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Independent Researcher and SpeakerTerry is an independent researcher, speaker and commentator with an international reputation for his knowledge of workers’ compensation, occupational health, and disability management issues. He is a member of the U.S. based National Academy of Social Insurance and is a Canadian Certified Rehabilitation Counselor(CCRC). He recently retired from WorkSafeBC as the Director of Corporate Planning and Research after a thirty year career ranging in responsibilities from work as a vocational rehabilitation consultant to senior management positions in policy, strategy and administration. He continues to instruct disability management and program evaluation courses for the National Institute of Disability Management and Research.
Recently Retired from WorkSafeBC
Marc White, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia
CEO & President, Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
Dr. Marc White is co-founder and CEO/President of the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia and a principal investigator affiliated with AUTO21, Networks of Centres of Excellence. Dr. White held an appointment as Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and at the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2005 – 2008). Formerly a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (2003-2005). His research areas include research translation (reducing the gap between what is known from high quality research and what is done in policy, training and practice), continuing medical education, disability prevention, consumer health education and primary care renewal.
Dr. White is the lead investigator for the Health and Work Productivity Web-Portal, an academic community partnership dedicated to translating best evidence on disability prevention and employee health, as well as a public website focused on whiplash prevention (whiplashprevention.org). He has organized over 20 international and national conferences held in Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Europe.
Health and Safety Officer
Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Theresa (Terri) Aversa currently works as a Health and Safety Officer at the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). Her role includes providing health and safety assistance and advice to OPSEU’s 130,000 members and participating with other stakeholders to improve workplace health and safety in Ontario. Prior to coming on-staff at OPSEU in 2005, Terri worked for 16 years in Correctional Services. Altogether, Terri brings over 25 years of experience in the labour movement dealing with various issues including her current focus on occupational health and safety. Most recently, Terri spearheaded the development of the 2012 Mental Injury Tool Kit, a resource tool developed by unions, workers, and organizations to identify and address organizational factors that may cause or contribute to mental distress for workers. Terri has completed a Specialist B.A. in Employment Relations at University of Toronto and is pursuing a Masters in McMaster University’s Work & Society program.
Vice President and Practice Leader
Organizational Psychology, Ontario
Normand has over 38 years of banking and consulting experience in both Line Banking and various staff functions. His last position at BMO before joining Optimum Talent was as Head of Employee Relations and had the dual challenge of protecting the legal and legislative rights of both employees and the Bank across North America and abroad. He has extensive experience in commercial and personal lending, staffing, training and compensation. He played a leading role for over 20 years at the Canadian Bankers Association by representing the banking industry and all federally regulated employers at numerous parliamentary and senatorial committee hearings and at the United Nations' International Labour Organization in Geneva where he acts or has acted as the Canadian employer spokesperson, Delegation Head and Employer Chair for all 180 member-states.
Occupational Health and Safety Director, BC Federation of Labour
Nina Hansen is the current Occupational Health and Safety Director for the BC Federation of Labour (BCFED), a role that involves contributing to policy development, providing training and education across the province, and working with varied stakeholders to promote safe and healthy workplaces. Prior to joining the directors’ team at BCFED, Nina worked for over 16 years as an occupational health and safety representative and workers’ advocate.
Nina’s background in advocacy has provided her with a particular understanding of workplace mental health. She has observed first-hand the challenges faced by workers living with a mental illness, as well as the many benefits gained by workplaces that take ownership of their role in promoting positive mental health. She believes that the Bottom Line Conference is an important platform for employers, service providers and workers to develop their own understanding of workplace mental health, by hearing real-life stories told from a variety of perspectives.
Clinical Lead, Disability Programs, Workplace Health, Fraser Health Authority
Monica has been facilitating health promotion, recovery and return at work for over 20 years. After working with oil and health care companies in Occupational health, she joined Fraser Health Authority in 2004 as part of the disability management team. She is currently the Clinical Leader for the program. Monica brings her medical and occupational health background to improve success in accommodation processes and facilitating people with chronic conditions to stay at work. Additional experience in quality assurance, ethics, epidemiology, and a certification in Disability Management more than 10 year ago, have allow Monica to work in various areas of the disability field (prevention, return to work, accommodations), and understand that it is the time to "move upstream" and work with employees that struggle to stay at work due to their medical conditions, focusing in all tiers of prevention and providing skills and conditions to improve their situation, so the effect in quality of life and permanent disability can be mitigated.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Radiation Safety Institute of Canada
Steve Horvath is currently the President and CEO of the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada. Prior to this, Steve held the position of President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Canada's only national resource for the advancement of workplace health and safety. Steve has held senior executive positions with companies in the technology, manufacturing and service sectors including responsibilities as President and CEO of multi-national companies. For more than 25 years, he has held and currently holds a number of Directorships on public and private sector Boards and global technical committees, including Chairing committees at the International Labour Organization (ILO) and World Health Organization (WHO), Director on the Board of Governors of Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services.
