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BCAB conference builds on blockbuster lineup

The BC Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) has announced several additions to its May 7th conference lineup, including representation from the CRTC, Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), ThinkTV, Radio Connects, and more.

Set to take place at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, previously-announced speakers include broadcast veteran George Stroumboulopoulos, who is featured in this year’s “Conversation with a Legend.” The 102.1 the Edge (CFNY-FM), MuchMusic and Hockey Night in Canada alum will sit down with Rock 101 (CFMI-FM) morning show host Willy Percy.

Music programmer Sean Ross of Ross on Radio will endeavour to answer the question “how does radio evolve into its third act?,” while talent acquisition expert Adam Currie will speak to the power of communicating culture, vision and purpose through storytelling.

Sonia Sunger

Sonia Sunger of Global News will moderate a panel discussion exploring how legacy industries can evolve recruitment, talent pipelines and employee growth & development. The panel will feature Brian Wiebe, Program Head of BCIT’s Radio Arts and Entertainment program; Pattison Media Prince George General Manager Kevin Gemmell; and Simone Grewal, Program Director and afternoon host at Stingray’s 104.3 The Breeze (CHLG-FM) Vancouver.

David Phillips

Other speakers include CAB President Kevin Desjardins; ThinkTV President Catherine MacLeod; Radio Connects’ Head of Insights Lisa DillonNLogic President Sue Haas; and Environics Analytics’ Chief Product Officer David Phillips.

Nirmala Naidoo, regional CRTC commissioner for Alberta and the Northwest Territories, will also address the event.

980 CKNW veteran talk host Jon McComb is among those who’ll receive his milestone Broadcast Certificate as BCAB hands out its annual awards at the conference, including the Broadcaster of the Year honour. 

“There’s truly something for everyone, and all in one day,” said BCAB President Rob Brimacombe, in a conference announcement. “We all know local broadcasting is facing many headwinds. At the same time, I’m convinced the value and coverage of local Radio and TV to communities across B.C. has never been more important.”

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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