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The Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA)/Centre Canadien de Santé et Sécurité en Milieu Agricole (CCSSMA)

Saskatoon, SK, Canada

October 19-22, 2014

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Sunday Morning, October 19th, 2014

Dr. Hugh Davies,PhD

Title: Developing a Research Grant Application (student oriented)
Time: 8:30 am - 12 noon

Facilitator: Dr. Hugh Davies, PhD
Hugh Davies is an associate professor with the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia where he researches and teaches occupational and environmental hygiene – the study of exposures, health effects, and control strategies in occupational and community settings. He also leads a graduate level seminar in research grant development, and has sat on numerous grant and scholarship review panels.

Workshop Description:
This workshop will review approaches and strategies that lead to successful grant applications. The facilitator will break down grant proposals into their component parts, consider what makes a good grant, what peer reviewers are looking for, and common mistakes.

Emphasis will be on “selling your research idea”: the clear communicating of research need, research questions, feasibility, innovation, significance and of knowledge translation. Ethics, budgets and team building will be discussed, as will how and where to find research funding information.

The format of the workshop will encourage dialogue and hands-on exercises and is student oriented to tie in with CARWH’s "Student Day".

Sunday Afternoon, October 19th, 2014

Title: One Health
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (full day)

Workshop Description:
This workshop features talks by invited lecturers on advancing One Health to the next level in practice, research, and training. One Health is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. Following the presentations, there will be a Question and Answer Panel discussion including the invited lecturers and local experts. This workshop ties into all four symposium themes of healthy workplaces, people, communities and environments and targets graduate students, clinicians, academic, and government researchers in fields of human health, animal health, ecosystem health, and interdisciplinary education.

A One Health framework requires training interdisciplinary professionals capable of working effectively in integrated scientific teams (Team Science).

Draft Agenda

Morning session – The Practice of Team Science (9:00 - 12:00)

  1. Welcome and Context
  2. Definition, history, challenges of Team Science
  3. Approaches and best practice in Team Science
  4. Case studies –U of S One Health research theme teams (small group workshop format):
  5. Panel discussion

Afternoon session – Training for Team Science (13:00 - 16:00)

  1. Definition, history, challenges of training for Team Science
  2. Approaches and best practice in training programs (the evidence base)
  3. Case studies – presentations (15 min each)
    1. PHARE Training Program (Public Health in the Rural Agricultural Ecosystem) – CIHR funded
    2. CREATE Training Program (Infectious Disease, Food Safety, and Public Policy) – NSERC funded
    3. Interdisciplinary training at the U of S School of Environment and Sustainability
    4. Student experiences in Training for Team Science (TBA)
  4. Panel discussion
Dr. Stephen Reynolds

Title: Health and Safety in Dairy Production: Global Issues (there will be a tour to a dairy facility at 10: 15 am)
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Facilitator: Dr. Stephen Reynolds
Dr. Reynolds is the Director of the CDC/NIOSH-funded High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety in Colorado and in that role is involved in rural and agricultural health research, education, outreach, and policy on a regional and national level.

Workshop Description:
The dairy industry has experienced dramatic growth and change in recent decades.  Expanding dairy production has required a larger workforce, most often consisting of immigrant labor, often with little experience in agriculture. Dairy farming is also among the most dangerous occupations, with high rates of injury, illness, and employee turnover. For dairy farmers trained to manage cows, the operation of a modern dairy employing a large immigrant workforce is a daunting challenge. To succeed the dairy industry must sustain a healthy, productive workforce.

In 2011, an International Dairy Research Consortium was organized to collaborate with other international researchers involved in improving the health and safety of dairy workers. This consortium is intended to facilitate collaborations and to share successful injury and illness prevention strategies, tested dissemination channels, and novel approaches used to improve the health and safety of dairy workers globally. Such leveraging of resources will augment dairy research efforts and lead to greater impact regionally, nationally, and internationally. To date members of the consortium represent the U.S., Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand. Seven of the NIOSH Agriculture Forestry and Fishing Centers are active in the consortium. This session will bring together those already active in the International Dairy consortium and invites anyone else interested in Dairy health and safety to attend this workshop.

The Objectives of this session are to:

  • Familiarize Dairy Producers and Scientists with the IDRC
  • Review IDRC activities and continue progress on current workgroups
  • Explore further opportunities to address Dairy Producer needs and develop specific collaborations

For more information on the International Dairy Research Consortium, please see:

Dr. Linn Holness

Title: Career Pathways Inside and Outside Academia (student oriented)
Time: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Facilitator: Dr. Linn Holness, MD, M.H.Sc
Linn Holness is certified in Occupational Medicine by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is a Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is the Director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine. She is also Chief of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and the Director of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease, a joint University of Toronto – St. Michael’s Hospital initiative funded by the WSIB. Dr. Holness’ main research interests are in occupational disease, particularly occupational contact dermatitis, occupational respiratory disease and occupational health services.

Workshop Description:
A panel discussion and Q&A session, moderated by Dr. Linn Holness, with individuals who will provided insights into academic and non-academic career options for those pursuing research degrees. Panel members featured include Niels Koehncke, Chief Occupational Medical Officer, Saskatchewan Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety and Asst. Professor, Medicine, University of Saskatchewan; Nancy Beauregard, Assistant Professor, School of Industrial Relations, University of Montreal; Catherine Trask, Canada Research Chair in Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Health, University of Saskatchewan; Victoria Arrandale, Research Fellow, Occupational Cancer Research Centre, Ontario; Tim Black, Wellness Consultant, Health, Safety & Environmental Management System, University of Saskatchewan; Martin Roberge, Manager, Soil & Crop Flow Simulations, Case New Holland, adjunct professor, University of Saskatchewan. Students - come and learn about your career options inside and outside of the university setting. (A tie-in with CARWH's "Student Day"). Étudiants – venez et apprenez au sujet des diverses options de carrière en milieu universitaire ou autre. (En lien avec la ‘Journée des étudiants’ de L’ACRST).