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IAPA announces plans for 91st Annual Conference

Toronto, ON -- "Are You Ready for the Future?" That's the theme of the IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Associa...

Health & Safety

March 5, 2008
By MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — “Are You Ready for the Future?” That’s the theme of the IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) 91st annual health and safety conference and trade show, Health & Safety Canada 2008. The event will focus on the workplace of the future, putting the safety of the worker and the work environment at the top of the agenda.

Taking place in Toronto at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, April 21-23, 2008, the Health & Safety Canada 2008 Conference and Trade Show is the largest event of its kind in Canada and includes three days of keynote speakers, sessions, workshops, and professional development courses.

Four high-profile keynote speakers will address conference delegates on very diverse topics:

– Christopher Kennedy Lawford, born into the Kennedy dynasty and raised in the worlds of Hollywood and Washington, D.C., is the first child of Peter Lawford and Patricia Kennedy. He is an actor, lawyer, activist, writer, and speaker whose keynote address, “Overcoming Adversity,” will detail his battle with drug and alcohol addiction (Monday, April 21, 8:00 a.m.).


– Watts Wacker, lecturer, best-selling author, political commentator, social critic, versatile business consultant, and one of the world’s most respected futurists, will speak to the conference theme: “Are You Ready for the Future?” (Tuesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m.).

– Michael “Pinball” Clemons, CFL legend and Toronto Argonauts CEO, will deliver a keynote address, “Winning Against All Odds” (Wednesday, April 23, 8:00 a.m.).

– Joel Cohen, writer and associate producer of the animated television series, The Simpsons, will offer an insider’s look at the making of the world’s most beloved animated television show (Wednesday, April 23, 12:15 p.m.)

At the third annual IAPA Leadership Summit (Tuesday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.), senior executives will learn how to transform the health and safety culture of an organization through the theme, “From Commitment to Action.” The summit, hosted by IAPA and the Conference Board of Canada, will focus on building a health and safety commitment in an organization and improving operational excellence by engaging the entire organization. The summit will feature three ‘knowledge cafes’ on: Commitment from the Board of Directors, Operational Excellence in Health and Safety, and Supply Chain Partners. The keynote speaker for the Summit is Dan Ariely, the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Behavioural Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and author of newly released, Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions.

Health & Safety Canada 2008 also includes two sessions focusing on youth in the workplace. CBC television broadcaster, journalist, and author Evan Solomon will moderate a panel discussion entitled, A Conversation with Today’s Youth Tomorrow’s Leaders (Monday, April 21, 1:45 p.m. 2:45 p.m.). Young workers will share their thoughts about expectations from employers and what they understand about workplace health and safety.

Max Valiquette, founder and president of Youthography and an expert on youth culture and marketing, will draw upon his many years of communicating, researching, and marketing to youth, to deliver a presentation entitled “Connecting to Young Canadians” (Tuesday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m.).

These two sessions compliment the conference’s annual Youth Health & Safety Forum, which attracts more than 2,000 high school students during the first two days of the conference. The Forum features special presentations including a keynote speaker, a testimonial/personal message from a young, injured worker, information on workplace hazards, the law, rights and responsibilities, as well as presentations from the winning schools from the LINK (Learning Innovative New Knowledge) regional drama competitions. The keynote speaker is Brian Stemmel, who was a member of the Canadian Ski Team from 1985-1999. In 1989, he was involved in a near fatal crash that caused massive internal injuries. As a result, he spent three months in hospital and 18 months in rehabilitation.

LINK participants are grade 11 and 12 drama students from Ontario high schools who create and perform a 25-minute multi-media, original dramatic production featuring vital need-to-know messages about young worker health and safety, including rights and responsibilities, workplace hazards, and workplace violence. For 2008, there will be four shows over Monday, April 21st and Tuesday, April 22nd. The full LINK program has the opportunity to engage more than 20,000 young people from across Ontario each year.
The Health & Safety Canada 2008 Trade Show, which was ranked as the sixth largest Canadian trade show by Tradeshow Week Magazine, welcomes more than 300 exhibitors showcasing programs and services to increase health and safety in work environments of all industries. The trade show’s Action Alley features a variety of interactive displays; and the Health & Wellness Pavilion, presented by Health Canada, will showcase exhibitors with the latest in ergonomics and healthy living.

As well, for the third year in a row, the three synergies of health, safety and the environment will be under one roof as CANECT 2008 runs concurrently with the trade show at Health & Safety Canada 2008. Both trade shows combined will feature in excess of 400 exhibitors, offering delegates a complete realm of health, safety, and environmental solutions.

IAPA is a not-for-profit, member driven organization operating in Ontario since 1917. Representing approximately 50,000 member firms and more than 1.5 million Ontario workers, IAPA is one of Canada’s leading workplace health and safety organizations. For more information, including the preliminary conference program and registration details, visit the IAPA website at