March 27, 2015

Registration is now open for our annual WABE Technical Training Seminar Week taking place at SAIT in Calgary June 1st to 5th, 2015!  Click on the link below to view the flyer, papers schedule and to download the registration form:

WABE / SAIT 2015 Technical Training Seminar Info


February 3, 2015

This year is a big year as WABE celebrates it's 65th anniversary!  Mark your calendars now to join us in Vancouver, BC at the beautiful Sheraton Wall Centre on October 18th to 20th, 2015.

Our week long annual WABE Technical Training Seminar is taking place again this year at SAIT, June 1st to 5th, 2015.  Watch for more details as we put together our sessions program and open registration in March.

To download the papers that have become available to us by the speakers from our 2014 convention, please see our convention papers webpage here: 2014 Papers Download


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Thanks to our 2014 Gold Sponsors!

Applied Electronics Limited
Fujifilm Canada Inc.
Fujifilm, Optical Devices Division
Imagine Communications


Promote your company and help support the WABE convention at the same time. There are three levels of sponsorship available to suit the needs of companies of all sizes.


WABE Convention Committee

The WABE Convention Committee comprises a handful of individuals who are dedicated to continuing the traditions of the WABE.

Every year, the committee is chosen from those radio, television and IT engineers who reside in the host city of WABE convention. All committee members are volunteer positions and we thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to the WABE and it's annual convention.

2015 WABE Convention Committee

Mark Crichton  - President
Brian Mayer- Past President
Bill Stovold - Secretary Treasurer
Patrick Wells- Exhibitors Liaison
Oliver Eichel- Host Chair
Michael Lewis- Exhibitor's Chair
Nathan Pachal- TV Papers Chair
Chris Larke - Radio Papers Chair
Rob Brown- Sessions Chair
Kathy Watson- Office Manager

About WABE

Each year, WABE holds an annual convention that highlights the best of radio and television technologies and provides a venue for engineers to share information and their experiences.

If you are interested on serving on any of our WABE committees, please contact one of the executive.

If you have an interest in joining the WABE or obtaining more information, please feel to contact us at any time: info@wabe.ca.

President's Message

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning." -Benjamin Franklin


This year will bring a very exciting celebration for the WABE organization and we hope that you can join us for our 65th anniversary in the beautiful city of Vancouver on October 18-20th, 2015. There has been such rich history of broadcasting in Western Canada since the humble beginnings of the Western Association of Broadcast Engineers back in 1950. TV was still a few years away but radio had been broadcasting in Western Canada since the early 20’s. Our organization was formed to facilitate the sharing of technical information amongst colleagues. We have seen giant leaps in broadcasting throughout the last 50 years and anticipate to see that continue well into the future. WABE continues to strive to provide industry people with the technical knowledge to enhance their career and benefit their employer.

                We hope that you will be able to join us this year in celebrating our history, network with exhibitors and colleagues, see product demonstrations from an array of exhibitors and to take in our technical paper presentations. We are planning some exciting papers that will provide updates on the industry and technology, supply valuable knowledge and some practical practices for the broadcast engineer in both radio and TV.

                WABE is so grateful for the ongoing support from the Exhibitors, Delegates, Speakers and Committee volunteers that make this convention worth attending. Thank you to all the sponsors, whose support allows us to have first class events at the convention. It really does take an entire team effort to ensure that WABE remains a viable and an influential association.

                We are pleased to be hosted at the lovely Sheraton Wall Centre, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. If you do require accommodations, we ask that you book your room with the Sheraton. Our WABE convention registration fee is able to remain financially feasible through negotiating rates and room nights with the host hotel. Not meeting the agreed upon minimum room nights may result in WABE moving in the future to a “convention centre only” model which will result in registration fees having to increase dramatically. We do understand that there are circumstances in which bookings must be done according to corporate policy.  But we do ask, if possible, to support our efforts by booking with our host hotel. For those of you who are able to book your rooms early (before Sept 18th), you will be entered to win an early bird prize draw. 

                Some of the scheduled events to keep in mind:

The WABE Attitude Adjustment will be taking place Sunday, Oct 18th from 17:00 – 19:30 in the Junior Ballroom level 3 North Tower. Drinks and appetizers will be served.

The WABE awards luncheon will be taking place on Monday, Oct 19th at 12:00. This event gives us the opportunity to honour outstanding individuals in the broadcast industry. If you would like to nominate anyone for an award please forward their information and award category to info@wabe.ca. For details on the award categories, click here: www.wabe.ca/awards

The Slo-Down Ho-Down event takes place Tuesday, Oct 20th at 18:00. It is guaranteed to be a memorable event!

We are looking forward to celebrating this milestone year with you. If you have any historical pictures or items that you would like to share with others at the convention please let us know and we would love to incorporate them.  See you in Vancouver!

Mark Crichton

WABE Education

The WABE Education Committee is tasked with the responsibility of bringing education to the Broadcast technicians of Western Canada.  This can take many forms such as lunch hour seminars, after work social events, and even week long training seminars.  We encourage you to learn more about how you can help WABE’s education initiatives.

Education Chair              Peter Gillespie