TMA’s new president Ivan Spector began his term at the close to the 2017 TMA Annual Meeting on October 11. His first public address as president was the following week at the CANASA Monitoring Symposium — appropriately enough, as he is TMA’s first Canadian president.
TMA President Ivan Spector speaks at the CANASA Monitoring Symposium. Photo courtesy of SP&T News.
The CANASA event focused on how the industry is reacting to the issues of self-monitoring and cybersecurity and the growing influence of companies like Amazon and Google on the home automation market.
Spector addressed the participants on topics including disrupters, 3rd party stations, and threats and new entrants.
Read the SP&T News report and view event photos.
TMA is saddened to learn of the passing in May of our friend Marc Mineau, a passionate entrepreneur who worked for many years in the security field in Canada and the United States. He served as a board member of TMA (then CSAA), national president of CANASA, and president of SIA, and was the intellectual architect of ALAS (Latin America Security Association).
“We have all lost a great friend, champion and defender for our industry,” said TMA past president Ralph Sevinor. “Very few have done so much as Marc had done. I was fortunate to have had Marc as a true friend and also worked with him while he was president of SIA and I was president of CSAA [now TMA]. In our collaboration of mutual associations was the seed capital for our online education programs. We were all recipients of his passion, tenacity and wit.”
Ivan Spector, TMA First Vice President, recounted that “Marc Mineau had a long and distinguished career in the Security Industry. He started Omnitron in Montreal, a full service alarm and monitoring company which he eventually sold to Videotron, a Montreal-based cable company. This became Protectron, a National Company that had a coast-to-coast reach. Marc then turned his considerable talents to the card access part of our Industry by launching Kantech, which was acquired by Tyco and which remains a part of their product line used by many in the Industry today.”
“But most important,” Spector continued, “Marc was my friend, mentor and an industry leader. His joie de vivre was infectious, and spending time with Marc was always stimulating. Amongst the many things he taught me was the importance of giving back to the industry. Marc will be sorely missed.”
Mineau, who suffered with Alzheimers for a long time before passing away, leaves a great legacy and many friends. Donations in his memory are welcomed by the South Shore Alzheimer’s Society (Canada).
–June 8, 2017
On April 6 at ISC West 2016 in Las Vegas, CSAA staff had the opportunity to meet with the leaders of the Associación Latinoamericana de Seguridad (ALAS) and the Canadian Alarm & Security Association (CANASA). Discussion topics included ASAP, education resources, and the challenges facing associations, among others.
From left: Heather Terrence, Executive Director of CANASA, and Jay Hauhn, Executive Director of CSAA, at ISC West 2016.
From left: Alberto Alvarez, Chief Executive Officer of ALAS, and Becky Lane, Vice President of Membership, CSAA, at ISC West 2016.
Photos by Elizabeth Lasko.