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Welcome to the 2017 ODEN Rethinking Disabilities Conference.  Our program is starting to come together so please visit frequently to get the latest program below.  
 
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
ODEN is currently looking for sponsors and advertisers for the 2017 Conference.  For more information please download our sponsorship flyer here or contact us at sdafoe@odenetwork.com or 1-866-280-6336 ext.105.  
 
 
2017 PROGRAM
Build your skills and knowledge at the 2017 Rethinking Disabilities Conference  - Doing Business Differently. Learn more about competitive advantage and creating better outcomes for those you support through sessions with top performers in the field of employment for people who have a disability.
 
Monday, October 23rd, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Registration Desk Opens
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Vaughan Room
 
 
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Believing in Employment:  What it Really Means, Where we go From Here
David Hoff, Institute for Community Inclusion, School of Global Inclusion and Social Development, University of Massachusetts
 
Networking Event
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton
 
Hospitality
 
Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
7:00 am - 8:45 am
Richmond Ballroom
Registration Desk Opens
Buffet Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:15 am
Richmond Ballroom
 
9:15 am - 10:15 am
Richmond Ballroom
Welcome 
 
 
Plenary - The Economic Opportunity of Disability
Rich Donovan, Founder/CEO, The Return on Disability Group
10:15 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Thornhill Room 1A.
ESC's Job Developer's Network: A Model for Community Collaboration
Carol Stewart - Project Manager, Employment Sector Council London Middlesex
Gord Fansher - Job Developer/Case Manager, Employment Sector Council London Middlesex
 
Markham A Room 1B.
Making Employment a Reality for Individuals with Significant Disabilities
David Hoff - Institute for Community Inclusion, School of Global Inclusion and Social Development, University of Massachusetts
 
Aurora Room 1C. Don't Confuse Compliance with Quality.  What is required for Service Excellence? - PART I
Sarah Delicate, Director, BBMD Consulting Inc.
 
12:00 pm -  1:30 pm
 
Richmond Ballroom
Lunch 
 
 
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Thornhill Room 2A.
Innovation Awards "Pitch" Challenge
Panel - TBA
Markham A Room 2B.
Avail Technology
Lisa Marie Clinton - Founder and CEO, Avail Support
Peter Bennett - Avail Support
Aurora Room 2C.  Don't Confuse Compliance with Quality.  What is required for Service Excellence? - PART II
Sarah Delicate, Director, BBMD Consulting Inc.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Thornhill Room  3A.
Employers Speak Out (Business Panel)
Joe Hoffer, Cohen Highley LLP
Virginia Ludy, Canadian National Exhibition
Donna St.Hilaire - Loblaws
Markham A Room  3B. Exploring the Impact:  Strength-Based Employment for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Derek Roy, Manager, Community Living Supports, overseeing Career Compass, Community Living Essex County
Kelly Carr, Graduate Research Student, University of Windsor
Aurora Room  3C.
Effective, Demand-Led Employment and Training Supports for Persons with Disabilities
Trina Foster, Executive Director, Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation 
Andrew Bieler, Research Associate, Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation
6:30 pm -  9:00 pm
 
Richmond Ballroom
Dinner:
Innovator of the Year Award
Business Champions League Inductions
 
ODEN Talks
John Draper, Together We Rock!
Dylan Short, Redlands Group
Kristen Harcourt - Professional Coach
Tracy Schmitt, Unstoppable Tracy Schmitt
Barrett Moore - Singer/Songwriter
 
   
Wednesday, October 25th, 2017
7:30 am - 8:45 am
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Buffet Breakfast
Richmond Ballroom
 
9:00 am - 10:15 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Thornhill Room  4A.
Building your Business through Influence Marketing
Sam Fiorella, Chief Strategy Officer/Partner, Sensei Marketing
Markham A Room 4B.
Job Development using Business Advisory Committees & Client Profiles
Jen Soucy, Team Lead - Manager of Employer Partnerships, LiveWorkPlay.ca
Aurora Room 4C.
Empowering the Employment Sector to Serve Youth with Mental Health Issues
Sinead McCarthy, YES Initiative
Robert Wharram, YES Initiative
 
10:15 am - 10:45 am
Break
10:45 pm - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:
Richmond Ballroom 5A.
Provincial Update on Services for People with Disabilities 
Barbara Simmons, Director, Community Supports Policy BranchMCSS
Gloria Lee, Director, Ontario Disability Support Policy Branch, MCSS
Jacqueline Cureton, Director, Program Delivery Support Branch, MAESD
 
   
 
12:00 pm -  2:30 pm
Richmond Ballroom
Lunch
Closing Plenary - ODEN POWER SESSION - Disabilities Work!
Stuart Myers-Ellis a.k.a.  Twitchy, Uniquely Speaking Inc.
Closing Remarks
 
Ontario Disability Employment Network Email: sdafoe@odenetwork.com
ODEN, P.O. Box 70576, Whitby, ON L1N 9G3, Canada
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