Canada. Toronto welcomes back the American Psychological Association (APA) for their 117th Annual Convention at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) from August 6-9. Approximately 9,000 participants, including researchers, clinicians, educators and students, will explore the most comprehensive coverage of today's issues in psychology through plenary sessions, symposia, exhibits and continuing education workshops.
"Now more than ever, psychologists are needed to promote health, well-being and resilience. Psychology plays a key role in the important issues of the day, from the economy to health care to energy consumption and the environment," said Norman B. Anderson, Ph.D., CEO of the American Psychological Association. "This meeting brings together the brightest minds in the field of psychology to share information and cutting-edge research." The APA Annual Convention program reflects the role of psychology on both individual and societal issues.
Complementing the program, organizers are taking measures to ensure the event itself makes a positive impact locally - it is expected to generate over $14 million in visitor spending - and makes minimal impact on the environment through the following: - partnering with the MTCC and Bullfrog Power to use 100 percent green, carbon-free electricity, - equipping all shuttle buses with EPA07 engines, which use ultra-low sulfur fuel and produce less pollution, - providing natural cotton convention tote bags instead of synthetic fabric; and, - providing participants with tips to reduce the impact of their stay.
"We are pleased to host the return of the APA to Toronto and applaud their commitment to hosting a sustainable event," said Barry Smith, President & CEO of the MTCC. "By choosing the MTCC once again, and taking advantage of some of our sustainable meeting solutions, the APA has demonstrated an appreciation of our reputation as an environmentally responsible venue."