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Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)
Long-Term System Transformation to Enhance the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities - Webinar
Ottawa, Ontario
March 30, 2017
Webinar Invitation

Theme: Long-Term System Transformation to Enhance the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

When? Thursday, March 30, 2017, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (EDT)

Where? Online (WebEx)

What? This one-hour webinar will examine and build upon innovative practices which have been known to promote and further the inclusion, in the workplace and in society, of persons with disabilities. The webinar will be hosted by the Office for Disability Issues, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), and presented by two leading experts. They will discuss the business and ethical rationales, and the benefits to all stakeholders, of enabling everyone to contribute and realize their potential and access goods and services. The presenters will highlight national and international best approaches and lessons learned that could bring about long term transformation in how we perceive and interact with persons with disabilities in the workplace, our communities, and in society as a whole

- Kathy Martin, Vice-President, Human Resources Acklands­Grainger Inc., and Chair, Canadian Business SenseAbility.
- Susan Scott-Parker OBE, Founder and Chief Executive, Business Disability International

Moderator: James van Raalte, Director General, Office for Disability Issues, ESDC.

About the Presenters:

Kathy Martin, Vice­President, Human Resources Acklands­Grainger Inc. and Chair, Canadian Business SenseAbility

Kathy Martin is recognized as a Canadian Diversity Champion and is an advocate for corporations employing persons with disabilities. Throughout her career Ms. Martin has used her positions and influences to highlight the importance of inclusion and employment of persons with disabilities in the private sector.

Ms. Martin was a member of the Panel on Labour Market Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities and co­ authored the Panel’s report titled Rethinking Disability in the Private Sector. As a result of the Panel’s work, in 2013 Ms. Martin led the formation of Canadian Business SenseAbility, a not­for­profit organization focused on educating corporate leaders about bottom line business benefits of employing persons with disabilities.

Ms. Martin believes that successful sustainable disability inclusion starts with support and engagement at the very top of an organization, combined with effective, targeted and thoughtful internal communication that addresses why disability inclusion is essential to business success. Her presentation will highlight how changing the lens through which disability is viewed will lead to success.

Susan Scott-Parker OBE, Founder and Chief Executive of Business Disability International

Susan Scott-Parker is internationally recognised as a spirited and creative thought leader on how to mobilise business behind the economic and social inclusion of people with disabilities worldwide. Ms. Scott-Parker is a Canadian who has lived and worked in the United Kingdom for a number of years where she has made a career from challenging outdated assumptions regarding both disability as it affects business and the potential of responsible business to adapt respectfully for human reality.

Ms. Scott-Parker is the Founder and Honorary Vice President of Business Disability Forum, the world’s leading national business/disability network, and is now starting up Business Disability International with founders Barclays, GlaxoSmithKline and Infosys. Her work is grounded in the reality of both business and disability and is distinctive in her determination to deliver practical, tangible mutual benefit for business, people with disabilities, the global economy, and wider society.

Ms. Scott-Parker will reflect on what she has learned from her international experience pioneering business-disability networks and the need for a radical new business case challenging everyone, not just emmployers, to change assumptions and behaviours’ regarding people with disabilities.

Who should attend these sessions?

Private and public sector employers and employees, academia, human resource professional, non-profit and community organizations serving persons with disabilities, and members of the disability community.

How to register?

Register to attend the session by sending an e-mail to no later than Monday, March 27, 2017. You will then be provided the information needed to join the meeting on WebEx.

Please advise in your email whether you require any kind of accommodation in order to participate. Captioning will be made available, and any written presentation materials will be distributed in accessible Microsoft Word format.

Registration for these sessions is on a first come, first served basis.

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