Partners in Prevention Returns to Mississauga on May 17 - 18, 2011

Canada's Largest Health & Safety Conference and Trade Show

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 11 /CNW/ - Partners in Prevention 2011, Canada's largest health and safety conference and trade show, takes place at the International Centre (6900 Airport Road, Mississauga) on May 17 - 18. The two-day event, hosted by Health & Safety Ontario, offers sessions on the latest workplace health and safety issues and brings together 4,500 health and safety professionals, industry experts and solution providers.

"Partners in Prevention is a forum for health and safety professionals and Ontario's community to come together to collaborate on how to make workplaces safer," says Elizabeth Mills, President & CEO of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. "We share a mutual vision of ensuring that every worker in this province returns home safely every day. Participants who come to Partners in Prevention 2011 will leave with solutions, tools and resources to enable them eliminate workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths."

More than 60 Sessions and Workshops

Partners in Prevention 2011continues to build on the standards for professional development set by its long-standing predecessor Health & Safety Canada IAPA Conference & Trade Show. The conference itself has over 60 interactive sessions, workshops and professional development courses that address health and safety best practices, compliance advice, and business solutions with a strong focus on the top four hazards affecting Ontario workplaces (motor vehicle incidents, strains and sprains, falls and contact with machinery).

Engaging Keynote Speakers

The session lineup is complimented by keynote speakers. On Tuesday, May 17, Don Bell, Co-Founder and Former Executive Vice-President of WestJet opens the conference with his address, "Building the Optimal Environment for Success." Celebrated Canadian and mental health advocate, Margaret Trudeau reflects on her life in the public eye and her triumph over bipolar disorder on Wednesday, May 18 in her speech, "Changing My Mind". Later on at 12:15 p.m., Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, Director of the Centre for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University will talk about "Changing the Way We Think About Motor Vehicle Incidents - The Science of the Positive(TM)."

View from the Top, Provocative Conversations with Today's Leaders

In this panel discussion, moderated by Amanda Lang, CBC News Senior Business Correspondent and co-host of the Lang & O'Leary Exchange, participants will find out how four CEOs built a health and safety culture that translated into successful businesses. The panelists are: Duncan Hawthorne, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Power; Roy Slack, President, Cementation Canada Inc.; Ted Moroz, President, The Beer Store and Brewers Retail Limited and Steve Jones, President, The People Bank. The panel discussion takes place on Tuesday, May 17 from 10 a.m. - noon.

Health and Safety Services and Products at the Trade Show

The Partners in Prevention Trade Show, featuring over 400 exhibitors from across North America and the world, will once again co-locate with the Canadian Environmental Conference & Trade Show. Attendees can check out the latest health and safety products and services and network with health and safety professionals and solution providers. Other highlights on the trade show floor include the Health & Safety Ontario booth (No. 527), Healthy Living Stage and Prevention System Bookstore.

Registration is now open. Registration details, media accreditation form and additional conference information can be found on the website, www.PartnersinPreventionConference.com.

Health & Safety Ontario (HSO) is the result of a bold move to reorganize the independent efforts of 12 health and safety associations into four streamlined organizations to better serve more than 236,000 Ontario businesses. HSO is comprised of: Infrastructure Health & Safety Association, Public Services Health & Safety Association, Workplace Safety North and Workplace Safety & Prevention Services.

SOURCE Workplace Safety

For further information: Heather West, Manager, Corporate Communications, WSPS, Tel: 905-614-2148, Email: heather.west@wsps.ca; Meagan Wadeson, Communications Specialist, WSPS, Tel: 905-614-1400, ext 2233, Email: meagan.wadeson@wsps.ca

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