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Effective Workplaces Webinar Series

These free educational webinars provide an opportunity for professionals to share the latest research and tools to help people with chronic pain or disability to stay at work and to return to work. The free webinars are offered as live, online events and then posted as recordings. The series is partially funded by the Province of BC through the Community Gaming Grants.

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Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars

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Live Event: Monday August 14 at 4:00 pm PDT, 7:00 pm EDT
Dr. Ian Cameron-Chair in Rehabilitation Medicine, Sydney Medical School, at the University of Sydney​
Motor vehicle crashes are recognized as an important cause of death and disability worldwide. There is increasing knowledge of factors associated with recovery and these are largely psychosocial in nature, with some biological aspects.
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Live Event: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
Dr. Emile Tompa- Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health
In this webinar Dr. Emile Tompa presents findings from a synthesis of evidence of studies that evaluated the effectiveness of OHS regulatory enforcement measures.
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Live Event: Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm PDT, 7:00 pm EDT
Dr. Mark Deady-Post Doctoral Research Fellow, University of New South Wales
The current webinar aims to provide an overview of current research into workplace depression prevention strategies and interventions and a broad framework around creating mentally healthy workplaces.
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Live Event: Thursday September 28, 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
Dr. Caroline Biron-Assistant Professor, Université Laval
In this webinar, Caroline Biron presents the results of a research project that aimed to identify the conditions facilitating and hindering the adoption by managers of management practices promoting the psychological health of their staff
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Live Event: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
Lynn E. Shaw, PhD, OT(Reg)NS-Professor and Director and Assistant Dean Faculty of Health Professions, Dalhousie University
Learning objectives and registration coming soon...
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Live Event: Thursday, February 8 at 11:00 AM PDT, 2:00 PM EDT
Dr. Ellen MacEachen-Associate Professor / Associate Director, Graduate Research Programs, University of Waterloo
More details and registration coming soon...

