I am happy to report that Registration is now open for the 2017 Annual Meeting and Training Symposium, February 20-23, at the Hyatt Grand Cypress Hotel in Orlando, Florida. We held our 2015 Symposium at the Grand Cypress and the facilities they offer are exceptional. We should have sufficient space for the tutorial, plenary and breakout sessions that are all being planned as well as great accommodations for our exhibitors who will be in the foyer area just near the entrance to the Grand Cypress Ballroom where most of our week’s activities take place. We also just posted our Preliminary Agenda for the week and as you will see, our focus on “Identifying and Managing Risk” is prevalent through most of the planned sessions. We are also starting to focus on Sponsorships and Exhibitors. If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact Heather Konya, our Association Manager for Sponsorships and Exhibits, at Heather Konya and she will be happy to work with you and your organization. Heather will work with you on sponsorship to give your organization maximum exposure to the over 700 attendees we expect to register over the next eight weeks. It seems like just yesterday we were planning our International Symposium. Time doesn’t stop and we all march forward!
Speaking of sponsors, we are always looking for contributions to our Scholarship Fund (see page 11). This fund has been a part of every ICPHSO Symposium and provides financial assistance to those organizations and individuals who may not otherwise be able to attend. Our scholarship program is critical to ensure that all stakeholder voices are present and heard during our Symposium. It makes it possible for consumer representatives, academia, and global regulators to attend by assisting them with registration and other costs. This strengthens our commitment to product safety and allows all voices to be heard during critical discussions. Without support through contributions, it wouldn’t be possible. We have added some exciting benefits for those who contribute to the scholarship fund. Please look at the Sponsorship Opportunities we have posted and make your company or organization’s presence known to the safety community. Thank you in advance for your support.