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2008 Annual Research to Policy Conference - Improving Conditions for the Working Poor

Mary Cornish presenting at our May conference

On May 1st and 2nd 2008, the IHSP held its annual research to policy conference. This year's conference focused on Global Strategies: Improving the Labour Conditions of the Working Poor. It was with great pleasure that we welcomed an extraordinary group of international and national policymakers, researchers and students.

Please follow the links below for the meeting agenda, video footage of speakers' presentations and PDF files: Agenda of the conference [.pdf] ; ordre du jour de la conférence [.pdf]

Keynote speakers:

Kathy Newman, Director, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies: Opening Keynote [.pdf] ; Discours d'ouverture [.pdf]

Stephen Pursey, Senior Adviser to the Director-General of the ILO, Director of the Policy Integration and Statistics Department: Luncheon Keynote: Shaping a Fair Globalization [.doc]

Senator Hugh Segal: Keynote address [.pdf]

Pat Horn, International Coordinator of StreetNet International, South Africa: Organising the poorest workers globally [.pdf]

John Frank, Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Population and Public Health: Job control and health status in the Canadian population [.pdf] ; Contrôle personnel du travail et état de santé des travailleurs canadiens [.pdf]

Welcome and Introduction to Canadian Policy Studies:

Jody Heymann, Director, McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy: Introduction to Global and Canadian Policy Studies [.pdf]

Plenary Panel 1: The Working Poor

Martha Chen, Coordinator, Women in Informal Employment Globalising and Organising (WIEGO): The Working Poor in the Informal Economy [.pdf] ; Les travailleurs pauvres dans l'économie informelle [.pdf]

Donna Lero, Jarislowsky Chair in Families & Work, Guelph University: Low-wage Workers and Vulnerable Families [.pdf] ; Travailleurs pauvres et familles vulnérables [.pdf]

Jane Jenson, Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance, Université de Montréal: Thinking about the working poor: Analysis and actions in the EU [.pdf] ; Actif mais pauvre: L'analyse et les actions de l'UE en direction des Working Poor [.pdf]

Marie-Renée Roy, General Director, Research, Evaluation and Statistics Division, Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité Sociale, Gouvernement du Québec: Low-income workers in Quebec [.pdf] ; Les travailleurs à faible revenu au Québec [.pdf]

Plenary Panel 2: Globalization and the Changing Nature of Work in Canada

Mary Cornish, Chair, Equal Pay Coalition and Senior Partner, Calvalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish LLP: Securing Justice for Women: The Face of Canada's Working Poor [.pdf] ; Justice pour les femmes: le visage des travailleurs pauvres du Canada [.pdf]

Ron Saunders, Vice-President of Research, Canadian Policy Research Networks: Globalization and the Changing Nature of Work in Canada [.pdf] ; La mondialisation et la nature changeante de l'emploi au Canada [.pdf]

Joan Andrew, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration: Working Poor in Ontario [.pdf] ; Travailleurs pauvres en Ontario [.pdf]

Plenary Panel 3: Globalization and the Changing Nature of Work Around the World

Joan Benach, Chair, Employment Conditions Knowledge Network, WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and Professor, Health Inequalities Research Group, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona: Employment, Work and Health Inequalities: A Global Perspective [.pdf]

Carles Muntaner, Co-Chair, Employment Conditions Knowledge Network, WHO Commission of Social Determinants of Health and Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Work and Health: The Changing Nature of Work around the World- a Framework for Employment Conditions and Health [.pdf]

Vilma Santana, Co-Chair, Employment Conditions Knowledge Network, WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health and Professor, Institute of Collective Health Federal University of Bahia: The working poor, employment conditions and health inequities [.pdf]

Magdalena Echeverria, Advisor, Ministry of Labour, Santiago de Chile: Globalization and the Changing Nature of Work around the World [.pdf] ; La mondialisation et l'évolution de la nature de l'emploi à travers le monde [.pdf]