Shure Microflex Complete Wireless Conferencing System

Description: Learn how Shure's MXCW allows AV rental companies and meeting organizers to deliver a versatile, great-sounding audio solution that goes from-cart-to-conference in minutes -- far less time than it would take to set up a wired system.  Unlike a traditional sound system, it provides excellent sound quality without feedback with any seating plan your client may require.  It delivers what meeting organizers, system integrators, and rental companies have been waiting for:  a wireless conference system that just works.

Language: English and French
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Studio 1
Level: Beginner
Presenter: Antony Chliaropoulos
Bio: Antony Chliaropoulos, Market Development Specialist at SFM for Conferencing and Broadcasting, has more than 20 years of experience in the audio and project management industry of all types such as for government, broadcasting, live tours and industrial markets.

Vectorworks 2020: Your all-in-one Software Solution for Event Design

Description: Join Vectorworks Senior Entertainment Product Specialist, Jim Woodward, as he demonstrates what’s new in Vectorworks, Vision, and Braceworks 2020. Using sample files, Woodward will show enhancements that make for a seamless workflow when moving from 2D to 3D to previsualization and rigging analysis. Additionally, get an inside look at GDTF and MVR, the open file formats that allows you to send data from a CAD program to a previsualiser software, to a console.
Language: English
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Studio 3
Level: All levels
Presenter: Jim Woodward
Bio: With over 40 years in the entertainment industry, Jim Woodward has worked around the world on everything from concert touring to designing and producing large-scale corporate events. Woodward also worked as a teacher and consultant to the Vectorworks community, as well as presenting and guest lecturing to the industry in general.

Meyer Sound Design and Optimization Cookbook

Description: Join us for an hour long session on simple recipes for sound design and tuning.
Language: English
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25, 12:30 a.m. - 13:30 p.m., Studio 1
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Presenter: Bob McCarthy
Bio: Bob McCarthy has been involved in the design and analysis of sound systems for over 30 years. He is recognized worldwide as a leading specialist in sound system design and optimization.

More art Less Noise - NoizCalc

Description: d&b NoizCalc is a simulation software to predict noise in the environment of one or more d&b sound systems. It uses data from the d&b ArrayCalc simulation software and calculates a noise grid map according to international standards. With these tools, the optimal sonic experience is delivered reliably and faithfully to the right ears, and not the wrong ones. 

Language: English
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25, 12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Studio 2
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Presenter: Trevor Nash
Bio: Trevor Nash, Education & Application Support with d&b audiotechnik Canada has over 20 years of experience in professional audio. After many years of touring as both system and mix engineer throughout North America and Internationally for a broad range of artists and events now dedicates his time supporting events & installations throughout Canada with system design, implementation and support of d&b systems.

How To Develop An Effective Career Plan

Description: Whether you are a technician, a product specialist, a designer, a salesperson, a producer, an event organizer, an administrator, a student or a business owner, you will find this session essential to your success. To get from where you are today to where you want to be in the future, you need a well-developed career plan. Jim Norris will teach you how to set and achieve goals and how to keep yourself motivated and deal with setbacks and disappointment.

Language: English
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25, 12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Studio 3
Level: All levels
Presenter: Jim Norris
Bio: Jim Norris is the president of NWC, an international communications company who's been providing information, marketing, and communications services for the music, pro audio, and lighting industries for over 40 years. NWC publishes Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He has taught Entertainment Marketing and Entertainment Business courses and has been a speaker at trade shows and conferences in Canada and the Unites States and been the guest on several business webinars.

Overview of multichannel digital audio transport formats

Description: When digital audio signals need to be sent to one or more places, various possibilities are available. This session will explore the MADI, AVB and Dante formats as well as their pros and cons.

Language: English
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25,  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Studio 1
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Presenter: Mario Leroux
Bio: Mario Leroux, product manager at Erikson Audio, has acquired over the years a vast knowledge of audiovisual systems. During his career, he held various positions as AV designer, product specialist and technician. Mario is known for developing effective solutions for integrating entertainment and communication technologies.

Hearing aid or audio streaming using BYOD solutions through a Wi-Fi network

Description: Thanks to the development of high-quality, low-latency audio streaming technologies through wireless networks, sennheiser is bringing a major new solution to all institutions open to the public and is opening a new simple and innovative service area.

