Registration is now open for the Meredith Conference: No “Half Measures” which explores the state of workers’ compensation 100 years after Sir William Meredith presented his options for reform that would remove injustice for injured workers. The international conference will be held October 31 – November 2, 2013 in Toronto.


The Conference begins with a ‘Meredith Tour’ of Toronto leaving the conference hotel at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday October 31st, 2013. Participants will travel by bus to see Meredith’s Rosedale home, his gravesite and the building that housed Ontario’s first “Workman’s Compensation Board” in 1915. The trip concludes with a tour of the Osgoode Hall Court House in downtown Toronto, where Meredith served as Ontario’s Chief Justice and where he wrote his Final Report in 1913.

There will be registration and a cash bar at Osgoode Hall at 5:00 p.m. Dinner will be served in the Osgoode Convocation Hall Dining Room at 6:30 and the keynote speakers will begin at 7:30 p.m. The tour bus will take participants back to the conference hotel after the keynote presentations.

Days 2 and 3 of the conference will take place in the auditorium of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), 15 Gervais Drive, Don Mills Ontario. Lunch and snacks will be provided. Parking is available onsite.

We encourage conference participants to attend the annual the Health and Safety Awards dinner on Friday November 1st which is also at the conference hotel (see below). The Workers Health and Safety Centre in cooperation with the Toronto and York Region Labour Council, the Central Ontario Building Trades, the OFL Occupational Disability Response Team and Injured Workers Consultants hold this dinner to recognize the efforts of labour activists who have made a difference in the prevention of work-related injury and disease and have led the struggle for justice and fair compensation for injured workers. There is a cash bar and live jazz band starting at 6:30 and dinner at 7:00. The cost is $80.00 per ticket. Some tickets have been donated for injured workers. The dinner is independent of the conference and you can register for the dinner by mail using this form [download here].


A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate for conference participants at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites, 175 Wynford Drive, Tel. 416 449-4111 or 1 877-474-6835. The special rate is $109 which includes a breakfast voucher and a reduced parking rate. This rate is available until October 10th. The hotel is approximately 1 km on foot from the OFL auditorium.

Registration fees and payment

Registration is $200 and includes all 3 days. Student registration is available at $80. There is no charge for injured worker registrants but numbers are limited by conference funding. A limited number of registrations and travel subsidies are available for Ontario injured workers thanks to a grant by the Law Foundation of Ontario and with assistance from the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups. Contact your local ONIWG injured worker group regarding the delegates for your area.

The registration fee covers the Meredith tour, all sessions, opening dinner (Thursday), lunches (Friday and Saturday).

How to register

  • online
    • click here for registration form
    • after sending online registration form, click here to pay by Paypal
  • by mail
    • download registration form here
    • send completed form with cheque or money order (in Canadian funds made payable to “Meredith Conference”) to:

Meredith Conference
c/o Professor Robert Storey
McMaster University
Kenneth Taylor Hall, Room 717
Hamilton, ON L8S 4M4
Please send payment with registration. Email confirmation of completed registration will be sent. Receipts will be available for pickup at the Conference registration desk.

Registration deadline: Registrations will be accepted until the start of the Conference, however the Oct. 31 dinner and Meredith tour can only be guaranteed to those registering by October 26, 2013.

Payment at the conference site is by cash or cheque only.

For further information:
Call: 905-525-9140, ext. 24693

Allergy Alert – Scent Free Conference:  Increasingly, workers are becoming sensitized to chemicals in the environment. For many workers, attending conferences and being exposed to perfumes and other strong scents can pose a serious health risk. Therefore, we ask that conference participants refrain from the use of scented products.

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