Western Economic Diversification Canada

Western Economic Diversification Canada

February 06, 2015 13:00 ET

Harper Government Supports Innovative Safety Training Technology

NEW WESTMINSTER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Feb. 6, 2015) - Western Economic Diversification Canada

Today, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced $300,000 in funding for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) towards Praxis, a web-based simulation tool, which will help improve the delivery of emergency management training.

Praxis will be used to develop a wide-range of problem-based scenarios which will help employees and managers develop their critical thinking and decision-making skills in emergency situations in a safe learning environment.

The simulation tool will be piloted in the mining and oil & gas industries, which are subject to regulated safety training. Because these industries are typically located in isolated locations, training delivery can be costly and time-consuming. The web-based nature of Praxis will allow for safety training to be delivered online and in remote locations.

By delivering training that is more cost-effective and accessible, the industry users of Praxis will benefit from increased productivity. These interactive simulations are a key component of effective training to keep workers and communities safe - improving industry safety programs, risk management, business continuity, and emergency management initiatives.

Quick Facts

  • Praxis has been designed to meet the need for interactive, problem-based scenarios and was recognized with the Award of Excellence by the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education in 2012.
  • The Justice Institute of British Columbia was founded in 1978 and focuses on training professionals in the justice, public safety and social services fields. Every year, approximately 28,000 students from over 20 countries benefit from the programs and courses offered by JIBC.

Quotes

"All employees should be able to work in a safe environment. By increasing opportunities for employees to receive safety training, we are helping to reduce job-related accidents and ensuring that workplaces remain safe, secure and productive."

- The Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification

"Using training simulations that involve the realistic portrayal of critical incidents is an integral part of the education and training public safety professionals receive at JIBC. Praxis is an emerging technology that will meet the public safety training needs of industry in urban, rural and remote communities."

- Dr. Michel Tarko, President and CEO, Justice Institute of British Columbia

Additional Links

- Justice Institute of British Columbia: www.jibc.ca

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Contact Information

  • Emily Goucher
    Office of the Minister
    Western Economic Diversification Canada
    613-954-8097
    emily.goucher@wd-deo.gc.ca

    Richard Chu
    Communications & Marketing
    Justice Institute of British Columbia
    New Westminster, BC
    604-528-5874
    rchu@jibc.ca

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