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Monday, December 3, 2018
9:00am   Vendors Arrive - Registration and Set-up
9:30am   Participant Registration
10:00am   Marketplace Opens
10:15am   Welcome & Opening Remarks
  Deepak Soni, Board Chair, Deepak has worked with people with disabilities for over 20 years in a variety of capacities including program development, implementation and management and has had the opportunity of successfully managing programs and services funded by a host of funders both federally and provincially. 
Disability and Disclosure Panel
Releasing personal information about yourself for a specific purpose. Today, more job seekers with disabilities are entering the workforce. For persons with disabilities, finding and keeping work is usually no different than for those without disabilities. However, there may be additional things to consider, such as disclosure—if, when and how to tell people about your disability.
David Moloney has been working for CIBC in various retail roles since May 2007.  Thanks to his ongoing commitment to the inclusion and diverse beliefs of the bank David has also volunteered with the CIBC WorkAbility Employee Network, a support group of CIBC employees with disabilities and their supporters who advocate for the removal of all barriers in the workplace. During his time with WorkAbility David has been involved in many different activities, most notably being featured in media stories, including CTV News, City News, and The Toronto Star. 
Amal Kandar is a Director, Conduct & Compensation Risk with CIBC Enterprise Risk Management. As part of the Risk Management Inclusion & Diversity Action Committee, Amal leads a sub-committee responsible for creating and executing tactics to create diverse teams across Risk Management.   Prior to Risk Management, Amal spent 12 years in a variety of roles in Human Resources at CIBC. Most notably, she was a Senior Consultant in Diversity & Inclusion and a Senior Manager overseeing the corporate-wide Campus Recruitment Programs where diversity recruitment was one of her key priorities.
Lubna Aslam is an experienced Career Counselor for youth, internationally qualified professionals and persons with disabilities. She has a keen interest in developing strategic solutions for eliminating barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Lubna has a Degree in Mathematics and Statistics and is also a certified Constructivist Career Counselor. As a woman living with a spinal cord injury she is committed to raising awareness, supporting employment equity and contributing expertise towards building an inclusive Ontario. More recently she has been the Keynote speaker at the Canadian Helen Keller Center’s Annual General Meeting
Elaine Fils has a diverse career spanning government, not-for-profit and corporate work. Her expertise lies in communications and public affairs. Her most notable job is working on the Honourable Dalton McGuinty's Leadership Campaign as a first job out of university. Elaine has also worked for Ontario's Attorney General, the Honourable John Gerretsen, Restaurants Canada as its Vice-President for Ontario and she currently owns her own business - EFJ Consulting. Elain will speak from her first hand, lived experience around disability and disclosure and mental health.
Tanya Hickey is the senior manager of H&S Strategies at OPG.  Under her portfolio, she manages the absence management programs and develops strategies around Total Health.  This includes strategies around mental health and ensuring there are programs in place to assist employees at work and while recovering at home.  Aside from her professional life, Tanya has a daughter with special needs and has become very empathetic and adapt to understanding the challenges from the other perspective.  She also is a volunteer ski instructor for 9 years with the Canadian Association for Disabled Skiing, assisting children and adults experience the joy of participating in alpine sports.
AMI Employable Me Panel
The Employable Me panel will give both job seekers and employers alike the chance to engage in conversation around what workplace accommodation could and should look like. Conference attendees will hear from job seekers speak about their own lived experience searching for employment and advocating for accommodation. The panel will also feature experts that help job seekers harness their strengths that contribute to strong, diverse workplaces. 
Greg David - Moderator
He is the Communications Specialist at Accessible Media Inc.
Dorlean Lieghfars-Rotolo is a mother of two daughters. Over the last 20 years, she has chaired and co-chaired many fundraising events for the Down Syndrome Association of Toronto, her church and her daughters' schools.
