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Effective Workplaces Webinar Series


These free educational webinars provide an opportunity for researchers to share the latest research and tools to help people with chronic and episodic health challenges (e.g. muscle and joint disorders, chronic pain, mental health, respiratory, cardiovascular, diabetes, etc.) stay at work and return to work. The free webinars are offered as live, online events and then posted as recordings. The series is partially funded by the Province of BC through the Community Gaming Grants.

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For professionals seeking Certificates of Attendance for accreditation please register on our professional learning portal​ and view the catalogue of recorded webinars. By viewing the recorded webinars on this learning platform you can request a Certificate of Attendance for an administrative fee of $15.  Professionals Members of WWDPI using the professional learning platform receive Certificates of Attendance at no charge.  We welcome your membership​. ​​

We thank our program partners, education advisory committee, and speakers who contribute to this webinar series. For our Effective Workplaces webinars we would like to thank Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work who participate in program planning. We would also like to thank the Government of British Columbia for their annual support.

​Please enjoy these webinars.  If you like what we do please consider becoming a member.

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This series is partially funded by the Province of BC  through the Community Gaming Grants, WWDPI memberships and donations. 
WWDPI does not accept sponsorship from pharmaceutical companies.

Webinar Recordings

Upcoming Webinars
Live Event: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 11:30 AM PT, 2:30 ET
Kevin Kelloway, PhD-Professor of Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary’s University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
In this webinar I draw on the available research evidence to identify practical strategies for organizational leaders in fostering workplace mental health.
Live Event: Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 ET
Joti Samra, PhD-CEO & Founder, Dr. Joti Samra, MyWorkplaceHealth, Canada
In this webinar, you will be introduced to the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace, it’s 13 psychosocial factors and understand the critical importance of psychologically safe leadership. Health/shutterstock_1615202497.jpg
Live Event: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Vicki Kristman, PhD and Robyn O’Loughlin, PhD Cand.-Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Lakehead University, and PhD Candidate, Carleton University, Ontario, Canada
This event will discuss the development of the partnership between Lakehead University and Nokiiwin Tribal Council in Thunder Bay, Ontario. They successfully obtained a CIHR grant, attended a 'Hackathon', and developed an e-mental health app.
Live Event: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Ana Barrio, PhD-Adjunct Professor, Pace University, New York City, USA
Are you interested in learning about manager behaviors associated with employee well-being? That is the purpose of Dr. Barrio’s research.
Live Event: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Emile Tompa, PhD​-Senior Scientist, Institute for Work & Health​, Toronto, Canada
In this session, Emile Tompa will introduce the new CSA Standard for Work Disability Management Systems and describe how the Standard has been designed to help organizations proactively manage their workers’ health needs.
Live Event: Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
John Higenbottam, PhD-Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC
More details coming soon...
Live Event: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Nancy Carnide, PhD-Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health, Toronto, Canada
More details coming soon...

