I am an occupational biomechanist, an industrial hygienist and a certified ergonomist. I am a graduate of Queen's University.
I am also an adjunct professor at the Queen's University School of Kinesiology and Health Studies and at the department of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University.
My research aims to design and evaluate ergonomic tools to reduce musculoskeletal injuries in workplaces. More specifically, the objective of my research is to improve understanding of the kinetics and kinematics of lifting activities. The focus of my current research is to revise current lifting training methods.
Besides teaching health and safety topics at Ryerson, I supervise research conducted in the Ergonomics and Biomechanics and Injury Prevention Laboratory.
My work has led to the re-examination of optimal work heights and reach distances with static and dynamic trunk postures with standing work while leaning forward (desk, conveyor belts, hospital beds, etc.). It has also led to the design and evaluation of trunk support devices and the examination of best lifting practices.
I have patented several ergonomics tools and have collaborated with many industries, including Superior Propane, the Beer Store, Miller Waste Management, Auto Laundry services, Posi Plus, Hydro One and Toronto Hydro.
My recently developed device enables hydro workers to remove chamber lids easier and more efficiently.
In collaboration with the psychology department, I explore noise exposure levels among musicians.
Sole Inventor of Personal Lift Assist Device (PLAD)
Sole Inventor of Stationary Trunk Support (DTS)
Sole Inventor of Reaching Trunk Support Device (RTSD)
Sole Inventor of Chamber Lid Remover Tool (CLRT)