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CIRPD's Health and Work Productivity Portal

The new Health and Work Productivity website (HWP) will provide the latest evidence-based research and resources to support implementation of best practices in disability prevention, disability management and work productivity. 

The HWP Portal brings together researchers as well as a broad range of stakeholders, each who play a role in creating and sustaining safe, psychologically healthy and productive workplaces.  The Portal will feature homepages for Human Resource Professionals, Occupational Health and Safety, Business and Labour Leadership, Policy-Makers, Insurers and Public.

Become a beta-tester for the Portal in 2015 by joining the Health, Work and Productivity LinkedIn group now. 

Who are HWP members?Screenshot of the HWP Website

  • Academic and community-based researchers
  • Business and health science educators
  • Business/ labour leaders 
  • Disability managers
  • Health care professionals
  • Human resource professionals
  • Insurers
  • Managers/ supervisors
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Policy-makers
  • Service providers
  • Wellness coordinators

The HWP objectives

  • Provide information that is reliable, credible, and trustworthy
  • Provide tools and resources that are practical and actionable to support education and implementation of best practices
  • Build communities of practice within and across stakeholders
  • Highlight emerging issues within the disability management and work productivity fields
  • Identify research-informed and promising grassroots interventions from organizations and employers
  • Provide a place for academic and stakeholder research collaboration
  • Support and build cross-discipline research capacity

HWP Steering Committee 2014

  • Stephen Bevan - Director, Centre for Workforce Effectiveness, The Work Foundation (UK)
  • Terrance Bogyo - Consultant, Workers compensation, occupational health and disability management
  • Jennifer Christian MD - President, Webility Corporation
  • Marisa Cornacchia - Assistant Manager, Medical Advisory Services (MAS) & WSIB, Toronto Police Service
  • William Dyer - Head, Business Development, Western Canada ACCLAIM Ability Management Inc.
  • Sylvie Gelinas - Manager, Disability Health, WorksafeBC
  • Alison Hietanen - Membership Services Coordinator - Disability Management, Health Sciences Association of BC
  • Adrienne Hook - Executive Director, Health Authority Services with The Health Employers Association of BC
  • Doug Kube - Director, Health & Safety, Sofina Foods Inc
  • Janette Lyons - Chief Financial Officer, Powerex
  • Ed McCloskey - Consultant, Occupational health and safety and workers compensation research, policy, and practice, Former Director of the Research Secretariat, WorkSafeBC
  • Lisa MGuire - Executive Director, The FIOSA-MIOSA Safety Association of BC
  • Werner Schulz - Retired, Former Vice President, Rehabilitation Services, Healthcare Benefit Trust
  • Marc White PhD - (Ex-Officio), Research Chair, Health and Work Productivity Portal 

