Media Advisory - National Health & Safety Conference Public Service Alliance
of Canada

MONTREAL, Nov. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will hold their national health and safety conference in Montreal from November 20 to 22, 2009. Under the theme "WORKPLACE ALLIANCES FOR HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS" - REGULATE - AGITATE - ENFORCE, the participants will examine the current state of enforcement of health and safety legislation in the country and develop union-based strategies to protect workers.

                                Event details

    WHAT:           PSAC National Health and Safety Conference

    WHERE:          Sheraton Hotel, Montreal, Quebec

    WHEN:           November 20 to 22, 2009

    GUESTSPEAKERS:  SHEILA WATT-CLOUTIER, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Officer
                    of the Order of Canada, former International Chair of the
                    ICC (the Inuit Circumpolar Council).
                    Saturday, November 21, 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.*

                    KATHERINE LIPPEL, Professor of law at the Faculty of Law
                    at the University of Ottawa and associate professor at
                    the Université du Québec à Montréal.
                    Friday, November 20, 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.*

                    GARY NAMIE, social psychologist and director of the
                    Workplace Bullying Institute.
                    Friday, November 20, 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.*

                    CLAYTON THOMAS MUELLER, activist for Indigenous rights
                    and environmental justice.
                    Saturday, November 21, 8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.*

                    GILLES LAPOINTE, stress doctor.
                    Sunday, November 22, 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.*

    * For biographical details, see attached document.

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    "Media Advisory - National Health & Safety Conference Public Service
Alliance of Canada"

               "Workplace Alliances for Healthy Environments"

                       - Regulate - Agitate - Enforce -

                            CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

    The objectives of the 2009 PSAC National Health and Safety Conference are

    -   Examine the current state of enforcement of health and safety
        legislation in order to develop union-based strategies that will
        better protect workers.
    -   Strengthen the ability, knowledge and effectiveness of all PSAC
        activists on union and joint health and safety committees to better
        mobilize members around workplace issues.
    -   Increase the involvement of health, safety and environmental
        activists in the "Think Public" campaign and to join with coalitions
        working to defend and advance our rights.
    -   Better identify harassment and discuss what makes harassment a health
        and safety issue and propose specific preventive measures and
        responses that unions can take to prevent and deal with harassment at
    -   Make the connections between "The Environment" and health and safety,
        and propose actions that Locals and health and safety activists can
        do about "The Environment" in their workplaces and communities.

                            SPEAKERS' BIOGRAPHIES


A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Sheila Watt-Cloutier is a powerful voice for the environment, and a guardian for Inuit human rights in the Arctic - the new ground zero of global climate change. "We're already living this reality," Watt-Cloutier says of warming in the north. "It's not a theory in the future, it's right now in the present."

An Officer of the Order of Canada, Sheila Watt-Cloutier is an advocate for climate change initiatives, and is influential among development groups and policy leaders around the world. Based in Nunavut, she is a political spokesperson for the Inuit, who feel the fall-out from climate change more immediately and dramatically than most. Their entire way of life is at stake. And, as she says, "We're the early warning system for the rest of the world."

From 1998 to 2006, Watt-Cloutier was the International Chair of the ICC (the Inuit Circumpolar Council), which represents the more than 150,000 Inuit of Canada, The United States, Greenland, and Russia. Her negotiations in this role led to a global treaty banning POPs (persistent organic pollutants), which contaminate the arctic food chain. For this historic signing, she was awarded the inaugural Global Environmental Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations. In addition to her environmental work, she was the Corporate Secretary of Makivik Corporation, which looked after the funds from the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Land Claims Agreement. Sheila Watt-Cloutier is a recipient of a UN Lifetime Achievement Award for Human Development, and a UN Champion of the Earth Award. She has also been honoured with the Global Green USA Award for International Environmental Leadership; a Citation for Lifetime Achievement by the Canadian Environment Awards; the inaugural Northern Medal, given by the Governor General of Canada; and an Aboriginal Achievement Award for Environment. She has also won the Sophie Prize (whose past winners include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai) and the Rachel Carson Prize. In 2007, Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work with global climate change in the north.


