Published: January 18, 2012

IWH welcomes new Board members

A number of changes were made in December to the Board of Directors at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). Ian Anderson, a vice-chair at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, is the new chair of IWH’s Board. He succeeds labour market consultant John O’Grady, who remains a member. Dr. Carolyn Tuohy, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, assumes the role of vice-chair.

New Board members are Jerry Garcia and Melody Kratsios. Garcia is a professional engineer who provides advisory and management consulting services to chief officers in the health-care, government and not-for-profit sectors. Kratsios is a senior vice-president of health, safety, security, environment and quality for SNC-Lavalin Inc., Infrastructure and Construction.

Retired from the Board is Dr. Roland Hosein, vice-president of environment, health and safety at GE Canada. Janice Dunlop, former senior vice-president of human resources at Ontario Power Generation, retired from the Board last September. IWH thanks these members for their valued contributions to the Board.

IWH scientific director delivers keynote

IWH Scientific Director Dr. Ben Amick delivered the keynote speech at the first Australasian Compensation Health Research Forum, held in Melbourne, Australia, in mid-October. Amick spoke on factors influencing return to work following injury, and his slides are available at:

IWH research gets honourable mention  

IWH Senior Scientist Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson and her research team received an honourable mention for the best intervention evaluation at the fifth National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS), which took place in October in Morgantown, West Virginia. The IWH evaluation was a randomized controlled study of targeted health and safety consultations and inspections in Ontario workplaces.

Scientific Director Dr. Ben Amick, one of the study’s co-investigators, was a speaker at the NOIRS opening plenary. He talked about future directions in occupational injury prevention research from a Canadian perspective.