International expert in work-related cancers to explore future of occupational disease prevention in Canada

September 27, 2018 (Toronto, Ontario)—For more than a decade in Canada, deaths due to occupational disease have exceeded the number of deaths due to traumatic injury. Policy-makers and workplace parties are increasingly recognizing that society needs to pay greater attention—including regulatory attention—to preventing work-related diseases such as occupational cancers.

This November 28 in Toronto, Dr. Paul Demers will discuss the progress made in preventing occupational disease and the work that still needs to be done. Demers, a Canadian-based international expert on work-related cancers, has been awarded this year’s Alf Nachemson Memorial Lectureship, presented annually by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH).

Dr. Demers, director of the Occupational Cancer Research Centre based at Cancer Care Ontario, is recognized globally for his expertise on the epidemiology of occupational cancers. He sits on many expert panels, including working groups of the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Demers will bring this expertise to the fore as he explores research challenges in establishing occupational disease causation, highlights past successes in occupational disease prevention in Canada, and shares his perspective on opportunities to move this prevention agenda forward.

Media are welcome to attend the event. Please contact Cindy Moser or Uyen Vu (see contact information on this page).

Full details for online and publication event listings are included below:

2018 Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture
Preventing occupational disease: Moving the agenda forward

By Dr. Paul Demers, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Toronto, Ont.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Design Exchange, 2nd Floor
234 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario
Doors open – 4:30 p.m.
Lecture – 5:00 p.m.
Reception – 6:00 p.m.

The lecture and reception are open to all, but registration is required. To learn more about the lecture and to register, go to:

About the Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture

The annual Alf Nachemson Lecture was established by IWH in 2002 to honour the significant contribution of Dr. Alf Nachemson to the use of research evidence in clinical decision-making. Nachemson was a distinguished orthopaedic surgeon and researcher from Sweden, as well as a founding member of the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee. When he passed away in 2006, the lecture was renamed the Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture. The annual lecture has become one of the most important and popular networking events of the year in Ontario for policy-makers, researchers, professionals, advocates and other stakeholders in the field of work injury and disability prevention.

About the Institute for Work & Health

IWH is an independent, not-for-profit research organization that aims to protect and improve the health of working people. Recognized as one of the top five occupational health and safety research centres in the world, the Institute provides practical and relevant findings on the prevention of work injury and disability to policy-makers, workers, employers, clinicians, and health, safety and disability management professionals.

Media contacts

Cindy Moser 
Communications Director
Institute for Work & Health
416-927-2027, ext. 2183
705-872-1939 (cell)

Uyen Vu
Senior Communications Associate
Institute for Work & Health
613-979-7742 (cell)