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Partners in Prevention conference to focus on ‘safety superheroes’

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Partners in Prevention conference to focus on ‘safety superheroes’
FILE PHOTO — Safety training for working at heights was a popular topic at last year’s Partners in Prevention conference, especially on the trade show floor where exhibitors fielded questions all day long. Pictured, Brian Kovalcik, operations manager with Team-1 Academy, a training specialist, displayed working at heights gear.

TORONTO — Partners in Prevention 2019 will take place April 30 and May 1 with a focus on the “safety superhero” — individuals who advocate for health and safety in their workplace.

What’s Your Story is the theme for this year’s safety conference and trade show. It will be held at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ont.

The event will feature over 60 educational sessions that focus on legislative and legal issues, leadership, human resources, hazards, mental health and workplace culture and an expansive trade show floor showcasing the latest innovations, market trends, products and services to improve workplace safety and productivity, states a release.

The event is organized by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.

The preliminary program, which features sessions on real stories and emerging trends, includes topics such as Top Technology Trends in OH&S; Cannabis — Six Months In; the Ontario Electrical Safety Code 27th Edition: Understanding and Applying the New Requirements; a Mental Health in the Workplace Forum; How to Identify, Prevent and Take Action Against Harassment in the #MeToo Era; Ministry of Labour Priorities 2019-2020; Leading Edge and Sharp Edge Fall Protection Applications; Serious Injury Fatality Prevention: Perspectives and Practices; and A Framework for Safety Sensitive Environments and Legalized Marijuana.

Professional development courses will also be offered as part of the conference.

Rick Mercer, a Canadian comedian, TV personality, political satirist, author of three books and recipient of 25 Gemini Awards, is the opening keynote at the conference on Tuesday, April 30. He is best known for his work on CBC’s comedy shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and the Rick Mercer Report.

Scott Stratten, known as one of the “Top Five Social Media Influencers in the World” on, will be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, May 1. He will address the topic, The Age of Disruption: Everything Has Changed and Nothing is Different, and how today’s business climate is changing at an unprecedented rate.

The lunch keynote on Wednesday is Mark Henick, whose TEDx talk, Why We Choose Suicide, is among the most watched in the world with over five million views. Henick is an advocate and regular speaker about mental health, mental illness, suicide, advocacy, recovery and hope. His address is billed, A Moment on the Edge: How Small Encounters Change Lives.

Conference registration is now open. Participants can choose from two-day, one-day and trade show only (free with registration until April 12) admission.

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