American Psychological Association brings Annual Convention back to Metro Toronto Convention Centre



    TORONTO, Aug. 4 /CNW/ - Toronto welcomes back the American Psychological
Association (APA) for their 117th Annual Convention at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre (MTCC) from August 6-9. Approximately 9,000 participants,
including researchers, clinicians, educators and students, will explore the
most comprehensive coverage of today's issues in psychology through plenary
sessions, symposia, exhibits and continuing education workshops.
    "Now more than ever, psychologists are needed to promote health,
well-being and resilience. Psychology plays a key role in the important issues
of the day, from the economy to health care to energy consumption and the
environment," said Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., CEO of the American
Psychological Association. "This meeting brings together the brightest minds
in the field of psychology to share information and cutting-edge research."
    The APA Annual Convention program reflects the role of psychology on both
individual and societal issues. Complementing the program, organizers are
taking measures to ensure the event itself makes a positive impact locally -
it is expected to generate over $14 million in visitor spending - and makes
minimal impact on the environment through the following:

    
    -   partnering with the MTCC and Bullfrog Power to use 100 percent green,
        carbon-free electricity,
    -   equipping all shuttle buses with EPA07 engines, which use ultra-low
        sulfur fuel and produce less pollution,
    -   providing natural cotton convention tote bags instead of synthetic
        fabric; and,
    -   providing participants with tips to reduce the impact of their stay.
    

    "We are pleased to host the return of the APA to Toronto and applaud
their commitment to hosting a sustainable event," said Barry Smith, President
& CEO of the MTCC. "By choosing the MTCC once again, and taking advantage of
some of our sustainable meeting solutions, the APA has demonstrated an
appreciation of our reputation as an environmentally responsible venue."

    About the MTCC

    The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is Canada's No. 1 convention and
trade show facility. Since its opening in 1984, the MTCC has hosted
approximately 12,000 events and entertained nearly 40 million guests. For
further information, please visit www.mtccc.com.

    About the American Psychological Association

    The American Psychological Association, in Washington, D.C., is the
largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in
the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists.
APA's membership includes more than 150,000 researchers, educators,
clinicians, consultants and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of
psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial and Canadian provincial
associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession
and as a means of promoting health, education and human welfare.





For further information:

For further information: Christine Chiu, Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, (416) 585-8106, cchiu@mtccc.com; Public Affairs Office: American
Psychological Association, (202) 336-5700, public.affairs@apa.org


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