Canada Tackles Next-Generation Communication Issues — Voice 2.0 Conference to Discuss Industry Evolution

Canada Tackles Next-Generation Communication Issues — Voice 2.0 Conference to Discuss Industry Evolution










Ottawa, Ontario (PRWEB) August 30, 2006

An array of new, exciting and disruptive trends are sweeping the telecommunications sector, and those at the forefront of these changes will be in Ottawa at Scotiabank Place on October 16th, 2006 for Voice 2.0 – Beyond Telecom. The conference will consist of keynotes, panel discussions and participant defined workshops in five key topic areas: open source telephony, lead platform technologies and architectures, new applications of voice technology (mashups), alternative networks, and the new user experience.

Representatives from industry leaders Cisco, Microsoft Canada, Nokia and Nortel, up-and-coming players including Iotum and FirstHand Technologies, as well as researchers and developers will be on hand to explore key changes affecting today’s communication industry. Through interactive sessions, Voice 2.0 will include prime chances for networking and the ability to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities that these changes present.

“There is a great need for a venue where practitioners at the forefront of building next-generation communications networks and applications can get a broad perspective on the changes in telecom,” said Ross MacLeod, Voice 2.0’s conference host. “Voice 2.0 will provide an environment where attendees can share experiences that will speed the adoption of leading technologies and practices in the sector.”

Participants will explore how changes are impacting the telecommunications industry and discover new opportunities for collaboration. As well, to ensure dialogue between participants, several opportunities are available for content suggestion and presentations by companies and individuals highlighting new technologies and ventures. To register, suggest content for sessions or to learn more about Voice 2.0, visit http://www.voice2.ca.

About Voice 2.0

In collaboration with the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI), Voice 2.0 is Ottawa’s premiere next-generation communications conference. Held October 16th at Scotiabank Place, the event will bring together telecom practitioners to share insight and information regarding the changing communications sector. Visit http://www.voice2.ca or http://www.ocri.ca for additional information.

Contact information:

Media:

Laura Slater

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613-236-0909 x 317

Sponsorship opportunities:

Alex Schecter

OCRI

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International Food Protection Training Institute Sponsors Inaugural “Emerging Issues In Food Protection” Seminar

International Food Protection Training Institute Sponsors Inaugural “Emerging Issues In Food Protection” Seminar











Battle Creek, Mich. (Vocus) August 27, 2009

The International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) announced that it inaugurated its “Emerging Issues in Food Protection” seminar series by co-sponsoring the presentation of, “The Changing Faces of Environmental Sampling,” by Donald L. Zink, Ph.D., Senior Science Advisor for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, to more than 70 food regulators and food emergency responders. Seminar co-sponsors included the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Michigan Department of Agriculture, Michigan Department of Community Health, Association of Food and Drug Officials, and Western Michigan University. The W. K. Kellogg Foundation is funding the start-up activities of the Institute.

IFPTI’s vision of an integrated national food protection system that ensures the safety of the U.S. food supply is dependent upon building capacity and strengthening the role of state and local food protection agencies. The inaugural Emerging Issues in Food Protection seminar, held August 25, 2009 at Western Michigan University’s Kendall Center, provided local, state, and federal public health and food regulatory officials, emergency management personnel, and Rapid Response Team (charged with responding to food and feed emergencies) with the latest information on the rapidly evolving role of environmental sampling in food protection and emergency response.

In addition to Dr. Zink’s presentation, attendees heard presentations from Brad Deacon, Michigan Dept of Agriculture; Joann Givens, FDA-Rapid Response Team; Roberta Wagner, FDA-Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; and Stephen Benoit, National Center for Food Protection.

In October 2009, the Institute will offer courses in “Applications of Basics of Inspection and Investigation” and “Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)” in both “trainee” and “train-the-trainer” formats. Most costs associated with course registration, materials, meals, and travel are expected to be covered by the Institute in order to provide much-needed assistance to State and local regulatory agencies. Registration information can be found at: http://www.ifpti.org or http://www.afdo.org.

IFPTI’s inaugural training course, “Managing Retail Food Safety,” was offered in July 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Division of Human Resource Deployment’s ORA U.

About IFPTI

The International Food Protection Institute (IFPTI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization delivering career-spanning certified food protection training to state, local, tribal and territorial food protection professionals that meets established U.S. federal food safety standards. Through a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and working in partnership with the Association of Food and Drug Officials, the Institute seeks to protect the public’s health by working with Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial food protection officials in the creation of an integrated national food protection system that ensures the safety of the U.S. food supply.