Jonathan Alderson is the Founder and Director of the Integrative Multi-Treatment Intervention program for autism. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University and an Honours BA in developmental and educational psychology at the University of Western Ontario. Jonathan worked for eight years at the Autism Treatment Center of America in Massachusetts where he was Administrator of their Son-Rise Program and a senior family trainer deepening his understanding of autism through over 1,500 hours of one-on-one play-based therapy. He has trained over 3,000 families, designing and directing home-based programs in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Spain, Australia, Israel and Mexico. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Seneca College Behavioural Sciences program and is Chair of the Autism Speaks to Young Professionals Advisory Board. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post and is the author of the book Challenging the Myths of Autism, honoured with seven awards including the 2017 Mom’s Choice Gold Award a Teacher’s Choice 2018 Gold Award.
Jessica Rotolo is a 20-year-old young lady who loves acting, dancing and painting. Jessica appeared on AMI-tv’s 2018 documentary series Employable Me. With the assistance of the show, she now has a part-time job at Malabar Costume Rentals as a shop assistant and also launched a line of holiday-themed greeting cards at Kid Icarus in Kensington Market. She volunteers for The Down Syndrome Association of Toronto and Young People’s Theatre. Jessica has appeared on social media as an advocate for the Down Syndrome community. Jessica would like to become a famous actor, a model for Winners, appear on The Ellen Show, and be a dancer in a Meghan Trainor music video. With the support of her family and friends Jessica is “ROCKIN LIFE.”
  Lucia Marchionatto At the age of nine, Lucia was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome which causes both verbal and physical tics. She has many interests including helping others, dancing, and acting. She recently completed Levels A, B, C, and D of improv acting at The Second City. However, since completing high school over five years ago, she’s struggled to maintain lasting employment. She appeared in Season two of Employable Me and landed a job as a seasonal production assistant in the Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics warehouse where she is working four shifts a week on an accommodated work schedule. She recently moved out of her parent’s home into her own apartment.    
Corporate Recruiter Mastery
As the world's only professional corporate recruiter living with the rare neurological disorder Tourette Syndrome. Twitchy looks forward to revealing all of the disability-to-ability placement mastery insights and actions he created Working with hundreds of employers and thousands of candidates.
This will be a true corporate recruiter mastery keynote guaranteed to ensure that all of your SE attendees have everything they need to start enjoying marketing candidates with a disability on a daily basis to NEW and hard to reach employers and their respective decision markers who lie beyond the HR Department.
Learning Outcomes:
- avoid the three (3) nono's every SE Job Developer makes when contacting employers
- YouTube . . . . how to leverage 'living resumes' www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThJ48-AjyWk
- How to measure a 23% 'click-through' rate on drip email accounts
- Empower fear of rejection into massive new employer contact
- how o turn disability hiring rejection into measurable placement selection
- move beyond HR fear and employer procrastination
- learn how to a.n.c.h.o.r. candidates into employed workers
- how to deal with hidden fears and objections
  Stuart Ellis -Myers "A.K.A. Twitchy" - One of the most gifted and inspiring public speaker on the conference circuit today. Stuart has used the life lessons learned through years of battling Tourettes Syndrome which is often emotionally crippling condition to help countless others to overcome their own challenges and fears.  His insight and humanity have enabled him to share his own, often painful, experiences in such a way as to offer a real, usable, methodology for overcoming the many pitfalls of modern life.  Stuart takes you on a trip through the life of a man held captive but not broken by his mental health condition and yet who found the strength and determination to break free by sharing his Unstoppable message of true and lasting love.
The CNE Opportunity
Learn why and how the CNE has committed to having 20% of its workforce represented by people with a disability, and what agencies can do to support you in terms of employment opportunities.
  Ingrid Muschta -  Is a Diversity & Inclusion Specialist with the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN). Ingrid is a Professional Engineer with 20 years of combined working experience in corporate, entrepreneurial, and not-for-profit settings. In her role, Ingrid works with business operators helping them build internal capacity to attract, hire and onboard candidates who have a disability.
Supporting Youth in their Employment Journey
The number one indicator of successful labour market attachment for young adults with a disability is having had a paid job in high school.  It's never too early to start preparing young people for a future that includes having a job.  This session will explore current practices and learning’s from Career Compass, Community Living Essex County's employment services, around ways to start
reaching youth earlier
  Derek Roy has been with Community Living Essex County since 2010, working as a frontline direct support provider. Administrative Officer, Project Coordinator and now a Manager, Community Living Supports overseeing Career Compass, the agency's employment services.
