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Board Chair Update - January 2019

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Steve Gibson2018 came and went in a hurry! It seems like just last week I was driving in to Penn College, passing the fountain out front, in the humid July heat. Hard to believe that was 6 months ago now! But, I have overheard inside information that humidity won’t be a problem during the 2019 conference!

All joking aside, mark your calendars NOW for the 2019 NACAT Conference and Expo, July 15-18 in Calgary, AB. Our hosts at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) are hard at work making preparations for your arrival.
Registration will be open soon – visit nacatconference.org for the latest information.

2018 saw a number of different changes and announcements within the Council. Did you catch these moments?

  • Within the NACAT Board, we combined the Secretary and Treasurer positions into one.
  • The debut of the NACAT eNews.
  • NACAT dissolved its Foundation in favor of moving to a new model aimed at providing scholarships and financial aid solutions.
  • NACAT members elected Jason Bronsther and Louie Longhi to their first term as Board Members.
  • Name change for the summer conference to the NACAT Conference and Expo.

Speaking of the NACAT eNews, you probably noticed you haven’t received an issue in a few months. As Robert Burns, an 18th century Scottish poet wrote, “The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley.” Our own Bob Chabot, editor and publisher of the NACAT eNews, suffered a stroke following the 2018 conference. Bob is in good spirits and optimistic about his recovery, but please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Because of what this industry means to Bob, what Bob means to us, and to show appreciation of what Bob has done for NACAT, we will not be sourcing this e-newsletter out to
another publisher; it will be right here waiting for him when he is ready to return. In the meantime, NACAT is exploring other digital methods to engage our members throughout the school year. The Board hopes to announce more later this Spring.

I am optimistic of what 2019 will bring. Before we know it, we will be thinking about the end of the school year, warmer weather, and all the good things that come along. I hope one of the thoughts on your mind will be registering for the 2019 NACAT Conference and Expo. We will have some awesome training experiences waiting for you – I hope to see you there!

Steve Gibson

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