Executive Director Todd Schlekeway Takes NATE’s Message North of the Border
(Toronto, Ontario – Canada) – The National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) played a significant role this week at the inaugural Structure, Tower and Antenna Council (STAC) 2016 Conference & Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario. The STAC event is being held April 11-12, 2016 at the International Plaza Hotel in Toronto.
STAC 2016 is the only national forum in Canada dedicated to discussing safety issues and best practices in the tower and antenna industry. The two-day STAC 2016 event brought together more than 200 industry participants, including wireless carriers, broadcasters, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, landowners, safety equipment suppliers and safety trainers.
During the STAC 2016 conference, NATE Executive Director Todd Schlekeway delivered an address at the Monday, April 11 Keynote Luncheon entitled: NATE – Transforming Global Wireless Through Safety, Standards and Education. Major topics that emerged from the keynote address included an overview of NATE’s 21-year history as an organization, a focus on the Association’s signature safety resources, highlighting NATE’s 2016 priority initiatives and updating attendees on the current wireless industry legislative and regulatory environment in the United States.
Schlekeway also devoted time during his remarks to discuss the prominent, global role that NATE and STAC members will play in deploying next generation technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G networks around the world.
“I would like to thank the STAC leadership for inviting NATE to participate in their inaugural conference,” said Executive Director Todd Schlekeway. “I was honored to speak at STAC 2016 and came away thoroughly impressed at the commitment to industry safety and quality that existed among the event attendees. NATE looks forward to continue to collaborate closely with the STAC organization in order to ensure that the North American wireless infrastructure industry continues to be the global leader in safety, quality and innovation,” Schlekeway added.
In addition to the NATE keynote address, the STAC 2016 Conference & Exhibition included informative sessions on topics such as Canadian fall protection standards, climbing in hostile environments, drones on the job, nationwide best practices, engineering tower and rooftop mounts and contractor pre-qualifications.