The Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH) seminar series is supported by the Dalla Lana School of Public HealthPublic Health Ontario, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre, and the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease.

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Seminar Details

Time: Seminars are held on Fridays from 12:00pm to 1:00pm (ET)
Location: the 2021-2022 seminar series will be held online only

The seminars are open to everyone, and can be attended via Zoom webinar. Registration is free of charge. To register, and to receive the instructions for connecting to the webinar, please follow the Eventbrite links in the table below. The link will become available approximately a week before each seminar date.

Following the seminar, presentation slides will be posted below with the consent of the presenter.

The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. Additional details on continuing education credits (including approval numbers) will be available shortly. If you have further questions, please contact Victoria Arrandale (victoria.arrandale@utoronto.ca).  

Upcoming Seminars

Date Location Speaker (Institution) Title/Topic
January 21, 2022 Webinar Tracy Kirkham (Occupational Cancer Research Centre and University of Toronto) Personal protective equipment and COVID-19 risk among Canadian paramedics
February 4, 2022 Webinar Sarah Buchan (Public Health Ontario and University of Toronto) Workplace COVID outbreaks
February 18, 2022 Webinar Ellen MacEachen (University of Waterloo and University of Toronto) Work and health among gig workers (Tentative)
March 4, 2022 Webinar TBD TBD
March 18, 2022 Webinar Liisa Jantunen (Environment and Climate Change Canada and University of Toronto) Microplastics and Plastic Associated Chemicals in the Canadian Arctic
April 1, 2022 Webinar Basak Yanar (Institute for Work and Health and University of Toronto) OHS among new Canadians (Tentative)

Past Seminars

December 10, 2021 – Cancer risk among firefighters in the Norwegian Fire Departments Cohort
Niki Marjerrison, Cancer Registry of Norway, University of Oslo and Occupational Cancer Research Centre


November 26, 2021 – Indigenous knowledge, western research, and a community’s cancer journey (Indigenous Cancer Care Unit – Cancer Care Ontario)
Amanda Sheppard, University of Toronto


November 12, 2021 – The dirt on urban road dust and its implications for health
Clare Wiseman, University of Toronto

(If you have any questions for Dr. Clare Wiseman or would like to the seminar slides, please email her directly to inquire)


October 29, 2021 – Health effects of unconventional natural gas in Northeastern British Columbia
Elyse Caron-Beaudoin, University of Toronto


October 15, 2021 – Facial Protective Equipment use by home care providers during the pandemic (study results: Solutions to prevent fogging of face shields and goggles | VHA Home HealthCare)
Emily King, VHA Home HealthCare and University of Toronto


October 1, 2021 – Exposing the Brain: The cognitive impacts of indoor air pollution
Jeff Siegel, University of Toronto


September 17, 2021 – Building Capacity to Tackle Global Occupational Disease
Marianne Levitsky, Workplace Health Without Borders and University of Toronto


Click the links below to see presentations from the previous seminar series:

2013-2014 — 2014-2015 — 2015-2016 — 2016-2017 — 2017-2018 — 2018-2019 — 2019-2020— 2020-2021