How to get Recruited in a Diverse Pool - TD
Wondering if you should self-disclose a disability from application to interview to hire can be challenging.  Listen to an HR Recruiting professional talk about navigating the process, how to speak to your strengths and your accommodation requests within a diverse talent pool.
  Jennifer Popkey  - Strategic Sourcing Partner - People with Disabilities. Jen Popkey is the a member of TD Bank's Diversity Sourcing team with a national focus to meet and support great candidates with disabilities who want to grow their careers with TD.  She is also a qualified Sign Language Interpreter, and has worked and volunteered in the PWD space for the past 20 years.
3:30pm   Closing Remarks
4:00pm   Marketplace Closes
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
8:30am   Registration Opens
9:30am Hall A Welcome & Introductions
Suhana Meharchand - A two-time Gemini Award nominee.  Suhana has hosted numerous CBC News programs, including Saturday Report, and weekend programs on CBC Newsworld.  She hosted the CBC Regional News program in Toronto.
Suhana has also worked for CHCH-TV in Hamilton. Ontario and CJOH in Ottawa.  Many people will remember her as host of "What's New", the CBC's news and current affairs program for youth.
Heavily involved in the community, Suhana's many community activities include Performance for Literacy, Gems of Hope, Redwood Shelter, for Women and Children, the Canadian Paraplegic Association, the Hospital for Sick Children and the Princess Margaret Breast Cancer Centre.
9:45am Hall A Morning Keynote
Boost your Future of Work HR leadership to celebrate and share the many proven benefits directly associated with a fully inclusive workplace.  In this
laugh-while-you-learn presentation.  Hear from your inclusive workplace peers here in Ontario sharing how and why now is the time to adapt, evolve
and innovatively enjoy hiring your first of many people living with a disability.
Twitches, ties, and uncontrollable arm slapping! Stuart Ellis-Myers is best described by his audiences as 'Robin Williams with a twitch'
offering immediately usable placement industry insights and actions on how to become 'Unstoppable'.
What would you do if, out of the blue, your life turned upside down? What if you went from being a happy and healthy normal child, and then
suddenly became an anxious, depressed, twitchy mess of devastating proportion? 
This is exactly what happened to Stuart Ellis-Myers.  At the age of eight, Stuart began to develop one of the most misunderstood neurological
disorders of our time. . . .Tourette Syndrome.  Faced with the prospect of a lifetime of disability, frustration, isolation, and shame - the
typical reaction to this tragic condition – Stuart instead chose to share how everyone can experience a remarkable and Unstoppable life.
As the world's only 'Twitchy' corporate recruiter Stuart worked regularly with hundreds of employers and thousands of candidates consistently
placing twice the industry average.  Today he is an internationally performing keynote speaker best described by 800+ audiences as Robin
Williams with Tourette Syndrome!
Attend this keynote to discover how to achieve a fully inclusive workplace, leverage a new understanding on how to go from failure-to-failure
with great enthusiasm, never give in and discover how to turn disability into job/career placement ability.
  Stuart Ellis-Myers "A.K.A Twitchy" -  One of the most gifted and inspiring public speaker on the conference circuit today. Stuart has used the life lessons learned through years of battling Tourettes Syndrome which is often  emotionally crippling condition to help countless others to overcome their own challenges and fears.  His insight and humanity have enabled him to share his own, often painful, experiences in such a way as to offer a real, usable, methodology for overcoming the many pitfalls of modern life.  Stuart takes you on a trip through the life of a man held captive but not broken by his mental health condition and yet who found the strength and determination to break free by sharing his Unstoppable message of true and lasting love.
10:30am   Networking Break
11:00am   Morning Workshops
Hall A

Hackathons aren't just for coders! Get practical and creative help from your colleagues on how to ensure your organization is as accessible and welcoming as possible to employees with disabilities. Identify what is keeping you from creating a culture of inclusion and harness the creative ideas, knowledge and experience of others.

  Constance Exley, CEO of Accessibility Ontario, has led AODA/accessibility workshops and webinars to over 5,000 organizations. Constance has worked in partnership with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (AD) for several years to provide AODA education and training to non-profits and businesses throughout the province.  The current government project that Constance is leading is with the Ontario BIA Association.  As the Project Manager for the "Accessibility on Main Street"  Project., Constance is creating a handbook for BIAs and their business members on best practices for making public space and main street throughout Ontario accessible.
Hall B
Brendon will be speaking on the Accessible Canada Act, an act to ensure a barrier-free Canada.  In particular, he will focus on the duties imposed on federally regulated business, such as those in the transportation, telecommunications, broadcasting and banking sectors, including compliance with accessibility standards and their implications on employers.
  Brendan Pooran - founding lawyer at Pooran Law Professional Corporation. He is involved in all areas of the firm's practice and regularly provides advice to individuals, families, organizations and government in the areas of wills & estates planning, disability & human rights laws, and corporate law for not-for-profit and charitable organizations.  In addition to being a lawyer, Brendon teaches Critical Disability Law at York University, is the Past President of Community Living South and is the founding director of PLAN Toronto.  He is also a lawyer member on the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board.
  Hall C How Digital Technology is Empowering Independence
This interactive session will explore how a software programe and mobile device can act like a virtual assistant, enabling individuals with cognitive related disabilities to complete daily life and employment related activities using discreet digital, personalized prompts.
Lisa Marie Clinton the Founder of Avail Support will be engaging interactively with technology and with you!
Sharing her experiences from many years of working with Learning Disabilities across multiple domains, we'll be illustrating working examples and case studies of how technology used via everyday devices is virtually coaching and improving working practices and models for clients & end users, support workers, job coaches, educators, Employment Services and Support providers. 
Examples will be provided from the State supported initiatives and projects in Ireland, Canada, USA and in the UK.
Benefit to delegates
  • Delegates will be provided with a holistic assessment tool which can be used with clients to identify goals and outcomes.
  • Gain an insight to the positive impact of an evidence based solution, exploring an example of virtual support and remote monitoring.
Overview of how Service providers are increasing their capacity, and on the transformation of administration time spent on reports and on
Lisa Marie Clinton is the Founder and CEO of Avail Support, international speaker and advocate within the area of independent living and supported employment for those with a disability. She spent over 10 years’ delivering Applied Behaviour Analysis interventions for individuals with Autism and other disabilities, across all domains of life.
From her research, on the ground experience supporting individuals and service providers to raise expectations and delivering best-practice programs she developed the educational solution to empower individuals to have a lifetime of independence. The awarding winning avail software and program has been endorsed by government departments and is currently facilitating service providers in Ireland, UK, America and Canada.  
12:00pm Hall A Lunch
1:00pm Suhana Meharchand Introduction of afternoon keynote
1:05pm   Afternoon Keynote
Hall A
Joel will discuss how persons with disabilities can make an immediate impact within an organization through adaption and innovation.  He will cover his own personal experiences - including his journey from Paralympian to corporate communications professional - and help unlock strategies to improve accessibility, engagement and inclusion in a corporate environment.
Joel Dembe - a 5-time Canadian National Wheelchair Tennis Champion and a London 2012 Paralympian. He was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has reached as high as #29  internationally in singles and #28 in doubles. In 2011 and 2012 he was named Tennis Canada’s Wheelchair Tennis Athlete of the Year. Furthermore, he was named Canada’s Top Male Wheelchair Athlete by the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association in 2011. Joel has travelled to 4 different continents competing for Canada in wheelchair tennis and recently won Canada’s first-ever international medal in wheelchair tennis with his doubles partner, Philippe Bedard - winning over Team USA for the bronze medal at the Toronto 2015 ParaPan Am Games. Joel was recently announced as Tennis's National Ambassador and resides in Toronto.
1:50pm   Networking Break
2:15pm   Afternoon Workshops
Hall A
Upon receipt of an 18-month federal grant, Tiffany and Ciara were brought on board to research, compile and test an online, self-led training that looks solely through the employer-lens and focuses on what they need to know to hire,  retain and support persons with disabilities. Funded as a pilot project for small and medium-sized businesses in Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick, the Disability Confident Employer Program (DCEP) has been rolled out in two phases.  Phase 1 took place in October and Phase 2 wrapped up on December 3, with the goal of nationally recognizing 50 employers as Disability Confident.  The program, which will be modified based on the feedback received from Phase 2, will become a full-fledged program of CCRW and available for national distribution in early 2019.
  Tiffany Kelly was brought on board in September 2017 as the Project Lead of the Disability Confident Employer Program.  As an amputee, and with a background on disability, Tiffany is well-aware of the Employment struggles persons with disabilities face.  her goal is to create a program that addresses the needs, questions and concerns of those who hire, recruit, manage and supervise persons with disabilities, and ultimately results in an increase in disability-inclusive employment across Canada.
  Ciara Williams was brought on board in September 2017 as the Project Collaborator of the Disability Confident Employer Program. Ciara has a background in Social Work and recently completed an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford.  She has excellently applied her research skills to the development and evaluation of the DCEP.
Hall B
On October 27, 2018, recreational use of marijuana will become legal in Canada.  Access to and use of marijuana for recreational purpose is already on the rise.  At the same time, over the past few years, medical marijuana use has also dramatically increased in Canada, with more than 200,000 Canadian having been issues licenses for medical marijuana use as early as June of 2017.
The growing prevalence of marijuana use, for both medical and recreational purposes, raises new challenges for employers particularly in industries where workers hold safety-sensitive jobs, whether it be driving, operating machinery, or providing supports to vulnerable people. Identifying and addressing the recreational use of marijuana on the job can be difficult, particularly with the many new forms in which cannabis can be consumed (from candy and baked goods to oils and vaping).  Balancing health and safety with the duty of accommodate employees who have a legitimate medical need for medical marijuana is also a relatively  new concept for most employers and it's important that organizations, their HR personnel, managers, and supervisors understand their obligations in order to avoid the risk of human rights applications, harassment allegations and grievances.
This seminar will review the issues most pertinent to employers when addressing in the workplace, including:
- The current state of the law on recreational and medical marijuana use;
- Obligations to employees seeking accommodation for medical marijuana use;
- Addressing recreational marijuana use in the workplace; and
- Developing policies, practices and procedures related to marijuana in the workplace generally.
Jennifer Macko - Experienced Litigator and Employment Lawyers whose legal practice is dedicated to Supporting not-for-profit and charitable organizations in the social services, health, disability and developmental service sectors. Jennifer acted for clients before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Social Benefits Tribunal.  She is a pragmatic advocate for her clients’ interests, and is experienced in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Hall C
Other Employers are Doing it. You Can Too!
Sam and Chris met at Camp Thrive the summer of 2015, and that August, Sam went in for an interview at Chris’ Starbucks, and Chris told him that he got the job that day. This is a  story of their journey, the ups and downs and what they have both learned about the benefits of the Employee/Employer relationship.
Chris Ali - Starbucks Store Manager with over 20 years of customer service experience.  Chris's passion lies with training and development which has lead him to be a training store manager and share roles as hiring lead within his district.   One of his goals' is to continuously seek opportunities to improve himself and the life of others.  Chris notable work has been with teenagers with Autism which has led him to hiring, training persons with disabilities.
Sam Forbes - is best known as "The Dancing Barista".  Sam is a young man who has autism and an intellectual disability and became famous when working at Starbucks dancing.  As Sam says "Dancing helps me focus so it’s always a dance party at my Starbucks".  His video went viral and caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres, and in February of 2016, he was featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Sam found it difficult to find and keep a job, but with some creative thinking, he is very successful as a Barista at Starbucks.  Sam now speaks across the country advocating for employment opportunities for people with all kinds of disabilities. He is also a Public Relations & Fundraising Ambassador at Community Living Toronto and is attending Humber College.
James Janeiro recently joined the Community Living Toronto family as Director of Community Engagement and Policy. His main work is on advocacy and telling our story to governments and community partners. He did his undergrad and Masters in Public Policy at the University of Toronto. James is passionate about policy, politics, Canadian history, and Star Trek. @james_janeiro.
3:15pm Hall A Awards & Closing Remarks
  Suhana Meharchand Introduction of The Honourable Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility
3:20pm The Honourable Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility brings greeting
3:25pm Hall A Employer of the Year Awards
3:35pm Hall A Closing Remarks
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