Language: French
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25,  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Studio 2
Level: All levels
Presenter: Jean-Francois Dunogier
Bio: Visionary, good strategist and aware of technological movements, Jean-Francois DUNOGIER has been in the audiovisual industry since 2012. From product manager to audio manufacturer, project manager, then sales representative for 10 years, he remains an enthusiast with a very good technical knowledge. A good teacher, he likes to popularize and simplify his presentations.

The history of Truss, from past to present

Description: The session is built around three elements. The first one is about the history of the truss and its evolution around the world to support the constant growing shows. The second element will be about the process for conception and engineering in relation to specific projects. The last one is how to make the right choice for the structural needs and the handling of the truss.

Language: French
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25,  2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Studio 3
Level: All levels
Presenter: Bernard Thériault, Luc Dorion, ing. and Shawn Thériault
Bernard Thériault: With over 30 years of expertise as a manufacturer in the show business, he was the founder and president of Arcofab for 20 years, a company that was well known globally for it’s quality. The history of trussing is a big part of him.
Luc Dorion: He is a mechanical engineer with over 15 years of experience in aeronautics, aviation and for many years now in the show business with all aluminium structures. For him the structural safety is part of his day to day.
Shawn Thériault: With over 10 years experiences in the entertainment industry as a lighting crew chief,  he's made his name on some of the biggest tours; Taylor Swift, P!nk and many more. Efficiency and safety are very important to him.

Large-Scale Loudspeaker System Calibration, from Simulation-Based Design to Onsite Tuning

Description: The objective of a calibration is to ensure that the onsite performances of a loudspeaker system meet specific project requirements. It implies the optimization of the solution that was defined at the design stage, accounting for the environment in which the system was implemented.
Simulation-based design also allows to anticipate most of the electronic settings to further reduce the onsite tuning time. One additional and major benefit is that a 3D simulation gives an overview of the results over the whole audience area, whereas onsite tuning needs to rely on a limited number of measurements locations, leading to high risk of wrong electronic adjustment choices.
This seminar presents a complete optimization process that starts at the design stage, planning the physical deployment parameters, the zoning groups within line source arrays, the optimal main-sub alignment location and the time-alignment of fill systems. Onsite tuning can then use measurements and critical listening to validate the planned solution and to address remaining simulation uncertainties.

Language: French
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25,  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Studio 1
Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Julien Laval
Bio: Julien Laval, Master of Science in acoustics and signal processing from the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon, supports L-Acoustics installations around the globe. Ensuring optimum sound solutions from live clubs to the world’s most renowned venues, Julien provides expertise at the early stages of a project through commissioning and training.

Understanding the basics of Entertainment Power Distribution Components

Description: A workshop to review and explain the different components required to safely deliver show power from Utility to equipment. Topics include identifying and explaining the different types of power sources, permanent and portable power distribution components, cable and connectors, Grounding and GFCI, and a section on understanding local codes, jurisdictions and listings.
Language: English
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25,  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Studio 2
Level: Beginners / Intermediate
Presenter: Leonard Miller
Bio: A graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Leonard has over 35 years of professional experience in entertainment production, design, management, sales and manufacturing operations including Canada’s Wonderland, Disney World, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures/Viacom/CBS, Shipboard and Shoreside for many Cruise Lines globally, and most recently prior to joining Lex Products in 2016 spent 12 years with Philips Entertainment Lighting selling and senior management for Vari-Lite and Strand Lighting from the Dallas TX world headquarters.

Insuring your production equipment, what you need to know

Description: Mobile vs fixed equipment; how to manage insurance costs. Equipment breakdown; new coverages. Operator error; liability towards your client and how insurance can come into play.
Language: English and French
Date/time/location: Wednesday, March 25,  3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Studio 3
Level: Basic
Presenter: David Mollet, with Stella Kalogerakis and Colette Mendenhall - Assurart
Bio: David has worked in different areas revolving around arts and media before becoming an insurance broker. His knowledge as a professional in film circles, entertainment and music allows him to understand the needs of his customers, in addition to sharing in their passion.

High density laser scanning (HDS) - A must for your 3D site surveys

Description: Introducing the benefits of point cloud 3D surveying using high density laser scanners and Vectorworks drawing software.

Language: French
Date/time/location: Thursday, March 26, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Studio 1
Level: Beginners / Intermediate
Presenter: Dominique Rivard
Bio: Dominique Rivard offers French-language service for Vectorwoks Canada. Combining both technical training in audiovisual and architecture, he worked since 2003 as technical manager and production manager. His company has the dual objective of offering support to professionals in the entertainment and architecture fields for plans and specifications, as well as promoting the influence of Vectorworks software.

