Dr. Linn Holness

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"CREOD stands apart because our research tells a larger story: describing not just which of Ontario’s workers are affected, but how they are affected, why they lose time from work, what happens in their workplaces and how to get them safely back to work."


Dr. Linn Holness

An occupational-medicine physician and international leader in occupational-disease research, Dr. Linn Holness has dedicated her career to investigating and developing practical solutions to protect workers’ rights to safe and healthy work.

Dr. Holness’ research was central to the development of Ontario’s 2017 Occupational Disease Action Plan. Years in the making, the action plan has made it undeniable that occupational disease is debilitating and costly, yet under-reported and often poorly addressed.

Dr. Holness is the director and co-founder of the Centre for Research Expertise in Occupational Disease (CREOD). Policy-focused and grounded in partnerships at all levels of the occupational health-and-safety system, CREOD research has been instrumental in defining the link between work and health. Vulnerable workers, such as “under-the-table” and migrant workers, are emerging as an important CREOD research priority. These workers are often at high risk of occupational disease, yet hidden from the traditional occupational health-and-safety system.

Dr. Holness is a MAP scientist and associate scientist with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute. She was chief of the St. Michael’s Hospital Department of Occupational and Environmental Health for 30 years. She is a professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Medicine as well as Dalla Lana School of Public Health.