October/November 2011

Behind the Scenes
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An IBEW International Convention is a massive undertaking that relies on meticulous planning and the work of hundreds of individuals to make it a success.

Officers, staff and employees spent weeks behind the scenes—before, during and after—to make the 38th Convention one of the most successful and exciting in recent union history.

Riviers Electric and Houle Electric, signatory contractors that employ members of Vancouver Local 213, helped get the Vancouver Convention Centre wired and ready for the more than 2,000 delegates.

The IBEW thanks the many companies and union workers who helped out in Vancouver—from the broadcast professionals who set up a world-class communications system that wowed delegates, to the courteous hotel staffs—members of UNITE HERE—that made sure our stay in the city was top-notch.

Twenty-three-year IBEW member Ralph Riviers is one of the many Vancouver Local 213 electricians instrumental in powering the 38th International Convention. Here, he prepares to throw the switch that will energize myriad lights in the vast Vancouver Convention Centre—including dimmers, strobes, spotlights and lasers. "I love what I do in this job," Riviers said. "You're always learning and doing something new and different."