Café Scientifique presents Work and Health: Does Gender Matter?

Work and health are inseparable. Millions of people each year experience serious and non-serious work-related illnesses, accidents and injuries. Creating healthy work environments is vital to the prevention of such negative occupational health outcomes in both paid and unpaid work environments.

Accounting for gender and sex in discussions of work and health is necessary because of unequal gender roles/relations, and due to sex-related variations in body composition. Both gender and sex influence occupational exposures and health outcomes, as do variations in the division of unpaid work and family caregiving.

How does sex and gender influence your ability to stay healthy in your unpaid and paid work? What are employers, workers’ organizations, governments and regulatory agencies doing to keep employees healthy and safe?

Join us for a discussion with a diverse panel of experts as we discuss how gender, work and health intersect and how this knowledge can contribute to healthy work environments. Workers/employees, employers, human resource professionals and unions are all welcome, as are those with an interest in workplace health.

The event will take place Thursday, April 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Rd. S, Hamilton.

Space is limited so reserve your spot soon. RSVP to or call 905-525-9140  ext. 28617 (ask for Rachelle). Can’t join us in person? This presentation is available online.

This free event is hosted by McMaster University, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and its Institute of Gender and Health.


Allison Williams, PhD
Associate Professor,
School of Geography and Earth Sciences,
McMaster University


Joy MacDermid, PhD
Assistant Dean and Associate Professor,
Rehabilitation Science,
McMaster University

Donna Lero, PhD
Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition,
University of Guelph

Jan Chappel, MHsc
Senior Technical Specialist,
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS)

Peter Smith, PhD
Institute for Work and Health
University of Toronto