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

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TORONTO, April 17 –

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 Association)
– Honourable Steven Mahoney, Chair, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

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 courtroom.

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

For further information: Edye Rome, Edye Rome Communication Services, Tel: (416) 785-6213, Cell: (416) 993-6213, Email:; or Vince J. Ciarlo, Tel: (416) 763-3783, Cell: (416) 458-5090, Email:

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