"Are You Ready for the Future?" IAPA announces plans for 91st Annual Conference

    TORONTO, March 12 /CNW/ - IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention
Association) has announced plans for the 91st annual health and safety
conference and trade show, Health & Safety Canada 2008. With the theme, "Are
You Ready for the Future?", the conference 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, Ontario, at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre, from April 21 - 23, 2008, Health & Safety Canada 2008
Conference and Trade Show is the largest event of its kind in Canada and
includes three days of celebrated keynote speakers, leading-edge sessions,
workshops, and professional development courses.

    Keynote Speakers
    At Health & Safety Canada 2008, IAPA presents four high profile, renowned
keynote speakers who 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.
    -  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?"
    -  Michael "Pinball" Clemons, CFL Legend and Toronto Argonauts CEO, will
       deliver a keynote address, "Winning Against The Odds" (Wednesday,
       April 23 - 8:00 a.m.)
    -  Joel Cohen, writer and associate producer of the highly acclaimed,
       animated television series, The Simpsons, will offer an insider's look
       at the making of the world's most beloved animated television show.

    The third annual IAPA Leadership Summit will take place on April 22,
2008. Senior executives will learn how to transform the health and safety
culture of an organization through the theme, "From Commitment to Action." The
Leadership 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
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 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. 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 Canada's foremost expert
on youth culture and marketing, will draw upon his many years of
communicating, researching, and marketing to youth, to deliver an insightful
presentation entitled, "Connecting to Young Canadians".
    These two sessions complement the conference's annual Youth Health &
Safety Forum, which attracts more than 2,000 high school students. 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. 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.

    The Health & Safety Canada 2008 Trade Show, which was ranked as the 6th
largest Canadian trade show by Tradeshow Week Magazine, welcomes more than 300
exhibitors showcasing new and innovative 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. 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

    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. IAPA is focused on providing industry-leading training,
consulting, educational products, and informational services that meet our
members' needs and the needs of those in their communities.
    For more information, including the preliminary Conference program and
registration details, visit the IAPA website at www.iapa.ca.

For further information:

For further information: Edye Rome, Edye Rome Communication Services,
(416) 785-6213, edyerome@sympatico.ca or Vince Ciarlo, (416) 763-3783,

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