Canadian Humanitarian Set to Inspire at National Event

Globally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate Dr. James Orbinksi is set to inspire as the keynote speaker at Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work.

November 3, 2015 – Hamilton, ON – Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Canadian Dr. James Orbinski, one of the world’s leading scholars and scientists in global health, will be the keynote speaker for the national health and safety conference hosted by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work will take place on February 29 and March 1, 2016, in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Through his numerous roles with Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF), including that of president, Dr. Orbinski has witnessed and served in some of the most tragic humanitarian crises the world has known: Somalia during the 1992-93 civil war and famine; Afghanistan in 1994; Rwanda during the genocide of 1994; and Goma, Zaire in 1996-97 during the refugee crisis.

As co-founder of Dignitas International, he has improved health care delivery and made medicine more accessible for some of the most vulnerable people in the world. In 1999, he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to MSF for its pioneering approach to medical humanitarianism, and approach to witnessing.

Orbinski has led an extraordinary life. Through his extensive work in the field, an award-winning documentary called Triage, and his best-selling book An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarianism in the 21st Century, he has raised awareness of global humanitarian crises, and has been a witness for those who have been silenced by war, genocide and starvation.

Through his presentation Creating the Space to be Human, he is expected to share his passion for actively engaging in and shaping the world in which we live to make it more humane, fair and just – and hopefully inspire all to do the same.

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Quick Facts

  • Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work, hosted by CCOHS, is a unique event in that it will bring together subject experts, workers, employers, and governments from across the country to share their knowledge and experience around current and emerging health and safety issues.
  • Featuring expert speakers, panel discussions, interactive events, and an innovation and best practices showcase, the Forum is an opportunity for participants to collaborate on integrated, comprehensive approaches to total health and wellness at work. 
  • Forum 2016: The Changing World of Work will take place on February 29 and March 1, 2016, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • Participants registering on or before November 30, 2015 are eligible for early bird pricing.


“Dr. Orbinski is not only an esteemed, accomplished Canadian; his values and vision of a safer, more compassionate society align with those of our audience and I look forward to introducing him to our health and safety community.” Steve Horvath, President and CEO, Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS).

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