Philip Hinds, MB BCh BAO MRCGP MFOM CCFP
Medical Advisor, WorkSafeBC
Dr. Philip Hinds graduated from Queen's University Belfast in 1987. Following 12 years of general practice he trained as a specialist occupational physician in the UK, becoming a Member of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine in 2008. Working as a medical officer at Jaguar Land Rover for six years, this senior management position provided experience in addressing a broad range of practical occupational medicine problems, while managing a multidisciplinary occupational health department. He emigrated to Canada in 2009, settling on Vancouver Island. He initially returned to general practice but now with the added benefit of his occupational medicine experience. After working as a medical consultant for WorkSafeBC rehabilitation programs at CBI Heath Group, he transitioned back to occupational medicine and has worked as a medical advisor for WorkSafeBC since 2014. Themes throughout his career have included resisting the push towards the over-medicalization of life, and the important link between good work and good health.
Executive Director, Workplace Health, Fraser Health & Workplace Health Call Centre
Dave Keen is a Workplace Health and Safety professional celebrating 20 years of experience in healthcare OH&S in April 2014. He is a recognized leader with demonstrated corporate level accountability for large public sector, multi-union organizations. He presently provides leadership to Fraser Health Workplace Health portfolio including occupational health, safety, disability management, ergonomics, exposure prevention, violence prevention, and CISM. As well, he leads the provincial Workplace Health Call Centre - incident/injury and occupational health/exposure reporting for all of BC's healthcare workers. He has worked at South Fraser Health Region, BC Children’s Hospitals and Vancouver Community College since graduating from the BCIT OH&S Program in 1990. He is a published researcher who has demonstrated leadership abilities and competencies.
Karin Maiwald PhD
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia
Regional Practice Lead, Research Department, Interior Health
Dr. Karin Maiwald is Regional Practice Lead, Research & Knowledge Translation at the Interior Health Authority in British Columbia. She is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Maiwald held an appointment as Student and Junior Researcher and Research Fellow in Disability Prevention, (former) Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare, Vancouver (2006-2010). Completed the Work Disability Prevention CIHR Strategic Training Program at the Universities of Sherbrooke and Toronto/Dala Lana School of Public Health, respectively (2008-2011). Before her graduate studies (In: Health Sciences and Public Health Policy, Maastricht University, the Netherlands), she gained extensive clinical experience as a Physiotherapist in the public and private sector in British Columbia (1988-2005). Additionally, Karin worked as a (Prevention Policy) Advisor, Workplace Health & Safety, Interior Health (2013). Her research interests include health and participation, focus on actual implementation of engagement (what is done in engagement practice in health and/or disability prevention research, what works, for whom, why -in continuous changing circumstances in complicated organizations to improve care delivery and policy), disability prevention policy, return-to-work.
Karin is the lead for the Patient & Public Engagement in Research strategy, part of Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) in BC's southern interior. She has co-organized conferences held in British Columbia. Dr. Karin Maiwald is an invited scientific reviewer for Disability & Rehabilitation. She serves as a Co-Investigator and Collaborator for the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP). Earlier in her career, Dr. Maiwald conducted a set of studies that examined the differing perspectives on a provincial/regional disability prevention program, and a detailed evaluation of the implementation of a bipartite Return-to-Work process (part of bipartite policy) in the BC healthcare sector.
Linda Miller OT (C), OTD, CCPE, MEDes, CPE
Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine President/Ergonomist, EWI Works
Dr. Miller recently completed her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Boston University. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta, in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She established EWI Works (Ergo Works Inc.) in 1991 to provide ergonomics consulting, design reviews, and user testing at both industrial and office environments. She is on the Editorial Board of WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. Linda is a member of the Alberta Association of Registered Occupational Therapists, Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, Association of Canadian Ergonomics, and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in the United States. She is a Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist and holds American certification with the Board of Certified Professional Ergonomists.
Georgia Pomaki PhD
Instructor, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences
Manager, Mental Health Specialists, Wellness, Disability & Life, Manulife Financial
Dr. Georgia Pomaki is a mental health specialist at Manulife Financial. She is a clinical psychologist by training and has a PhD in occupational mental health. Prior to Manulife, she worked at the Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC and the University of British Columbia as a researcher in workplace mental health. In collaboration with stakeholders, Georgia has implemented numerous programs to improve mental health in the workplace. These programs focus on the prevention of workplace mental health issues as well as the return to work of workers with mental health conditions. Georgia is a lead author of the Best Practices for Return-to-Work/Stay-at-Work Interventions for Workers with Mental Health Conditions. She has also written more than a dozen research papers on workplace mental health and presented to both national and international conferences on the topic.