Prof. Lippel is a professor of law at the Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section) at the University of Ottawa and holds the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, She is also associate professor at the law department of the Université du Québec à Montréal, and a member of the Quebec Bar.

Prof. Lippel specializes in legal issues relating to occupational health and safety and workers' compensation and is the author of several articles and books in the field. Her research interests include: work and mental health; health effects of compensation systems; policy, precarious employment and occupational health; interactions between law and medicine in the field of occupational health and safety; women's occupational health; and regulatory issues in occupational health and safety. In 2005, she received a prize for academic excellence from the Canadian association of law teachers (CALT), a prize awarded yearly to a Canadian law professor for excellence in teaching and research.


Clayton Thomas-Muller, of the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan in Northern Manitoba, Canada, is an activist for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. With his roots in the inner city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Clayton began his work as a community organizer, working with Aboriginal youth. Clayton went on to achieve many accomplishments as a youth leader in the Aboriginal community. Over the years Clayton's work has taken him to five continents across our Mother Earth. He has been on the front lines of stopping industrial society's assault on Indigenous Peoples lands to extract resources and to dump toxic wastes. Based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive movement for Energy and Climate Justice. He serves as board chair of the Collective Heritage Institute (CHI), which hosts the annual Bioneers Conference in Marin, California.

Recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States, Clayton is the tar sands campaign organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He works across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states with grassroots indigenous communities to defend against the sprawling infrastructure that includes pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the tar sands, the largest and most destructive industrial development in the history of mankind. Clayton is a gifted poet and rap artist. He is happily married and is a proud father of two sons.


The Workplace Bullying Institute.

Dr. Namie, social psychologist and former professor of psychology and management, and his wife imported the British term Workplace Bullying to the U.S. 12 years ago. As the director of the nonprofit Workplace Bullying Institute, he's given over 800 media interviews including CBC Radio, Global TV, Macleans, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Vancouver Sun, co-authored the book Bully At Work, conducted the first scientific US Survey, created 8 websites on the topic, and serves as an expert witness including an arbitration for CUPE in Saskatoon. Finally, he doesn't just champion the cause, he crafts anti-bullying policies for bold employers, mostly in Canada, he is proud to say.


The Stress Doctor

Dr. Gilles Lapointe focuses on the importance of attitude in life. He helps individuals cope with stress by introducing the 7 laws of success. Strategies for handling tough days, self-image, simplicity in life, dignity and human pride are addressed in his humorous, yet insightful presentations.

As host of the popular daily television show, Allo Docteur, on Canal Vie, Dr. Lapointe became well known for his hilarious presentations on healthy living and coping with stress. He is fluently bilingual, an accomplished musician and extremely entertaining - his keynotes bring audiences to their feet and tears of laughter to their eyes.

Dr. Lapointe believes in the "whole-person" concept of healthier living and that our physical health is entirely dependent upon our mental and emotional heath. He is the author of the best-selling book Docteur, Aidez-Moi! and has produced two videocassette series on health - Savoir Produire sans se Detruire (Being Productive Not Destructive) and Le Succes par la Sante (Success Through Health). Dr. Lapointe is a general practitioner and a physician, member of the Medical Board of Laval Hospital, and of the American Institute of Sports Medicine.

Dr. Lapointe has lectured across Canada, in both French and English, to various groups including judges and attorneys, sales representatives, civil servants, medical practitioners, and many more. He focuses on the importance of attitude in life. He helps individuals cope with stress by introducing the seven laws of success, important information about how to handle tough days. Self-image, simplicity in your life, dignity and human pride are addressed in his humorous, yet insightful presentations.


For further information: For further information: Alain Cossette, PSAC Communications, (613) 293-9210

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