International Health Forum - Exploding health care costs: prevention and risk management - June 19 and 20, 2007, Hilton Bonaventure Montréal Hotel

    MONTREAL, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The vicious circle of poverty and
learning disorders are the main reasons why youngsters drop out of school.
What are the warning signs of teen dropout? How can we detect learning
problems early, and how can they be treated? Two-thirds of the most widespread
illnesses are associated with largely modifiable risk factors, such as a
sedentary lifestyle, obesity, tobacco use, alcohol abuse and stress. What are
the economic and social costs of illnesses associated with modifiable risk
factors? How do prevention programs impact business productivity and
competitiveness? What preventive role can government play, and how can it
improve the wellbeing of the population? All these issues will be debated on
June 19 and 20 at the International Health Forum, organized in conjunction
with the Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, at the 13th International
Economic Forum of the Americas /Conference of Montréal.

    A number of Canadian and international speakers and experts are expected
to attend, including:

      - André Chagnon, Chairman and CEO, Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation
      - James J. Heckman, Nobel Prize in Economics 2000 and Henry Schultz
        Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, The University of
      - J. Fraser Mustard, Founding President and Fellow,  The Canadian
        Institute for Advanced Research  (CIAR)
      - William Pollack, Harvard Medical School Psychologist and Director,
        Centers for Men and Young Men, McLean Hospital
      - Luc Montagnier, Professor Emeritus, Pasteur Institute, Director of
        Research at the CNRS, President, World Foundation for AIDS research
        and prevention, credited with the discovery of the AIDS virus
      - Catherine Le Galès-Camus, Assistant Director- General - Non-
        communicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organisation
      - Paul Cappon, Chief executive officer, Canadian Council on Learning
      - Ginette Paquet, Researcher, Quebec National Institute for Public
        Health (INSPQ) and author of "Partir du bas de l'échelle"
      - Alain Poirier, National Director of Public Health and Assistant
        Deputy Minister at the Directorship of Public Health of the Quebec
        Department of Health and Social Services

    Philanthropy and community development

    Another session of the International Health Forum will be devoted to
philanthropy and community development, with the participation of the
Philanthropic Foundations of Canada (PFC). In a context where foundations
collectively manage significant assets, valued at more than $500 billion in
Canada and the US, can philanthropy become a factor for social change and
community development? Such questions as the similarities and differences
between Canadian and US philanthropic practices and the challenges of
governance will also be discussed.

    Speakers and experts in attendance will include:

      - Hilary Pearson, President, Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC)
      - Barry Gaberman, Chair Emeritus of the Coordinating Committee of WINGS
        (Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support) and  Former Senior
        Vice President, Ford Foundation (New York)
      - Shira Herzog, Executive Vice-President, Kahanoff Foundation (Calgary)
        and Columnist, The Globe and Mail
      - Katharine Pearson, Director, Social innovation support, J.W.McConnell
        Family Foundation (Montreal)
      - Alexander Houston, President, The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable
        Foundation (Toronto)
      - Jane Lowe, Senior Program Officer and Team Leader, Vulnerable
        Populations, Foundation Robert Wood Johnson (Princeton)
      - Ira Barbell, Senior Partner, Annie E. Casey Foundation (Baltimore)
      - Nathan Gilbert, Executive Director, Laidlaw Foundation (Toronto)
      - Jean-Marc Chouinard, Child and Community Development, Lucie et André
        Chagnon Foundation (Montreal)

    During the four days of lectures and discussions at the 13th
International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montréal, numerous
speakers and experts will also weigh in on crucial issues like governance and
development, trade and the economy, and health and security. The full,
detailed program of the International Economic Forum of the
Americas/Conference of Montréal is updated on a regular basis and can be
consulted at any time on the official website at

    The International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montréal

    A non-profit organization, the Economic Forum of the Americas /
Conference of Montréal is an initiative of the Institut d'Etudes
administratives de Montréal. The Conference's Board of Governors is chaired by
Paul Desmarais Jr., Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power
Corporation of Canada.
    The 13th edition of the International Economic Forum of the Americas /
Conference of Montréal enjoys support from two principal partners: Power
Corporation of Canada and the Fondation Lucie et André Chagnon. A number of
sponsors have contributed to the Forum's success, including the Autorité des
marchés financiers (AMF), the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL), RBC Capital
Markets, Alcan, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Bell, Hydro-Québec,
EDC Export Development Canada, BDC Business Development Bank of Canada, VIA
Rail Canada, Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) L.L.P., Air France, Investissement
Québec (IQ), SNC-Lavalin, Bombardier, HEC Montréal, Institut québécois des
Hautes études internationales (HEI), La Presse, The Gazette, Le Monde and CNW
    The Forum receives special assistance from the Government of Canada and
several federal agencies, such as the Canadian International Development
Agency (CIDA), Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC), International
Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada Economic Development for Quebec
Regions, and Industry Canada (IC). The event also receives active support from
the Government of Québec, including the Ministère des Affaires municipales et
des Régions, the Ministère des Relations internationales, and the Ministère du
Développement économique, de l'Innovation et de l'Exportation.
    Lastly, a number of international partners have also helped to make the
event a reality. These include the Asian Development Bank, the European
Central Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the African
Development Bank Group, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development (OECD), the Canadian Commision for UNESCO, the Organisation
Internationale de la Francophonie, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

    Media accreditation

    Foreign and Canadian journalists may cover the entire proceedings of the
13th International Economic Forum of the Americas\Conference of Montréal. To
attend the event, journalists, photographers, and media technical staff must
obtain accreditation beforehand by contacting Richard Vigneault at (514)
497-1385 or (514) 487-0217.

For further information:

For further information: Richard Vigneault, Media Relations Director,
(514) 487-0217, (514) 497-1385 (mobile),; Source:
The International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montréal

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