Mr. Emad Rizkalla

Founder and CEO, Bluedrop Performance Learning, Canada

Emad is the CEO of Bluedrop Learning Networks. Bluedrop employs over 200 people and is a global innovator in workforce upskilling. The company is transforming the way governments, regulators, business groups and unions deliver, track, validate and manage lifelong skills and qualifications.

In 2000, while still under 30, Emad was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40.” That same year, he was also profiled in a TIME Magazine cover story as one of “8 Young Dynamic Entrepreneurs who will create the 21st Century.” In 2013, Emad received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Emad has spoken at conferences around the world and appeared in both national and global media. He has advised governments on how businesses and people will be impacted by the current revolution in the workplace, the most profound in human history. Emad’s views on the workforce of the future, innovation, and corporate culture were referenced in several books and are featured in his blog on the Huffington Post. 


9:20 - 10:05 am EDT / 13:20 – 14:05 pm UTC / 15:20- 16:05 pm CEST
Panel 1: Innovation in addressing COVID-19

COVID-19 represents a new type of occupational disease, with rapid onset of symptoms rather than the traditional long latency period. The need for immediate and urgent action by governments and workplaces to safeguard workers means new ways of diagnosing, recording and notifying are required to meet this challenge and to evaluate the burden and impact on workplaces and social security systems. In this session, panelists will address this challenge with a focus on the virtual OSH training and technology as a tool in the response to COVID-19, the development and dissemination of workplace infection prevention practices in the context to COVID-19, and the new complexities COVID-19 brings to already existing legal issues related to prevention and health data.

Prof. Dr. Joachim Breuer, President, International Social Security Association
Prof. Dr. Seong-Kyu Kang, MD, PhD, Professor, Gachon University Gil Medical Centre and Vice President, International Commission on Occupational Health, Republic of Korea
Prof. Dr. Katherine Lippel, Distinguished Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa, Canada
Mr. Emad Rizkalla, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bluedrop Performance Learning, Canada
Prof. Dr. Andrew Sharman, President, Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, United Kingdom

Ms. Vera Paquete-Perdigão, Director of the Governance and Tripartism Department, International Labour Organization

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