This year marks our 65th Anniversary and the WABE committee has been working hard to organize this special occasion in Vancouver. The convention will be held at the beautiful Sheraton Wall Centre, in the heart of downtown Vancouver, October 18-20th, 2015. The Sheraton provides a first class exhibit hall, rooms for our technical papers as well as very nice hotel rooms.
As part of the 65th Anniversary fun, we are planning to display some WABE memorabilia. We are looking for old WABE pictures, documents or swag, to contribute to the collection. If you have anything to add to our collection, please forward it to Kathy Watson at the WABE office.
On this year’s registration form, please note that there is a section dedicated to ordering a free special limited edition WABE 65th anniversary golf shirt. We will be providing one free golf shirt per full registration or day pass purchased. Additional shirts are available for purchase as well. Please indicate the quantity, sizing and style (mens/ladies) on the registration form. This is a limited time offer as the guaranteed size deadline is September 18th. We will have a small quantity of shirts available at the registration desk for purchase on a first come first serve basis.
The early bird delegate registration deadline is September 18th. After that, the rate goes from $225 to $275. Make sure to submit your registration early to take advantage of the lower rate. You can download the registration form in the convention section of our website, found here: www.wabe.ca/convention/delegates
We highly encourage you to support our efforts to keep the prices of the convention down through booking your accommodations with the Sheraton Wall Centre. As we have done in past years, we negotiate the cost of the facility rental and the hotel room rates together. To do this, we need to guarantee the hotel a certain number of room nights that will be reserved by our delegates and exhibitors. This year, we negotiated a room rate of $179/night. If we do not meet our contractual agreement with the hotel, the WABE organization faces a financial penalty. We know that there are some corporate arrangements that may have other preferred hotel vendors and realize that you may not have a choice. Please do your best to support the WABE convention by booking your accommodations through the Sheraton Wall Centre. WABE will be holding a draw for those who book their rooms with the Sheraton. The prize is a $300 visa gift card. To enter the contest, you need to book your room by Sept 16/15, and be on the hotel’s guest list during the convention. The winner will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on Monday, October 19th.
WABE now has a NEW look to our website www.wabe.ca to provide you with the latest updates on the convention, training sessions and information on the WABE organization. We hope that the site will make it easier for you to navigate and get the information that you need. All of the registration forms and hotel information can be found on the website. There is also information on our travel discounts with WestJet as well as Budget Car Rentals. Also, be sure to check out our Awards page which provides a detailed description of the WABE awards, a list of past winners as well as a nomination form for you to submit the name of an individual whom you feel is deserving of an industry recognized award.
If you have not done so yet, please like us on Facebook (WABE) and follow us on Twitter @WABE_Convention for the latest information. We are planning on using social media prior to and during the convention to keep you informed on the latest happenings with the convention.
For further information, contact Kathy Watson (Office Manager) by phone at (403) 630-4907 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org