Plenary Schedule

Plenaries (seminars) usually run from 11:00 a.m. to noon and are held at: Institute for Work & Health, 481 University Avenue, Suite 800, Toronto (Directions). To confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Albana Canga (acanga@iwh.on.ca or 416-927-2027 ext. 2160).

If you're unable to attend a plenary/seminar in person, you may be able to watch and listen via a live stream. For information on how to access a live stream, please e-mail Albana Canga (acanga@iwh.on.ca).

To view a slidecast of a past plenary/seminar, where available, go to the Archive page for the year in which it was held, or visit the IWH YouTube channel.

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Topics and speakers are subject to change. Please check back for more information.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Dr. Katherine Lippel , Canada Research Chair on Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa

How are the roles of doctors in the workers’ compensation system different in Quebec and Ontario? In this plenary, Professor Katherine Lippel shares findings from a qualitative and comparative regulatory study, conducted in both provinces, to examine the impact of regulatory contexts on the roles and practices of doctors and other players in the system.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dr. Peter Smith , Institute for Work & Health

On July 1, 2014, a new occupational health and safety requirement took effect in Ontario. All employers in the province now have to provide employees and supervisors with training about the duties and rights of workers, employers and supervisors under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA); the roles of joint health and safety committees; the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board; workplace hazards and workplace violence, controlled products (if applicable) and occupational illness. In this plenary, Dr. Peter Smith shares the results of a study that examined differences in the level of self-reported occupational health and safety (OHS) awareness and empowerment among employed workers in Ontario before and after the introduction of the mandatory training. He also discusses the implications of the results for future province-wide initiatives focusing on the primary prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dr. Andrea Furlan and Emma Irvin , Institute for Work & Health

In February of this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report titled Rehabilitation in health systems, which includes nine recommendations to improve rehabilitation services around the world. The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) played a key role in the development of these recommendations, being one of three research organizations contracted by WHO to canvas the evidence on the best ways to strengthen and expand the availability of quality rehabilitation services. While the report primarily targets low- and middle-income countries, as noted by Dr. Andrea Furlan, lead researcher of the IWH evidence-gathering team contracted by WHO, “the recommendations resonate in Canada as well, given that rehabilitation plays an important role in keeping people in an aging population independent for longer, and helping people with chronic and acute injuries participate in school and work.” At this plenary, Dr. Furlan and Emma Irvin (also on the IWH research team) discuss the WHO’s recommendations for improving rehabilitation services globally, as well as the evidence behind them.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dr. Maurits Van Tulder , VU University Amsterdam

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

John Oudyk, Andrew King and Alan Hall , The Labour/OHCOW/Academic Research Collaboration (LOARC)