Celebrate CANADA 150

National Conference


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
The conference is SOLD OUT

  • Review and celebrate progress to date on opening the world of work to persons with disabilities and injured workers
  • Identify key current challenges and opportunities
  • Develop a vision and strategy for the future
  • Strengthen collaboration and networks in support of the strategy
  • Launch a book of Canadian working stories about persons with disabilities


Michael Prince Photo  Michael Prince, Professor

  University of Victoria





Day 1 Monday Nov 27, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Welcome by The Honourable Kent Hehr
  • Book Launch "Work Disability in Canada - Portraits of a System"
  • Round Table Information Sharing
Day 2 Tuesday Nov 28, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Employer Panel
  • Keynote Presentation
  • Research panel
  • Panel of Lived Experiences
  • Labour Market Development Agreements
  • Innovations in Services and Support
Day 3 Wednesday Nov 29, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • New Trends in Technology
  • Panel of Visionaries
  • Reflections from The Honourable Patricia Hajdu
  • Break Out Sessions – Developing the Strategy Framework


November 27, 7pm-10pm

7:00 - 7:15pm             Registration and networking

7:20 - 7:35pm             Indigenous Prayer

7:35 - 7:40pm             Welcome by Larry Rousseau, Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

7:45 - 7:50pm             Welcome by The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Sport and Persons with disabilities

7:50 - 8:10pm             Book Launch - “Work Disability in Canada – Portraits of a System”, by Dustin Galer

8:10 - 10:00pm           Information Sharing sessions

Information tables:

(1) Employment and Social Development Canada (EDSC) – Opportunities Fund
(2) Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) – Disability Confident Employer Program
(3) Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work (CCRW) – Welcome to Finance survey
(4) CRWDP – Aspiring Workforce, recruiting and retaining people with mental illness
(5) Canadian Standards Association (CSA) – National Standard on Disability Prevention and Return to Work
(6) National Building Trades and International Union of Operating Engineers Local 793 –Employment of Persons with Disabilities in Construction
(7) Prevention Link – Joint Return to Work Initiatives
(8) Open table – The lived experience of persons with disabilities – what has helped or blocked sustainable employment
(9) Open table – Lessons from the independent living movement
(10) Open table – Improving alignment and navigability of disability programs – challenges and successes
(11) Open table – Key elements of a disability strategy for Canada


November 28, 7:30am – 5:00pm

7:30 - 8:00am             Registration

8:00 - 9:45am             Breakfast & Employer Panel

Panel members: Jamie Burton (Dophin Digital); Lenore MacAdam (Deloitte); Dax Kurtz (Giant Tiger); Michael MacDonald (Jazz Aviation LP); Vincent Meehan (Sodexo)

9:45 - 10:00 am          Break

10:00 - 10:15am         Welcoming Remarks (Emile Tompa)

10:15 - 11:00am         Keynote Presentation by Michael Prince. Celebrating Canada's Accomplishments

11:00am - 12:00pm    Research panel

Panel members: Katherine Lippel; Steve Estey; Emile Tompa

12:00 - 1:00pm           Lunch

1:00 - 2:30pm             Panel of Lived Experience

Panel members: Karl Crevar; Joe Dowdall (International Union of Operating Engineers); Brandon King; Lisa Panagapko (Rise development entrepreneur); Adrienne Goody; Kaleena Agboola

2:30 - 2:45pm             Break

2:45 - 3:15pm             Eppo Maertens, Labour Market Development Agreements

3:15 - 4:30pm             Innovation in service and supports for accommodation and return to work and supported employment

Panel members: Meghan Kelly (CCRW); Erin Doucette (Prevention Link); Wendy Porch (Realize Canada); Beth Dea (Rise – entrepreneur); Bonnie Brayton (Dawn Canada); Karl Flecker

4:30 -5:00pm             Closing and agenda setting for tomorrow


November 29, 8:30am – 3:00pm

8:30 - 9:00am             Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15am             Welcome by a Conference Committee member

9:15 - 10:00am           Charles Lavasseur (Neil Squire Society), New trends in technology

10:00 - 10:15am         Break

10:00am - 12:15pm    National Panel of Visionaries

Panel members: Jamie Burton; Marion Endicott; Bob Blakely (National Building Trades); Neil Belanger (BCANDS); Christin Lantiegne (CCRW NBESS); Krista Benes (Mental Health Commission of Canada)

12:15 - 12:30pm         The Honourable Patricia A. Hadju, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

12:30 - 1:15pm           Lunch

1:15 - 2:15pm             Breakout sessions

2:15 - 3:00pm             Wrap up

Who should attend… persons with disabilities and injured worker representatives; labour and employer stakeholders; disability organizations; federal, provincial and municipal government representatives; health professionals; and researchers.


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