Conference Program

Social Event

Social Event – Rally in the Alley with McCarthy’s Party


ACE Conference Workshops

Preliminary Program 

Program at a glance



Monday August 12

Tuesday August 13

Wednesday August 14

Thursday August 15











Full Day Workshop – Salon E

Design Communication Tools: Stakeholders, Personas, and User Journey Maps

Full day Workshop – Salon F

Fatigue Risk Management - Practical Strategies for Individuals and Organizations

Half day Workshop – Salon G

Using the MSD Prevention Guideline for Ontario: An Employer's Success


Opening remarks


Keynote – “Design Thinking to Disrupt Traditional Thinking” - Catherine Courage, VP, Google  

(Salon A)



Keynote – “Ships, Helicopters and Automobiles: Transportation Vehicles as

the Working Environment” – Dr. Wayne Albert, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick

(Salon A)



Keynote - “Human Technology Teaming; exploring the relationship” - Dr. Heather Neyedli, Faculty Member, Dalhousie University

(Salon A)






Exhibitor presentations

(Salon A)

Break & Exhibitor Showcase

(Salons B/C/D)





Workshops continue

Break and Exhibitor Showcase

(Salons B/C/D)



Session 10: IEA 2021 Triennial World Congress: Opportunities for Canada on the World Stage of Ergonomics – Salon E


Session 11: Office Ergonomics – sponsored by Contour Designs – Salon F

Office Ergo, in the Extremes


The Expansion of the Rapid Office Strain Assessment (ROSA): An Office Ergonomics Tool


A Productivity Analysis of 6 Popular Ergonomic Mouse Designs


Effect of a Spine Decompression Chair Design Compared to a Control on Spine Height and Posture During Prolonged Sitting.

Session 12: Rehabilitation and Paramedics – Salon G

Exploring Personal, Sport-Related, and Rehabilitation-Related Risk Factors of Rehabilitation Over Adherence Among Injured Athletes


Case Studies of Recovering Strength and Reach Following Massive Rotator Cuff Tear Repair


Relationship Between Functional Movement Screen performance and Self-Reported Discomfort Among Experienced Paramedics.


Evaluating an Intervention to Reduce Neonate Whole Body Vibration Exposures During Ambulance Transport

Session 19: Fatigue Risk Management – Panel Discussion of Workplace Strategies – Salon E



Session 20: Considerations for Comfort – Salon F


Evaluating the Efficacy of Sharps-Proof Clothing for Reducing Biomechanical Exposure in Municipal Waste Collectors


The Neck-Shoulder Comfort Tradeoff: Effects of Large Touchscreen Monitor Tilt Angles on Standing Tasks.


Blue Eyes: A Look at Blue-Light Emissions and the Potential Hazard to Vision and Sleep


Exploring the Impact of Critical Incident Exposure on Psychological Fatigue as a Risk Factor for Musculoskeletal Injury During Firefighting Tasks






Session 1: Collaborations in Ergonomics (in French) – Salon E

A Look at the Interprofessional Collaboration in Architectural Design: The Case of the Reception Desks at the Future Centre Intégré de Cancérologie du CHU de Québec Université Laval


The Contribution of Work Analysis in the Training Needs Analysis Process: New Opportunities in Ergonomics

Session 2: Military and Seating Considerations – Salon F

Aircraft Cockpit Accommodation: A Pilot Study


Comparing Whole-Body Vibration Exposures and Psychomotor Vigilance Task Performance across Two Classes of Truck Seats


Musculoskeletal Hazards and Injuries in Canadian Aquaculture: A Strategy for Hazard Identification and Risk Reduction

Session 3: MSDs and Lifting – Salon G

Designing for Client Lifts in Healthcare – A Guideline for Care, Safety and Consistency in Alberta Health Services


A Multi-Professional Approach to Investigating Musculoskeletal Injuries Among Medical Radiation Technologists: A Case Study for New Equipment


Study of Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Insurance Office Employees







(Salon A)








Lunch (for all workshop participants)




(Salon A)


Presentation of Awards, Closing remarks


(Salon A)





Full Day Workshop cont’d – Salon E

Design Communication Tools: Stakeholders, Personas, and User Journey Maps

Full day Workshop cont’d – Salon F

Fatigue Risk Management - Practical Strategies for Individuals and Organizations

Half day Workshop – Salon G

Moving from Lab to Industry: Current and Future Force Measurement, to Determine Risk of injury


Session 13: Using the MSD Prevention Guidelines for Ontario: An Employer’s Success – Salon E


Session 14: Return on Investment and Risk Assessment – Salon F

Healthcare Facility Mock-up Guidelines: Optimizing Return on Investment (ROI) for Quality and Patient Safety


Human Behaviour Prediction for Risk Assessment in Ergonomics: Two Case Examples


Development of an Integrated System and Human Modelling Approach to Quantify Biomechanical Load and Care Quality in Nursing work


Session 15: Office Ergonomics: Unpacking the 2017 CSA Z412 Standard – Salon G





Session 4: Design and Operations (in French) – Salon E

Integrating Ergonomics into a Design Project at the CHU de Québec: The Case of the New Hospital Complex


Cleaning and Disinfection of Food Processing Machinery – The Rigour of an Unknown Job


The Concept of Enabling Spaces: A Promising Theoretical Avenue in Ergonomics

Session 5: Muscle Analysis & Fatigue – Salon F

Isometric Wrist Flexor and Extensor Muscle Fatigue Similarly Impairs Hand Tracking Performance Using a Haptic Wrist Robot


Surface EMG Analysis of Posture and Muscle Load for Medical Sonography Tasks - A Pilot Study

Session 6: Effects of Sitting – Salon G

Monitoring Calf Circumference During Prolonged Sitting Followed by Walking


Is Spinal Stiffness Affected by Prolonged Sitting?


