Bancroft Institute Workshop

17 November 2016

Bancroft Institute for Studies on Workers’ Compensation and Work Injury

Policy and Research Discussion Series: # 6 Fall 2016: Barriers to Return-to-Work in a Context of Social Vulnerability

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Premji, Assistant Professor, McMaster University

Issues such as precarious employment, or being a non-white worker, are not solely a matter of business, economics or even social justice; they are also health issues. Stephanie Premji researches how employment issues affect health.

Some such issues are as mundane as daily commutes – more and more people work multiple jobs in different locations, and spent large parts of their days (and nights) in transit. Spending three to six hours traveling each day can create sleeplessness, anxiety, depression, and social and behavioural problems for workers, and also for their children.

Premji’s work relies on having the infrastructure in place to reach historically marginalized groups, and provide them with information and interpretation in languages and formats that encourage them to participate in research. For Premji, this means working with community partners – not just to find translators and study participants, but also to shape the research itself, and to feed the results back into those communities.

In her teaching, Premji finds many of her students turn out to be second-generation Canadians whose parents have experienced first-hand de-skilling and precarious employment. She appreciates how students feel connected to her field of expertise, and trusts that as they increase their understanding of these issues, they will be better positioned to affect them.

NB: This event is scent free


  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Keynote Presentation
  • Injured Worker Presentations
  • Panel Commentary
  • General Discussion
  • Closing Comments

Time and Venue

Thursday November 17, 2016

10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Polish Combatants Association Hall (Branch 20), 206 Beverley Street, Toronto, Ontario


The venue is one block south of College Street, on the Northwest corner of Beverley Street and Cecil Street

The event is free, with a suggested donation of $10 for waged attendees. Tokens are available for the unwaged. Refreshments will be served. RSVP appreciated but not necessary:

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