Course Description

Technology is ubiquitous, easily accessible but also mysterious.  Ingrained within our daily lives, it has the ability to transform either positively or negatively and we have an active choice and role to play in its deployment. The future of work is being shaped by rapid changes in the workplace, work, and workforce.

All these advances and developments have implications for worker safety, health, and well-being and require innovative occupational safety and health strategies. 

  • Explain the potential financial impact of emerging technologies.
  • Analyze the role technology plays in our organizations.
  • Provide examples of priority future of work topics. Describe integrated, expanded, and transdisciplinary occupational safety and health strategies to address future of work issues. 

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This course is eligible for 1 certified hour of learning. 


Catherine Heggerud

Catherine Heggerud is an energetic life-long learner. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (specializing in Marketing and Finance) and a Master of Business Administration (Strategic Management & Organizational Development), both from the University of Alberta. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. She also holds a CPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources) designation. Catherine has over 20 years of experience in technology organizations, specializing in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, organizational change management and financial management. Additionally, Catherine has also consulted for the oil and gas industry, specializing in the areas of recruitment, employee engagement and market segmentation. Catherine currently is a faculty member in the Business Technology Management area and the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Haskayne School of Business. Her research interests include understanding the employee side of digital transformation and how transformation happens in post-secondary contexts.

Health Research Scientist with the CDC

Sara Tamers

Sara L. Tamers, PhD, MPH, is a health research scientist at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There, she serves as coordinator of the Research Program Development and Collaboration arm of the Total Worker Health® Program, assistant coordinator of the Healthy Work Design and Well-Being Program, and coordinator of the Future of Work Initiative. She led the development of the National Total Worker Health® Agenda, a National Occupational Research Agenda intended to define and prioritize Total Worker Health® research, practice, policy, and capacity-building activities for the Nation from 2016-2026. Dr. Tamers also led the development of the NIOSH Future of Work Initiative Research Agenda, intended to help NIOSH scientists identify and prioritize future of work activities and inspire the larger safety and health community with their own. Her research interests lie in occupational safety and health, Total Worker Health®, future of work, social determinants of health, obesogenic behaviors, worker well-being, social networks and support, and cross-country comparisons.

Jamie Burton

Jamie Burton is co- owner and VP of Dolphin Digital Technologies, currently seconded to CCRW as the Chief Business Development Officer. Dolphin is a communication technologies firm widely recognized for the use of technology to tackle social issues. Dolphin has led a fundamental transformation in the modes of work by developing a virtual work environment capable of wealth creation and social cohesion. Their transformative workplace facilitates innovation and the development of a unique approach to profitability; one which allows for social alignment and sustainable, collaborative solutions. Dolphin is the first business in Canada to develop and implement a barrier free hiring strategy for people with disabilities. Jamie Burton helped to design the virtual technical assessment solution (ViTAS) to identify and qualify skills in job candidates. Being able to facilitate unbiased skill assessment led to the recognition of untapped potential, talent mobility and analytic synthesis of career development. Recognizing the value of strategic hiring, Jamie determined to take the opportunity to drive change in business, and founded Dolphin Disabilities Mentoring Day in 2011, which has grown from one city location, to a National event including 20 cities in 5 provinces across Canada, and from four participating businesses to 159. Dolphin DMD has proven that mentoring establishes a shared learning experience which lends to the identification of essential & transferable skills and facilitates increased disability confidence. Jamie Burton has utilized her skills and connections as Dolphin’s Vice President, to establish a sound mentoring model which has now been shared as a responsible, sustainable and economic best practice. She has represented Canada on global stages, championing the business advantage of innovative hiring strategies and employment of people with disabilities, with a lens on technical innovation. Jamie has helped government and businesses develop employment strategy, policy, and best practices, and is currently a member of the Accessible Standards Canada, Technical Committee on Employment. Jamie has been awarded the BMO Celebrating Women- Innovation & Global Growth Award, Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Lt. Gov. Community Volunteer Award, & Rogers Women of the Year-Entrepreneur.

Course curriculum

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    The Impact of Technology on Worker Wellbeing - Work Wellness Institute Conference Series

    • Pre-Survey

    • The Impact of Technology on Worker Wellbeing - Work Wellness Institute Conference Series

    • The Impact of Technology on Worker Wellbeing

    • Evaluation Survey