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 ( 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 (

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.

Other events associated with IWH may be listed under Workshops or Upcoming Events. If you wish to be notified of upcoming plenaries/seminars and other events by e-mail, please sign up here.

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Dr. Anne Harris , Syme Fellow, Institute for Work & Health; Ryerson University

We currently don't fully understand why some people develop Parkinson's disease as they age while others do not. Since genetic inheritance accounts for a very small proportion of cases, researchers have been interested in environmental causes, including workplace exposures. In this plenary, epidemiologist Dr. Anne Harris talks about the evidence for or against several candidate risk factors, including pesticides, head injury, and whole body vibration.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dr. Ellen MacEachen , School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo