Editor’s Message / Message du rédacteur
For those of you who are joining us at the annual CRPA conference, bienvenue à Ottawa! Has it been a year already since the Quebec City conference? It seems like just yesterday I was listening to the Lost Fingers after a great meal at the banquet.
I am excited to attend the annual CRPA conference once again. Every year I am impressed by the remarkable job done by the local organizing committee (LOC). Apparently this year, Ali Shoushtarian and his LOC have arranged for a million tulips to be blooming in beautiful spring weather!
Seriously, in keeping with this year’s theme, Connecting with Communities, the LOC has prepared a stellar lineup of speakers and activities. When coupled with the beautiful city of Ottawa in the spring, the programming they have organized should guarantee another successful conference.
As always, the conference will be a great opportunity to share the latest information in radiation protection, see state-of-the-art equipment from a variety of vendors, and enjoy some quality time in the infamous hospitality suite with colleagues from across the country and around the world.
This year’s conference will include tours of two important national facilities—Canadian Nuclear Laboratories’ Chalk River Facility and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s Instrumentation Laboratory. In addition, professional development courses by Dr. Ed Waller (Radiation Shielding—A Lost Art?) and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (Practical Instrumentation Information Session) are being held after three days of presentations. A full program indeed!
The annual conference is also a time for the business of the association. For example, the annual general meeting will be a chance for all members to review the work the association has undertaken over the past year.
Throughout the conference, feel free to stop one of us board members to chat about CRPA business, or just to give us a chance to get to know you. We are always looking for ways to serve members better, so we appreciate people who share opinions and ideas.
And don’t forget, we still have room for much-needed volunteers on many of our committees. CRPA relies on volunteer members to keep the organization strong and filled with new ideas.
I look forward to seeing everyone and hope you all enjoy the conference!