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Thursday, February 22 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Breakout Session # 8: Tools for Assessing Ever-Increasing Risk in a World of Accelerating Innovation

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While companies continue to introduce innovations at an accelerating rate, development of industry regulations and requirements rarely keep pace. As a result, trendy and often wildly popular products do not fit neatly into existing product categories with existing product specifications and safety standards. Products like hover boards and rare earth magnet sets are but two examples.  This session will discuss the challenges and solutions for ensuring that innovation and convenience does not come at the expense of consumer safety, and will cover developing effective risk assessment procedures for these "out of scope" products.

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Jennifer Shecter

Senior Director, Content Impact and Corporate Outreach, Consumer Reports
Jennifer Shecter is the Director of Content Impact & Corporate Outreach at Consumer Reports. In this capacity, she helps lead outreach and communications with manufacturers, partners, and policymakers, coordinating public service activities, and pursuing strategic initiatives to advance... Read More →

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Andy Dabydeen

Canadian Tire Corporation
Andy Dabydeen is a Manager with the Product Stewardship (PS) team at Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd., where he is accountable for the PS compliance functions. In that capacity, he is responsible for the execution of their incident management and ethical sourcing processes; facilitating measures... Read More →
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Patricia Edwards

Voluntary Standards Coordinator, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Patricia (Patty) Edwards is the Voluntary Standards Coordinator for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Patty received her B.S. degree in Materials Engineering from Va Tech and her M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Prior to her career... Read More →
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Joan Lawrence

Senior Vice President, Standards and Regulatory Affairs, The Toy Association
Joan Lawrence is Senior Vice President of Standards and Regulatory Affairs for The Toy Association.  A 25+-year veteran of The Toy Association, Ms. Lawrence's role includes managing the Association's product safety programs -- including leading efforts in the development of... Read More →
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Matthew McGarrity

Technical Manager, Hardlines, SGS - North America, Inc.
Matthew McGarrity is currently Hardlines Technical Manager at Consume and Retail division at SGS North America Inc. He has been at SGS for eight years and specializes in regulatory, industry requirements, and quality testing for hardgoods products. Matt supports SGS clients in product... Read More →
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Robert Pollock

Director, Market Surveillance, UL
Robert Pollock has worked for UL for almost 40 years and has been the Director of Market Surveillance since 2001. In this role, he is responsible for developing and directing all global market surveillance policies and programs for UL’s family of certification marks.  UL’s Market... Read More →

Thursday February 22, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm PST
Grand Cypress A/B/C