• November 29-30, 2012 from 12:00am to 12:00am

International Symposium on the Challenges of Workplace Injury Prevention through Financial Incentives

November 29-30, 2012 • 89 Chestnut Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada

In today’s competitive global economy, financial incentives are often seen by governments as an effective way to encourage workplaces to invest in occupational health and safety (OHS). But how well do these financial incentives work, and how can they be implemented to work effectively? This symposium will provide a forum for researchers, students, policy-makers, injured worker communities, employer organizations, worker organizations and other stakeholders to discuss the social, economic and policy implications of using financial incentives as a mechanism for preventing workplace injuries.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN. To register online, visit our website at Register before October 19 to receive the early bird rate of $100.

A conference discount is available on rooms at the Metropolitan Hotel. Visit our accommodations page for more details. This discount will be offered until October 27.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE EXTENSION TO OCTOBER 1ST. We welcome abstract submissions for research proposals, as well as submissions for 'real world experience' proposals from stakeholders who wish to share their own evidence and experience. For more information on abstract requirements and how to submit an abstract, visit our website at The abstract submission deadline is NOW October 1st.

The draft conference program is available online.


  • Harry Arthurs, Chair of 2012 Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Funding review. Former dean of Osgoode Hall Law School and president of York University.
  • David Walters, Professor at Cardiff University, UK, editor of the international journal Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, member of the IOSH Research Committee.
  • Alan Clayton, Lawyer, academic and independent consultant. Decades of system design experience in workers’ compensation schemes in Australia and New Zealand.
  • Les Boden, Economist and professor at Boston University. A focus on describing the economic and human consequences of injuries and illnesses and identifying ways of minimizing those consequences.
  • Terence G. Ison, Professor Emeritus, Osgoode Hall Law School. Recent recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Ron Ellis Award for outstanding contributions and achievements in workers’ compensation law, distinguished academic career spanning over six decades.
  • Worker and Employer addresses: Marion Endicott, Injured Workers Consultants community legal clinic. Focus on law reform initiatives, education workshops, development work with injured worker groups. Recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Ron Ellis Award for leadership and contribution to workers’ compensation law. John Macnamara, President, of Ontario Business Council on Occupational Health and Safety, Vice-President, Health, Safety and Environment, Hydro One.

Please note: FRENCH INTERPRETATION will be available dependent on demand. If you would like this service, please contact  Harriet South at or 416-927-2027 ext. 2295.

The conference is organized by Emile Tompa and Ellen MacEachen.For more information, please contact Harriet South at or 416-927-2027 ext. 2295.