New name, same leading-edge safety content
2018 marks ACSA’s 30th anniversary. Founded in 1988, the Alberta Construction Safety Association has changed a lot since its humble beginnings. Those changes have come in line with changes in the construction industry, changes in the economy, and changes in the expectations of our diverse stakeholders.
Last year we hosted the 25th NCSO Professional Development Conference. For a quarter of a century, the NCSO Professional Development Conference provided knowledge-sharing opportunities for our community of designated safety leaders and accredited safety practitioners. The event name, though, struggled to fit on the program cover! Over the years, people started to use a much shorter name, “the ACSA conference”.
The conference has built quite a reputation. Many people have benefited greatly from the conference and the content that was delivered. And we have heard from other stakeholders who would like to attend, but felt the conference was only intended for NCSOs. So, in keeping with the shorthand way people refer to the event, and to meet our mandate of contributing to safer workplaces by helping workers and employers, we are renaming it to “The ACSA Conference”.
Easier to say. Much easier to fit on a poster.
And a fitting way to celebrate our 30th year.
We are also excited to announce that the conference has grown over the last couple of years. In fact, it has grown so much that we are unable to comfortably accommodate the event in the hotels we have traditionally used. A nice problem to have!
Cramming conference delegates into small meeting rooms is no-one’s idea of a great event. As a result, we are hosting the 2018 ACSA Conference at the Calgary Telus Convention Centre. Moving to this superb downtown venue means more delegates can attend, more trade show exhibitors can be included, and there will be plenty of room for everyone.
NCSO professional development
Last month, we announced the theme for the 2018 ACSA Conference which will be hosted in Calgary on March 8 & 9, 2018. “Safety Without Borders” will reflect the way safety is now crossing provincial and national boundaries, the way industry lines are blurring, and the growing multicultural influences on our workplaces. All these things are changing how safety is taught and practiced across Alberta.
The ACSA Conference will continue to count towards your professional development requirements in the same way it always has. It will continue to provide the same great value as the lowest-priced safety conference in Alberta, and will be enhanced with content that will appeal to owners and managers seeking to support their safety managers who work tirelessly to instill a culture of safety.
More announcements about the 2018 ACSA Conference will be coming soon. Please watch our social media pages on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And visit often our special 2018 ACSA Conference webpage: http://www.youracsa.ca/news-events/ncso-conference/