Health and the Mobile Workforce Webinar Series Online
Presented by the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute and the On the Move Partnership.
Across the world a wide range of people are mobile for work – women and men, citizens and temporary foreign workers, new workers and those near retirement. From hours-long daily commutes, to travel that takes workers away from home for days, weeks, months and even years; from mobility within work (truck driving, shipping and others) to mobility to get to and from work; from cars and buses, to trains, ships and planes; from highly-paid top executive jobs, to minimum-wage service jobs; from natural resource dependent industry to natural wonder dependent tourism – the types of mobility are many and changing. These webinars are to do with a wide range of people who are mobile for work – women and men, citizens and temporary foreign workers, as well as their families, health professionals, labour representatives and employers. Three upcoming webinars:
• Workers’ Compensation Challenges for the Mobile Workforce: Policy and Practice in Canadian Jurisdictions ( Katherine Lippel, Dana Howse and Barbara Neis). May 30, 2019, 3:30 pm NL/3:00 pm Atlantic/ 2:00 pm Eastern/ 11:00 AM PT
• Temporary Foreign Workers: Health and Wellness, (Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau, Adam Perry and Barbara Neis). June 10, 2019, 3:30 pm NL /3:00 pm Atlantic/2:00 pm Eastern/ 11:00 AM PT
• Occupational Health and Safety Challenges for the Mobile Workforce: Policy and Practice in Canadian Jurisdictions, (Katherine Lippel and Barbara Neis). July 4, 2019, 3:30 pm NL / 3:00 pm Atlantic/ 2:00 pm Eastern/ 11:00 AM PT
Further information on the webinars and registration information here/online
Fragile Synchronicities: Families, Mobility, Work Scheduling and Precarious Employment Webinar
Presented by Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute (co-presented by the The Vanier Institute of the Family). April 16, 2019, online
Growing numbers of Canadian workers are precariously employed. Precarity is associated with employment in changing worksites and with variable work schedules. Journeys-to-work are also becoming longer and more complex. Research on work-family balance and on precarious employment pays limited attention to mobility. This webinar will: (1) present key findings from a program of research on employment-related mobility in the Canadian context including its association with precarious employment and particular kinds of work scheduling; (2) explore ways mobility, work scheduling and precarious employment interact to affect the family lives of workers; and (3) discuss what unions, employers and government are and could be doing to help synchronize the rhythms of home, travel and working lives. Led by On the Move Project Director Dr. Barb Neis and team member Elise Thorburn and co-moderated by Nora Spinks, The Vanier Institute of the Family. Find further details here.
Families and Mobility Satellite Event
Memorial University Signal Hill Campus, St. John’s, NL, March 27-28, 2019
The Vanier Institute’s Families in Canada Conference 2019 was a national, pan-Canadian conference held in Ottawa, Ontario, with simultaneous satellite events co-hosted by university partners across Canada. In partnership with Families in Canada 2019, On the Move co-hosted the satellite event Families and Mobility. This satellite event brought together a diverse array of delegates, including mobile workers, immigrants, First Nations, Inuit, military personnel, veterans, public safety personnel, survivors of domestic violence and people with disabilities, as well as those who study mobility and families among these groups, and those who serve and support them. Information on the full Families in Canada 2019 Conference is available at familiesincanada.ca.
Statistics Canada: 100 Years and Counting
Ottawa, ON, December 6-7, 2018
On the occasion of Statistics Canada’s 100th anniversary, the Association for Canadian Studies and the Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration, in collaboration with Statistics Canada and the Vanier Institute of the Family, held a conference to look at how Canada’s population has evolved over the last 100 years and at the critical contribution made by the country’s national statistical agency in measuring its evolution. On the Move Partnership Project Director Barb Neis and co-investigator Michael Haan, along with community partner Nora Spinks, CEO, The Vanier Institute of the Family, presented at this conference.
On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in Canada & Beyond International Symposium
St. John’s, NL, November 18-21, 2018
This symposium brought together researchers, students and community partners from across the On the Move Partnership team and elsewhere to discuss research findings, dissemination, and plans for the future as the project begins to wrap up. For more information visit the symposium web page here
Families, Mobility and Work Atlantic Canadian Symposium
University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PEI, May 15-17, 2018
The Families, Mobility, and Work Atlantic Canadian Symposium examined intersections between diverse families, work situations, and employment-related geographical mobility in the Canadian context. This event facilitated dialogue and sharing between those studying, serving and supporting families who are experiencing work-related mobility with a focus on leading and emerging policy and practices at home, at work, and in the community. It brang together (face-to-face and virtually) policy and civil society leaders from multiple sectors, researchers studying the intersectionality between families and employment-related geographical mobility in Canada, and families directly impacted by work-related mobility.The Symposium was organized by the SSHRC-funded Tale of Two Islands and On the Move Partnership research projects and in collaboration with the Vanier Institute of the Family, the University of Prince Edward Island and Memorial University of Newfoundland. It was supported by funding received from the SSHRC Connections Grant Program. A number of On the Move researchers presented at this symposium. See the website conference recordings.
