Safety experts shed light on workforce changes at Partners in Prevention Conference, 2013

Safety experts shed light on workforce changes at Partners in Prevention 
Conference, 2013 
TORONTO, April 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Emerging trends and issues in workplace 
hazards, risk management, and occupational health and safety legislation are 
the focus of this year's Partners in Prevention 2013. As Canada's largest 
health and safety event, the annual conference plays host to over 4,500 
leading health and safety experts and delegates from across Canada. It takes 
place this year from April 30 to May 1, at the International Centre, 
Mississauga , Ontario. 
"In the face of significant economic pressures and a transforming workforce, 
employers are feeling increasing pressure to keep their employees, customers 
and businesses protected," says Elizabeth Mills, President & CEO, Workplace 
Safety & Prevention Services. "This event has been designed to help them keep 
pace with those changes, while seeing their business succeed by investing in 
health and safety." 
Addressing a broad range of issues - from the recent adoption of mental health 
standards to the economic burden of healthcare costs to the impact of 
technology in the workplace, this year's event features more than 60 
thought-provoking sessions and professional development work shops, including: 

    --  Leading in the changing workplace - On Tuesday morning, April
        30, Claude Bigras, President and CEO of GDI; Greg Nordal,
        President and CEO, Nelson Education; Saajid Khan, President and
        CEO, Compass Group Canada; and Jane Riddell, COO, Goodlife
        Canada, will kick things off with a panel discussion that
        explores the role of the CEO in creating a culture of health
        and safety.
    --  Brave new world of mental health - We've entered a new era of
        enlightenment and expectation when it comes to creating
        psychologically safe workplaces. This year's conference
        features several sessions to help employers and employees
        understand what this means to them. Among the many speakers,
        Clara Hughes, six-time Olympic Champion will talk about
        overcoming obstacles to achieve the Olympic dream; and, Linda
        Duxbury, Professor, Sprott School of Business, Carleton
        University, will address the need for a new approach to manage
        employee absenteeism, which costs the Canadian economy over $4
        billion each year in lost time.
    --  Managing workplace health to reduce health care and economic
        costs - Canada is facing a huge challenge in funding universal
        public health care, and health care now accounts for more than
        40% of provincial expenditures. In his session, Glen Hodgson,
        Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist of The Conference
        Board of Canada will challenge delegates to think about the
        impact of workplace health on our economy and on the
        sustainability of our current health care system.
    --  The monumental shift: an in-depth look into the future of
        Canada, technology and the changing workforce - In this
        session, Leonard Brody, Business and Technology Visionary
        shares how technology will continue to change the world of work
        and how employers can grow and innovate in the midst of this
    --  Preparing for new legislative requirements - Over the next two
        years, there will be a number of legislative changes impacting
        Ontario workplaces. Sessions on the Global Harmonization System
        (defining, classifying and communicating health and safety
        information related to chemical products), preparing for
        Ministry of Labour mandatory awareness training, and
        supervising health and safety from a distance, among others,
        will help delegates prepare for what's coming.

Partners in Prevention 2013 is Canada's largest and longest running health and 
safety event for business success, bringing together health and safety 
professionals for networking, education and knowledge sharing. It is hosted by 
Ontario's prevention system partners and is the flagship of the Partners in 
Prevention conference series; complemented by seven regional conferences 
across Ontario.

There are many registration options available to participants including 
two-day, one-day and trade show only registrations, and individual pricing for 
professional development workshops. An early bird registration rate is in 
effect until April 3rd. For more information or to register, visit or contact the WSPS Customer Care 
Department toll-free at 1-877-494-9777 or

Media Contact: Jana Manolakos Manager, Corporate Reputation (905) 614-2148 or 

SOURCE: Workplace Safety & Prevention Services

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