Safe, Healthy, and Productive Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice conference

Date: June 1 - 3, 2017
Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 am
Vancouver British Columbiz

Title: Safe, Healthy, and Productive Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice Conference

Dates: June 1-3, 2017

Main Event:       University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Satellite Sites:   University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC

                             UBC – Okanagan Campus, Kelowna, BC

Abstract deadline: February 28, 2017

Website:   Registration / Abstract Submission


Cost: Early-Bird registration rate $485


Key Focus

This multidisciplinary conference brings together business/labour leadership and other stakeholders who play a role in creating and sustaining safe, healthy, and productive workplaces learning from current research and practice. Members of Psychosocial Rehabilitation Canada receive registration discounts.



Conference Details

Date: June 1-3, 2017

Main Event:      University of British Columbia, Earth Sciences Room ES1013

Satellite Sites:  University of Northern British Columbia- Northern Health Sciences Centre, Room 9-235 (Prince George
                            University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus - Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, Room 223 MPL (Kelowna)



Register to attend this exciting event!


Call for Papers, Posters, Symposia, and Case Studies

We are accepting Academic Abstracts, Workplace Case Studies, and Proposals for Mini-Symposium/Themed Break-Out Sessions. The deadline for all submissions is February 28, 2017.  (Awards for Best Research /Case Studies)


Conference Topics

  • Workplace and worker risk factors for work absence
  • Workplace assessment – credible tools/instruments
  • Older workers, chronic disease, episodic disease and work participation
  • Mental health, musculoskeletal health
  • Case management, return to work coordination, early intervention
  • Role of leadership/supervisors/managers
  • Workplace accommodation and social inclusion
  • Stay at Work Initiatives
  • Strategies and tools to enhance safety culture and organizational change
  • Bullying and incivility interventions
  • Enhancing communication with internal/external stakeholders
  • Multidisciplinary work rehabilitation services
  • Impact of sex and gender on RTW outcomes, implications for policy and practice
  • Information systems for accountability
  • Work productivity and disability prevention interventions
  • Wellness and health promotion
  • Showcase your workplace initiatives


Committee Information

Scientific Committee Co-Chairs  (View Scientific Committee)

Izabela Schultz PhD, Professor, Coordinator, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education, University of British Columbia

Robert J. Gatchel PhD, Distinguished Professor of the Department of Psychology, College of Science

Nancy P & John G Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, The University of Texas at Arlington, Director of the Center of Excellence for the Study of Health & Chronic Illnesses

Program Planning Committee Co-Chairs (View Program Planning Committee)

Terrance Bogyo, Independent Researcher and Consultant, Former Director of Corporate Planning and Research, 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


Sponsors and Participating Organizations


Bronze Sponsor

  •  WorksafeBC


Media Sponsors

  •  Business in Vancouver
  •  Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation


Participating Organizations

  •  BC Federation of Labour
  •  Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
  •  Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health
  •  Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
  •  Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
  •  Canadian Physiotherapy Association
  •  Centrum Werk Gezondheid
  •  Human Resources Management Association
  •  Psychosocial Rehabilitation/Réadaptation Psychosociale Canada
  •  Realize (formerly Canadian Working Group on HIV and Rehabilitation)
  •  SPOR Chronic Pain Network
  •  Total Worker Health® - CDC/NIOSH
  •  Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada
  •  Work Fitness & Disability Roundtable


Academic Sponsors

  •  Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, Okanagan Campus University of British Columbia
  •  Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia
  •  Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia
  •  School of Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia
  •  NextGenU
  •  Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge
  •  Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta
  •  Center of Excellence for the Study of Health & Chronic Illnesses, The University of Texas at Arlington



We have secured excellent accommodation rates. Be sure to book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.

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Sponsorship and Exhibitor Information

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We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Contact Information

Conference Secretariat

Safe, Healthy, and Productive Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice

c/o CIRPD, 204 – 916 West Broadway Avenue

Vancouver, BC V5Z 1K7 Canada


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