In 2006, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) celebrates 80 years as the national voice of Canada's private broadcasters, representing the vast majority of Canadian programming services, including private radio and television stations, networks, specialty, pay and pay-per-view services.
This year's edition of the CAB's annual national conference provides a unique opportunity to examine the remarkable changes that are affecting this business, and to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments of Canada's private broadcasting industry.
The theme for this year's Convention, "New Realities, New Rules", has been chosen to reflect the significance of these two key developments for our industry, this year's Co-Chairs describe.
Tom Haberstroh, Vice-President & General Manager, CTV British Columbia; Sarah Crawford, Vice-President, Public Affairs, CHUM Limited; and Rick Arnish, President, The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, are Co-Chairs for the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' 80th Anniversary Convention.
From the explosive growth of new digital technologies to an unprecedented level of regulatory review, 2006 is shaping up to be a watershed year for Canada's private broadcasters.
One of the most important gatherings for broadcasters and distributors in Canada, the CAB Convention continues to grow both in substance and scope. Featuring more than 20 sessions over three days with an impressive line-up of expert speakers from Canada and around the world, this year's event promises to be the most thought-provoking and enlightening in its history.
The Hon. Bev Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, will deliver the opening address at the Convention on Monday, November 6.
Minister Oda was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Durham (Ontario) in 2004, and served as the Conservative Party of Canada's Heritage Critic. She was re-elected in 2006, and appointed to the Cabinet in February of 2006. Prior to entering politics, Minister Oda spent more than two decades in the broadcasting and communications sector as a CRTC Commissioner and as a senior executive with private broadcasting companies.
Charles Dalfen, Chair of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, will deliver a keynote address at the CAB Gold Ribbon Awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 7.
Dalfen has served as the CRTC's Chair since January, 2002. Dalfen previously worked as an advisor and Deputy Minister at the Department of Communications, and served at the Commission as Vice-Chairman, Telecommunications. Prior to his current term with the Commission, Mr. Dalfen was a senior partner in Torys LLP, an international law firm, and served as Chairperson of its Communications Law Group.
With a record number of sessions over three days, the program for the 80th Anniversary CAB Convention has been designed to deliver the very latest information on the most relevant developments in the industry. More than 100 panelists from Canada and around the world were confirmed for the CAB Convention, making the event a must-attend for industry players and observers alike.
The theme for this year's CAB Convention - New Realities, New Rules - reflects the unprecedented rate of change affecting Canada's private broadcasters.
From the explosive growth of new digital technologies to an unprecedented level of regulatory review, 2006 is shaping up to be a watershed year.