IPAF Innovate 2022

September 28, 2022, Chicago, Illinois, USA

The best way to predict the future is to create it!


Do you have knowledge and experience to share that could assist in creating solutions to known industry issues? Join the Innovate workshop and share your voice with others and make a difference.

This interactive event includes workshops, presentations and networking opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate with each other in a meeting of minds, to fuel innovative and creative ideas, and to share and find solutions in search of the industry's next breakthrough. You will hear other groups share their ideas and allow you to shamelessly take them back to your workplace. Attendees are expected to include representatives from manufacturers, rental companies, and contractors.

The event is also the perfect environment to build new lifetime networking relationships.  All attendees who register for the IPAF Innovate Workshop 2022 will receive 50% discount on their ALH Conference registration.

Don't wait until the last minute to register, the workshop has a limit of 100 registrants, sign up today to reserve your place!

IPAF Innovate Workshops

On registering you have the chance to indicate your preferred workshop topics. We will be keeping the groups balanced and as such, you may not get your initial choices. You will be notified before the event on your assigned group.

The workshop topics include:

  • Operator training and re-training 
  • Hiring and developing qualified service technicians 
  • Completing and documenting OEM compliant inspections 
  • Exiting an elevated work platform 
  • MEWP operator rescue plans 
  • Preventing workers falling from MEWPs 
  • Recognizing and avoiding electrocution 
  • Trend toward electrification – Understanding how will it affect industry stakeholders? 
  • Understanding the need and value for operator familiarization 
  • Identifying features that you would change or add if you were a manufacturer of a MEWP. 

ALH Conference - event partner

For the first time, the IPAF Innovate event (September 28, 2022, Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel) and the ALH Conference (September 29, 2022, Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel Rosemont) will combine to provide two back-to-back days of education, networking and valuable information geared specifically toward the access and rental industry.

All attendees who register for the IPAF Innovate Workshop 2022 will receive 50% discount on their ALH Conference registration. 
For more information and to book your place at the ALH Conference, visit 

IPAF Innovate Networking

IPAF is hosting a networking event for all workshop attendees the evening on September 28. This is an opportunity network with industry professionals after your presentations.

The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel 18:00 - 20:00. Enjoy the panaromic views from the top floor hotel bar. 


IPAF Innovate Program

2 major industry meetings
2 networking receptions
2 days dedicated to access

September 28, 2022
Hyatt Regency O’Hare Hotel
  • 07:00 – 08:00 | Registration
  • 08:00 – 08:30 | Opening presentation
  • 8:30 – 10:00  | Workshop session
  • 10:00 – 10:20 | Break
  • 10:20 – 13:30 | Workshop session
  • 12:30 – 13:15 | Lunch
  • 13:15 – 15:00 | Workshop presentations
  • 15:00 – 15:15 | Break
  • 15:15 – 16:30 | Workshop presentations
  • 16:30 – 17:00 | Voting and Awards
  • 17:00  – 17:15 | Closing
  • 18:00 – 20:00 | IPAF Networking Event
SEPTEMBER 29, 2022
Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel Rosemont
  • 08:00 – 16:30 | ALH Conference

    Visit www.alh-ca.com for the full conference program

  • 16:30 – 18:00 | ALH networking reception

    Please note, all attendees who register for the IPAF Innovate Workshop 2022 will receive 50% discount on their ALH Conference.

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“The best way to predict the future is to invent it – all participants were ‘leaning-in’ and innovating ways to improve our industry.”

Ebbe Christensen of Reachmaster and Immediate Past Chair of IPAF’s North American Regional Council

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2018 & 2019 Workshop Results

The results of the Innovate workshops are formalized into a paper. The results of the previous events can be read here:

Innovate 2019 (July 16-17, Chicago, IL, USA)
Innovate 2018 (October 16-17, Pasadena, Texas, USA)

IPAF North American Regional Council Members

  • Husam Ahmed
    Safety & Compliance Engineer, Skyjack Inc
  • Lindsey Anderson
    Editor, Access, Lift & Handlers, KHL Group Americas
  • Ebbe Christensen
    President, Reachmaster
  • Brian Clark
    Director of Product Support, Sunbelt Rentals Inc
  • Randy DeCoteau
    Engineering Manager, Terex AWP
  • Matthew Eckstine
    Director of Operations, Eckstine & Assoc
  • Mark Hinkel
    President, Institute For Aerial Lift Safety
  • Teresa Kee
    Director, Corporate Safety, United Rentals Inc
  • Thomas Lyons
    Safety Manager, Thomas Lyons
  • TJ Lyons
    Safety Manager, DPR Construction
  • Kevin O'Shea
    Director of Safety, Hydro Mobile Inc - (Canada)
  • Donald Satterfield
    EHS Manager - THD Rental, The Home Depot
  • Mark Stafsten
    Director of Safety & Risk, Sunstate Equipment Co LLC
  • Greg Strid
    Director of Training, Mastclimbers LLC
  • Ben Taft
    President, SPIMERICA
  • Tom Trinen
    CFO, Service One Access, Inc.
  • Sean Ward
    Regional Sales Manager, Haulotte US
  • Pat Witte
    Vice President Global Sales & Business Development, MEC - Aerial Work Platforms
  • Tony Groat
    North America - Regional Manager, IPAF