Health & Safety Canada 2009

                  Media Advisory/News Tip/Photo Opportunity

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ -

    Media Advisory for Monday, April 20, 2009
    What:     Health & Safety Canada 2009, largest health and safety show in
    Who:      IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association)
    Where:    Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building
              222 Bremner Blvd (note: Media check in at Room 710, South
    When:     Monday, April 20 - Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    Monday, April 20, 2009 - Available for coverage:
    8:00 a.m. Conference Opening featuring keynote address by Dr. Jill Bolte
              Taylor - My Stroke of Insight

    Dr. Taylor is a compassionate speaker who speaks from the heart, both as a
stroke survivor and as the sibling of a brother who has been diagnosed with
the brain disorder, schizophrenia. She has dedicated her career to the
advancement of post-mortem research into the human brain and to the education
of the public about the fragile, yet resilient, nature of this incredible

    9:30 a.m. LINK Youth Health & Safety Forum

    The LINK Youth Health & Safety Forum, taking place on the first two days
of conference, is where students and delegates will learn about workplace
hazards, the law, and rights and responsibilities for keeping young workers
safe on the job. The Forum will feature an inspirational keynote address from
Stacie Louttit and Marc Shaw, members of the 2008 Canadian Paralympic Sailing
Team, award-winning student videos from the Workplace Safety and Insurance
Board, an interactive game show, and a personal story from Eric Olivieri, a
young, injured worker. As well, there will be winning drama performances from
two high schools that won the LINK regional drama competition. Students will
have the opportunity to put their talents on display as they perform their
original productions that focus on workplace health and safety.

    11:15 a.m. Guarding Minds @ Work - A Workplace Guide to Psychological
               Safety and Health

    Guarding Minds @ Work is a breakthrough resource developed by leading
Canadian mental health researchers that gives employers tools to identify and
help address mental health issues in their particular workplace. Guarding
Minds @ Work has been commissioned and funded by Great-West Life, a leading
group insurance provider in Canada.

    1:45 p.m. The Sunrise Propane Explosion: Lessons Learned from the
              Asbestos Aspect of the Clean-up

    This session will present effective assessment and clean-up methods that
The City of Toronto and their consultants and contractors developed which can
be used or considered if a similar situation arises elsewhere.

    1:45 p.m. Forum on Mental Health

    Mental health in the workplace is emerging as one of the most challenging
issues for employers. The Forum on Mental Health focuses on breaking the
stigma of mental illness as a character weakness.

    -   Moderator: Honourable Michael Kirby, Chair, Mental Health Commission
        of Canada

    Panel includes:

    -   Major General Walter Semianiw, Chief Military Personnel, Department
        of National Defence
    -   Brian D. Ferguson, Senior Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy, Programs
        and Partnerships, Veterans Affairs Canada
    -   Maureen C. Shaw, President & CEO, IAPA
    -   Jayson Myers, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters

    3:30 p.m. Workload Unplugged: Strategies for the Overworked, Overloaded
              and Overwhelmed

    Learn to deconstruct and demystify workloads and learn how leading
organizations are addressing workload issues from an individual, departmental,
and organizational perspective.

    3:30 p.m. How to Talk to Young Workers About Health & Safety

    In this session, the generational differences between youth and the rest
of the workforce will be explored. An overview of the core values of the
various generations at work will be provided. Strategies for harnessing the
many assets that youth bring to the workplace and managing their inherent
liabilities will be highlighted

    All day at the show: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Trade Show, Action Alley,
Health and Wellness Centre, book signings at the Book Store.

For further information:

For further information: Edye Rome, Edye Rome Communication Services,
Tel: (416) 785-6213, Cell: (416) 993-6213, Email:

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