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IAPA spotlights violence in the workplace at health and safety conference April 4-6

Toronto, ON -- Vital lessons that Canadian workplaces need to learn about violence in the workplace and public safe...


Toronto, ON — Vital lessons that Canadian workplaces need to learn about violence in the workplace and public safety will be in the spotlight as the Industrial Accident Prevention Association (IAPA) launches its Health and Safety Canada 2005 Conference and Trade Show on Monday, April 4, 2005 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.

Canada’s largest health and safety conference will officially open at 7:45 a.m. with a VIP lineup that includes Julian Fantino, Ontario’s newly appointed Commissioner of Emergency Management and former Chief of the Toronto Police Service. Fantino will introduce the opening ceremony’s keynote speaker, Charles Moose, who was head of the 2002 multi-jurisdictional task force assigned to apprehend the headline-making “DC serial snipers.” Moose will talk about leadership, crisis communications, team building, community relations and public safety.

According to IAPA president and CEO Maureen Shaw, “Workplace violence is a growing epidemic. Managing workplace health and safety and planning for emergencies requires a leadership commitment and should be a key part of any employer’s health and safety program.

“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 the focal point of Canada’s health and safety community. “Effective Results Through Learning and Sharing” is this year’s conference theme and will feature celebrated keynote speakers from around the world, leading-edge sessions, workshops and professional development courses.

The LINK Youth Health and Safety Forum returns to the annual conference this year with three lively multi-media shows on April 4 and 5. LINK (Learning Innovative New Knowledge) will be launched at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4 by IAPA’s Shaw and the Hon. Chris Bentley, Ontario’s Minister of Labour.

The program will include a testimonial by Candace Carnahan, a young injured worker from New Brunswick and a presentation on Passport to Safety, the national on-line test and transcript program for young workers. The lineup will also feature performances by LINK 05 Drama Competition Finalists and a powerful presentation called Road Rage – A Family’s Perspective, with Denise Pelley from the Jason Edmonds Foundation for Road Safety.

IAPA is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 47,000 Ontario employers with over 1.5 million employees.

For further information, visit the IAPA website at www.iapa.ca.