Upcoming Events

Other events associated with IWH may be listed under Plenaries, Workshops or the Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Design Exchange, 2nd Floor
234 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario

Doors open 11:00 a.m.
Presentations 11:30 a.m.
Closing remarks 12:30 p.m.
Lunch 12:45 p.m.

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A celebration of Wolfgang Zimmermann and the work of NIDMAR

With presentations by Joachim Breuer, Andrew King, Wayne Wouters and Wolfgang Zimmerman

Over 20 years ago, the National Institute for Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) opened in doors, with the important aim of reducing the human, social and economic costs of disability to workers, employers and society by providing education, research, policy development and implementation resources to promote workplace-based reintegration programs.

The driving force behind NIDMAR is Wolfgang Zimmermann, who spearheaded its creation and has been its executive director ever since its launch in 1994. Zimmermann’s dedication to NIDMAR’s aims stems from a life-changing event as a young adult.

At the age of 20, Zimmermann was injured during his first week on the job as a tree-faller in a British Columbia forest. A tree fell on him and broke his back. His employer and union at the time supported his return to work, and he became the first injured worker in the 500-person camp to do so. Nonetheless, a few years later, all injured workers at the company were let go.

Knowing first-hand the emotional, social and financial impact of both job attachment and job loss on a person with a disability, Zimmermann became a tireless advocate for labour-management workplace reintegration programs.

That energy resulted in the foundation of NIDMAR, which went on to create the international Code of Practice for Disability Management, the Consensus-Based Disability Management Audit tool, certification standards for return-to-work coordinators and disability management professionals (leading to CRTWC and CDMP designations) and the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS), which welcomed its first students in September 2014.

The Institute for Work & Health’s 2016 Nachemson lecture celebrates the important work of Wolfgang Zimmermann and the organization he leads. Three people who have worked closely with Zimmermann will talk about his important contribution both in Canada and beyond to improving the circumstances of people with disabilities in the working world.

Andrew King, formerly the National Leader for Health, Safety and Environment at the United Steelworkers Union in Canada who recently completed his master’s of law degree at the University of Ottawa, will talk about the role of Zimmermann and NIDMAR in the development of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Code of Practice for Disability Management.

Joachim Breuer, Director General of German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) and Vice-President of Europe Rehabilitation International, will talk about the implementation of NIDMAR standards in German workplaces.

The Honourable Wayne Wouters, Chancellor of PCU-WHIS and former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in Ottawa, will talk about the use and impact of Zimmermann’s work through NIDMAR on the federal public service.

The annual Nachemson lecture is one of the most important networking events of the year in Ontario for policy-makers, researchers, professionals, advocates and other stakeholders in the field of work injury and disability prevention. This year’s lecture is a little different than most. It not only includes a number of speakers, but also takes place on a Friday over the lunch hour.

Save your spot by completing the online Nachemson Lecture Sign-up Form. (Although the lecture and lunch are free, please note that IWH is unable to cover costs incurred to attend the event.)

Sunday, October 16, 2016 to Tuesday, October 18, 2016

CARWH 2016, the 9th Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Conference, is taking place on October 16-19, 2015 in Toronto, Canada

Co-hosted by the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) and the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), CARWH 2016 will offer a stimulating and diverse program of keynote presentations, parallel and poster sessions, and symposia. With the theme, Advancing Research to Improve Work and Health, the program will reflect the excellence of work and health research across the country.

CARWH conferences have brought together scientists, students/trainees, practitioners in occupational health & safety, epidemiologists, clinicians, and policy-makers every two years since its inception in 2001. CARWH meetings are interdisciplinary and seek to bridge important gaps in work and health research by promoting knowledge exchange, research partnerships, and translation of research into the prevention and management of work-related injury and illness. CARWH conferences are based in Canada but have consistently attracted the presence of researchers from around the world.

CARWH 2016 will be held in the heart of downtown Toronto, at the Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, Ontario.

Early bird registration is on now until end of July 31, 2016.

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