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World Economic Forum invites ICAA’s CEO to participate in global network for third year

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Leaders in business, government, society and academia tackle vital global issues

VANCOUVER--Colin Milner, founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA), will take part for the third consecutive year in the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. A visionary in active aging and aging-related issues, Milner established ICAA to support professionals who provide wellness and fitness facilities, programs and services for adults over 50. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge with the Network’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing 2010 in the coming year.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is an independent, nonprofit organization “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.” The Network of Global Agenda Councils is designed to further the Forum’s mission and strategic vision, and tackle global issues of vital importance.

Each of the 72 Global Agenda Councils for 2010–2011 brings together 15–20 international experts “to capture the very best knowledge on each key issue and to stimulate knowledge-generating activities in a holistic approach comprising multistakeholder engagement.” These councils act as advisory boards to the Forum, as well as to parties such as governments and international organizations. In fact, the coming year will see the Network became part of a new global collaboration, the Global Agenda Partnership. According to Professor Klaus Schwab, the Forum’s founder and executive chairman, this partnership will unite “the world’s most relevant experts and business and government leaders in an ongoing, comprehensive and cocreative process to monitor and address global, regional and industry challenges.”

Milner is delighted to collaborate with the Network of Global Agenda Councils again this year. “I am eager to continue my work with this group,” he says, “and look forward to discussing with my colleagues the value of active aging and its promise as a solution to some of the key challenges facing society. I also look forward to new opportunities for collaboration with government and business leaders through the Global Agenda Partnership.”

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About the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

ICAA, a professional association that leads, connects and defines the active-aging industry, supports professionals who develop wellness facilities, programs and services for adults over 50. The association is focused on active aging—an approach to aging that helps older adults live life as fully as possible within all dimensions of wellness—and provides its members with education, information, resources and tools. As an active-aging educator and advocate, ICAA has advised numerous organizations and governmental bodies, including the US Administration on Aging, the National Institute on Aging (one of the US National Institutes of Health), the US Department of Health and Human Services, Canada’s Special Senate Committee on Aging, and the British Columbia ministries of Health, and Healthy Living and Sport.

For interviews please contact:

Contact: Colin Milner, CEO, ICAA
Toll-free: 1-866-335-9777 (North America)
Telephone: 604-734-4466; cell: 604-763-4595

Contact: Marilynn Larkin
Communications Director, ICAA

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