​Recorded Webinars  

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Live Event: Thursday, July 20, 2017 at 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
Dr. Angela Colantonio-Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
The focus of the presentation will be discussion of the relationship between sleep and relevant clinical and non-clinical factors and outcomes in a sample of Ontario workers with delayed recovery from an established diagnosis of wrTBI.
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Live Event: Thursday, July 20th 2017, 2:00 PM PDT, 5:00 PM EDT
Douglas Gross PhD, BScPT and Joanne Park PhD, BScOT -University of Alberta
Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered approach designed to facilitate behavior change.
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Live Event: Thursday June 22, 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
Kate McCleary, MS, CHES-Institute for Health & Productivity Studies, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Past research on workplace health promotion (WHP) programs has discovered considerable differences between the perceptions of employees and employers regarding program effects, sources of stress, and job satisfaction.
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Live Event: Thursday, June 8 at 11:00am PST, 2:00 pm EST
Dr. Kim Cullen and Emma Irvin-Dr. Kim Cullen, Associate Scientist, Institute for Work and Health, Emma Irvin, Director, Research Operations, Institute for Work and Health
A recent systematic review of the scientific literature suggests that to effectively help injured and ill workers return to their jobs, workplaces should offer different kinds of help that simultaneously aim to improve worker health, coordinate RTW.
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Live Event: May 26, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Graham Lowe -President, The Graham Lowe Group Inc.
​Successful leaders have the capacity to thrive in the face of adversity and feel confident, optimistic and hopeful about the future. These traits – which can be learned – contribute to leaders' personal well-being, and a more successful organization.
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Live Event: May 11th, 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT
Ivan Steenstra, PhD-Manager Research & Analytics, Morneau Shepell
The workforce in Western society is ageing. A shortage of workers is predicted. Many ideas are put forward to keep older workers in the workforce but do we actually know what is effective? This webinar will provide an overview of the evidence.
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Live Event: April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm PT, 7:00 PM ET
Debra Dunstan, PhD-Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Program at the University of New England, Armidale Australia
Managers view co-workers as having little relevance to RTW most of the time, but identify them as contributing to poor outcomes in some circumstances which are challenging to manage.
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Live Event: March 30, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Julia Kaisla - Canadian Mental Health Association – British Columbia
​Julia discusses the benefits of having a Workplace Peer Support Program and the steps you can take io implement one
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Live Event: March 23rd, 2017 - 5:00pm PST, 8:00pm EST, March 24th - 8:00am Australia
Justine Leavy PhD - Senior Lecturer, School of Public Health, Curtin University
Dr. Leavy discusses research on the health risks of prolonged sedentary behaviour and how sit-to-stand workstations are effective in breaking up prolonged sitting time, improving work performance and mood, and positively influencing some health outcomes.
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Live Event: March 10, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
William S. Shaw, Ph.D - Senior Research Scientist, Center for Disability Research
Dr. Shaw shares highlights from recent research on the most effective policies and practices for preventing disability in the workplace.
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Live Event: February 24, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Janet Parsons PhD, MScm, PT, BSc, BA - Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute
Dr. Janet Parsons discusses research on the importance and effectiveness of using drawings for health and safety messages to assist immigrant workers in staying safe. ​In collaboration with Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation
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Live Event: February 16, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Carolyn Dewa, MPH, PhD -Collaborating Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Dr. Dewa will discuss recent research on the ways that mental disorders can effect work productivity, and will provide interventions to improve outcomes.
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Live Event: February 2, 2017 - 8:30am PST, 11:30am EST
Marloes Vooijs, MSc-Doctoral Candidate, Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, Academic Medical Center
Ms. Vooijs discusses a recent systematic review of ways to increase the participation workers who have a chronic disease.
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Live Event: January 27, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Juliann C. Scholl, PhD, James Grosch, and Bermang Ortiz - National Center for Productive Aging and Work (NCPAW)
This webinar will advance the concept of productive aging and present evidence-based methods for facilitating an age-friendly workplace.
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Live Event: January 19, 2017 - 11:00am PDT, 2:oopm EDT
Ellen Choi - PhD Candidate, Organizational Behaviour, Western University
​In this webinar, Ms. Choi will discuss how mindfulness can be used in the workplace to impact organizational outcomes.
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Live Event: January 13, 2017 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Kelly Williams-Whitt, PhD - Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge
Dr. Williams-Whitt discusses the current state of research on workplace interventions that affect job demands and control and how they impact absenteeism, productivity, and financial outcomes.
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Live Event: December 8, 2016 - 8:30am PDT, 11:30am EDT
Åsa Tjulin-Senior Lecturer, School of Health, Care, and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University
In this webinar, we will discuss research on workers' expectations upon return to work and stategies for touching base with workplaces while on long-term sickness absence.
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Live Event: December 1, 2016 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Douglas P. Gross, Ph.D., BScPT - Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta
Dr. Gross will discuss a recently conducted scoping review of Clinical Decision Support tools for making treatment decisions for injured workers.
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Live Event: November 24, 2016 - 8:00am PST, 11:00am EST
Nora Spinks-CEO, Vanier Institute of Family
Ms. Spinks will discuss how organizations are responding in order to keep their employees productive at work and engaged while they fulfill their caregiving responsibilities at home.
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Live Event: November 17, 2016 - 8:30am PST, 11:30am EST
Frederieke Schaafsma, PhD - Senior Researcher, Department of Public and Occupational Health, VU University Medical Center
Dr. Frederieke Schaafsma will present what we have learned so far regarding management of low back pain in relation to the workplace, and promising new ways to handle low back pain.
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Live Event: November 10, 2016 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Shelly Campo, PhD-Director of Outreach, Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Iowa
Dr. Campo will look at research about programs that expand the traditional focus of occupational safety and health from protecting workers from work-specific safety and health hazards to include the promotion of health and well-being.
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Live Event: October 20, 2016 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Arla Day, PhD - Canada Research Chair, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary’s University
Dr. Arla Day will discuss current research on components of psychologiaclly healthy workplaces and discuss how leaders can model healthy behaviours and foster respect in the workplace.
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Live Event: October 14, 2016 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Cindy Malachowski, PhD-Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Waterloo
Dr. Cindy Malachowski will discuss research that focuses on the lived experience of employees with depression in the workplace.
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Live Event: October 6, 2016 - 3:00pm PST, 6:00pm EST
Prof. Tony Lamontagne-Professor Of Work Health And Well Being, Deakin University
Professor Lamontagne will discuss how to use mental health interventions effectively in the workplace to build a healthier workforce.
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Live Event: September 14, 2016 - 9:30am PST, 12:30pm EST
Agnieszka Kosny, PhD-Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
Dr. Agnieszka Kosny will discuss current research about the role that healthcare providers play in return to work after an injury and how to improve communication to improve outcomes.
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Live Event: July 13th, 2016 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Mieke Koehoorn, PhD-Professor and Head, Occupational and Environmental Health Division, University of British Columbia
​Gender and sex can have an impact on the outcomes of workplace disability. Dr. Mieke Koehoorn will discuss recent research on how gender and sex affect disability outcomes and will provide some practical steps for handling the differences.
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Live Event: June 15, 2016 at 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
June 15, 2016
Debra Lerner MS, PhD-Director, Program on Health, Work and Productivity, Tufts Medical Center
​Dr. Debra Lerner will discuss current research on how depression in the workplace affects levels of absenteeism and presenteeism. She will also present strategies for working with employees with depression.
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Live Event: June 8, 2016 at 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
June 8, 2016
Monique Gignac, PhD-Associate Scientific Director and a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health
Monique Gignac will discuss current research on understanding the interplay between accommodation and chronic diseases so employers can better retain older workers.
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Live Event: April 14th, 2016 - 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST
Sang D. Choi, PhD, CPE, CSP -Director, Center for Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Research, University of Wisconsin
In collaboration with Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation - Dr. Choi will review the literature on work-related musculoskeletal hazards and risks associated with handling overweight and obese patients.
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Live Event: March 24, 2016, 9:30am PST, 12:30pm EST
Michael Rouse, PhD & Michelle Ashworth-Associate Professor, Strategy and Organization, Ivey Business School, Western University & Senior Specialist, Health & Wellness, Group Benefits, Sun Life Financial
Dr. Michael Rouse and Ms. Michelle Ashworth will discuss the key elements in effective workplace wellness programs.
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