IWH Updates - Spring 2020

Published: May 27, 2020

Research associate joins scientist ranks

Dr. Basak Yanar has been promoted to the position of associate scientist, effective March 2020. Yanar, who joined the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) as a research associate, holds a PhD in organizational behaviour from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto (U of T). Her current research program is centred around immigrant employment experiences and health and safety. To see Yanar’s bio, please go to: www.iwh.on.ca/people/basak-yanar

Dalla Lana alumni award goes to IWH scientist

IWH Scientist Dr. Arif Jetha has been named recipient of the Emerging Public Health Leader Award, given out by U of T’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH) Alumni Association. The award recognizes a DLSPH graduate for demonstrating leadership in bringing about measurable positive change, using innovative approaches to change and motivate others to improve the field of public/population health in Canada. To see Jetha’s bio, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/people/arif-jetha

CIHR scholarship awarded to IWH PhD student

Gemma Woticky, a research assistant with IWH’s Accommodating and Communicating about Episodic Disabilities (ACED) project, has received a three-year Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Woticky, a PhD student at the DLSPH, is studying the lived experiences of employees with a disability and their co-workers. Her goal is to understand communication and behavioural strategies, as well as workplace cultures, related to disability support and accommodation at work. For details about the project, go to: https://aced.iwh.on.ca

World Congress 2020 rescheduled to 2021

In light of public health guidance regarding COVID-19, the International Organizing Committee (IOC) of the XXII World Congress on Safety and Health at Work has decided to move the event to September 19-22, 2021. The rescheduled event, co-hosted by IWH and the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), will still take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in downtown Toronto. It is also being expanded to include virtual options, including livestreaming to facilitate further global engagement.

Given the impact of COVID-19 on workplaces around the world, the IOC has also decided to convene a virtual meeting of global thought leaders focused on COVID-19 on October 5, 2020. More information about this meeting will be posted to the Congress website in the coming weeks. Go to: www.safety2021canada.com