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CCOHS hosting forum on changing world of work in Halifax in September

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March 30, 2023
By OHS Canada

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The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) is hosting a special forum on the changing world of work in September in Halifax.

Forum 2023: The Changing World of Work is a two-day national workplace health and safety event that will bring leaders, changemakers, and experts representing government, labour, and workplaces together to discuss the impacts of current and emerging issues on health and safety. It runs Sept. 26 to Sept. 27, 2023.

Speakers will share inspiring stories, anecdotes, and comprehensive approaches to critical health and safety issues impacting workplaces and workers in Canada.

Featured speakers

The program, still in development, will feature the following speakers:

  • Linda Nazareth, economist and futurist, will discuss demographic, workplace, and economic trends and how they will shape the future of work.
  • Tareq Hadhad, Syrian-Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Peace by Chocolate, on offering kindness to accelerate the integration of newcomers.
  • Dr. Peter Smith, President and Senior Scientist at the Institute for Work and Health, on a new approach to measure vulnerability to improve injury and illness prevention activities.
  • Dr. Julian Barling, Borden Chair of Leadership in the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University, on the brave new workplace.
  • Anya Keefe, occupational and public health consultant, on women’s experiences with personal protective equipment in the workplace.
  • Dani Gomez-Ortega, diversity and inclusion champion, on creating safe and inclusive workplaces for trans and non-binary people.
  • Stacey Maguire, health and safety professional, on Indigenous communities and their health and safety needs and realities.
  • Francy Munoz from C.A.R.E. for International Workers Program, on supports for newcomers, and guest (migrant, temporary foreign) workers.

The event will also feature an innovation showcase to learn about new health and safety tools and resources, plus opportunities to discuss and exchange ideas.


More information about the event and how to register is available at www.ccohs.ca/forum.

Quick facts

  • Forum is designed to be an intimate event, with opportunities to connect with others who share a passion for creating safe, healthy, and inclusive workplaces. Over the span of the two-day event, attendees will experience more than ten presentations.
  • An early bird registration rate is available until June 15, 2023. A special student rate is also available.
  • Forum is being held in Halifax, which is located on Mi’kmaw territory, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people. The people of the Mi’kmaw Nation have lived on this territory for millennia, and we acknowledge them as the past, present, and future caretakers of this land.
  • Now in its seventh edition, this national forum is held approximately every two years, with the location rotated around the country.
  • CCOHS is governed by a tripartite council of governors and is Canada’s trusted source for the advancement of workplace health and safety and promotes the total well-being – physical, psychosocial, and mental health – of working people in Canada.


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