The complete conversion of your incandescent stage lighting to a LED system - the easy way

Description: The session will demonstrate how to convert an incandescent stage lighting system to an LED system using the existing electrical infrastructure.

Language: English
Date/time/location: Thursday, March 26, 12:30 a.m. - 13:30 p.m., Studio 1
Level: All levels
Presenter: Richard Schick
Bio: Before coming to RWDI Richard was principal of the Theatre Consulting firm Schick Shiner and Associates. He served as General Manager of the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, Producer/General Manager of the Gateway Theatre in Richmond, B.C. and the Production Manager of the Citadel Theatre for ten years.

IP Network Technology and AES67 in Wired and Wireless Intercom Systems

Description: Join us for an hour long session on integrating new solutions onto an existing network and preparing yourself for future expansion with new protocols like DANTE, AES67 and SMPTE 2110.
Language: English and French
Date/time/location: Thursday, March 26, 12:30 a.m. - 13:30 p.m., Studio 2
Level: Beginners / Intermediate
Presenter: Martin Lamothe
Bio: Clear-Com lead engineer and manager in systems and software development with 20 years of experience in developing telecommunication products. Known for his expertise in software development and architecture, Martin is a specialist in communication protocols and in development frameworks.

BlackTrax - Connecting technology for the automation of creative live experiences

Description: Real-time positional data is the driving force for interactivity. Dive in, explore the endless possibilities of BlackTrax and its ability to seamlessly integrate with multiple production tools. This seminar will stimulate your imagination unlike ever before. 

Language: English
Date/time/location: Thursday, March 26, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Studio 3
Level: All levels
Presenter: Nicholas Lau
Bio: Nicholas Lau is a Trainer and Products Specialist at CAST Software. A graduate of Ryerson University's Performance Production program, Nicholas is a talented and experienced trainer with a background in the diverse roles of theatrical and live event production and has experience working on productions on a global scale.

Enable creativity and communication: wysiwyg, the ultimate solution for lighting professionals

Description: wysiwyg is the must-have, original, and proudly Canadian, all-inclusive production design tool. Join Trainer and Products Specialist, Nicholas Lau, as he introduces tools and workflows from the latest wysiwyg release (R44), designed to enable creativity and communication. 

Language: English
Date/time/location: Thursday, March 26, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Studio 3
Level: All levels
Presenter: Nicholas Lau
Bio: Nicholas Lau is a Trainer and Products Specialist at CAST Software. A graduate of Ryerson University's Performance Production program, Nicholas is a talented and experienced trainer with a background in the diverse roles of theatrical and live event production and has experience working on productions on a global scale.

An Introduction to Dylos (ONYX) 

Description: What is DYLOS? DYLOS is the new dynamic processing engine behind the pixel and media control feature of ONYX.  DYLOS aims to provide new and innovative ways that far exceed the capabilities of regular pixel-mapping systems. This preview allows users to examine how Obsidian envisions the integration of fixture, media and pixel control into the ONYX platform.

Language: French
Date/time/location: Thursday, March 26, 14:00 p.m. - 15:00 p.m., Studio 1
Level: Intermediate
Presenter: Pierre Roy
Bio: Pierre Roy is a professional lighting designer who started his career in 1984. His work has been seen across the world including the United States, Europe, Canada, South America and Asia. Pierre pursues his career as a lighting designer, in hopes to find freelance entertainment projects where he may implement his artistic vision. On this site you will find samples of his work from numerous shows, concerts and corporate events.

8K ROI camera acquisition system

Description: Panasonic in collaboration with Solotech have developed a new 8K ROI (Region of Interest) multi-camera system, changing the landscape of broadcast production by allowing up to four different 3G images to be produced from a single 8K camera.  Using a small footprint camera and innovative controls, producers can reduce seat kills, minimize labor and give more creative options to directors of live events and sports production. 

Language: English
Date/time/location: Thursday, March 26, 14:00 p.m. - 15:00 p.m., Studio 3
Level: Beginners / Intermediate
Presenter: David Lemmink
Bio: David Lemmink is Director of Engineering for Solotech in their DeKalb, Illinois facility.  With over 30 years of experience in video engineering and live production, working with the top manufacturers and artists,  he has brought innovations to the concert touring and corporate video production workspace through custom packaging, integration, hardware, software and manufacturing.