Members of the Employers' Partnership Table
The Employers' Partnership Table is a key element of Access Talent: Ontario's Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities. It will advise the government on innovative ways to connect more people with disabilities to jobs and businesses to talent.
Its members include:
David Abbott is the Vice President of Operations at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. He is of Ojibway and English origin (with family ties to the Pays Plat First Nation in Northern Ontario). As the Vice President of Operations, he oversees administration, IT, human resources, membership, marketing, programs and research. A seasoned management professional, David has over 22 years of private sector experience working in operational, product marketing, business development and client services through various roles in the financial industry. He has served on several community boards, including the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, the Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto, and is currently a member of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada Advisory board. David received his MBA from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.
Jamie Burton is the Vice President at Dolphin Digital Technologies, Inc. In this role, she has used her skills and connections to establish a sustainable and economic mentoring model, which is now regularly shared as a best practice. A true advocate, Jamie has represented Canada on the global stage, speaking to the business advantages of hiring people with disabilities, as well as strategic technical innovation. She has helped government and businesses develop employment strategies, policies and best practices, and is currently a member of the Employment Standards Development Committee. In 2015, Jamie was awarded the BMO Celebrating Women-Innovation & Global Growth Award, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Lt. Gov. Community Volunteer Award and the Rogers Women of the Year-Entrepreneur, 2013.
Linda Carrière Séguin
Linda Carrière Séguin is the owner of Les Armoires Séguin, an ever-growing, family-run cabinetry manufacturer located in Alfred, Ontario. Linda's company builds and sells living environments and works relentlessly to incorporate inclusivity and accessibility in their building, products and services. Living with the effects of Guillain-Barré Syndrome since 1984, Linda has chosen not to let this define her and is an ambassador for inclusion in everyday life and the workforce.
Bill Coxhead is the Director of Human Resources and Corporate Services at the City of London. In this role, he is responsible for emergency planning and municipal security, assisting and supporting a diverse workforce and community, and ensuring services and resources are accessible to all Londoners. He also provides systems to support and sustain a team of highly engaged public service professionals and practitioners, all working to advance strategic planning. Bill attended the University of Guelph and studied public administration at Western University. He also has management certificates from the Ivey School of Business and Queen's University.
Joe Dale is the Executive Director of the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN), working in the Centre for Excellence in Employment Services for People with a Disability. The Centre for Excellence focuses on engaging and educating businesses about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and ensuring Ontario has a strong and effective employment service delivery network. Joe is the founder of the Rotary at Work initiative, a program focused on educating businesses about the benefits of including people with disabilities in their workforce. He is also a member of former Lieutenant Governor David C. Onley's accessibility team and participates on several provincial consultation teams related to policy creation and disability matters.
Louie DiPalma is the Director of SME Programs at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives designed to strengthen the business climate of Ontario and support members by providing access to resources. During his career with the Government of Ontario, Louie held a number of senior management positions in policy, planning and direct operations with several ministries, including the Ministry of the Solicitor General and Correctional Services, the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation, and the Ministry of Health Promotion.
Anna Goncalves is the Vice President of Talent and Leadership at CIBC. In 2016, she assumed leadership of Talent Management, using her human resources experience to guide an inclusive employment strategy. CIBC's Talent and Leadership function is focused on creating a diverse, inclusive and engaged team that enables CIBC to build a strong, innovative, relationship-oriented bank. Anna particularly focuses on leadership development, inclusion and diversity, culture and employee experience, change management, organizational design and effectiveness, and all aspects of talent management. She and her team also lead the development and implementation of the Human Capital Strategy across the bank.
Fran Hansen is the Vice President of Culture and Talent at Loblaw Companies Ltd. After working abroad in the telecom industry, Fran discovered the exciting world of retail, working as Vice President, Human Resources and Centres of Excellence at Sears, then as Vice President, Human Resources for Indigo Books & Music. She joined Loblaw Companies in July of 2015, and in 2017, culture was formally added to her responsibilities. In her role, she is responsible for the design, development and implementation of all strategies, programs and polices related to talent management and leads the organization's culture transformation journey.
Lenore MacAdam is Deloitte Canada's Senior Manager responsible for leading the delivery of the firm's Accessibility Strategy. Previously she worked in management consulting, focusing primarily on organizational development and process efficiency. Additionally, Lenore has held various corporate human resources roles focused on employee engagement, performance management, culture, and policy development. An active community volunteer, she has served as the National Chair of Deloitte's LGBTQ Employee Resource Group, and is currently an advisor to Deloitte's Accessibility Employee Resource Group. When not in the office, she serves as a Board Member of Pride at Work Canada, where she chairs the Women's Committee and created a national networking program for LGBTQ women.