​Recorded Webinars
Live Event: Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Shawna Meister, MA and Bryce Barker, PhD-Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)​
This webinar will review key considerations for developing a comprehensive workplace impairment policy such as including effective components and dispelling myths and misunderstandings.
Live Event: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Christine Maheu, RN, PhD and Maureen Parkinson, M.Ed. C.C.R.C- Co-Directors of Cancer and Work
This session aims to synthesize the research to date and give practical tips that cancer survivors, health care providers and employers can use to support a cancer survivor return to work and stay at work.
Live Event: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
January 2020
Rebecca Gewurtz, PhD and Emile Tompa, PhD-Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University and Senior Scientist, Institute for Work & Health​
Financial incentives for employers are widely used to address low employment among people with disabilities. This study contributes to our understanding of how and when financial incentives work to improve employment opportunities and outcomes.
Live Event: Tuesday December 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
December 2019
Silvia Bonaccio, PhD-Professor at the University of Ottawa
In this webinar, participants will learn evidence-based answers to many of the most common questions or concerns that employers continue to have about workers living with disabilities.
Live Event: Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 ET, 5:30 PM CET
Nicole Snippen-Third year PhD student, Department of Health Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
This webinar will provide an introduction on how significant others can influence coping and work participation of workers with a chronic disease and how this can be addressed in occupational health care.
Live Event: Friday, November 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Dwayne Van Eerd, Ph.D.-Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, Canada
An aging workforce can be a concern for employers. However research shows that aging is not associated with a greater risk of injury. Research suggests that workplace approaches that are fair (not ageist), flexible and support autonomy are most helpful.
Live Event: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
November 2019
Rebecca Gewurtz, PhD-Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University
Injured workers who do not return to work as expected face significant social, emotional and financial losses. This webinar will focus on the individual and structural barriers injured workers face when they attempt to navigate disability benefit systems.
Live Event: Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 1:00 PM PT, 4:00 PM ET, Friday, November 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM NZT
October 2019
Bevan Catley, PhD -Associate Professor and Associate Head of School​ of Management, Massey University, New Zealand
There is little workplace bullying research that has examined the effectiveness of prevention efforts at a national level. Learn about the effectiveness of a policy level intervention designed to influence individual and organisational practices.
Live Event: Monday, October 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET, 3:00 PM AT
October 2019
Arla Day, PhD-Director, CN Centre for Occupational Health & Safety and Professor in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary's University, Canada
In this timely webinar, learn how your organization can improve your workplace practices to support mental health, and how you can better evaluate your current initiatives.
Live Event: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
October 2019
Dwayne Van Eerd, PhD-Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, Canada
Depression in the workplace is a substantial burden for all concerned, this webinar will present on current scientific and practice evidence to support employees with depression in the workplace.
Live Event: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
September 2019
Graham Lowe, PhD and Lisa McGuire, CRSP-Workplace Consultant, President of The Graham Lowe Group Inc and Professor Emeritus, the University of Alberta​ & Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC
This webinar examines the core competencies and capabilities that occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals require to meet the needs of a dynamic manufacturing sector in the province of British Columbia.
Live Event: Wednesday, September 11 at 4:00 PM PT, 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, September 12 at 9:00 AM AET
September 2019
Catherine Andrew-Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health & Human Sciences, Southern Cross University, Australia and Certified Practicing Ergonomist, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Australia
The number of individuals presenting with signs and symptoms of a dementia while still in paid work is likely to increase. Join us for this timely webinar that will affect us more and more, particularly employers and HR professionals.
Live Event: Thursday, September 5, 2019 at 11: 00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
September 2019
Susanne M. Bruyère, PhD-Professor of Disability Studies and Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University ILR School
In this webinar, learn about what the research shows about best practices and policies for accessibility and accommodation, and about why hiring and retaining people with disabilities makes good business sense.
Live Event: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
Basak Yanar, PhD-Research Associate at the Institute for Work and Health, Canada
This webinar will explore the workplace factors that contribute to occupational health and safety (OHS) vulnerability of recent immigrants and refugees, and will provide insights into their safe work integration.
Live Event: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 8:30 AM PT, 11:30 AM ET, 4:30 PM BT
July 2019
Gwenllian Wynne-Jones, PhD-Senior Research Fellow, Keele University, UK
The pain and disability caused by musculoskeletal conditions result in substantial loss of quality of life, accounting for 21% of the total years lived with disability worldwide. This has considerable impact on healthcare systems.
Live Event: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM PT, 1:00 PM ET
July 2019
​​​​​Lucas Monzani, PhD-Assistant Professor, Organizational Behaviour, Ivey Business School, Canada
What is the secret formula for being a good leader? In this webcast, I will introduce Ivey’s model of character-based leadership and describe how it relates to leaders’ effectiveness.
