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Canada’s First Endowed Occupational Medicine Research Chair Established in NB

Saint John, NB:  J.D. Irving, Limited has contributed $2 million to Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick’s Medical Research Campaign to establish the first endowed occupational medicine research chair in Canada.

Mr. Jim Irving, Co-CEO, J.D. Irving, Limited welcomes Dr. Anil Adisesh, the inaugural J.D. Irving, Limited, Research Chair in Occupational Medicine at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick.

“As a company that is proud to call Saint John home for many of our manufacturing operations, we are very pleased to support this important first for Canada – a fully endowed Chair in Occupational Medicine.  The health and safety of our employees is our top priority.  This centre of excellence will support our commitment to continuous improvement, and advance best practices for occupational health and safety in Atlantic Canada and across the country” stated Jim Irving, co-CEO of J.D. Irving, Limited.

Occupational medicine focuses on promoting, creating, and maintaining healthy workplaces, free from preventable workplace illnesses and injuries.  Good businesses know that companies that promote and protect workers' health are among the most successful and competitive.

“Today’s gift exemplifies J.D. Irving, Limited’s commitment to their employees and the health of New Brunswickers and Maritimers alike,” stated Dr. Tom Marrie, dean, Dalhousie Medical School. “There has been a real void of occupational medicine expertise in the Maritimes.  The new chair will be the impetus for very positive impact on workplace-related injury and illness.”
Dr. Anil Adisesh will serve as the inaugural J.D. Irving, Limited Research Chair in Occupational Medicine. He comes to the position from the UK national Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton, England and is an internationally recognized researcher and clinical physician.

In addition to research, Dr. Adisesh will develop curriculum to ensure graduates have a strong knowledge of recognizing, managing and preventing workplace illness and injuries, collaborating with government, industry and labour to establish better workplace safety and well-being.

“The establishment of the J.D. Irving, Limited Research Chair in Occupational Medicine as the first medical faculty chair at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick is inspirational for me. There has been a tremendous collaborative effort undertaken through fundraising and organizational work by all the stakeholders from government, industry, labour, Horizon Health Network and Dalhousie University,” Dr. Adisesh remarked. “The work of the chair in medical education, research and clinical service provision will be important in providing practical tools in the real world of work in the Maritimes and Canada’s contribution to creating healthy workplaces.”

Dr. Adisesh assumed the chair in June 2013 and will hold the position for five years.

This investment in world class occupational medicine research, clinical work and advancement of best practices is supportive of Industry Canada’s Industrial Regional Benefits (IRB) program as part of Irving’s obligation under the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

Dalhousie Medical Education Program in New Brunswick, locally known as Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB), is an innovative program that provides New Brunswick students with the opportunity to attend medical school in their home province. It is an expansion of Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine. This distributed program brings Dalhousie’s internationally recognized reputation and research to the development of New Brunswick’s next generation of physicians. DMNB is a partnership with the Government of New Brunswick, the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and Dalhousie’s Faculty of Medicine.

For more information contact:

Erinor Jacob 
Communications Coordinator
Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick
Phone: 506-636-6279

Mary Keith
Vice President, Communications
J.D. Irving, Limited
Phone: 506-632-5122