AIHce 2013 Kicks Off With Dynamic, Thought-Provoking Opening Session


Release No. SPR-13-0520-01

Nicole Racadag, AIHA Communications
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Innovative Entrepreneur, Thought Leader Frans Johansson welcomes attendees to Montreal

MONTREAL (May 20, 2013) — The American Industrial Hygiene Association® (AIHA) and the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists® (ACGIH) kicked off the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Expo (AIHce) 2013 in Montreal, Canada, with a dynamic presentation by Frans Johansson, CEO of The Medici Group in New York, NY.

In his Opening General Session address at AIHce 2013, Johansson described how professionals must find intersections in their lives and turn those ideas into groundbreaking innovations. According to Johansson, the three driving forces behind these intersections are the movement of people, the convergence of scientific disciplines and the leap in computational power.

“New insights are critical for success because the world is changing very quickly. The need for innovation has never been greater. The truth of innovative ideas is that they almost always appear obvious after the fact. The true insights, true breakthroughs, happen unexpectedly,” said Johansson.

Johansson has spoken to audiences worldwide, from Fortune 500 companies to rural villages. His debut book, “The Medici Effect,” was an international bestseller that shattered assumptions about how great ideas take place. Prior to joining The Medici Group, he founded a software company, a healthcare firm, and a hedge fund. Johansson earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Brown University and his graduate business degree from Harvard Business School. He has been featured on several high-profile television shows including CNN’s AC360, ABC’s Early Morning Show, and CNBC’s The Business of Innovation series.

The opening session was only one of several conference events that provided attendees the opportunity to network and enhance their skills. Prior to the opening session, AIHA hosted 55 pre-conference professional development courses (PDCs) spanning a variety of topic areas. These sessions, hosted May 16 through May 19, were attended by more than 1,300 professionals. In addition, the CareerAdvantage Development Fair 2013, being held through Wednesday, May 22, will feature sessions designed to help those in the occupational and environmental hygiene and safety (OEHS) field advance their current careers and find and maintain positions in the industry.

The following AIHA awards and honors were presented today:

  • Edward J. Baier Technical Achievement Award: Norman W. Henry, III, CIH
  • Distinguished Service Award: S. Z. Mansdorf. PhD, CIH, CSP, QEP
  • Donald E. Cummings Memorial Award: Lindsey E. Booher, CIH, CSP
  • Kusnetz Award: Melissa Ling Cheszek, CIH, CEM, LEED-AP
  • Alice Hamilton Award: Susan D. Ripple, MS, CIH
  • Yant Award: Jukka Takala, PhD (DSc), BSc, MSc

AIHce 2013: Coming up on Tuesday, May 21:

  • AIHF Fun Run/Walk at 6:30 am at the Science Center at the Old Port: All “Fun Run” proceeds benefit the AIHF Scholarship Program.
  • General Session at 8:00 am (Palais 517): “A Conversation with Dr. David Michaels,” will feature David Michaels, MPH, PhD, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, DC.
  • IGNITE Session at 2:30 pm (Palais 710a): Offering Enlightenment and Knowledge — In a Hurry!
  • Press reception at 5:00 pm at Le Centre Sheraton Hotel: The reception will include remarks by AIHA Vice President Christine A.D. Lorenzo, CIH and industry highlights from AIHA Government Affairs Director, Aaron K. Trippler.

For more information about conference events or to view the full program please visit or follow #AIHce on Twitter. A full suite of resources for media is available at the AIHce 2013 Virtual Press Room.

​About AIHA®

Founded in 1939, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals. AIHA’s 10,000 members play a crucial role on the front line of worker health and safety every day. Members represent a cross-section of industry, private business, labor, government and academia.