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Webinar: Best Practices: Return to Work, Disability Management and COVID-19
April 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Host: The Conference Board of Canada
Date: Thursday, April 9
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Speaker: Wolfgang Zimmermann, OBC, is the President of the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) and the Executive Director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR).
This 60-minute webinar will offer a brief history of the evolution of Disability Management (DM), key rationales for implementing return to work (RTW)/DM programs, a detailed overview of the global professional and program best-practice standards, and the subsequent restructuring that has resulted in the RTW & DM processes, practices and procedures in Canada.Register for this webinar
This will include information on both the international actors and standards being developed and how they work together to establish the best-practice standards being adopted in Canada. For example, the impact on the Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) in British Columbia’s Health Care Sector. This was a landmark restructuring of RTW involving 4 unions and more than 200 employers ranging from small and medium, to very large organizations. Major Canadian social security organizations such as the Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) have recently embarked on a major initiative to upskill a significant number of their staff to the International Social Security Association (ISSA) recommended professional competency standards in Disability Management as well.
The information being presented in this webinar would be useful for Canadian RTW and DM professionals who want to learn more about best-practice standards and their implementation.
Wolfgang Zimmermann, OBC, is the President of the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) and the Executive Director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR). Having a degree in civil and forest engineering, following an industrial accident in 1977, he was retrained and continued to work for his pre-disability employer until his retirement from that organization in 2010. He became involved in the disability management field in the late 1980’s and has held a wide range of private and public sector appointments in disability management advocacy, which led to award-winning work in the sector recognized both nationally and internationally.