Seafarers’ Welfare in Canada
Montreal, QC. April 13, 2018
Speakers included OTM team members Katherine Lippel, Barb Neis and Desai Shan, along with Elisabeth Bertrand, Transport Canada, Yoss Leclerc, Logistro Consulting International, Inc., Jason Zuidema, North American Maritime Ministry Association and others. For more information see the online poster.
Roundtable on Managing Work-Related Mobility
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, April 11, 2018
A half-day roundtable to discuss findings to date from On the Move researchers studying work-related mobility and its impacts on individuals, families and communities across Canada. Sponsored by On the Move and The Vanier Institute of the Family.
On the Move: Family and Community Impacts of Mobility for Work
Memorial University, St. John’s, NL. Dec. 5, 2017
A Memorial Presents public forum presented by the Harris Centre and the On the Move Partnership. Speakers included On the Move researchers Drs. Barb Neis, Kelly Vodden, Heather Hall, Sandrine Jean, Sara Dorow and Greg Halseth along with community members Melissa Ralph, founder, NL Families Separated by Work, and Joe Bennett, President and CEO, Long Harbour Development Corporation. A recording of “On the Move: Community and Family Impacts of Mobility for Work,” is available online.
CLC Roundtable on Managing Work-Related Mobility
Ottwa, ON. Dec. 1, 2017
Dr. Katherine Lippel discussed key findings on “Work-family balance effects related to Occupational Health and Safety/ Workers’ compensation legislation and policy,” Dr. Kara Arnold on “Making it work! How to effectively manage employees on the move;” and Dr. Elise Thorburn discussed key findings on “Work scheduling, Mobility and Family Responsibilities: Report on the Status of Unionized Workers from the Union Perspective.” CLC Roundtable on Managing Work-Related Mobility. Ottawa, ON. December 1, 2017.
Dependency at a Distance: Implications of Workforce Mobility for Community Resilience
Nelson, BC. Sept. 22, 2017
Special Session organized as part of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Annual Conference. Kelly Vodden, Heather Hall and Leanna Butters (organizers). Panel 1: Kelly Vodden, Heather Hall, Leanna Butters, Doug Lionais, Sean Markey, Tracy Friedel and Alison Taylor. Panel 2: Kelly Vodden, Heather Hall, Leanna Butters, Doug Lionais and Sean Markey. Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) Annual Conference. Nelson, BC. Sept. 22, 2017. Available as a webinar online in partnership with the Rural Policy Learning Commons (RPLC). Panel 1; Panel 2.
Regulating Decent Work Conference of the ILO
Geneva, Switzerland July 3-5th, 2017
Katherine Lippel, (Barb Neis and David Walters co-authors), presented on “Work organization and mobility: Implications for social protections and occupational health and safety” as part of a panel on Migration and Work at the Regulating Decent Work Conference of the ILO. More information on their website.
Building Vibrant Rural Futures: Knowledge Mobilization and Informing Policy
Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Annual Conference
Guelph, ON, October 12-15, 2016
On the Move trainee Joshua Barrett presented “Money Matters: Mobile Workforces and Local Economic Development in Source Communities” and Project Director Barbara Neis presented “Internal and International Employment-related Geographical Mobility in Rural Canada: Insights from the On the Move Partnership” as part of a session entitled “Moving In and Out of Rural Communities: Beyond Internal and International Migration Binaries.” For more information visit the conference website.
CARWH 2016: Advancing Research to Improve Work and Health
Toronto, ON, October 16-18, 2016
On the Move Project Director Dr. Barbara Neis organized a session entitled “Employment-related Geographical Mobility and Workers’ Health and Access to Workers’ Compensation in Canada”, which included presentations from On the Move team members Stephanie Premji, Lachlan Barber, Katherine Lippel, and Kathy Fitzpatrick. For full details on the session, including links to the presentation abstracts, click here.
