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Radon Symposium Program:

08:00 – 08:45 Registration
08:45 – 08:50 Welcome from Sheldon Levy, the President of the Ryerson University
08:50 – 08:55 Welcome from Tim Armstrong, RSIC Board Chairman
08:55 – 09:00 Welcome from Steven Murphy, Dean of the Ted Rogers School of Management
09:00 – 09:30 Keynote Speaker: Hon. Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour
09:30 – 10:30 1st Expert Panel Discussion: Radioactive Radon – Profile of the Hazard 

- Lung Cancer Risks from Radon in Ontario: Burden of Illness Estimates and their Policy Implication, Dr. Ray Copes, Director of Environmental and Occupation Health and Emily Peterson, MSc Public Health, Environmental Health Analyst Public Health Ontario 

- Occupational Exposure to Radon and its Impact, Dr. Paul Demers, Occupational Cancer Research Center

- Application of NORM guidelines in Ontario, Lothar Doehler, Manager, Radiation Protection Service, Ontario Ministry of Labour

10:30 – 10:45 Rebuttals and Questions from the Audience
10:45 – 11:15 Health Break 
11:15 – 12:30 2nd Expert Panel Discussion: Policy Building Blocks 

- National Collaborative Radon Campaign “Take Action on Radon”, Connie Choy, Air Quality Coordinator, Ontario Lung Association and Heather Farquharson, Managing Director, Summerhill Impact

- Changes in International Standards (ICRP) and their Potential Implications, Jason Sadowski, Manager, RSIC National Laboratories

- Health Canada – National Radon Program, Tara Barrows, Environmental Health Program – Radon, Health Canada

- Bill 96: Radon Awareness and Prevention Act, Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research and Innovation, Ontario


12:30 – 12:45 Rebuttals and Questions from the Audience
12:45 – 01:45 Lunch

Keynote Speech from Hon. Steven W. Mahoney, RSIC President and CEO 

01:45 – 03:00 3d Expert Panel Discussion: Radon in the Community and Workplace 

- Radon in Schools, Dr Jean-Claude Dessau, Doctor – Advisor in environmental health, Ministry of Health and Social Services of Québec

- Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg: Community Radon Testing and Mitigation Project, Representative of Celine Brazeau, Environmental Health & Safety Technician, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Kitigan Zibi Health & Social Services

- Radon Exposure, Lessons from Historic Mining Industry, Arthur Scott, President of Arthur Scott and Associates 

- Front Line Perspective, Standards and Trends in Radon Testing and Mitigation (representative of the Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists)

03:00 – 03:15 Rebuttals and Questions from the Audience
03:15 – 03:30 Health Break
03:30 – 03:50 Symposium Resolution Development and Approval (Moderated by Hon. Steven W. Mahoney)
03:50 – 04:00 Wrap up
04:00 Adjournment

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