CSPDM Series: Celebration of new CDMP and CRTWC graduates. December 7th 2023

Celebration of new CDMP and CRTWC graduates. December 7th 2023

Date: December 7th 2023

Time: 8:00am – 9:30am Pacific Time (US and Canada)

CEC: 1.5 hrs.
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The Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management (CSPDM) Board of Directors, in conjunction with the National Institute in Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), is pleased to host a webinar to recognize our newest CRTWC’s and CDMPS for the 2023.
We hope you can join your fellow disability management professionals on this special day as we move forward to support each other in challenging and important work.

Session highlights include:

  • Recognizing the significant achievement of disability management practitioners who successfully completed the certification process in spring 2023 and join the global network of CDMP / CRTWC professionals across 22 countries.
  • Leadership, career opportunities and making a difference.
  • CDMP in the UK, situations, challenges, and the differences between our countries
  • Presentation on the New WCB RTW obligations effective January 1, 2024
  • WSIB Health and Safety Excellence Program SIP grant initiative
  • Video review – Leadership in Disability Management

John Mutch –Chair, CSPDM

Featured Speakers:

  • Judy Geary – Volunteer Not for Profit Board Director, Retired Vice President, Work Reintegration WSIB
  • Graham Halsey- ED of IDMSC UK/Ireland
  • Wolfgang Zimmermann – Executive Director, NIDMAR / President, PCU-WHS
  • Jennifer Leyen Disability Management Consultant and Instructor with PCU-WHS
  • Rodney C. Cook, MIR, CRSP – Workplace Safety Insurance Board
  • Trever Jansen –Video Director/Producer/Editor, Staggering Media

Judy Geary
Judy had a varied 33-year career at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board in Ontario, always maintaining a tether to the RTW field. She retired as Vice President, Work Reintegration. Her last assignments were to create an evidence-based case management model and practice, and a comprehensive best practice work reintegration strategy that began on the day of injury.

She has a Masters in Adult Education and attained the CDMP designation in 2012.Judy has served on several not-for-profit Boards, including 2 occupational health and safety associations, NIDMAR and PCU–WHS, a specialized mental health hospital, and a Community Health Centre.

She recently participated on the technical committee that created the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Disability Management Standard.

Graham Halsey
After a successful career in the NHS working in Mental Health and as nurse educator at Bournemouth University.

Graham moved to Unum the largest Income Protection Insurer in the UK in 1997, helping to establish and manage the Vocational Rehabilitation Team. This grew to a team of over 40 and won numerous national awards for the innovative and successful approach it brought to VR and Return to Work.

He oversaw the original delivery of the Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) award into the UK in 2006 and led the introduction of NIDMAR education, certification, and audit process in the UK. He continues to lead the training in this area in the UK to date training over 700 students.

Since forming Well Working Matters Ltd in 2013, Graham has been working with and influencing both individuals and organisations in return to work and the development of absence management processes and procedures. A key part of this is the training of line managers and HR staff in safe and sustainable return-to-work techniques.

He continues to grow his work in Disability Management now with 26 years’ experience. In 2014 he led a large NHS organisation through the NIDMAR CBDMA audit process helping them to become the first organisation accredited to the IDMSC standards in the UK.

He has worked with and influenced the Scottish Government in their approach to the development of Disability Management and is currently delivering a 5-year plan to train 300 health and employability professionals to gain the CDMP designation.

His work has included the introduction of a Disability Management approach to large insurers in the UK and rehabilitation companies seeking Government contracts. They engage on an annual basis, changing the way Government agencies and the financial services sector view the return to work of sick and injured workers.

Most recently he has worked with the States of Jersey Government to introduce a Disability management approach to how they change the management of both short- and long-term absence claims and establishing an early intervention return to work team sponsored by the Government.

Wolfgang Zimmermann
OBC, is the President of the Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences (PCU-WHS) and the Executive Director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR). Having a degree in civil and forest engineering, following an industrial accident in 1977, he was retrained and continued to work for his pre-disability employer until his retirement from that organization in 2010. He became involved in the disability management field in the late 1980’s and has held a wide range of private and public sector appointments in disability management advocacy such as Chair of the Premier’s Council for Persons with Disabilities, the British Columbia Workers Compensation Board, Minister’s Council for Employment for Persons with Disabilities, National Advisory Board for Veterans Affairs, and has appeared before Parliamentary and Senate Committees as expert witness. He has received many awards and commendations for his work on disability prevention and rehabilitation including the Order of British Columbia, the Governor General’s Appreciation Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Lieutenant Governor’s BC Community Achievement Award, to name just a few.

Jennifer Leyen
Jennifer Leyen is a disability management consultant and advocate, working to support individuals and organizations working with clients, employees or members dealing with disability, recovery and return to work.  She is also a speaker and consultant with a focus on workers’ compensation law and policy and mental health injuries.  With a BA from the University of British Columbia, a certificate in disability management from the National Institute of Disability Management and a master’s degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies from the University of Calgary, Jennifer has worked as a rehabilitation consultant for clients with occupational and non-occupational injuries, followed by 25 years as a manager and director with WorkSafeBC.  While at WorkSafeBC, Jennifer was instrumental in developing a new vision and strategy for supporting clients with catastrophic injuries and led clinical and case management teams working in trauma, occupational disease, mental health, brain injuries and work-related fatalities.


Rodney C. Cook, MIR, CRSP
Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
Vice President, Workplace Health and Safety Services

For more than 20 years, Rod Cook has been a leader in business transformation in both the private and public sectors. In his current role as Vice President of Workplace Health and Safety Services (WHSS) at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), he oversees all aspects of workplace health and safety programs including the implementation and evolution of innovative programs like the Health and Safety Excellence program.

Before joining WHSS, Rod spent four years as the Vice President of Human Resources. During this time, the WSIB received the Mental Health at Work Silver Level certification from Excellence Canada under Rod’s leadership. Rod has also received individual recognition for his accomplishments. In 2018, the University of Toronto awarded him with the Morley Gunderson Prize for outstanding professional achievement and service to the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources.

Within provincial and national occupational health and safety communities, Rod is an in-demand speaker, leader, and influencer. Rod was appointed to the Prevention Council to provide advice to the Minister and Chief Prevention Officer. In addition, after a nomination by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, the Government of Canada especially appointed Rod to represent Ontario on the tripartite Board of Council of Governors at the Council of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Rod has also served on multiple Board of Directors including National Institute of Disability Management and Research, and Excellence Canada. More recently Rod joined the Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the Canadian Institute for Safety, Wellness, and Performance.

Trevor Jansen
Staggering Media – Video Director/Producer/Editor
the creative director at Staggering Media, a video production and photography studio with expertise in creative development and project management. Based in Vancouver, he tells stories for businesses all across beautiful British Columbia. His work has appeared at Cannes Lions and on an iPhone near you.”