Canadian Institute for Safety, Wellness & Performance

Building Capacity for Productive and Sustainable Work

Vision
Position Canada as a global leader in empowering businesses to adapt and thrive in the ever-changing competitive economy.

Mission
To improve the safety, wellness and performance of the Canadian labour force by generating knowledge, transferring research to practice, and strengthening workforce development – all in collaboration with stakeholders.

Values

Innovation: to conduct cutting-edge transdisciplinary research to address knowledge gaps and develop evidence-informed products, tools, and services to advance stakeholders’ capacity.

Collaboration: to engage and work with employers, not-for-profits, labour/unions, academics, service providers, policy makers, and practitioners to develop, promote, and implement effective and sustainable solutions.

Equality and Inclusiveness: empowering and enabling communities to support the labour force in striving for meaningful and fulfilling employment.

Strategic Objectives (2019 - 2025)

The Canadian Institute for Safety, Wellness & Performance:

Our Team

Amin Yazdani

Amin Yazdani, PhD, CSP

Dr. Amin Yazdani is the director of the Canadian Institute for Safety, Wellness & Performance at Conestoga College's School of Business. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at McMaster University, the University of Waterloo and Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences. Dr. Yazdani is a member of the Canadian Standard Association (CSA Group) Occupational Health and Safety Strategic Steering Committee, and a recipient of the 2018 Standards Council of Canada Young Leader Award.

Dr. Yazdani uses a multidisciplinary strategy to develop innovative approaches to prevent workplace injuries and work disability. Dr. Yazdani's research interest centres around standardization of human factor and ergonomics in the design of products and work environments by developing best practices and technical standards.

In addition, he has extensive experience in collaborating with small, medium and large organizations to implement organizational-wide approaches to prevent workplace injuries and improve productivity and performance.

He has contributed to the development of several Canadian Standards including the standard for Office Ergonomics, and acted as a co-chair for the technical committee to develop a Canadian Standard for Carer-inclusive and Accommodating Organizations.

Currently, he is co-leading a multi-stakeholder initiative to develop a new MSD Prevention Guide for Ontario. At the national level, and in collaboration with several stakeholders, he is spearheading several important initiatives including the development of the following Canadian Standards:

  • Design and Use of Paramedic Ground Emergency Response Vehicles and Equipment
  • Work Disability Prevention Management System
  • Fatigue Risk Management Standard for First Responders, and
  • Work Disability Prevention Management System for Paramedics with Post Traumatic Stress Injuries.

Education

Dr. Yazdani holds a PhD in Kinesiology (Work and Health) from the University of Waterloo, and both an MSc and BSc in Occupational Health and Safety. He is also a Certified Safety Professional.

Contact Information

Phone: (519) 748-5220, ext. 2338

Email: ayazdani@conestogac.on.ca

Publications: Visit Google Scholar and ResearchGate for a full list of publications.

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Marcus Yung

Marcus Yung, PhD, CPE

Research Interests

Marcus Yung is a research scientist at the Canadian Institute for Safety, Wellness & Performance. His research centres on the etiology of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, exposure assessment, and development of prevention strategies and interventions to mitigate injury risk.

He has expertise in individual-level measurement using biomechanical and biophysical tools for both laboratory work simulations and field studies. Previously, he investigated the effectiveness of occupational health standards to prevent musculoskeletal injury risks associated with heavy machinery and transport systems. Additionally, Dr. Yung has knowledge in physical exposure estimation using population-level data to construct job exposure matrices that can be used to better understand exposure-disease relationships.

Prior to joining CISWP, he completed his post-doctoral training at the Canadian Centre for Health & Safety in Agriculture (University of Saskatchewan) as a recipient of a Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. He was also a post-doctoral research associate at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri in occupational epidemiology. Dr. Yung is a Board Certified Professional Ergonomist.

Education

BSc (Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology), Simon Fraser University 

MSc (Kinesiology), University of Waterloo

PhD (Work and Health, Kinesiology), University of Waterloo

Contact Information

Phone: (519) 748-5220, ext. 3037

Email: myung@conestogac.on.ca

Publications: Visit Google Scholar and Research Gate for full list of publications.

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Bronson Du

Bronson Du, MSc

Research Interests

Bronson Du is a research scientist at the Canadian Institute for Safety, Wellness & Performance.

His research passion is in applying his background of public health and kinesiology to generate a holistic understanding of how policies affect workplace safety, wellness and performance.

Bronson uses a systems approach for data gathering, analysis, interpretation, and reporting to inform the development of interventions that are practical and integrable to workplaces. He has expertise integrating human factors and ergonomic principles into industry-specific design standards and informing the development of national frameworks for work disability prevention and management.

Previously, Bronson led multiple complex field studies in collaboration with seat manufacturers and trucking companies in Washington State, Connecticut, British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba. This research compared whole-body vibration characteristics and attenuation capabilities of seating technologies, and their impact on driver fatigue and discomfort to provide procurement recommendations.

Bronson has also managed and conducted a large-scale scoping review that generated a comprehensive synthesis of the existing research pertaining to government laws, policies and programs designed to facilitate the (re-)integration of persons with disabilities into the labour force.

Education

  • BSc (Honours Kinesiology, co-op program), University of Waterloo
  • MSc (Public Health and Health Systems), University of Waterloo

Contact Information

Phone: (519) 748-5220, ext. 3024

Email: bdu@conestogac.on.ca

Publications: Visit Google Scholar and ResearchGate for a full list of publications.

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