Published: November 11, 2013

Introducing new members on IWH board...

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) proudly welcomes four new members to its Board of Directors: Melissa Barton is director of occupational health and wellness at Mount Sinai Hospital; Mark Dreschel is national safety director for Bird Construction; Dr. David Henry is former CEO of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences; and Kevin Wilson is vice-president of human resources and organizational effectiveness at Humber River Hospital.

...and warm thanks to outgoing board members

The Institute is also grateful for the contribution of four board members who recently departed at the end of their terms. These are: Ian Anderson, vice-chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board; Carolyn Tuohy, a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto; Daniel McCarthy, Canadian director of research and special programs at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters & Joiners of America; and Dev Chopra, executive vice-president of corporate services and redevelopment at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

2013 Nachemson lecture on research impact

The Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture this year is delivered by Dr. Mieke Koehoorn, senior scientist for the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She shares insights gained through a research partnership between UBC and WorkSafeBC, the province’s workers’ compensation board, on emerging issues in work-related health. The partnership aims to advance the use of routinely collected administrative data to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of public programs. For more information, go to:

IWH to co-host WDPI 2014

The Institute is excited to be one of the hosts of Work Disability Prevention and Integration 2014, the third scientific conference for research on preventing work disability and promoting safe and sustained return to work across a range of conditions. Taking place September 29 to October 1, 2014, in Toronto, WDPI 2014 will be a unique opportunity for an interdisciplinary and international exchange of ideas on preventing work disability. For more information, go to:

IWH scientist awarded esteemed lectureship

IWH Scientist Dr. Dorcas Beaton received the 2013 Helen Saarinen Lectureship in October, a lectureship established in 1997 by McMaster University’s School of Rehabilitation Science. Named after the co-founder of the school and the first chair of the undergraduate program in physiotherapy at McMaster, the award is a significant honour in the field of rehabilitation.