learn and gain new insights that propel their careers and the businesses they work for forward. Whether you’re in sales, service, support, or any other role, we welcome you to attend the conference as an exhibitor, sponsor, or attendee. We need all sizes of businesses and all types of industry individuals to attend, as this is the foundational strength of media and entertainment in Canada.

No matter if you are a student or a career veteran, WABE offers numerous ways for you to attend.

Early Bird Full Conference Passes are $170 which are our best value for taking in the entire convention.  


WABE has always made it easy to access and attend our conference in other flexible ways


  • Day Passes: Access cutting-edge educational paper sessions, the innovative exhibit hall, and enjoy complimentary breakfast and lunch for networking.
  • Monday Media Mixer: Join for just $10 and connect with top professionals in a relaxed, friendly environment.
  • Free Exhibit Hall Access: Discover the latest industry advancements with no cost to attend, and quick, easy registration through this link.
  • Student Special: Students can attend paper sessions for free, gaining valuable insights and knowledge from field experts.


Your support of our regional conference in Canada is instrumental in helping it grow and transform into the event our industry has been eagerly anticipating.

WABE also supports and recommends numerous educational and networking events:

The SMPTE Toronto Technical Conference – TTC 2024

This event, dedicated to AI in media, promises to be a standout occasion, themed ‘When Media and AI Meet – Innovate, Adapt, Transform, and Generate’.

📅 Event Dates: June 11th -12th,2024

June 11th featuring a BBQ event at 5:30 PM and a Keynote and Section Meeting at 7:00 PM (ET), available online, followed by a full-day program on June 12th starting with presentations at 8:30 AM, also available online, and including a trade showcase to explore the latest innovations and a social/networking reception to wrap up the day.

📍 Location:  SIRT @ Pinewood Studios 225 Commissioners St Toronto, ON M4M 0A1

This conference caters to both in-person and online attendees to ensure inclusivity.

Additional Events:

Diversified’s Stampede Kickoff Soiree:

📅 Date: July 4th, 2024

🕒 Time: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM

📍 Location: Bankers Hall & The Unicorn, Calgary

CCBE Career Development Conference:

📅 Dates: August 22-24, 2024

📍 Location: Kingbridge Centre, King City, Ontario

ETC Annual Conference:

📅 Dates: October 1-4, 2024

📍 Location: Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Toronto AES Monthly Meetings:

📅 Dates: Typically meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM from September to June.

If you have an event you would like us to share we are all about connections and making our industry in Canada Stronger and sharing info with our WABE friends is always of value to them.

Your support of our regional conference in Canada is instrumental in helping it grow and transform into the event our industry has been eagerly anticipating.