Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Partners in Prevention returns to Mississauga in May

April 18, 2011
By Mary Del

Partners in Prevention 2011, Canada’s largest health and safety conference and trade show, takes place at the International Centre in Mississauga on May 17-18. The two-day event, hosted by Health & Safety Ontario, offers sessions on the latest workplace health and safety issues, and brings together 4,500 health and safety professionals, industry experts and solutions providers.

“Partners in Prevention is a forum for health and safety professionals and Ontario’s community to come together to collaborate on how to make workplaces safer,” said Elizabeth Mills, president and CEO of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services. “We share a mutual vision of ensuring that every worker in this province returns home safely every day. Participants who come to Partners in Prevention 2011 will leave with solutions, tools and resources to enable them [to] eliminate workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths.”

Partners in Prevention 2011 continues to build on the standards for professional development set by its long-standing predecessor – Health & Safety Canada IAPA Conference & Trade Show. The conference itself has more than 60 interactive sessions, workshops and professional development courses that address health and safety best practices, compliance advice, and business solutions with a strong focus on the top four hazards affecting Ontario workplaces (motor vehicle incidents, strains and sprains, falls and contact with machinery).

Manufacturing AUTOMATION is co-moderating a Machine Safety session with sister publication Canadian Occupational Safety on Wednesday, May 18, from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Panelists featuring cross-industry thought leaders, including both legal and technology experts, will offer their insights and best practices to help attendees keep their workplaces and machinery safe. This interactive session will allow attendees to pose their questions to panelists regarding machine safety compliance, risk assessment, technologies and more. Panelists include Ryan Conlin, a partner with SBH Management Lawyers, Doug Nix, managing director, Compliance InSight Consulting Inc., and Kartik Vashi, application and product specialist, Schmersal Canada Ltd.


In addition to the sessions, there is an impressive lineup of keynote speakers. On Tuesday, May 17, Don Bell, co-founder and former executive vice-president of WestJet, opens the conference with his address, “Building the Optimal Environment for Success.” Celebrated Canadian and mental health advocate, Margaret Trudeau, reflects on her life in the public eye and her triumph over bipolar disorder on Wednesday, May 18 in her speech, “Changing My Mind.” Later on at 12:15 p.m., Dr. Jeff Linkenbach, director of the Centre for Health and Safety Culture at Montana State University, will talk about “Changing the Way We Think About Motor Vehicle Incidents – The Science of the Positive.”

The Partners in Prevention Trade Show, featuring more than 400 exhibitors from across North America and the world, will once again co-locate with the Canadian Environmental Conference & Trade Show. Attendees can check out the latest health and safety products and services, and network with health and safety professionals and solutions providers.

Registration is now open. Visit for more information.

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