National AccessAbility Week

Building an Inclusive and Accessible Workplace

Monday, May 31, 2021
12:00 PM
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Schedule:Online Program: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT

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The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council in partnership with Presidents Group invite you to  a special event to kickstart National AccessAbility Week.

Based on the Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD) from 2017, one in five Canadians aged 15 years or older—about 6.2 million people—have one or more disabilities.

Whether the disability is permanent or temporary, existed from birth or caused by an accident or ageing process—those with disabilities have always had to overcome many obstacles.

To advance an organization’s wellness, bottom-line, and growth, there is a need to tap into a wider talent pool reflective of the customer base inclusive of disabled people. The reality is that people living with disabilities bring high potential and a diverse range of skills and abilities to various occupations and industries but are often trapped in low-skill jobs. Therefore, it is imperative that our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals commit to eliminating barriers to employment and advancement for people with disabilities.

Join our panel of experts as they share firsthand experiences, tools, and actionable steps we can take to create more inclusive and accessible work environments and communities.

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Opening Remarks:

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough

The Honourable Carla Qualtrough
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
Government of Canada


Robin Silvester

Robin Silvester
Co-Chair, Presidents Group
President and CEO, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority


Serena Bains Nicolas Haddad The Honourable Carla Qualtrough Scott Tomlin Ruby Ng

Serena Bains, Executive Founding Member, SFU DNA
Nicolas Haddad, Founder, Farmer’s Meal
The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Government of Canada
Scott Tomlin, Regional Operating Officer, RBC Royal Bank
Moderator: Ruby Ng, Executive Director, Disability Foundation

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This event is presented by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade's Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC) Program. The DLC, an evolution of the Women's Leadership Council program, is an inclusive program that champions and advocates for leadership that best reflects the diversity of the Greater Vancouver region. The DLC focuses on addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to encourage allyship and enhance business innovation. The DLC is committed to investing in the participation and promotion of underrepresented groups, while supporting the business community to achieve their diversity and inclusion goals. Learn more