Larry McCloskey (MA, MSW) has been the Director of the Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities at Carleton University for over 30 years. He founded the Carleton's Attendant Services Program and co-founded IDIA (Inter-university Disability Issues Association), READ (Research Education Accessibility and Design) and FITA (From Intention to Action).
Jason Ménard is a Content Strategist at Digital Echidna. An accomplished journalist and communications professional, Jason develops editorial workflow and content action plans for Digital Echidna projects. He is also responsible for overseeing the company's accessibility and UI/UX efforts. Jason is currently a voting member of the City of London's Accessibility Advisory Committee, the chair of the Education and Awareness sub-committee, a board member of the Ability First Coalition, the Chair of Western University's Gazette Publishing Committee, a board member of the Business Cares Food Drive, and sits on the marketing committee for the Home County Music & Art Festival.
Mark Patterson is the Executive Director of Magnet and Hire Immigrants. Magnet is a new network powered by a data-rich, job-matching technology that connects job seekers with employers based on skills, preferences and talent needs. While the network serves all job seekers, Mark is especially interested in finding solutions to address unemployment and under-employment for youth, newcomers, Indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities. Mark is a founding working group member of the Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation and sits on the Ventures for Canada Advisory Board. He was recently the recipient of the 2015-2016 Outstanding Achievement award from the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) in recognition for his contribution to the field of career planning.
Sandra Porteous directs staff engagement at CBC/Radio-Canada. She was the first Director of Staff Engagement and is now Director of Engagement and Inclusion. Sandra has worked for CBC in a wide variety of roles that include reporter, producer, and Senior Manager of Learning, where she worked on major change projects like the integration of Radio and TV news. CBC's commitment not only to job satisfaction but also inclusion helped Sandra launch the first ever Developing Emerging Leaders program. This year, the company is fast- tracking 16 diverse employees, who will be the corporation's future leaders. Sandra's department has been a huge supporter of several Employee Resource Groups, including one run by 'CBCers' with physical disabilities.
Katherine Power is the Vice President of Communication and Corporate Affairs at Sodexo Canada. In her role, she's responsible for developing a comprehensive and integrated strategy for managing Sodexo Canada's overall external reputation and relationships, including those with media, stakeholders and community groups. Katherine also leads brand management, corporate responsibility, Indigenous relations, and diversity and inclusion to help the company achieve its business goals and objectives. A dedicated leader, she's also the Executive Director of Sodexo's STOP HUNGER Foundation in Canada and the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Food4Kids Ontario. Katherine sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and serves as an Advisory Board Member for Pride at Work Canada and the Canadian Institute for Diversity & Inclusion.
Shelley Styles is the Director of Student Support Services at Algonquin College. A seasoned professional in the Ontario College system, Shelley has 28 years of experience, including being a teacher and coordinator in the Social Service Worker Program, the Academic Chair of Continuing Education, the Academic Chair of General Arts and Science and the Director of Student Support Services. In her current role, Shelley oversees 10 departments. She is Co-Chair of Algonquin's Accommodation Advisory Committee and has been involved in many initiatives to advance equity, accessibility and universal design. Shelley has been devoted to the strategic planning and implementation of progressive student services, including leading the development of several initiatives that have significantly impacted culture, changing the way Algonquin supports and engages all students.
Terry Vos has been hiring people with disabilities in various roles for over 20 years as owner/operator of Vos' Independent Grocer. As a strong advocate and educator, Terry promotes the hiring of people with disabilities through all facets of his life, including his Rotary Club, Community Living Oshawa-Clarington, and various community events.
Mark Wafer is the President of Megleen Treadstone and the former owner of six Tim Hortons' restaurants in Toronto. Over the past 22 years, Mark and his wife Valarie hired more than 150 people with disabilities to fill meaningful and competitively-paid positions in all areas of the operation, employing 46 people with disabilities in a workforce of 250. Mark is the co-founder of Canadian Business SenseAbility, Canada's national strategy on disability employment. He was a member of the federal government's panel on marketplace opportunities for people with disabilities and is an advisor to many governments both in Canada and internationally. Mark is a recipient of Canada's Meritorious Service Cross as well as the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship. He was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2014.