Comparison of Whole-Body Vibration Exposures When Operating a Bus with an Active, Passive and Static Suspension Bus Seat




Technical Tours – Lobby of the Delta







Break and Exhibitor Showcase

(Salons B/C/D)


Break and Exhibitor Showcase


Workshops continue


Exhibitor Prizes

(Salons B/C/D)



Session 7: MSD Prevention and Postures (in French) – Salon E

Assigning a Tutor in the Workplace to Support MSD Prevention


Optimal Duration of Standing Periods at the Office According to Perception


Physiological and Biomechanical Comparison Between Different Sit-to-Stand Postures to Sitting and Standing Postures and Short Walks

Session 8: General Biomechanics – Salon F

Using Principal Components to Test Reach Patterns in 3 Groups


Biomechanical Demands of Automobile Tire Changing


Finding, Providing and Implementing “Ergonomic Techniques” for Outdoor Workers

Session 9: Analysis & Validation of Physical and Ergonomic Techniques – Salon G

Comparison of Video-Based and Traditional Physical Demands Description Methods


Evaluating the Prospective Benefits of Physical Demands Description (PDD) Data Created from Job Simulations


Effects of Three VO2 Max Estimation Methods on the Results of Three Heart Rate-Based Energy Consumption Estimation Models

Session 16: Ergonomic Awareness in the Workplace – Salon E

How Does Employer Support Effect an Ergonomics Practitioner’s Awareness of the Relationship Between Ergonomics and Psychosocial Hazard Control?


Techniques for Improving Ergonomics Awareness in Workers


In the 4th Industrial Revolution, Ergonomics Cannot be an Afterthought!!!


The Application of HFE and Ambulance Design Standards in Canada’s EMS System

Session 17: ACE National: Encouraging Member Retention and Engagement – A Discussion – Salon F


Session 18: Systematic Supports for Health & Safety – Salon G

Workplace Practices and Policies to Support Workers with Depression.


Relationship Between Psychosocial Health Status and Simulated Patient-Care Scenario Performance Among Experienced Paramedics.


Health & Safety Climate in a University Setting


Workplace and System-Based Interventions on Return-To-Work and Recovery for Musculoskeletal and Mental Health Conditions. Findings from Two Systematic Reviews

















Early Registration

Exhibitor Showcase time    5:30-7:30pm

Salon B/C/D




50th anniversary celebration

Salon B/C/D – Sponsored by ergoCentric


Social: Rally in the Ally

Meet in Salon A







Technical Tours (Choose One)

1. Centre for Marine Simulation

In operation since 1994, the Centre for Marine Simulation (CMS) is an industrial arm of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University (MI). Operating under MI's School of Maritime Studies, CMS combines its unique North Atlantic location, world-class simulation technology, and industry-driven expertise to solve the toughest simulation problems for its clients.

The Centre is located in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador and the forefront of Canada's ocean technology industry. The city boasts one of the most sophisticated and comprehensive concentrations of ocean technology organizations anywhere in Canada.

As a centre of excellence, CMS responds to a variety of requests ranging from ship manoeuvring and procedural trials, performance examination and improvements, and customized training to operational efficiency reviews, marine equipment testing, and port design evaluation.

Its clients are globally based and come from a variety of maritime sectors: commercial shipping, oil and gas, port operations, civil engineering, environmental, marine policy and regulation and more.

We have an edge of our own.
High fidelity, state-of-the-art technology, 360° visuals, and motion systems that provide our clients with unprecedented realism.

Our objective is simple:
Improve operational efficiency by enhancing a mariner’s knowledge, skill, and confidence.


2. Offshore Safety and Survival Centre – Focus on Fire Fighting


The Offshore Safety & Survival Centre, a division of Memorial University’s Marine Institute offers a comprehensive range of safety and emergency response training courses to the marine transportation, offshore petroleum, fishing and industrial sectors.  The OSSC is uniquely positioned to carry-out high quality, relevant research in the area of emergency response, survival and rescue.  The OSSC research team has expanded significantly in recent years and in collaboration of the OSSC instructional team the group is in an extraordinary position to conduct research that will better inform decision-makers, designers, regulators, operators and trainers.

During your visit to the facility, you will be treated to an overview of the various training and research activities taking place at the OSSC and will have an opportunity to visit our Survival Tank and Firefighting Training ground.  This Survival Tank is equipped with an environmental theater which allows researchers to simulate real world conditions including wind, rain, lightning, thunder, sea spray and sea state.  The Fire Training ground is equipped with multiple mock training props (including a 2 level ship structure and two level Oil Rig Structure).  With additional capability to conduct pressurized firefighting, confined space training and fire extinguisher training the OSSC is an excellent place to feel the heat of real world emergencies in the marine and offshore sectors.  If time allows, you will have the opportunity to fly on our full motion helicopter flight simulator travelling to the Hibernia offshore oil installation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the OSSC soon.



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