BCAB Conference in Whistler this Wednesday


The BCAB Board of Directors is pleased to invite you to attend the 67th Annual BCAB Conference May 28 – 30, 2014 in beautiful Whistler!

Whistler Conference Speakers

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Whether leading CKNW/CFMI, BCTV, the Calgary Flames or Professional Sports Publications in New York City, Ron Bremner has brought passion, performance and profitability to each and every assignment he’s tackled. Ron is a ‘people-person’ known for attracting, hiring and keeping top talent in every department of every company he’s led. He believes that the most important asset of any organization is its people and he takes tremendous pride in the individuals that he’s had the opportunity to work with – in broadcasting, in hockey, in publishing and in all of the other disciplines he’s been involved in.

Ron also believes in ‘giving back’ to his community. He’s chaired numerous Boards in both the public and private sector and has been recognized time and again for the time and talent he’s provided to countless organizations – from Variety Club to the Salvation Army to Hospital and Police Boards as well as industry Boards in both radio and television. He’s a recipient of the Variety Club Golden Heart Award, Variety’s highest award for Community service as well as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Award.

Today, Ron is a highly sought-after Coach/Mentor of senior executives across the country. As well, he travels throughout North America speaking on leadership, customer service and other key areas of business. Ron is a member of the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame and was BC’s Broadcaster of the Year in 1996. He has been profiled in Canadian Business magazine, written on Leadership for the National Post and is a frequent guest on TSN’s ‘Off the Record’.


Jesse Brown was first heard by Canadians on his hit CBC Radio show, The Contrarians, a program about “unpopular ideas” that just might be right. From there, he hosted Search Engine, a podcast that explored the effects of the Internet and social media on politics and culture. He’s now the host of a popular podcast, Canadaland, which sees him sitting down with some of Canada’s best and brightest from industries spanning high-tech to the arts.

Brown is also a co-founder of the worldwide phenomena Bitstrips–the online educational cartooning application that teaches computer literacy and visual literacy to millions of students, which has become a key learning tool for educators around the world and a hit with social media users.

As a journalist, Brown has interviewed the inventor of the World Wide Web, has travelled to China to report on dissident bloggers, and has explained Twitter to Peter Mansbridge on CBC TV’s The National. He writes a regular column for Toronto Life magazine, and has contributed to an array of other publications, including Saturday Night magazine, The Globe and Mail, theNational Post, and Vice magazine.


Robert Palmer joined WestJet as manager of public relations in 2008 after leading the communications function at the Calgary Police Service as manager of public affairs and media relations.

At WestJet, he is responsible for all external communications activities including media relations and social media. Prior to launching his career in strategic communications in 2001, Robert spent more than 20 years as a journalist working in print, radio and television in the provinces of Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta.



Sean Ross is a three time speaker at BCAB. He is VP of music and programming at Edison Research working with stations in every format and around the world. A major fan and supporter of Canadian music and radio, he helped launch Canada’s first Oldies FMs in 2008 and has since been involved with the format from B.C. to the Maritimes. He is also a veteran trade journalist who wrote for R&R and Billboard and is the author of the influential Ross On Radio newsletter.



With a background in Psychotherapy, Fred Sarkari lives and researches Human Behavior Patterns with a focus around emotional engagement in personal and professional relationships. He has been dubbed by the media as a human behavior expert. He coaches, teaches and provides management consulting services to a broad range of organizations from start ups to some of the world’s largest organizations. Fred has facilitated workshops for employees of various companies including Microsoft, Wells Fargo, BMW, Scotia Bank, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, CIBC, Royal Bank, Genworth Financial, Hilton Hotels, and many more.

He is also the best selling author of:

    • How the Top 5% Think – Principles of Great Leaders
    • Courage to be Naked
    • 101 Exercises That Will Change Your Life and Business


Olympian Kelsey Serwa, from Kelowna B.C., started skiing at a young age.  With her grandfather Cliff Serwa co-founding Big White Ski Resort in the early 1960′s, it was inevitable that Kelsey would lead a life greatly influenced by the skiing community.  From the age of six Kelsey progressed from level to level in the Alpine world.  In 2008 she was a named member of the Women’s National Development Team for Canada.

In 2009 the avid alpine racer made the decision to try her luck at something new and switched to the “dark side” of ski racing – ski cross.  Kelsey took the World Cup ski cross tour by storm, making a name for herself instantaneously, earning the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) Rookie of the Year Award.

Since then she has earned 16 World Cup podium finishes along with the prestigious titles of World Champion, X-Games gold medalist, National Champion, two-time South American Champion, and Olympic silver medalist from the 2014 Sochi Games.  Kelsey is still eager for improvement and has her sights set on becoming the overall World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist in the years to come


Dave Warawa has been in the broadcast industry for over 30 years. He’s been an on-air Personality, Newscaster, Television Sportscaster, Salesperson and General Sales Manager. Dave remembers what it’s like to do TRADIO in small market, as well as crunch the numbers on annual deals with Canada’s big ad agencies. His biggest passion is training salespeople and sales managers. So much so, he now is a Sales Trainer, Business Consultant and Author with his company PROSALESGUY TRAINING.

Dave’s topic “Creating a Team of Salespeople Who Get It” is a common sense, practical way to empower people to want to do better vs. have to do better. These sales people hit budget, lead the team in the right direction and do their best to support management decisions. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and go back to your market with a plan!


Paul Weyland is an international speaker, marketing, branding and sales strategist, consultant, trainer, author and university lecturer. He has shown hundreds of organizations how to cut through advertising clutter and why price is the last thing you need to sacrifice when trying to attract new customers. He speaks to corporate leaders, associations of independent business owners, organizations, managers and front-line sales and customer service people who want a break-through in visibility and customer loyalty in an information-cluttered, over-scheduled and constantly changing world. Paul shows his audiences how to use marketing and branding savvy to win new business and keep customers for life.

