Celebrate CANADA 150

National Conference

DISABILITY AND WORK IN CANADA

Successes and Challenges of Canada’s First 150 Years
Developing a Vision and Strategy for the Future

Ottawa, Canadian War Museum – November 27, 28 & 29, 2017

Conference planning committee

November 27

Indigenous Prayer by Elder Elaine Kicknosway
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Welcome by Larry Rousseau, VP of Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)
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Welcome by The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with disabilities
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Book Launch - "Work Disability in Canada – Portraits of a System", by Dustin Galer
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Information Sessions

Information sessions was a unique event with an opportunity to informally meet with organizations and businesses who will share their solutions to many of the barriers present for the hiring and return to work for employees with disabilities.

  • Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC): Opportunities Fund
  • Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW): Disability Confident Employer Program; Welcome to Finance Survey
  • Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP): Aspiring Workforce, accommodation best practices and the business case
  • Canadian Standards Association (CSA): National Standard on Work Disability Prevention Management Systems
  • The Lived Experience of persons with disabilities – what has helped or blocked sustainable employment?
  • Lessons from the Independent Living Movement.
  • National Building Trades and The International Union of Operating Engineers: Employment of persons with disabilities in construction
  • Improving alignment and navigability of disability programs – challenges and successes. Background presentation slides
  • Prevention Link: Joint Return to Work Initiatives
  • Key Elements of a Disability Strategy for Canada
  • Support Service and Resources – What Works and What Doesn’t

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Click here to buy the e-book "Work Disability in Canada: Portraits of a System", by Dustin Galer.

November 28

Employer panel

Jamie Burton, Vice President, Dolphin Digital
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Lenore MacAdam, Senior Manager, Accessibility, Deloitte
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Dax Kurtz, Owner, Giant Tiger
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Michael MacDonald, Jazz Aviation LP
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Vincent Meehan, Director of IT Support Service for North America, Sodexo
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Welcoming remarks

Emile Tompa, Co-Director, CRWDP
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Keynote presentation

Michael Prince, Lansdowne Professor of Social Policy, University of Victoria
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Researcher panel

Katherine Lippel, Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law
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Emile Tompa, Co-Director, CRWDP
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Steve Estey, Coordinator, Canadian civil society reporting group on the CRPD
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Panel of Lived Experience

Karl Crevar, ONIWG
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Joe Dowdall, International Union of Operating Engineers
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Pat Danforth
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Lisa Panagapko, Rise development entrepreneur
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Adrienne Goody
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Steve Mantis, Community Lead, Research Action Alliance on the Consequences of Work Injury, RAACWI
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Sally Kimpson
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Labour Market Transfer Agreements

Eppo Maertens, Policy Director, Employment and Social Development Canada
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Innovation in service and supports for accommodation and return to work and supported employment

Meghan Kelly, National Corporate Relations Manager, CCRW
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Erin Doucette, Return to Work Regional Co-ordinator, Prevention Link at Ontario Federation of Labour
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Wendy Porch, Manager, Episodic Disabilities Initiatives at Realize
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Beth Dea, Chief Operating Officer, Rise Asset Development
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Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director at DAWN Canada - RAFH Canada
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Karl Flecker, Immigration Employment Specialist, KEYS
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November 29

Welcome to day 3 of the conference

Maureen Haan
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New trends in technologies

Charles Levasseur, Regional Manager / Assistive Technology and Learning Disability Specialist, Neil Squire Society
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National Panel of Visionaries

Jamie Burton, Vice President, Dophin Digital
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Steve Mantis, Community Lead, Research Action Alliance on the Consequences of Work Injury, RAACWI
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Bob Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer, Canada’s Building Trades Unions
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Neil Belanger, First Nation / Indigenous Health and Management Consultant / Executive Director, British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS)
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Christin Lanteigne, Manager at New Brunswick Employer Support Services (NBESS)
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Krista Benes, Program Manager, Workplace Mental Health at Mental Health Commission of Canada
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Welcoming notes

The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
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Breakout table discussions

The discussions focused on six questions:

  1. What are the pillars of a national strategy on the employment of people with disabilities? Click here to view summary notes [coming soon]
  2. How can we improve the interface of disability programs to eliminate disincentives to employment? Click here to view summary notes [coming soon]
  3. What changes in funding strategy need to occur to ensure people with disabilities are working? What is the role of community agencies in this? Click here to view summary notes [coming soon]
  4. How can we improve navigation and portability of supports for income, employment and health & well-being for sustainable employment? Click here to view summary notes [coming soon]
  5. What do employers need to learn to advance the employment of people with disabilities, differentiating between small to medium-sized enterprises and corporate Canada? Click here to view summary notes [coming soon]
  6. How do we promote best practices to facilitate recruitment, retention and advancement of workers with disabilities? Click here to view summary notes [coming soon]

 

Concluding remarks

Michael Prince – Summing up ideas from breakout table discussions
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Emile Tompa, Co-Director, CRWDP
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partners

financial support