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The Forum's Title: Emerging Health And safety Issues
Forum07 Presenters

Michael QuinlanKatherine LippelLinda DuxburyCatherine Burns
Panelists: Wayne De L'Orme  Denis St-Jean  Wallace Baer 
Michael Quinlan 

Michael Quinlan

Dr. Michael Quinlan is a Fellow of Safety Institute of Australia as well as a professor in the School of Organisation and Management at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He also holds an adjunct post in the Business School at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. Over the past 15 years Dr. Quinlan has served on a number of state and federal government bodies, advising and participating in OHS related policymaking, investigations, and inquiries. His research has focused on the effects of institutional organization, regulation and employment status on OHS. In recent years he has published widely on the effects of precarious employment on occupational health and safety.

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Katherin Lippel 

Katherine Lippel

Professor Katherine Lippel is a professor of law at the Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section) at the University of Ottawa and holds the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law. She is also a full professor at the law department of the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she has been teaching since 1982, and a member of the Quebec Bar.

Prof. Lippel specialises in legal issues relating to occupational health and safety and workers' compensation and is the author of several articles and books in the field. Her research interests include: work and mental health; health effects of compensation systems; policy, precarious employment and occupational health; interactions between law and medicine in the field of occupational health and safety; women's occupational health; and regulatory issues in occupational health and safety. In 2005, she received a prize for academic excellence from the Canadian association of law teachers (CALT), a prize awarded yearly to a Canadian law professor for excellence in teaching and research.

Topic:Gaps in Protection, Accountability and Responsibility for OH&S in the Changing Workplace
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Linda Duxbury 

Linda Duxbury

Dr. Linda Duxbury is one of Canada's leading workplace health researchers. She has written hundreds of papers, journals, and books and is the co-author of a series of influential Health Canada reports about work-life balance in Canada.

Dr. Duxbury is a Professor at the Carleton University School of Business and the Director of Research at the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work. In the last decade a major focus of her research has been on work/family balance in both public and private sectors, small business, and technology companies. In the course of this research, over 100,000 Canadians were surveyed or interviewed, making it one of the largest research studies of its kind. She has influenced government policy-making and significantly advanced the practices and attitudes toward work-life balance.

Linda Duxbury's speeches have been described as 'humorous' and 'incredibly well informed'.

Topic:Standing Still is Not An Option: Why Organizations Need to Focus on Employee Wellbeing
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Catherine Burns 

Catherine Burns

Dr. Catherine M. Burns is an Associate Professor in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada. At Waterloo she directs the Advanced Interface Design Lab. Her research examines user interface design, visualization and cognitive work analysis. Dr. Burns' work has been applied to military systems, healthcare, power plant control, and oil and gas refining. She regularly consults with local companies in the areas of human performance in complex systems, interface design, and more traditional human factors. Dr. Burns is also the author of over 100 publications and recently co-authored a book on Ecological Interface Design. She is the Program Chair for the Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Technical Group of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.

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Forum07 Panel


Wayne De L'Orme

Provincial Coordinator for the Industrial Program of the Ontario Ministry of Labour.

As Provincial Coordinator, Wayne is responsible for the development of operational policies and programs to ensure effective and efficient enforcement by the inspectorate in the 30 industrial sectors.

Wayne has been with the Ministry of Labour since 1991. He led the implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act into the farming sector and developed the Ontario Workplace Gateway.

Wayne has a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Business Administration from the Ivey School of Business.

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Denis St-Jean

National Health and Safety Officer, Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

Denis St. Jean has been a health and safety activist for over 20 years. In his work with PSAC Mr. St. Jean worked extensively on the amendments to the Canada Labour Code, Part II. He represents labour on many Federal Government Working Groups drafting regulations including Violence in the Workplace Regulations, Prevention Programs Regulations, and Ergonomics Regulations.

He also represents PSAC on numerous Joint Employer/Union Committees including the National Joint Council Health & Safety Committee where collective bargaining on health and safety matters is held for the federal public service.

Mr. St. Jean also represents the PSAC on the Canadian Labour Congress Health & Safety Committee; the Worker's Compensation Committee and the Environmental Committee.

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Wallace Baer

President and CEO, Enform

Mr. Baer has more than 25 years of management experience in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining Enform earlier this year, Mr. Baer was Executive Director of Compliance, Workplace Health and Safety & Employment Standards in the Alberta government department of Employment, Immigration, and Industry. He has also previously held management positions at the Alberta Workers' Compensation Board and Wardair International Ltd.

Mr. Baer is a Board member of the Job Safety Skills Society, which is focused on youth safety and sits on the Stewardship Advisory Group of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. He also was the government representative on the Board of Directors of the Alberta Construction Safety Association and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Oil Sands Safety Association. He is also past Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Engineering Safety and Risk Management Program, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta.

Mr. Baer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta and completed the Executive Program at Queens University.

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