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IAPA unveils plans for 90th safety conference & trade show

Toronto, ON -- The IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) has unveiled an action-packed week for its 90t...

Toronto, ON — The IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) has unveiled an action-packed week for its 90th annual Health & Safety Canada 2007 Conference and Trade Show, taking place in Toronto April 16-18, 2007, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – South Building.

The largest event of its kind in Canada, the conference includes three days of keynote speakers, leading-edge sessions, workshops and professional development courses.

The 2007 conference puts the safety of the worker and the work environment top of mind in four key streams: Healthy Workplaces, Health & Safety Core Practices, Leadership and Management Breakthroughs, and Evolving Innovations Through Research.

IAPA is presenting three high-profile keynote speakers who will address conference delegates on very diverse topics:

– Craig Kielburger, childrens rights spokesperson, founder of Free the Children and Nobel Peace Prize nominee;

– Chris Gardner, president & CEO of the Chicago-based brokerage firm Gardner Rich & Co., whose life story, The Pursuit of Happyness, has inspired an autobiography and a major motion picture starring Will Smith as Gardner; and

– Stephen Lewis, recently former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.


The second annual IAPA Leadership Forum will take place on April 17, 2007, with a focus on health and safety as it relates to corporate social responsibility. This is a unique opportunity for business leaders to participate in an exclusive gathering to explore how a robust health and safety program contributes to an organizations corporate social responsibility initiative — and how that can translate into a sustainable business advantage.

The keynote speaker for the Forum is former Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Joe Clark. Notable speakers include David Hughes, CEO, Habitat for Humanity; Rene Gatien, CEO, Waterloo North Hydro; Marc Neeb, executive vice-president, Global Human Resources, Magna International; as well as a key executive from Alcan.

LINK 2007

Health & Safety Canada also features LINK (Learning, Innovative, New, Knowledge), a Youth Health & Safety Forum, which attracts more than 2,000 high school students to the conference. Prior to Health & Safety Canada, high school students from across Ontario participate in the LINK Drama Competition where they write and perform an original production focused on various aspects of workplace health and safety, including rights and responsibilities, workplace hazards, and workplace violence. First place winners in a series of regional competitions perform their production at the LINK Youth Health & Safety Forum at Health & Safety Canada.

For 2007, it is expected that there will be performances from five different schools over the three days of conference. The full LINK program has the opportunity to engage more than 20,000 young people from across Ontario.


The first time in North America, the 2007 International Association of Labour Inspection (IALI) Conference will run in conjunction with Health & Safety Canada 2007 from April 18-20, 2007, co-hosted by IAPA, IALI and the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL), in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Keynote speakers will include: Malcolm K. Sparrow, professor of the practice management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Michelle Patterson, president of the International Association of Labour Inspection, executive director of Safework SA in South Australia, South Australias representative on the National Australian Safety and Compensation Council; and Gerd Albracht, senior specialist in occupational safety and health, coordinator – development of inspection systems, International Labour Office, ILO, Geneva, Switzerland.

Both Health & Safety Canada 2007 and the 2007 IALI Conference will be sharing the same theme: Innovative Strategies for Safer & Healthier Workplaces.


For the second year in a row, the three synergies of health, safety and the environment will be under one roof as CANECT 2007 will run concurrently with the trade show at Health & Safety Canada 2007. Both trade shows combined will feature in excess of 475 booths offering delegates a complete realm of health, safety and environmental solutions.


IAPA is a not-for-profit organization operating in Ontario since 1917. Representing more than 50,000 member firms and in excess of 1.5 million Ontario workers, IAPA is Canadas leading workplace health and safety organization. IAPA is also recognized as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in occupational health and an International Labour Organization – CIS Collaborating Centre.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit the IAPA website at