Taking place October 6-7 in Richmond Hill, Ontario (just north of Toronto), the theme of the 2015 conference of Ontario's Schedule 2 Employers' Group is "Mindful @Work." To that end, the program features a number of sessions focusing on mental health in the workplace. It also offers sessions on a wide range of other issues, including working at heights, workers' compensation practices, the Globally Harmonized System, employment law, accident causation, return to work and more.
The conference includes a breakout session on the second day of the conference (October 7 at 1:45 p.m.) by Institute for Work & Health President and Senior Scientist Dr. Cam Mustard, who will talk about the diverging trends in work-related and non-work-related injury in Ontario. The presentation will suggest opportunities for the Schedule 2 employer community (and other employer communities) to partner with community initiatives to reduce the burden of injury in Ontario.
Not just for "Schedule 2" employers, this annual conference is designed for all Ontario employers and stakeholders interested in trends and issues in wellness, health and safety and disability management. Click here for more information or to register.
The 44th annual and scientific meeting of the Canadian Association of Gerontology (CAG) takes place October 23-25 in Calgary, Alberta. The theme of the 2015 conference is "From possibility to practice in aging: Shaping a future for all." This multidisciplinary conference is designed for people interested in individual and populating aging, and it explores how research, policy and practice shapes aging in Canada.
Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Research Associate Dr. Kim Cullen is presenting two papers at the conference: one on the determinants of work participation among older workers and another on interventions to promote their work participation. Cullen coordinated the research team that conducted the IWH systematic review upon which these papers are based. The review was led by IWH Associate Scientist Dr. Ivan Steenstra. Cullen's presentations are part of a CAG2015 symposium taking place on the Saturday (October 24 beginning at 2:00 p.m.) titled "Promoting Work Participation in Older Workers."
To learn more about the conference, go to: http://cag2015.ca/
The Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP)—co-led by Institute for Work & Health Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa and Adjunct Scientist Dr. Ellen MacEachen—is holding a one-day symposium to begin developing a roadmap that will lead the way in improving the work disability support system in Canada, as well as improving employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.
The symposium, open to academics, policy-makers, disability community representatives, employers and others who have a stake in this important issue, will centre on three questions:
- How can we better coordinate work disability programs to support the needs of workers with disabilities?
- What skills do employers need to better engage workers with disabilities?
- What are the key gaps in current disability support programs when it comes to supporting workers with disabilities?
The symposium takes place on Friday, November 20 in Toronto. To learn more about the symposium and how to register, go to: https://www.crwdp.ca/en/roadmapsymposium