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Canadians Slate Convention September 23-27 in Edmonton

The annual convention of the Canadian Parking Association is set for Sept. 23-27 at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald in Edmonton, Alberta. According to CPA Executive Director Carole Whitehorne, the event promises to be filled with education and networking. The theme this year is "Stay Connected."

The schedule:
SATURDAY Sept. 23
The Golf Classic: After a year on the ice, we're back to the links for the 2006 scholarship fundraiser. The RedTail Landing Golf Club is the site of this year's Classic. Come early to Edmonton and join in the fun.

SUNDAY Sept. 24
* Conference orientation for new delegates
* District chapter meetings
* Roundtable networking discussions: airports, hospitals, universities, municipalities, suppliers, consultants
* Official welcome and ribbon-cutting ceremony
* Opening gala and trade show exhibition
* Entertainment and refreshments

MONDAY Sept. 25
* Breakfast with the CPA Board
* Keynote speaker: Michael Landsberg, host of TSN's "Off the Record"
* Morning trade show
* Awards luncheon
* Educational sessions:
- Historical links to emerging trends in parking facility design
- Revitalization efforts in Edmonton's policing and security
- Environmental parking lot - case study from the city of Waterloo
- Designing safe cash rooms and cash-handling security methods
- Updated CPA Technical Bulletin 1: "Facility Design"
- Event planning: Aspen, CO, and Whistler, BC
* Afternoon trade show

TUESDAY Sept. 26
* Morning exhibition: breakfast in the final trade show session
* "Parking Doctor" buffet luncheon
* Educational sessions:
- Customer-focused quality service
- Parking management systems that talk to one another
- Updated CPA Technical Bulletin 2: "Facility Maintenance"
- Wireless technology: Bluetooth, WiFi, WLAN
- Property and business taxes on parking properties
- Valet parking at Canada's largest airport
- Legal issues in parking facilities
* Annual General Meeting

Wind-up extravaganza at Fort Edmonton Park - Canada's largest living history museum will be the site of our final conference event.

WEDNESDAY Sept. 27: 9 a.m. to noon
* End the conference with a tour of Edmonton parking facilities.

Article Abstract from September, 2006




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