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The Power of Inclusive Workplaces Panel
In celebration of National AccessAbility Week 2022, the Rick Hansen Foundation is hosting a live discussion on the power of inclusive workplaces.

Designed to provoke conversation on how a disability inclusive workplace promotes equity and inclusion, this event will provide you with helpful tips to bring back to your workplace.

Scroll down to read about our esteemed panelists and moderator. They bring the lived experience of a variety of physical disabilities, professional experience in creating inclusive workplaces, and a history of advocacy for disability inclusion to the conversation.

They will discuss:

What a disability inclusive workplace means from a pan-disability lens;
Considerations for colleagues with physical disabilities; and
How we can be better advocates for a disability inclusive workplace.

ASL interpretation and live captioning will be provided.

Jun 2, 2022 10:00 AM in Vancouver

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Joel Dembe - Moderator
Retired Paralympian and Senior Manager, Corporate Communications @Royal Bank of Canada
Joel Dembe is a Paralympian and strategic communications advisor. He was Canada’s top-ranked wheelchair tennis player, winning over 30 international singles and doubles titles. He represented Canada at the London 2012 Paralympics and won Canada’s first international medal in wheelchair tennis at the 2015 Toronto Pan-American Games, shortly before retiring from competitive sport. He currently serves as Senior Communications Manager at Royal Bank of Canada, supporting their digital banking strategy. He's also co-Chair of RBC REACH, its advisory group for clients and employees with disabilities.
Philippe Bernier - Panelist
Vice President, Strategy, Operations & Sustainability @JLL Canada
Philippe is a Professional Engineer, a LEED Accredited Professional, and holds a Master of Philosophy in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge in the UK, as well as a Bachelor degree in Applied Science in Civil Engineering from Queen's University. With 20 years of business and sustainability experience across multiple industry sectors, at JLL Canada, Philippe is responsible for advancing strategy, innovation and sustainability, ensuring operational effectiveness, and accelerating market growth. For sustainability, Philippe leads the creation of JLL’s global Centre of Excellence for Sustainability in Real Estate, based in Montreal, Canada. Philippe serves on the Advisory Committee of Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification.
Marcia Yale - Panelist
@Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians
Marcia Yale was born totally blind and started elementary school at the Ontario School for the Blind, where she learned to read and write Braille. She was then lucky enough to be able to return to her own neighbourhood, where she attended the remainder of elementary school, junior high and high school. Marcia began volunteering with the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians in 2001, serving on national and chapter Boards before becoming National President in October of 2020. She currently represents AEBC in the leadership group which is working to establish a pan-Canadian coalition of people with disabilities, as well as being the Director representing the Vision Disabilities sector for the Broadcasting Accessibility Fund, and the Chair of its Board.  Her passions include theatre and technology: she saw her first musical, HMS Pinafore, in 1975, and over the years, attended anything theatrical worth attending--and some that were not!
Marco Chiaramonte - Panelist
Senior Accessibility and Inclusion Specialist @Vancouver International Airport
Before joining the Vancouver International Airport as a Senior Accessibility and Inclusion Specialist in February 2022, Marco worked at Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility for 14 years serving the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard and Hearing communities. As a Hard of Hearing person with lived experience, his professional career in accessibility and inclusion has successfully interfaced with public planning, implementation, accessibility and inclusion. His roles also encompassed proactively working with communities, stakeholders, consultants and customers to advance YVR’s accessibility and inclusion plans and programs. Marco is completing his master’s degree at the University of Victoria in Community Development through the School of Public Administration. He is also a three-time Deaflympian in Judo and Wrestling. In 2009 he won a silver medal in Judo at the Taipei Deaflympics.
Maureen Haan - Panelist
President & CEO @The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work – CCRW
Maureen has been the President & CEO of CCRW since 2012. CCRW is the only national organization with the sole vision of equitable and meaningful employment for people with disabilities, in operation for over 40 years. Maureen has been very active in the cross-disability sector. She has been involved with numerous committees and groups that increase awareness of and access for the disability sector and the Deaf community, including involvement with Civil Society on the UN Convention of Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as the lead for employment for persons with disabilities – specifically Article 27; leadership with the Conference on Work and Disability in Canada; co-development and leadership of the pan-Canadian Strategy on Disability and Work; and as a Board member on the Accessibility Standards Canada. Maureen was appointed to the COVID-19 Disability Advisory Group (CDAG) during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains on the Minister Disability Advisory Group (MDAG).