The World According to...
Regional Operations - Spectrum Management (RCRO)
By Erin Nuytten
Editors Note: Welcome
to the latest addition to the P&NR Connections! We are proud to
present to you a new monthly features section that was introduced by BEST's
first i2i campaign on improving internal communications. It was
suggested that we include a special section on a branch and/or directorate
to find out what they do, who works for them and who their clients are.
Please take the time to find out what your colleagues are up to....you might
learn something new!
Regional Operations - Spectrum Management is a
team of ten people - a director, an administrator, and eight technologists and
engineers - that specialize in managing Canada’s Radio Spectrum. They are part
of the Spectrum Management & Telecommunications branch of SITT.
All members of this group work in Winnipeg,
except Wayne Janzen, who works out of Grande Prairie, AB. The group consists of
a director, Cheryl Slack, an administrator,
Linda Bialek, and eight specialists:
Paul Rodzinski and
Pawas Verma. The team also consults with five other
specialists who provide expertise in areas such as Maritime and Aeronautical
Licensing. They are: Richard Jackson,
Tony Beck and Rob Longley in Saskatoon,
Larry Sawchyn in Regina and
Jim Laursen in Victoria, B.C.
The Spectrum Management Program is a legislative and regulatory organization
that works to ensure fair and equitable access to the Radio Frequency Spectrum.
This includes Spectrum used by police, fire, cellular service providers,
broadcasters and equipment manufacturers of license-exempt radio devices such as
garage door openers.
RCRO’s clients consist of all Spectrum Management Officers (SMO), Technical
Assistants and Spectrum Managers in the six district offices of the P&NR. They
provide policy and procedure advice, represent the region at national meetings
and on working groups, provide support to district office staff, and comment on
national policy. For example, Borys German is responsible for technical support
associated with Broadband technology, Dan Lemoine looks after automated
monitoring equipment and Wayne Janzen coordinates enforcement. Recently, Wayne
has been working with the RCMP to search out illegal satellite users, because
the signals can interfere with aeronautical radio communications.
Considering the breadth of expertise in this group, and the space limitations of
this article, the best places to find out each member’s individual specialties
is on the SITT Yellow pages or the Regional Operations Staff Responsibility
Chart - affectionately referred to as the RCRO Matrix.
They are currently an all male team that is
kept in line by two females: Linda, the chief administrator, and Cheryl, the
mountain climbing director.
Their ‘junior’ man has almost 20 years of
Within the group, there is a Rotational,
Developmental Position that allows an SMO to get a regional perspective on
Spectrum Management for a term of two years. That position is currently
occupied by Paul Rodzinski from the Manitoba District Office.
The acronym RCRO goes back a few years,
originating in the late 1980's. It literally means Région du Centre/Central
Region Operations, which was the group’s bilingual name back then. Although
the name of our region has changed, the acronym has stuck.