Live Event: Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 11 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
July 2019
Carolyn Winslow, PhD-Industrial/organizational Psychologist, Applied Researcher, and Consultant, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, University of California, Berkeley, USA
This webinar will provide an overview of and guide to implementing specific evidence-based workplace positive psychology practices. Discussion will surround practical considerations and guidance from research.for effecting changes in employee well-being.
Live Event: Monday, July 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
July 2019
JianLi Wang, Ph.D.-Senior Scientist, Director. Work & Mental Health Research Unit, Institute of Mental Health Research
Employees with depressive symptoms report more days absent from work and less productivity while at work than those without symptoms. In this webinar, learn about which interventions are most effective in preventing depression and reducing its symptoms.
Live Event: Thursday, July 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
July 2019
Katherine Lippel, PhD -Canada Research Chair in OHS Law, University of Ottawa and Policy lead, On the Move Partnership
This webinar examines occupational health and safety systems in Canada when they are applied to the mobile workforce and looks to best practices in ensuring prevention of occupational injuries and diseases.
Live Event: Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
June 2019
Celina Dunn, MD, CCFP, CIME -Manager, Medical Services, WorkSafeBC
Research on worklessness has revealed that the relative risk of increased mortality for being unemployed is greater than that of many chronic diseases, smoking, and poverty. This webinar will look at some of that research.
Live Event: Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
June 2019
Seth Kaplan -Associate Professor, Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, George Mason University
This webinar will separate fact from fiction in workplace wellness programs. You will learn which of the advice in the popular press is supported by science and which is not. You also will learn evidence-based practices for implementing these programs.
Live Event: Monday, June 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
June 2019
Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau and Adam Perry-Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the Université de Québec à Montréal and Assistant Professor of Adult Education at St. Francis Xavier University
Every year, Canadian employers hire temporary foreign workers. Who are these workers? Who employs them? How do various immigration policies concretely affect their experience, and their health and wellness, while they are in Canada and in what way?
Live Event: Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00PM ET
May 2019
Katherine Lippel, PhD and Dana Howse, PhD-Canada Research Chair in OHS Law, University of Ottawa & Policy lead, On the Move Partnership and Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy and SafetyNet Centre for OHS Memorial University, Newfoundland and Labrador
This webinar examines strengths and weaknesses of selected workers’ compensation systems in Canada when they are applied to the mobile workforce and looks at some effects on workers’ families.
Live Event: Monday, May 27, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
May 2019
​Fergal O'Hagan, PhD​-Senior Lecturer Department of Psychology, Trent University, Canada
Working together is the key to success in return to work, but why are communication and collaboration so difficult to achieve and how can we improve the situation? Tune in to this webinar to find out.
Live Event: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
May 2019
Alessia Negrini, PhD-Researcher, Occupational Health Psychology, IRSST, Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke, and Associate Researcher, Centre de Recherche CSSS Champlain—Charles-Le Moyne
In this webinar the most frequent and effective supervisor contributions to the RTW process (before and during the absence, and during the return to work preparations) of employees diagnosed with depression will be presented.
Live Event: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
April 2019
M. Gloria González-Morales, PhD-Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph, Canada, and Research Director of the Occupational Health and Positive Psychology Lab, and co-founder of the Centre for Workers' Health and Well-Being.
This webinar will describe the basics of the stress experience, and explain how can we set up workplaces to promote challenges, that help employees to perform and grow.
Live Event: Thursday April 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET, 7:00 PM GMT+1
April 2019
Susanne M. Bruyère, PhD, CRC-Professor of Disability Studies and Director of the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Cornell University ILR School
This webinar provides an overview of effective workplace practices and policies known to maximize disability inclusive recruitment and hiring, resulting in a higher likelihood of successfully increasing individuals with disabilities in your workforce.
Live Event: Tuesday April 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET, 7:00 AM GMT+1
April 2019
Barb Neis, PhD and Elise Thorburn-On the Move Partnership, Memorial University of Newfoundland
This webinar explores intersections between precarious employment, work-related mobility, work scheduling and family lives, related consequences, and strategies to reduce family-related impacts across diverse segments of the Canadian labour force.
Live Event: Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 1:30 PM PT, 4:30 PM ET, 9:30 PM GMT, Friday, April 12, 2019 at 8:30 AM NZT
April 2019
Andrew McCombie, PhD-Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Surgery at the University of Otago in New Zealand
This webinar will present current research evidence on the impacts of IBD on work abilities and the types of resources that employees are seeking to assist them in maintaining employment despite their chronic disease.
Live Event: Tuesday April 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM PT, 2:00 PM ET
April 2019
Deborah McLellan, PhD, MHS-Senior Scientist at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Center for Work, Health, and Well-being
This webinar will describe how to implement best practices for improving employee and employer outcomes related to safety, health, and well-being, using a systems approach and case examples.
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