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    OCTOBER 11 - 13 AT UQAM - MORE THAN 400 PEOPLE WILL ATTEND
    THE ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE CANADIAN RISK AND HAZARDS NETWORK

    September 21, 2006 (CNW Telbec)

    Montreal -- The 1996 Saguenay floods, the 1998 ice storm, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the 2003 SARS epidemic, the 2004 tsunami, the avian flu pandemic and hurricane Katrina in 2005, forest fires, and avalanches - these disasters and dangerous events have greatly troubled us and, in some cases, continue to threaten our public safety.

    From this perspective, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), in partnership with Québec's ministère de la Sécurité publique, is organizing the Third Symposium of the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network (CRHNet), with the theme "A Dynamic Risk Management Partnership: Lead by Examples". This pan-Canadian event will be held from October 11 to 13, 2006, in the Marie-Gérin-Lajoie Hall of the Judith-Jasmin Pavilion (405 Saint Catherine East, corner Saint-Denis).

    The cost of registration is $380, or $43 for students.

    The Symposium is co-chaired by Michel Jébrak, Vice-Rector for Research and Creation at UQAM, and Michel C. Doré, Associate Deputy Minister, Ministère de la Sécurité publique and governmental emergency management co-ordinator. It is supported by Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada.

    More than 400 participants from various sectors connected with public safety will attend the Symposium. They will discuss exemplary practices in risk reduction and the management of natural and man-made disasters. The event will also provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences managing risks and hazards.

    Topics will include
    - Emerging Risks and Issues
    - Knowledge of Risks
    - Conceptual and Methodological Approaches to Public Safety
    - Technological Innovations for Risk Reduction and Disaster Management
    - Public Safety: Actors, Responsibilities and Training
    - Communications and Risk Assessment

    Guest speakers will include
    - André Dauphiné, Professor, Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France; member of the Comité national français de la recherche scientifique; author of Chaos, fractales et dynamiques (2000), published by éditions Gip Reclus
    - Ian Davis, Professor, Resilience Centre, Cranfield University, England; Professor, Disaster Management, Coventry University, England
    - Kathleen Tierney, Professor, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado, United States; Director, Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, United States
    - Yvette Veyret, Professor, University of Paris X-Nanterre, France; President, Comité National Français de Géographie
    - Claude Villeneuve, Professor, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Quebec; Director, Chaire de recherches et d'intervention en Eco-conseil;
    - Thomas Drabek, Professor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, University of Denver, United States

    For more details on the CRHNet Symposium program and registration, please visit the website: www.geo.uqam.ca/crhnet2006

    Journalists wishing to attend the event should contact Jenny Desrochers at (514) 987-3000, extension 7730.

    For further information: Michel Dufault, Geography Department, UQAM, (514) 987-3000, ext. 4887, Fax: (514) 987-6784, crhnet2006@uqam.ca;

    Source: Jenny Desrochers, Press Relations Officer,
    Service des communications, Université du Québec à Montréal,
    (514) 987-3000, ext. 7730,
    desrochers.jennifer@uqam.ca;

    Anne-Marie Lessard, Communications Officer,
    Ministère de la Sécurité publique, Direction des communications,
    (418) 646-2512, anne-marie.lessard@msp.gouv.qc.ca

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