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What the heck is a BICSI, and what’s it doing in Canada?


February 10, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

By Anthony Capkun

February 9, 2012 – More information, as well as online registration, is now available for the 2012 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ont., April 19 to May 2… but who or what the heck is a BICSI?

A little history…
in the early 1970s, a small group of people from various telephone companies and the telecom manufacturing segment met once a year to problem-solve and look at better ways of performing their jobs. One of the early participants thought it would be good for building industry consultants (BICs) to get together to discuss their own concerns. The first BICs Conference was held in January 1973.

By 1974, educational meetings included BICs, architects, manufacturers and suppliers. Informal talks and activities led to the idea of establishing a professional, non-profit association. In 1977, BICSI was formed, incorporated as Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI) Inc.

Today, it’s just BICSI, and membership has grown dramatically from that small group of people who came together in 1973. The group provides information, education and knowledge assessment to nearly 23,000 information technology systems (ITS) professionals involved in voice, data, electronic safety & security, and audio & video technologies; their work encompasses the design, integration and installation of pathways, spaces, fiber- and copper-based distribution systems, wireless-based systems and infrastructure that supports the transportation of information and associated signalling between and among communications and information gathering devices.

In essence, the backbone of our connected world.

So why attend the BICSI Canadian Conference?
Well, if you’re not remotely interested in the business opportunities that come with information technology systems, then read no further. However, if networks, fiber, ethernet, Wi-Fi, etc., rock your world, then make plans to attend the conference, where you will have opportunities to: enhance your knowledge and career with more than 25 educational sessions; visit the Exhibit Hall to learn about the latest products, services and advancements; network with peers and interact with other ITS professionals.

Hotel information is posted on the conference site; book by March 26 to receive the group rate. If you have any questions while filling out the online registration form, contact BICSI Customer Care at (800) 242-7405.

Join me in Niagara Falls and be a part of the education, exhibits and networking.