HWP Scientific Committee 2014

  • Niki Ellis MBBS, FAFOEM, FAFPHM - International Scientific Chair
    Former CEO and Professor, Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, Monash University, Australia; Former, CEO and Professor, Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health, University of Queensland;  Inaugural President, Australasian Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Adjunct Professor (pending), Monash University.
  • Marc White PhD - HWP Scientific Lead & Co-Research Coordinator
    Executive Director, Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia
  • Shannon Wagner PhD, R.Psych - HWP Co-Research Coordinator
    Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
  • Sir Mansel Aylward
    Director, Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, Centre for Psychosocial Research, Occupational and Physician Health, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
  • Nancy Baker ScD, MPH, OTR/L
    Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, USA
  • Stephen Bevan PhD
    Director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University, London, UK
  • André Bussières PhD
    Assistant Professor, McGill's School of Physical and Occupational Therapy; Cross-appointment: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University, Québec, Canada
  • Jennifer Christian MPH, MD
    President and Chief Medical Officer, Webility Corporation
  • Debbie Cohen OBE, MD FFOM FRCGP FRCP FAcMed
    Senior Medical Research Fellow and Director of Medic Support, Centre for Psychosocial Research, Occupational and Physician Health, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
  • Pierre Côté DC, PhD
    Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Director, UOIT-CMCC Centre for the Study of Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
  • Kenneth Craig PhD
    Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Clermont Dionne PhD
    Professor, Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University. Senior investigator, Population Health Research Unit (URESP) of the Research Centre of the Laval University Affiliated Hospital, Québec, Canada
  • Maureen Dobbins, RN, PhD
    Professor, School of Nursing, Director of Health Evidence ( ) and Scientific Director for the National Collaborating Centre Methods and Tools (; McMaster University, Ontario, Canada
  • Angela Downey PhD
    Associate Professor, Accounting, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
  • Erica Frank MD, MPH
    Canada Research Chair, Preventive Medicine and Population Health, Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Canada; Founder, President, and Research Director of 
  • Merv Gilbert PhD, RPsych
    Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction, Simon Fraser University, and Principal Partner, Psych Health + Safety; British Columbia, Canada
  • Douglas Gross, PhD
    Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  • Howard Hamer MD
    Occupational Medical Consultant, Canadian Blood Services, Liaison with College of Family Physicians of Canada
  • Henry Harder EdD, MA, Bed, R.Psych
    Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
  • Karen Jacobs, Ed.D., OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA
    Clinical Professor, Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Editor, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (IOS Press, The Netherlands); Massachusetts, USA
  • Julie Keysor PhD PT
    Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training and Director, Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT), Boston University College of Health & Rehabilitation, Massachusetts, USA
  • Corinne Koehn PhD, R.Psych
    School of Education, Counselling Specialization, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Merete Labriola PhD
    Senior researcher, Department of Clinical Social Medicine, Public Health and Quality Management, Central Denmark Region; Senior Researcher, Danish Ramazzini Centre, Department of Occupational Medicine, Regional Hospital Herning, Denmark
  • Diane Lacaille MD, MHSc, FRCPC
    Senior Research Scientist, Rheumatology, Arthritis Research Centre of Canada; Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Christian Larivière  PhD
    Senior Scientist, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke and Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Stavroula Leka CPsychol AFBPsS, FRSPH
    Associate Professor in Occupational Health Psychology; Director, Centre for Organizational Health & Development; Chair, ICOH Scientific Committee 'Work Organization & Psychosocial Factors'; Finance Director, European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology; Associate Editor, Safety Science; University of Nottingham, UK
  • Patrick Loisel MD
    Director, Work Disability Prevention, CIHR Strategic Training Program, Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto; Professor, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College; Adjunct Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  • Catherine Loughlin PhD
    Canada Research Chair in Management, Sobey School of Business & CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Joy MacDermid, BScPT MSc PhD
    CIHR Chair in Gender Work and Health, Professor and Assistant Dean of Rehabilitation Science, School of Physical Therapy, Co-Director, Hand and Upper Limb Centre, University of Western Ontario, Western University; Ontario, Canada
  • Serena McCloskey BSc, PhD, FHEA, CPsychol
    Serena McCluskey, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Iuliana Nastasia PhD
    Researcher, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Université de Sherbrooke, and Université de Québec à Montreal’s Kinanthropology Department, Québec, Canada
  • Fergal O'Hagan PhD
    Assistant Professor (Limited Term), Department of Psychology, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
  • Izabela Schultz PhD
    Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education; Coordinator, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Ivan Steenstra PhD
    Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health; Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Peter Tugwell, MSc, MD, FRCPC
    Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Community Medicine, University of Ottawa; Director, Centre for Global Health at the Institute of Population Health; Canada Research Chair in Health Equity; Co-director of a WHO Collaborating Centre for Knowledge Translation & Health Technology Assessment in Equity; Coordinating Editor, Cochrane Musculoskeletal Review Group; Founding Co-convenor, Cochrane Health Equity Field/Campbell Equity Methods Group.
  • Donjanea Fletcher Williams, EdD, LPC
    Program Evaluation Fellow, Office of Extramural Programs, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Kelly Williams-Whitt PhD
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge, Alberta


The Disability Prevention and Management Collaborative is an initiative of the Canadian ~nstitute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. Over 120 stakeholders have participated in surveys, focus groups, and planning summits to identify high priority issues and challenges and the creation of a roadmap to improve disability prevention and management.

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Last Modified: 9/17/2015 3:58 PM