About W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930. The organization supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. For further information on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, please visit the Foundation’s website at http://www.wkkf.org. Inquiries about the Foundation can be directed to Joanne Krell, Vice President Communications.

About AFDO

The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), established in 1896, successfully fosters uniformity in the adoption and enforcement of science-based food, drug, medical devices, cosmetics and product safety laws, rules and regulations by either drafting regulatory rules or by commenting on government proposals. By developing a broad base of support for new approaches, AFDO has become a recognized voice in determining the rules and shape of the regulatory playing field of the future. The consensus that AFDO develops is key to advancing uniform laws, regulations, and guidelines that result in more efficient regulation and less confusion among industry in the marketplace. AFDO develops support for its positions by interfacing with high-level regulatory officials, industry representatives, trade associations, and consumer organizations. This continues to have a significant impact on regulations at the federal, state and local level. More information about AFDO can be found on its website at http://www.afdo.org. Inquiries about AFDO can be directed to AFDO’s Executive Director Joseph Corby.

About Donald L. Zink, Ph.D.

Dr. Zink is Senior Science Advisor for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Dr. Zink received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Science in Microbiology from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from Texas A&M University. After graduate school, Dr. Zink was a member of the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M. In 1980, he moved to the University of Arizona where he was an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Food Science and Nutrition. In 1983, Dr. Zink began his food industry career with Campbell Soup Company research and development organization. In 1990, Dr. Zink moved to the Carnation Company (a Division of Nestlé) as Manager of Food Safety for the company’s refrigerated foods division and a year later became Director of Food Safety for Nestlè USA. Dr. Zink left Nestlé in 2000 to become the Vice-President of Food Safety and Research and Development for Future Beef Operations. In 2002, Dr. Zink joined the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a Senior Food Scientist and in 2009 became the Senior Science Advisor for the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Dr. Zink is active in professional scientific organizations and has served on numerous advisory committees. He currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological criteria for foods.

SOURCE — International Food Protection Training Institute

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Heenan Blaikie and Privasoft Announce the Annual ?Hot Issues in Access to Information Conference?

Heenan Blaikie and Privasoft Announce the Annual “Hot Issues in Access to Information Conference”











Ottawa, ON (Vocus) April 16, 2010

The Annual “Hot Issues in Access to Information Conference” will be held on April 28, 2010 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm in Ottawa, Ontario. The event will focus on the Access to Information Act (ATIA) and the access to information aspects of the Privacy Act (PA). It will offer ATIP and other access to information professionals the opportunity to hear from experts in the field.

The conference is being presented by the legal experts at Heenan Blaikie and sponsored by Ottawa software company Privasoft, who have come together to bring the ATIP community tips from the ATIP trenches that will help them manage a successful and efficient ATIP operation.

ATIP coordinators and access to information professionals will want to attend this event to learn about the latest issues in ATIA from industry experts. Speakers will include Edith Cody-Rice, Senior Counsel with the CBC and Ross Hodgins, Senior Advisor in the Office of the Information Commissioner.

The event will kick off with a light lunch during registration, followed by a discussion on the recent developments in access to information exemptions. Attendees will learn about the latest advancements with Access Impact Assessments and proactive disclosure, along with what records may be the subject of an access request as a result of the recent fallout from the Prime Minister’s Agenda case and the latest decisions on delay. All attendees will receive an information package with written materials from the event.

For additional details, including location and advanced registration information, visit: http://www.privasoft.com/site/Company/Hot-Issues-In-Access-to%20Information-2010-registration.html

About Heenan Blaikie – (http://www.HeenanBlaikie.com)

Heenan Blaikie LLP are leaders in the area of access to information and privacy law. They regularly give advice to institutions and entities governed or affected by this legislation and have produced an Electronic Guide on Ontario’s and the federal government’s access and privacy legislation, available at http://www.accessprivacy.ca. Since its inception in 1973, Heenan Blaikie has become one of the leading law firms in the country. With an outstanding track record in business law, labour and employment, litigation, taxation, entertainment law and intellectual property, Heenan Blaikie delivers comprehensive legal advice and innovative business solutions to clients across Canada and abroad from their offices in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, and through strategic alliances that allow them to be a constant presence in Paris and Singapore.

