If this is your first time attending a GSCA conference, this guide will help you get the most out of your conference experience.
New attendees often tell us how welcoming and supportive the giant screen industry is. All GSCA conference delegates will be wearing name badges identifying their name, company, and where they are located. Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and strike up a conversation with other delegates, whether it’s with a fellow first-timer or an industry veteran. Introduce yourself to staff
as well. Our name badges will have a "staff" ribbon, and we'll be at the GSCA registration desk, film screenings, and sessions to answer questions. We love to meet the people we've been e-mailing and calling, make introductions for people, and help you navigate the industry and the conference.
Join the Mentor Program
"An important program. It really helped me in establishing some key relationships right off the top." "LOVE this program. My mentor and I had a great exchange. It was fantastic." "The mentor program is a keeper. I had positive experiences. I got connected to essential players and guided on ways to play."
GSCA's Mentor Program pairs industry veterans with new members and first-time attendees based on their area of expertise. Post-conference delegate surveys show that participants find this program to be extremely valuable in learning more about the industry, their field of expertise within the industry, and how to get the most out of their conference experience. You are strongly encouraged to sign up for this program and be matched with a mentor. The conference registration form includes a field where you can sign up for a mentor, or you may contact Tammy Seldon via e-mail.
Come to the First-Timer/New Member Reception
GSCA will host a First-Timer/Member Reception on Monday, September 9, at 6:00 p.m. If you have signed up for the GSCA mentor program, this may be your first chance to meet your mentor. This intimate reception is also an opportunity to meet GSCA board members, staff, committee members, and other first-timer attendees. Many long-standing business partnerships and industry friendships got their start at past First-Timer/New Member receptions.
Attend the Giant Screen Industry 101 Session
Giant Screen Industry 101 will be held the afternoon of Monday, September 9, from 3:00-6:00 pm, just before the First-Timer/New Member Reception. During this session GSCA veterans share their giant screen experience in all aspects of the industry. This session is extremely valuable in helping all GSCA members achieve more success in their business, especially those new to GSCA or the industry. Even industry veterans attend this session as a refresher course. The session is free to all GSCA members, but seating is limited, so make sure you indicate on your registration form if you will be attending. If you have already registered but did not indicate you would like to attend this session, please contact Tammy Seldon via e-mail
Visit the Trade Show
The GSCA trade show on Thursday, September 12, from 3:00-7:00 pm at the Victoria Conference Centre is your chance to meet and do business with the vendors you will be working with in the giant screen industry. They’re all in one place, just waiting for you to stop by, introduce yourself, and discuss the films, products, or services you need to get your job done. The trade show includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and prizes, so don’t miss it.
Choose Professional Development Sessions
The professional development sessions will give you ideas to take back and use at your job. We'll be posting the session descriptions soon.
Join a GSCA Committee
GSCA committees tackle a variety of industry and association issues, including event planning, member services, industry development, and technical issues. Working on a committee is one of the best ways to learn more about the industry and the association and to have a hand in shaping its future. It's also a great networking opportunity. Committee meetings will be held on Monday, September 9, and are open to any GSCA member who would like to attend. Meeting times and locations are listed on the schedule, and committee information can be found here: GSCA Committees
Please contact GSCA staff if you have any questions about the conference, GSCA, or the industry. We look forward to seeing you in September!