Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 to Thursday, October 6, 2016

The 27th annual conference of the Schedule 2 Employers' Group is taking place October 5-6, 2016, in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The theme of this year's conference is "Creative Approaches to Workplace Challenges."

More than 400 workplace professionals from both Schedule 2 and Schedule 1 workplaces in Ontario will gather to learn about current trends and important issues related to workplace wellness, health and safety, workers' compensation and disability management. Among the 40 breakout sessions is a presentation by Dr. Cam Mustard, president of the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), on the morning of the first day of the conference. He will talk about benchmarking leading indicators of workplace health and safety, introduce the evidence-based leading indicator tools that have been developed by the Institute, and give participants an opportunity to test one of the tools to get an overview of their own organization's safety performance.

The conference is being held at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel in Richmond Hill.

Register here.

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, The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters and Wolfgang Zimmerman

Over 20 years ago, the National Institute of 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 Canadian and international codes of practice for disability management, a 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 an 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 G. Wouters, PC, Chancellor of PCU-WHS 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.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Plenary by Dr. Jim Dickey, Western University

Details to come

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Presenters: Michael Sonne, Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers; Dwayne Van Eerd, Institute for Work & Health

Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) and Institute for Work & Health (IWH) are teaming up to present two new ergonomics applications that can be used for safer and healthier workplaces.

OHCOW is presenting their new "ergotools" web application - a set of 6 commonly used ergonomics tools that can help determine if jobs are acceptable in the workplace.

IWH will be presenting eOfficeErgo. eOfficeErgo is an evidence-based and standard-compliant online training program designed for employees who regularly use computers on the job.

The webinar will consist of a presentation of both application's features, as well as a demo, and time for questions.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Plenary by Dr. Agnieszka Kosny, Institute for Work & Health

Physicians have an important role in the return to work (RTW) process, but research shows that they sometimes struggle to manage RTW consultations and help patients return to work after an injury. As part of a broader exploration into the role played by doctors in RTW, an IWH team led by Dr. Agnieszka Kosny sought to examine resources, policies and guidelines that have been developed for physicians by workers’ compensation boards, governments and other organizations across Canada. In this plenary, Kosny highlights resource gaps that may hinder physicians’ understanding of their roles and responsibilities in the workers' compensation system and RTW process, and which may ultimately delay workers’ RTW after injury.

 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Plenary by Dr. Arif Jetha, Institute for Work & Health

Monday, November 28, 2016 to Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Location:  Institute for Work & Health, Toronto, Ontario

Registration deadline: November 14, 2016

About the workshop

This workshops is designed to teach participants how to plan, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review. Upon completion of a workshop, participants should have the knowledge and skills necessary to: plan and carry out a basic systematic review, understand the appropriate methods for more complex analysis, interpret the results of a meta-analysis, and accurately communicate the results and interpretation of a review.

Who should attend?

This workshop is intended for clinical trainees, clinicians, decision-makers, academics and researchers (epidemiologists, statisticians) with a general interest in the methodology of systematic reviews and for those planning to conduct a systematic review in the future.

Format

The three-day workshop combines a series of short lectures and exercises, led by Institute staff and invited lecturers from Canada and Europe. Extensive handout materials are provided.

Topics include

  • Evidence-based medicine, systematic reviews and Cochrane
  • Literature searches
  • Methodological quality of randomized controlled trials
  • Introduction to meta-analysis
  • Systematic reviews of observational studies
  • Software for conducting meta-analysis and systematic reviews
  • Critical appraisal of systematic reviews
  • Dissemination, implementation and guidelines

Fees

Registration fees are as follows:

Professional            $1,500
Student/trainee*    $   500

The fees cover all handouts, learning materials and a copy of RevMan software. Fees also cover the cost of lunches and coffee breaks. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and transportation.

* Proof of enrolment in a graduate or post-graduate program or post-doctoral fellowship is required.

How to register

Because space is limited, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, visit www.iwh.on.ca/systematic-review-workshops/register.

Thursday, December 1, 2016 to Friday, December 2, 2016

Location:  Institute for Work & Health, Toronto, Ontario

Registration deadline: November 14, 2016

About the workshop

The workshop is based on the best-selling book Introduction to Meta-Analysis (Wiley, 2009). The workshop is designed to teach participants how to understand and perform a meta-analysis, and to avoid common mistakes. The lectures will focus primarily on concepts and practical applications rather than formulas. Participants will also learn to understand a published meta-analysis and perform simple and more advanced analyses using the software Comprehensive Meta-Analysis (CMA).

Who should attend?

This workshop is intended for researchers, clinicians, educators, statisticians, graduate students, and anyone with an interest in understanding or performing meta-analyses. The approach is primarily conceptual rather than mathematical, and participants with only one or two statistics classes in their background should be able to fully understand the materials.

Format

The two-day workshop combines a series of short lectures and exercises, led by Dr. Michael Borenstein, one of the authors of Introduction to Meta-Analysis. Extensive handout materials are provided.

Topics include

  • Meta-analysis with consistent effect sizes
  • Meta-analysis with heteroheneity in effect sizes
  • Meta-analysis wiht subgroup of studies
  • Complex data sets
  • Publication bias

Fees

Registration fees are as follows:

Professional            $1,500
Student/trainee*    $1,000

The fees cover all handouts and a limited-time license for CMA software. Fees also cover the cost of lunches and coffee breaks. Participants are responsible for their own accommodation and transportation.

* Proof of enrolment in a graduate or post-graduate program or post-doctoral fellowship is required.

How to register

Because space is limited, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, visit www.iwh.on.ca/systematic-review-workshops/register.