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).

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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Dr. Maurits Van Tulder , VU University Amsterdam

The management of low-back pain has changed from a passive approach calling for bed rest, traction and massage to a more active approach, one focused on staying active, exercise and multidisclipnary rehabilitation. This is in line with the change from a biomedical to a biopsychosocial model for understanding low-back pain over the last 20 years. However, the burden of low-back pain is still high, and the evidence for the biopsychosocial approach is still small. In this plenary, Dr. Maurits Van Tulder discusses the need for a new revolution in low-back pain research and the obligation researchers have to contribute to improving clinical practice.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

John Oudyk, Andrew King and Alan Hall , The Labour/OHCOW/Academic Research Collaboration (LOARC)

The right of worker representation has been a central tenet of occupational health and safety for over 40 years. While evidence shows that it improves health and safety at work, few attempts have been made to show how. In this plenary, a team of academics and labour representatives known as LOARC (short for Labour/OHCOW/Academic Research Collaboration) share their work examining what worker representatives actually do to achieve change. How much does it matter whether worker representatives adopt a more legal/technical approach or a more knowledge activist approach? Findings on effective worker health and safety representation styles are discussed.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Dr. Alicia Kurowski , University of Massachusetts Lowell