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IPAF Names Speakers for North American Convention | Construction News

IPAF Names Speakers for North American Convention | Construction News

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has finalized the list of speakers for its North American convention, scheduled for October 2-3 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

A key industry event for the aerial and mast-climber industry, the convention is open both to
IPAF members and non-members.

This is IPAF’s first event in Canada and aims to introduce IPAF's work and mission: promoting the safe and effective use of powered access equipment.

Speakers for this year's convention include:

Cordelia Clarke Julien, director of training and safety programs for the Prevention Office of the Ontario Ministry of Labor, will discuss what all responsible parties – employers, supervisors and workers – can do to make the workplace safer and prevent illness and injury.

Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack, will examine the impact of proposed changes to the design standard for aerial work platforms (AWPs). He will explore ANSI A92.20 and its potential impact on requirements for load sensing, increased stability, increased wind rating, and control-box changes.

Other speakers in the lineup include Kevin O’Shea of Hydro Mobile, who will present about buying used mast climbing work platform (MCWP) equipment, and Bill Doucette, vice president , human resources, for NES Rentals, who will provide an overview of how rules are a key aspect of building the foundation for a safety culture.

The conference educational agenda also includes breakout sessions about AWPs and MCWPs, and a panel discussion about whether additional training should be required for people using complex machines.

The convention is sponsored by Skyjack (diamond sponsor), ReachMaster (memory stick sponsor), Genie (gold sponsor), NES Rentals (gold sponsor) and Hydro Mobile (silver sponsor).

It will take place at the Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport Hotel. A tour of the Skyjack facility will be held on the afternoon of October 1, followed by a networking event in the evening.

Skyjack will also offer various IPAF training courses in the week of September 29 to October 3 in the Toronto area: an instructor course from September 29 to October 1 at the Skyjack facility in Guelph, an AWP operator course on October 2, and an AWPs for Managers course on October 3 at the Crowne Plaza hotel. Contact Tony Groat at for training details and registration.

For more information about the IPAF North American convention, or to register, visit


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