Nancy Black, Ph.D., P.Eng, CCPE

Nancy Black

Nancy Black, Ph.D., P.Eng., CCPE, is an Associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Université de Moncton where she has worked since 1994, initially within the Industrial Engineering Sector.

Nancy holds 3 engineering degrees focused on ergonomics and human factors: B.A.Sc. Systems Design (University of Waterloo), M.A.Sc. Industrial (T.U.N.S. now part of Dalhousie University), and Ph.D. Mechanical (University of New Brunswick).  She holds the professional title ‘Canadian Certified Professional Ergonomist’ (CCPE) since 2021.

Her principal research focus relates to how to limit musculoskeletal disorders through tool and workstation design, particularly in sedentary (office) work environments. She is also investigating how ergonomics is taught in undergraduate engineering programs.   

She has been an active member of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists – l’Association canadienne d’ergonomie (ACE) since 1992, starting as a student, before taking on regional roles (Atlantic - Director at Large, President elect, President and Past President) and moving into ACE National roles: President-elect, President (2017), and Past President. She represented ACE on the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) Council at meetings from 2016-2018.  Nancy was active in the organizational committee of the 21st Triennial World Congress of the IEA hosted by ACE in 2021 as co-chair of the Technical Programming Committee; through that role, she helped coordinate scientific programming through the IEA Technical Committees and Executive representing Human Factors and Ergonomics leaders around the world.  From 2021-2024, she is the chair of the IEA’s Science, Technology and Practice Standing Committee which supports the Technical Committees, and IEA scientific publications as well as supporting scientific collaborations.

The value-added roles of the science and practice of Ergonomics and Human Factors in the world of 2022 and beyond

This presentation will be made in French.

2022 is an exciting time for Ergonomics and Human Factors (E/HF).  In Canada, we’ve recently welcomed the world virtually at the International Ergonomics Association’s 2021 Triennial World Congress, bringing 1200 people together to learn, share and network to make E/HF stronger. The new IEA executive council (for the 2021-2024 period) is working to move E/HF forward with exciting initiatives.  We will discuss these projects and the contribution of each of those in E/HF, and insights gained through her work with the IEA’s Science Technology and Practice Standing Committee focusing on how it affects Canada and our roles internationally.

Jason Kumagai MSc, CCPE, CHFP


Jason Kumagai MSc, CCPE, CHFP is a Human Factors Consultant specializing in Fatigue Risk Management, Patient Safety, and Human Factors Engineering.  He is President and Principal consultant of Optimal FiT Inc, based in Calgary, Alberta.   Jason has held the positions of President of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists – Prairie and Northern Region, President of the Canadian college for the Certification of Professional Ergonomists, and Co-chair of the 2006 ACE conference held in Banff, Alberta.

Title:  A Journey Through Ergonomics in Canada

Join Jason as he shares his personal adventures and lessons learned applying ergonomics in a variety of ways in a variety of places across Canada. The field of Ergonomics has provided a range of opportunities such as: hiking with soldiers as they navigate through the woods at night to assess new technologies; riding the railways to help investigate human errors and fatigue; walking through lifesize mock-ups of hospitals to ensure they are designed for both providers and patients; and, visiting off-shore oil platforms to determine human performance activities that are critical to safe operations.  The discussion will also draw upon the experiences and advice that have been shared by other notable Ergonomists.

Dr Gary Dennis BHSc (Hons) PhD CPE

Gary Dennis

Dr Gary Dennis BHSc (Hons) PhD CPE, has consulted extensively for over two decades on ergonomic issues to a wide variety of industrial sectors both within Australia and internationally. He is a Certified Professional Ergonomist and is a past Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in Australia. Combining a research Doctorate in spinal biomechanics with a tertiary background in engineering and a First Class Honours degree in Health Science, Gary has the ideal combination of an in-depth understanding of biological tissues with engineering based solutions to effectively address ergonomic issues that maximise the health, productivity, sustainability and diversity of the most important asset within a business …. its people. With an academic career at various universities, Gary now focuses his time as the Managing Director of both ErgoSolutions (an engineering driven ergonomic solutions company) and ErgoEnterprises (providing risk management solutions through its Participative Ergonomics risk management system ErgoAnalyst), and also concurrently holds an Adjunct academic appointment and an Industrial Fellowship in ergonomics and biomechanics with The University of Queensland.