CRWDP National Launch - Keynote Speakers
Speaking out at the National Launch to promote inclusion

CRWDP’s  national launch, held at the McMaster Health Forum on February 4, 2014, had three renowned speakers talk about the importance of promoting inclusion. The Honourable David C. Onley, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, gave the opening keynote at the event. The closing keynote was given by Mike Bradley, the Mayor of Sarnia and a longstanding advocate for accessibility. The  launch event also included a keynote by the Honourable Mike Lake, a Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Mill Woods–Beaumont. MP Lake spoke about the importance of  providing support for school-to-work transitions of youth and young adults with disabilities. He presented a video of his son Jaden Lake, who has autism, that featured Jaden’s performance in a play put on by his highschool. The video can be seen at The audio recordings of these keynotes can be played by clicking on the links below.

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Hon. David Onley's speech at the CRWDP launch

The Hon. David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

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Mike Bradley, Mayor of Sarnia, giving his closing keynote at the launch

Mike Bradley, Mayor of Sarnia

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Mike Lake, Member of Parliament for Mill Woods-Beaumont, speaking at the launch

Mike Lake, Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Mill Woods-Beaumont


Key Partner Presentations at the Launch

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Brent Herbert Copely's speech at the CRWDP launch

Brent Herbert-Copely, Vice-President, Research Capacity, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

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Charlotte Yates, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University, giving her speech at the CRWDP Launch

Charlotte Yates, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University

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Cam Mustard, President, Institue for  Work and Health, giving his speech at the CRWDP launch

Cam Mustard, President, Institue for  Work and Health


Partners and Participants Presentation at the Launch

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Steve Mantis's speech at the CRWDP launch

Steve Mantis, Recording Secretary, Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups (ONIWG)

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Marie Ryan's speech at the launch

Marie Ryan, Chairperson, Social Policy Committee, Council of Canadians With Disabilities

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Normand Boucher's speech at the Launch

Normand Boucher, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Université Laval