Media Advisory/News Tip/Photo Opportunity - International Association of Labour Inspection Conference Opening

    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ -

    What:       Joint IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association)
                Conference Celebration and IALI (International Association of
                Labour Inspection) Conference Opening
    Who:        Industrial Accident Prevention Association
                International Association of Labour Inspection
    Where:      Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North and South Buildings,
                222 Bremner Blvd. (note: Media Room 710, South Building)
    When:       Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - 8:00 a.m.
    Why:        Being held for the first time in North America, IALI 2007 is
                co-hosted by IALI, the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) and
                IAPA in cooperation with the International Labour
                Organization (ILO), the Government of Canada and the WSIB
                (Workplace Health and Safety Board). The two conferences are
                sharing a joint opening session during IAPA's 90th annual
                Health & Safety Canada 2007, the largest health and safety
                show in Canada.

    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 - Schedule of events:

    8:00 a.m.   Joint IAPA Conference Celebration and IALI Conference Opening

      - The Honourable Steve Peters, Minister of Labour, Ontario
      - Helle Tosine, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour, Ontario
      - Michele Patterson, President, IALI
      - Performance by Kaha:wi Dancers
      - Keynote by Stephen Lewis, Veteran diplomat and humanitarian entitled
        "Where in the World is the World Headed?"
      - Maureen Shaw, President & CEO, IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention
      - Honourable Steven Mahoney, Chair, Workplace Safety and Insurance

    9:20 a.m.   Talking Stick Ceremony In Aboriginal tradition, the holder of
                the Talking Stick makes important announcements, while the
                others in the group listen. At Wednesday's joint session, the
                Talking Stick, carved by Harvey Williams of the Nuu-cha-nulth
                Nation of the Pacific Northwest Coast Natives, will be passed
                from IAPA to IALI to signify the transfer and exchange of
                knowledge for the benefit of workers around the world.

    9:30 a.m.   IALI conference delegates proceed to North Building of the
                Metro Toronto Convention Centre led by a Scottish bag piper.

    9:45 a.m.   MOCK TRIAL

                Ever wondered what could happen if a serious injury occurred
                at a workplace and the Ministry laid charges? What would it
                take to defend the injured employee and the company's
                actions? A judge, crown prosecutor, defence Lawyers and
                supporting cast will actually stage a full trial. Come and
                see what due diligence really is and what it means in the

    10:00 a.m.  IALI Conference 2007 Opening, North Building, Room 206
                Opening Remarks - Helle Tosine, IALI Conference 2007 Chair,
                Assistant Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Labour, Canada

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