About Privasoft – (http://www.Privasoft.com)

For nearly 20 years, Privasoft has been delivering software and services to automate case management in the public sector and regulated industries. Privasoft customers must comply with legislative, regulatory and internal requirements and are represented in health care, law enforcement and all levels of government. They rely on Privasoft to capture, analyze, track, process and report on case work related to information disclosure processes. Privasoft is a Microsoft Certified Partner with offices in Ottawa, ON, Arlington, VA and Brentford, Middlesex.

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Mental Health Advocacy Group NAMI Issues Statement on Psychiatric Bed Shortage Report

Mental Health Advocacy Group NAMI Issues Statement on Psychiatric Bed Shortage Report










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) March 20, 2008

National Alliance on Mental Illness statement: “Significant reductions in inpatient psychiatric beds, coupled with shortages of appropriate community services and supports for people with the most severe mental illnesses, has led to a crisis in America. Today, in many parts of the country, people with severe mental illness do not have access to necessary treatment either in hospitals or in the community. This has contributed significantly to increases in homelessness, criminalization, suicides, and other adverse consequences of neglect. On March 19, 2008, The Treatment Advocacy Center released a report focusing on one important dimension of this crisis – sharp decreases in public hospital beds for persons with mental illness.”

This report can be accessed at http://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/Reportbedshortage.htm.

NAMI’s Grading the States 2006 report also describes the crisis in America’s public mental health system and the reasons for this crisis, including the non-existence of evidence based mental health services in many communities and major shortages in qualified mental health professionals throughout the country. This report can be accessed at http://www.nami.org/grades.

NAMI national experts are available for media interviews on this and related mental health issues upon request.

About NAMI:

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country.

NAMI Web Resources:

NAMI newsroom

NAMI state & local offices

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Tipper Gore to Speak at ACA 2006 Convention; Diversity, Disasters Top Issues for Counselors Today

Tipper Gore to Speak at ACA 2006 Convention; Diversity, Disasters Top Issues for Counselors Today










Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 23, 2006

Empowering Latino families. Counseling soldiers in combat. Energizing older workers. Coping with hurricanes and other traumas. Reducing test anxiety in schools.

These are just some of the societal issues facing individuals, families, schools, and organizations today and all are on the program for the 2006 American Counseling Association/Canadian Counselling Association Annual Convention which begins Saturday, April 1.

Nearly 3,000 counseling professionals from the U.S., Canada, and 16 other countries will convene in Montreal this month to learn, share ideas and discuss effective strategies for helping their clients cope with a multitude of mental health, career and school counseling issues. Counselors from Japan, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Italy, Palau and 11 other countries will be in attendance at the largest global event for counseling professionals.

The 2006 Convention is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Counselling Association (CCA). The convention theme—“Culture-Centered and Diversity Counseling Empowers all Families”—reflects global concerns with understanding and appreciating one’s culture and strengthening families. Canadians have a huge stake in multiculturalism due to a population lull. We are going to have to rely on people coming in from outside of Canada to supplement the labor force,” said Barbara MacCallum, CCA Executive Director.

Mental health issues also loom large in both the U.S. and Canada as both countries face challenges in obtaining reimbursement from insurance companies for some mental health services. Tipper Gore, wife of former vice president Al Gore and a strong advocate for mental health issues will focus everyone’s attention on mental health issues in her keynote presentation Sunday, April 2 at 9:30 a.m. Stephen Lewis, former UN Special Envoy and one of Canada’s most influential commentators on social affairs, international development and human rights, will deliver a keynote address Saturday, April 1 at 9:30 a.m.     

Attendees will choose from over 500 educational sessions on traditional topics such as marriage counseling, teen suicide, depression and career counseling; contemporary issues such as Cybersex and Internet safety; and specialty topics such as counseling persons with disabilities.

“Counseling professionals today are called upon to address a wide array of issues and they must approach all of them with a strong understanding of diversity and multiculturalism,” said ACA President Patricia Arredondo.    

EDITOR’S NOTE: Interviews can be arranged with ACA officers, members or speakers.

E-mail BHeatherington -at- counseling.org for assistance. From March 30 – April 2, contact Brandt onsite in Montreal at 703-307-1574 (cell phone).

The American Counseling Association (http://www.counseling.org) is a nonprofit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world’s largest association exclusively representing more than 44,000 professional counselors across a wide spectrum from school counselors to family counselors, addictions counselors, and many other practice specialties.

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