NEW YORK, NY--ESTA - The Entertainment Services and Technology Association has been honored with the 2008 CITT/ICTS Honorary Membership Award. The award is bestowed on an individual and/or organization not actively involved in technical disciplines of the Canadian live performance industry, but who by virtue of their position has contributed significantly to the development of technical disciplines within Canada. The contribution can be seen through the recipients’ decision-making, influence and philosophy within the community or by showing themselves to be a longstanding friend of the Institute.
CITT/ICTS recognized ESTA’s immense contribution to the entertainment industry in North America and its ongoing collaboration with CITT/ICTS over the years, notably with the Entertainment Certification Program (ETCP) which was cited for raising awareness about the need for better training and for ongoing professional development opportunities for technical and production workers in Canada. ESTA was also recognized for providing the industry with valuable standards as well as research data and recommendations relative to stage technology.
The award, which was presented at the CITT/ICTS Rendez-vous Conference in Ottawa on August 16th, was accepted on behalf of ESTA by Tim Hansen, Chair of the ETCP Council. ESTA President Bill Groener commented, "ESTA is very honored to receive this award. CITT/ICTS has been supportive of ESTA and its activities since our earliest days and we greatly value the relationship and their participation in one of our key programs."