Ottawa, September 16, 2014

The International Life Saving Federation (ILS) announced today that Canada won its bid to host the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2017. The bid was submitted by Lifesaving Society Canada with strong support from Lifesaving Society Canada – British Columbia and Yukon Branch. Graham Ford, ILS President, revealed the final decision at its Board of Directors Meeting held in La Grande-Motte, France.

Every two years, this premier event organized by the International Life Saving Federation, brings together its member organizations and the world’s leading researchers, practitioners and policy makers to present and discuss the newest research and thinking in drowning prevention, lifesaving sport and related fields.

The International Life Saving Federation is the world authority for drowning prevention, lifesaving and lifesaving sport. ILS leads, supports and collaborates with national and international organizations engaged in drowning prevention, water safety, water rescue, lifesaving, lifeguarding and lifesaving sport. Lifesaving Society Canada is a full member of the ILS.

“Hosting the World Conference on Drowning Prevention 2017 will give Lifesaving Society Canada a great sense of pride in providing this special opportunity to host our national and international colleagues and it will infuse new energy to heighten our member efforts worldwide,” said Yanick Graveline, President of Lifesaving Society Canada. This marks the first time this event will be held in the Americas. “Lifesaving Society Canada is proud of the continued support of member branches and determination of British Columbia and Yukon Branch for helping submit our winning bid,” added Graveline.

“We are absolutely thrilled about the announcement by the International Life Saving Federation and to showcase Vancouver and our beautiful province to the world’s foremost experts on drowning prevention, rescue, lifeguarding and water safety,” said Dale Miller, Executive Director, British Columbia and Yukon Branch of Lifesaving Society Canada. Vancouver was the front runner in voting with its compelling bid winning over Moscow.

“Vancouver has a rich history of hosting signature international events, including the 2010 Winter Olympics,” added Miller.

About International Life Saving Federation (ILS)

The International Life Saving Federation is composed of national aquatic lifesaving organisations (known as Member Federations) from around the world. Through its own work and that of its Member Federations, ILS leads the global effort to reduce injury and death in, on, or around the water. This is accomplished by assisting existing national lifesaving organisations; facilitating and developing a global exchange of drowning prevention and lifesaving information and of best lifesaving practices; helping establish lifesaving organisations in areas of the world where they are needed, but do not exist; acting as the International Federation for lifesaving sport; and cooperating with other international bodies with shared goals.

About Lifesaving Society Canada

The Lifesaving Society Canada is a full-service provider of programs, products and services designed to prevent drowning. The Society saves lives and prevents water-related injury through its training programs, Water Smart® public education, drowning research, aquatic safety management and lifesaving sport. The Society is also a leader and partner in the delivery of water safety education internationally, through participation in international lifesaving organizations. The Lifesaving Society Canada is a national, volunteer organization and registered charity composed of 10 provincial/territorial Branches; tens of thousands of individual Members; and over 4,000 affiliated swimming pools, waterfronts, schools and clubs.


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