Accessible Potential Speakers’ Night

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Horticulture Building

1525 Princess Patricia Way

Landsdowne Pavilion

Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3

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Access all of the potential!

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Put the Accessible Potential of persons with disabilities to work!

Speakers are accomplished in sport, finance, comedy, technology, art, music, entrepreneurship, advocacy and more.

Challenge your perceptions of disability. The evening will feature accomplished local Ottawa guest speakers who will share their lived experiences and perspectives on their careers, community and challenges faced along the way.

Host: Max Brault

Speakers:

  • Lucas Haneman
  • Michael Lifshitz
  • Dean Mellway
  • Kawsar Mohamed
  • Peter O’Connor
  • Dan Samosh
  • Alan Shain
  • Jeffrey Stark
  • Somei Tam
  • Phillip Turcotte
  • Jeff Willbond

Why now? In June 2018, the Government of Canada tabled Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, to ensure a barrier-free Canada that allows persons with disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of society. It is expected to receive royal assent in June 2019.

Your Host:

Max Brault: a recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal, The Correctional Services Canada Award of Distinction, and the Michelle C. Comeau Human Resources Leadership Award, Max Brault has worked in employment equity for the past 20 years. He is also the author of the paper “Interdepartmental Forum of Persons with Disabilities: A Dialogue for Action.”

Most recently, in his career has culminated in a three year-long Senior Advisor role working with the Deputy Minister Champion for Persons with Disabilities. Here, he was instrumental in building consensus among key Deputy Minister’s community and a wide-variety of internal stakeholders, which lead to the successful proposal of the Federal Employees with Disabilities Task Force. With this proposal, the Persons with Disabilities Champions and Chair Committee was able to provide the Clerk with a vital resource needed to enact and enforce Accessibility Legislation internally among public sector workplaces.

Your Master of Ceremonies:

Michael Lifshitz: born with a condition called Multiple Congenital Musculoskeletal Abnormalities. In addition to wearing an artificial leg, he walks with a cane and uses a wheelchair for longer distances. Contrary to what many would believe possible, he became a Chartered Professional Accountant and also obtained a MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

Your Co-Host:

Alan Shain: has worked in stand up comedy, theatre, storytelling and dance for the past 20 years. As a solo artist, he has performed across Canada and internationally to England, Australia, Taiwan and Bermuda. His work explores disability in terms of identity, relationships and culture.

Guest Speakers include:

Dean Mellway, Jeff Willbond, Jeffrey Stark, Peter O'Connor, Phil Turcotte, Dan Samosh, Lucas Haneman, Kauthar Mohamed, and Somei Tam.

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Horticulture Building

1525 Princess Patricia Way

Landsdowne Pavilion

Ottawa, ON K1S 5J3

Canada

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