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Canada’s largest health and safety conference to take place in Toronto April 4-6

Toronto, ON -- A major health and safety organization, the IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association), will...


Toronto, ON — A major health and safety organization, the IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association), will put the spotlight on public safety as it explores lessons that Canadian workplaces can learn about emergency preparedness at its Health & Safety Canada 2005 Conference and Trade Show.

Charles A. Moose, Chief of Police during the 2002 headline-making serial sniper crisis in Washington, D.C., opens the Conference on Monday, April 4 at 7:45 a.m.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Effective Results Through Learning and Sharing.’ According to IAPA president and CEO Maureen Shaw, “One of the biggest challenges facing workplaces today is managing health and safety. Planning for emergencies that could affect workers, and people in the community and beyond, should be a key part of any employer’s health and safety program. This applies to both a large municipality like Toronto that dealt with a massive power blackout in the summer of 2003 and to a small chemical plant trying to contain a hazardous waste spill that threatens to harm the local community.

“This conference brings together an international array of experts — from police forces, the military, government, the private sector, and humanitarian agencies who will share their experiences, research, and knowledge on issues of public safety that Canadians can no longer afford to ignore.”

IAPA’s 88th annual conference is Canada’s largest health and safety event.

The conference includes three days of keynote speakers from around the world, conference sessions, workshops and professional development courses.

This year, the Trade Show features new interactive areas and there will also be special feature areas designed to improve health and safety awareness and help realize IAPA’s vision of “a world where risks are controlled because everyone believes suffering and loss are morally, socially, and economically unacceptable.”

Health and Safety Canada 2005 runs April 4, 5 and 6, 2005 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, in downtown Toronto.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

– Charles A. Moose — Three Weeks in October: The Manhunt for the Serial Sniper — opens the Conference on Monday, April 4 at 7:45 a.m. Moose was head of the 2002 multi-jurisdictional task force assigned to apprehend the headline-making DC serial snipers.

– Ryan Malcolm, 2003 Canadian Idol winner, will perform at the conference opening ceremonies on April 4. Joining him will be the DAREarts choir.

– Brian Stewart, senior correspondent, CBC News: The National moderates an international panel on Violence in the Workplace and Beyond – Global Perspectives, on Tuesday, April 5 at 8:30 a.m. Panelists include: James Orbinski, humanitarian advocate/past president, Doctors Without Borders; Dr. Marc De Greef, general manager, PREVENT, Brussels; and Dr. Etienne King, director, Injuries and Prevention, WHO.

– Major General (retired) Lewis MacKenzie speaks on Canada: The World’s Reluctant Hero at the Conference Celebration on Wednesday, April 6 at 8:00 a.m.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

– Monday, April 4 – 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. – Trade Show Open House features a fashion show with the Toronto Fire Department’s Toronto Firefighters Combat Challenge Team modelling personal protective equipment.

– Tuesday, April 5, 8:00 a.m. — Official launch of The CEO Safety Leadership Charter, an innovative initiative to achieve a breakthrough in health and safety performance across Canada by forging an alliance of business and government leaders.

– Tuesday, April 5, 12:00 noon — Leadership Luncheon features Graham Leicester, director, International Futures Forum, St. Andrews, Scotland, speaking on The Healthy Corporation.

– Wednesday, April 6, 9:30 a.m. — Conference session, The Criminalization of Health and Safety explores Bill C-45, legislation that makes directors, officers, and corporate decision makers legally liable for workplace safety infractions.

IAPA is a not-for-profit, member-driven organization and a leading authority on providing health and safety solutions. For more information on the conference, visit www.iapa.ca, or call 416-785-6213.