Irene Hoskins and Claude Béland - Ageing and Design co-chairs bring wealth of experience to Montreal conference

    MONTREAL, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The organizing committee of the IFA's
9th Global Conference on Ageing and Expo Ageing & Design Montréal is pleased
to announce the appointment of two Conference Co-Chairs whose experience will
greatly contribute to enhance the event's success that will be held from
September 4th to 7th, 2008 at the Palais des congrès, in Montréal, Canada.
    Irene Hoskins and Claude Béland, two leaders in their respective fields
are pleased to accept the invitation from Ageing Design Montréal (ADM) to take
on a leading role in guiding and promoting the upcoming meeting in Montréal.
"We are excited about this IFA Conference and are thrilled at playing this
role for ADM", said the Co-Chairs, whom emphasized the fact that this
Conference also marks the IFA's 35th anniversary.
    Elected President of the IFA (International Federation of Ageing) in
2006, Mrs. Hoskins worked for many years at the Ageing and Lifecourse program
of the World Health Organization (WHO), dealing with issues of healthy and
active ageing.
    For his part, Mr. Béland has been one of Canada's leading bankers. From
1987 to 2000, he chaired one of the largest banking cooperatives in the world,
the Mouvement des caisses populaires Desjardins. Under his leadership, The
Mouvement Desjardins, as it is better known, grew considerably from its Québec
base, and expanded its range of financial services and branched out
    Mr. Béland and Mrs Hoskins see Montréal as a natural choice to host this
Conference and Expo. "Montréal is one of only three cities designated by
UNESCO as a City of Design; this is an exciting and creative city where issues
of ageing are at the forefront of urban and social development. Delegates will
find in Montréal an environment conducive to forward thinking and thoughtful

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