Tuesday, June 27, 2023

President's Message

As the newly elected president of the Alberta Acoustics and Vibration Society (AANViS), I am honoured to write to you and express my thanks to our former president, Richard Patching, for his service and dedication to our society.  Richard remains an active part of the society as Past President. Please reach out to him directly to thank him if you get the chance.


One of the core goals of AANViS is to create and nurture an acoustics community that promotes collaboration and knowledge exchange in the industry. Collaboration is the catalyst for progress, and by fostering an inclusive environment, we can enhance the synergy within our society. I encourage all members to actively engage in discussions, share expertise, and collaborate on projects, thus enabling us to collectively advance the field of acoustics in Alberta and Canada as a whole. Perhaps we'll see you at one of our social events in the future.


Accreditation and recognition of practitioners play a vital role in establishing professional standards. AANViS are exploring the possibility of introducing accreditation for practitioners. Such initiatives will not only provide professionals with well-deserved recognition but also enhance public trust and confidence in the expertise of our members.


Furthermore, it is incumbent upon us, as members of AANViS and CAA, to educate the public, regulators, and the federal government about the importance of considering sound and vibration in decision-making processes. By raising awareness of the impact of acoustics, we can influence policy and decision-makers to prioritize acoustic considerations and mitigate potential adverse effects. Our expertise should be sought after, and we should actively engage with stakeholders to ensure that sound and vibration are adequately addressed in various domains. We will be looking to host learning and discussion sessions for the public and those that are interested in acoustics in the near future. If you have any ideas, please send them to us.


The assessment, management, and regulation of sound, regardless of its source or activity, including construction, is of paramount importance to our society. AANViS, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, will be looking to advocate for comprehensive and effective sound management practices. By providing guidance, expertise, and best practices, we can ensure that sound-related activities are conducted in a manner that minimizes adverse effects on individuals and communities while facilitating sustainable development.


AANViS will be looking to position itself as an advisory and consulted body, providing expert opinions and influencing good practices in policy and regulation. By engaging with governments and decision-makers at various levels, we can advocate for evidence-based approaches, promote the adoption of best practices, and contribute to the development of policies and regulations that align with the needs and aspirations of our acoustics community. We will be looking for help and input from our members in this matter and encourage any of those interested to reach out and let us know.


To secure the future of acoustics in Canada, it is imperative to establish more representation of undergraduate and higher education degree programs in acoustics. By collaborating with educational institutions, AANViS can encourage the development of comprehensive curricula that provide aspiring acousticians with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in their careers. By supporting and promoting these educational programs, we can help shape the next generation of acoustics professionals.


Acoustics is integral in creating healthy and sustainable environments, it really matters. By aligning our efforts with a government policy, we can ensure that the importance of acoustics is acknowledged and incorporated into decision-making processes at the highest level and that it makes sense!


As we move forward, let us unite as a vibrant acoustics community, dedicated to collaboration, recognition, education, and advocacy. Together, we can shape the future of acoustics in Alberta and contribute to the well-being of individuals, communities, and the built environment.


Thank you for your continued support, and I look forward to working with each and every one of you in the pursuit of our shared goals.

Dan Clayton, President AANVIS

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