Petrocultures 2016: The Offshore
St. John’s, NL, August 31 – September 3, 2016
Petrocultures 2016 brang together scholars, policy-makers, industry employees, artists, and public advocacy groups from across North America and beyond, and featured On the Move Project Director Dr. Barbara Neis as a keynote speaker. On the Move is also organized a double session on cultures of mobility in diverse oil production zones, which included presentations from multiple On the Move academics and partners. More information is available here.
Gender and (Im)mobilities in the Context of Work
Tromsø, Norway, June 15-17, 2016
On the Move co-investigator Siri Gerrard organized this international interdisciplinary conference, which featured presentations by On the Move researchers Barbara Neis, Katherine Lippel, Ivy Bourgeault, Anna Karlsdottir, Marit Aure, Deatra Walsh, and Shingirai Mandizadza. For more information (including the program and information on keynote speakers), click here.
Fifth International Conference on Precarious Work and Vulnerable Workers
London, UK, June 13-14, 2016
This conference included separate presentations from On the Move co-investigators Sylvie Gravel and Katherine Lippel. To view the conference program, click here.
What Does Heritage Change?
Association of Critical Heritage Studies Third Biennial Conference
Montreal, QC, June 3-8, 2016
On the Move co-investigator Lachlan Barber organized a session entitled “Labour, Mobility and Heritage”, which included presentations from both him and fellow On the Move co-investigator Sharon Roseman. For full details on the session, including links to all participating presenters’ abstracts, click here.
Canadian Association of Geographers Annual Conference
Halifax, NS, May 30 – June 4, 2016
On the Move trainees Joshua Barrett and Leanna Butters organized a double special session entitled “Employment-Related Geographical Mobility: Implications for Communities, Workers, and Families”, which included presentations from them as well as from co-investigators Kelly Vodden and Sandrine Jean. For full details on the session, view the conference program here.
Calgary, AB, May 28 – June 3, 2016
The annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of approximately 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. On the Move once again had strong presence at Congress 2016, with two panel sessions that showcased predominantly On the Move researchers: 1) “The Politics of Mobility: Gender, Family, Work”, organized by co-investigator Sara Dorow for the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) Annual Conference (featuring four presentations by On the Move team members); and 2) “Fractures and Alliances: Construction Work and Workers (I)”, organized by co-investigator Suzanne Mills for the Canadian Association for Work & Labour Studies (CAWLS) Annual Conference (featuring three presentations by On the Move team members).
In addition to these two panel sessions, On the Move co-investigator Ivy Bourgeault presented a paper entitled “Beyond the Workplace: Employment-related Geographic Mobility among Health Workers, and Impacts on Family Members” on behalf of the Nova Scotia Field Component at the CSA session “Earning and Caring: Exploring the Interplay between Employment and Family”. On the Move co-investigator Stephanie Premji also presented a paper entitled “Precarious Employment and Daily Commutes” as part of the CAWLS session “Precarious Work”.
Canadian Anthropological Society 2016 Annual Conference
Halifax, NS, May 11-15, 2016
On the Move trainee Diane Royal presented “The Flexible Division of Labour in Households of Commuting Workers on Bell Island, Newfoundland” as part of the session “Making and Unmaking the Family.” The complete conference program is available here.
Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) 2016 Annual Conference
Toronto, ON, May 9-12, 2016
On behalf of the Nova Scotia Field Component, co-investigator Ivy Bourgeault contributed a poster presentation entitled “The Often Invisible Challenges Posed by Employment-Related Geographic Mobility: A Comparative Qualitative Study of Nova Scotian Health Workers”. The full conference program is available here.
Forum on Housing and the Mobile Workforce in Newfoundland and Labrador
St. John’s, NL, April 26, 2016
On the Move was pleased to partner with Municipalities NL, The Canadian Home Builders’ Association NL, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and The Harris Centre to host this public forum. Attendees were offered an opportunity to discuss housing-related pressures for communities in the context of high job-related mobility, as well as the impacts of the economic downturn on housing and labour markets. For detailed information (including copies of featured presentations), click here.
Memorial University, St. John’s, April 15, 2016
On the Move trainee Diane Royal delivered a preliminary post-fieldwork presentation as part of the Department of Anthropology Seminar Series at Memorial University. Her research focuses on the household and community-level impacts of commuting from and to Bell Island for work. For more information, view the poster.
Building Bridges: Cities and Regions in a Transnational World
Regional Studies Association Annual Conference
Graz, Austria, April 3-6, 2016
On the Move trainee Joshua Barrett presented “Regional Sustainability in a Mobile World: Reflections from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada” as part of the session “Mobility and Regional Development II.” More information (including the complete conference program) is available here.
