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Bancroft Institute: The Science and Politics of Work Disability Prevention

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The Science and Politics of Work Disability Prevention

Thursday November 29th – 9am to 1pm
Friends House - 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto

$10 suggested donation. Free for the unwaged or underemployed.
TTC Tokens will be available for injured workers.

9:30 Welcome & Introduction

9:45 Keynote: Ellen MacEachen (Editor, The Science and Politics of Work Disability Prevention, Routledge, 2018)

10:15 Kari-Pekka Martimo (Elo Mutual Pension Insurance Company)

10:35 Audience Q&A

10:50 Break

11:10 Panel: Injured Workers’ Experience - What Works to Get Back to Work?

  • Sang-Hun Mun (Community Organizer, IAVGO Community Legal Clinic)
  • Joe Dowdall (VP and Government Affairs Representative, International Union of Operating Engineers)
  • Kier Munn (Lawyer, Office of the Worker Advisor)
  • Ashley Soza Pilkington (Clinical Secretary)

11:50 Respondent Panel: Communities’ Perspectives - Building on What Works

  • Victoria Mummery (Rehabilitation Nurse, Independent Consultant)
  • Debbie Coulson (International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793)
  • Rebecca Gewurtz (School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University)
  • Steve Mantis (Chair, Research Action Committee, Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups)

12:30 Audience Q&A

1:00 Adjourn

About the book:

The rising cost of illness and disability benefits are one of today’s biggest social and labour market challenges. The promise of activation-oriented work disability policies was labour market engagement for all people, regardless of illness, injury or impairment. However, the reality has been more complex.

The Science and Politics of Work Disability Policy addresses social and political economic contexts driving state work disability reform in 13 countries. In this first attempt to explain the history and future of work disability policy, this book asks new questions about work disability policy design, focus, and effects. It details how work disability policies have evolved with jurisdictions, why these take their current shape, and where they are heading. The well positioned authors draw on their insider knowledge and expertise in law, medicine, and social science to provide detailed case studies of their jurisdictions.

This pathbreaking volume will be of interest to social security system policy makers, scholars, and students in the health and social sciences.

About the Presenters:

Ellen MacEachen, PhD, is an associate professor and associate director with the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Her sociologically oriented research focuses on the design and evaluation of work and health systems and how they can be adapted to suit changing employment and socio-political environments. She has a special interest in vulnerable workers and how the growth of precarious employment conditions affect worker access to state security systems. In her research, she works closely with community partners and policy makers to ensure research relevance and improve research impact.

Joe Dowdall is vice president and government affairs representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793. Prior to his appointment to government affairs, he spent 25 years as Local 793’s director of training and apprenticeship. Initiated into the union in 1974, Joe has worked in all sectors of the industry.
Joe was the recipient of the IHSA Roy A. Phinnemore Award in 2015. The award is presented each year to a person who has made significant contributions to health and safety in Ontario’s construction industry.

Victoria Mummery is a registered nurse and certified rehabilitation specialist (retired), who holds a master's degree in pharmacology/toxicology. As a co-founder of London Occupational Safety and Health (LOSH) in 1981, she has long history in workplace health and safety and workers' compensation issues. Her past 15 years of conducting assessments, creating plans, and providing rehabilitation services for clients with both short-term and long-term disabilities gives her varied and ample experience in knowing what is required for a successful return to work with a disability.

Rebecca Gewurtz is an associate professor in the School of Rehabilitation at McMaster University. She is an occupational therapist with a program of research focused broadly on work disability policy, including workplace accessibility strategies and disability benefit systems.

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