In this session titled “To Sell the Truth”, Paul shows you how to wow local direct decision makers with the best local direct sales presentation they’ve ever heard. He’ll cover creative ideas for dozens of product/service categories and show you how to quadruple what local clients “think” they should be spending on your stations.



Industry Executive Town Hall Panelists


As Host and Chief Correspondent for CTV’s investigative news series, W5, Lloyd Robertson is still one of the most trusted faces in television news. He spent 35 years as the Chief Anchor and Senior Editor of the country’s most-watched national newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson.

One of the most accomplished journalists in North America, Robertson has been broadcasting for more than 50 years. Robertson joined CTV in 1976, and held the title of CTV’s Chief Anchor and Senior Editor from 1983 to 2011. Throughout his illustrious career, Robertson has guided Canadians through some of the most significant events in recent history.  In 1998, Robertson became a Member of the Order of Canada, and in 2007, was the first journalist inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Widely known for his baritone delivery and for his iconic signoff line, “And that’s the kind of day it’s been,” Robertson announced on July 8, 2010 that he would vacate his anchor chair in 2011 after 35 years at CTV News.

Robertson began his broadcasting career in 1952 at CJCS radio in his hometown of Stratford and then joined CJOY in Guelph in 1953. After moving into television in 1954 with CBC in Windsor, Robertson spent four years (1956-60) in Winnipeg and two years in Ottawa (1960-62). He went on to anchor CBC’s national news from 1970 to 1976.



Rick Arnish is chairman of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group (JPBG), Canada’s largest private Western-based radio and television company with 33 radio and three television stations in British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. He previously served as president for 14 successful years.

Mr. Arnish is responsible for strategic planning and JPBG’s business model of pursuing growth through further acquisitions and licences to continue driving the division’s momentum.

As a 45 year broadcast veteran, his knowledge and keen awareness of the industry are valued on both a federal and provincial level. He’s a consummate broadcaster with a sincere love for the industry that he has grown up in. He always wants to give back to the broadcast industry, with a desire to make it the “best” it can be.

Mr. Arnish is chairperson for the Coalition of Small Market Independent Television Stations and also former chairperson and current board member of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB). Other boards he sits on include the CAB CEO Radio Council, the Canadian Local Programming Improvement Fund, the BC Association of Broadcasters, the Western Association of Broadcasters, FACTOR and the BBM Executive Council. He also is a governor of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.


As president of radio and local TV, Chris Gordon is responsible for the operations of 84 English-language radio stations, as well as 28 local CTV and CTV Two television stations and two CBC affiliates in British Columbia. In this capacity, Chris is responsible for achieving growth for Bell Media’s local television and English radio assets.

Previously, Chris was president, CHUM Radio (now Bell Media Radio) from 2008-2011. He joined the company in 1998, holding positions of increasing responsibility including vice-president and general manager of CFRA, Team 1200, Majic 100, BOB 93.9 FM, and A-Ottawa (now CTV Two Ottawa).

Chris is an experienced executive with a proven track record. His leadership strengthened the radio brand and his vision for synergistic growth for radio and television will be leading change in a rapidly evolving sector.

Before joining the company, he held senior radio management positions in Ontario and Alberta.
Chris serves on the board of BBM Canada. He holds a diploma in Radio and Television Arts from Algonquin College.


On November 1, 2007 David Murray was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited after being in the role of Vice President Operations since June 1995.  With its Head Office in Dartmouth, NS, Newfoundland Capital is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange; it is a communications company engaged in radio and currently operates 87 radio licences across Canada.
David received his degree in Certified Management Accounting in July 1986. David is an avid curling enthusiast and enjoys tennis and sailing.


Chris Pandoff is responsible for the management of Corus Radio’s stable of radio stations. A member of Corus Radio’s management team since 1999, he has also held the positions of Vice President, Ontario Radio and General Manager of Corus Radio Toronto, Vice President, Sales for the Radio division, as well as General Manager of Corus Radio Vancouver.
Chris has extensive radio management experience with various industry organizations including serving as Chair, Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) Canada and Chair, BBM Radio Executive Committee. Chris holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.


Geoff began his broadcasting career with Rogers in 1989 as a board operator at 97KISS FM Vancouver. In the 25 years since he has held virtually every position in a radio station. Geoff was responsible for the Rogers Radio Internet Division, was VP of television for City TV/Omni TV Vancouver and VP of Radio for Rogers in BC. He became the President if Vista Radio in August 2013.




As Chief Executive Officer, Radio, Paul Ski is responsible for overseeing Rogers Media’s 55 radio stations across Canada.

An award-winning radio broadcaster, Paul is an industry leader with more than 20 years of radio broadcasting experience. Paul joined Rogers Media in 2008 as Chief Executive Officer of its radio division. Prior to this appointment, he was President of CHUM’s radio division, and spent many years of his radio broadcasting career in senior management roles. Recognized among industry peers as a leader for his expertise in developing strategic plans to renew and brand successful radio stations, Paul has spoken extensively on this topic at numerous broadcast and industry events.

In 2002, Paul was presented with the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters Award of Excellence, and will be inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in May 2014.

Paul is active in the broadcast industry and community associations, currently serving as a member on the board of the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement and Chair of the CAB CEO Radio Council.

Paul has his Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, focusing on strategic business management and research.

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  1. Sounds like an amazing group of speakers! Somewhat of a homecoming for Geoff Poulton, who was OM at Mountain fM (when it had more of a Whistler presence) in the early to mid ’90s. How much to attend the conference?


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