American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting
San Francisco, California, March 29 – April 2, 2016
This meeting featured presentations from On the Move researchers Lachlan Barber, Sean Markey, Katie Mazer, Sara Dorow, and Suzanne Mills as part of two back-to-back paper sessions entitled “Working Mobilities I” and “Working Mobilities II“. Presentations in separate sessions were also given by Sharon Roseman (details) and Diane Royal (details), and international co-investigator Tim Cresswell acted as discussant for a paper session entitled “Home: Life on the Margins of Home III: Mobility and Belonging.”
International Conference on Regulation, Change and the Work Environment
Ottawa, ON, November 30 – December 2, 2015
On the Move was a partner and several team members either presented or acted as discussants including PI Barb Neis, Dalia Gesualdi-Fecteau, David Walters, Delphine Nakache, Frédéric Décosse, Desai Shan and Katherine Lippel. 100 people registered for the conference which took place at the University of Ottawa. The session 1 presentation with Katherine Lippel can be viewed here.
Ottawa, ON, May 30 – June 5, 2015
The annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of approximately 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. On the Move had strong presence at Congress 2015 with 27 papers related to On the Move research presented by On the Move researchers from across the team; the full line-up these presentations is available here.
In partnership with the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and CBC Ideas, On the Move presented an extremely well-attended public event, Temporary Foreign Worker Policy in Canada. This panel discussion followed by an open Q&A featured researchers Katherine Lippel, Delphine Nakache, Sylvie Gravel, Eric Tucker and Sara Dorow and explored different aspects of temporary foreign worker policy.Presented the evening of June 2, the panel was moderated by CBC Ideas host Paul Kennedy and, along with short audio interviews with panel participants, will form the basis of an upcoming CBC Ideas programme.
Working on the Edge, Royal Society of Canada New Fellow Lecture Series
St. John’s, NL, February 19, 2015
On the Move Project Director Dr. Barb Neis spoke about “Working on the Edge: Using interdisciplinary, community-engaged research to identify and help address real world problems in Newfoundland and Labrador,” as part of the Royal Society of Canada New Fellow Lecture Series, Thursday, Feb. 19, in downtown St. John’s, NL. The lecture can be viewed online here.
Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Plenary: Health impact of commuting among new immigrants in precarious jobs
Toronto, ON, February 10, 2015
What commuting challenges do new immigrants in precarious jobs face, and how do these challenges in turn affect their employment prospects? In this IWH plenary, On the Move co-investigator Dr. Stephanie Premji discussed results of a qualitative study on new immigrants working in precarious jobs and the commuting issues they face, including the health impact of those commutes.
Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Plenary: Exploring OHS issues among people who do long commutes or leave home for extended periods for work
Toronto, ON, October 23, 2014
In this IWH plenary, On the Move project director Dr. Barbara Neis discussed why greater attention should be paid to the relationship between occupational health and safety (OHS) and employment-related geographic mobility. She also discussed On the Move’s preliminary findings on the OHS policy challenges—including gaps in current laws and regulations—related to workers while travelling to or from work, while at work, while living at work, or while maintaining a life at home when travelling for work. Presentation audio and slides available online.
Diverse experiences of nurses from the Philippines in Iceland
Halifax, NS, October 24
A presentation by On the Move international co-investigator Dr. Unnur Dis Skaptadóttir who spoke about her continuing research on migration of Filipinos to Iceland, with a focus on her current study about nurses and other health sector employees, considering the different conditions that affect their migration options as well as their views towards their work and migration. Presented as part of the Dalhousie University Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology Speakers Series. See the event poster for more details.
Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations: Global Perspectives
Saskatoon, SK, October 19-22, 2014
A number of On the Move Partnership researchers participated in the 7th international symposium Safety & Health in Agricultural & Rural Populations (SHARP): Global Perspectives, held in conjunction with the conferences of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) and the Canadian Rural Health Research Society (CRHRS).
Gender, Mobile Lifestyles and Places
Tromso, Norway, October 14-16, 2014
On the Move co-investigator Sharon Roseman was keynote speaker at the Gender, Mobile Lifestyles and Places workshop in TromsØ, Norway, October 14-16, 2014. On the Move researchers Marit Aure and Unnur Dís Skaptadóttir also presented. Organized by On the Move international co-investigator Siri Gerrard, this international workshop aimed to investigate the relationships between gender, work mobilities, lifestyles and place in multiple sectors from service through to transportation and communications, retail and resource extraction and manufacturing in Arctic and subarctic contexts. View the workshop programme online.
Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) Conferene
Montreal, QC, October 7-9, 2014
Project Director Dr. Barb Neis presented the On the Move Partnership at the ACE 2014 Conference in Montreal, QC. See the ACE website for more information on the conference.
New Realities, New Relationships National Rural Forum
Prince George, BC, September 25-27, 2014
On the Move Partnership researchers Heather Hall, Greg Halseth, Sean Markey and Kelly Vodden presented at a special joint-session titled “Employment-related Mobility and Implications for Rural Economic Resilience” on Friday, Sept. 26, at the annual Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) conference, New Realities, New Relationships, hosted by Community Development Institute (CDI) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Dr. Keith Storey, an On the Move Partnership affiliate, will delivered the keynote address “Fly-in/Fly-out: Addressing New Realities in the Resource Economy,” on Friday, Sept. 26. More information is available on the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation website.
International Symposium on Governance, Change and the Work Environment
Cardiff University, UK, June 30 – July 2, 2014
A number of On the Move researchers participated in this international symposium, including project director Barb Neis, policy team lead Katherine Lippel, international co-investigator David Walters, and trainees Kathy Fitzpatrick and Desai Shan. View the programme booklet, which includes abstracts of presentations given at the symposium, here.
Emerging Swells: How Research Makes a Difference for People and the Environment on Canada’s Atlantic Coast
Public session as part of the 2014 Coastal Zone Canada Conference, Halifax, NS, June 16, 2014
Dr. Barb Neis presented the On the Move Partnership as part of a panel discussion which also included Anthony Charles, Saint Mary’s University, Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Lucia Fanning, Dalhousie University. See the event poster for more details.
Irish Travellers: Nomads No More
Film screening and discussion, St. John’s, NL, June 10, 2014
A film screening and discussion about Ireland’s nomadic people presented in St. John’s, NL, Tuesday, June 10, 7pm-9:30 pm on the St. John’s campus of Memorial University, Bruneau Centre, Rm IIC 2001. Co-presented with the MUN Sociology Speakers Series. For more information see here.
Remote Work, Flexibility and Mobility in Work-Life
Vanier Institute Work-Life Roundtable, Calgary, AB, Thursday, April 24, 2014
On the Move participated in the Vanier Institute’s roundtable: Remote Work, Flexibility and Mobility in Work-Life, in Calgary Alberta, Thursday, April 24, 2014. For more information see the Vanier Institute website.
The Gendered Dimensions of Employment-Related Geographical Mobility
MUN Sociology Department Speakers Series, St. John’s, NL, March 19, 2014
As part of the Department of Sociology Speakers Series, Project Director Dr. Barb Neis and Statistics Component Team Lead Dr. Michael Haan presented an overview of the On the Move Partnership and a summary description of the conceptual framework, followed by a discussion of findings from an analysis of census data on the gendered dimensions of employment-related geographical mobility. Showing how both individual and spousal characteristics affect an individual’s decision to commute, hypothesizing that since most bargaining around time allocation and workforce attachment occurs within the household, the ability to travel for work depends not only on the type of job a person has, but also on household and spousal characteristics.
On the Move Partnership Full Team Meeting
St. John’s, NL, Dec. 4-6, 2012
The On the Move Partnership held its first Team Meeting Dec. 4-6, 2012 in St. John’s, NL. The Team Meeting brought together co-investigators, partners, trainees, staff, and members of the advisory board. As team members are located across Canada, the US, and abroad, this first team meeting was an excellent opportunity for the group to meet and discuss plans for collaboration and integration. Highlights of the Team Meeting included workshops and visioning sessions, a public lecture by Tim Cresswell, co-sponsored by On the Move and Memorial University’s Departments of Geography and Sociology, and a Memorial Presents Public Forum, presented in partnership with Memorial University’s Harris Centre.
On the Move: Long-Distance Commuting and its Consequences
Memorial Presents Public Forum, Memorial University, St. John’s NL, Dec. 4, 2012
The Memorial Presents Public Forum “On the Move: Long-Distance Commuting and its Consequences,” featured On the Move team members: Sara Dorow, Pauline Gardiner Barber, Michael Haan, Greg Halseth, Martha MacDonald, Nora Spinks, and David Walters. The forum was presented on the campus of Memorial University and broadcast live as a webcast. An archived video recording of the webcast is available online via The Harris Centre website. The forum program is also available online. This forum was sponsored by On the Move, SafetyNet, and The Harris Centre.