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Events September is Disability Employment Month

September is Disability Employment Month in British Columbia. This is an opportunity for organizations to celebrate and recognize employees with disabilities and raise awareness about accessible employment throughout the province. Here’s our guide on how you can get involved.


Upcoming in October

Autism in the Workplace for Employers

Date: October 16
Time: 8:30am – 3pm.
Venue: GoodLife Fitness Autism Family Hub – 3688 Cessna Drive – Richmond, BC
Cost: Free

On Tuesday, October 16th the Presidents Group and our partners are pleased to be hosting an ‘Autism in the Workplace’ conference at the Goodlife Fitness Family Autism Hub in Richmond.  The conference will run 8:30am – 3pm. There will sessions led by both professionals who have experience supporting individuals with ASD and organizations that have successfully implemented strategies to make their workforce more neurodiverse.

This conference is for people leaders and HR professionals who are looking to;

  • Gain a greater understanding of autism and what it looks like in the workplace.
  • Increase your confidence in hiring and retaining individuals on the spectrum.
  • Hear about practical examples you can implement to support individuals on the spectrum.

We have some amazing speakers confirmed including Dr. Bailey and Dr. Worling.

Registration will be on a first come basis.  Please RSVP to reserve your seat.


Online Webinar: Hiring (Diverse) Talent for Small Business Owners/Operators

Date: October 30
Time: 9:00am – 10am.
Venue: Online
Cost: Free

You are invited! Join us on October 30th to learn how other businesses have successfully expanded their hiring practices by utilizing the often untapped labour market of persons with disabilities.  Hiring inclusively is about accessing amazing (but under-represented) talent and we have the information you need – whether you are just getting started, or need some new strategies and ideas.

The online webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Why Inclusive Workplace Cultures Matter: Why hiring people with disabilities is good for business, BC labour market outlook, and diversity as a driver of innovation
  • What’s Working for Business: Proven, effective and easy to adapt recruitment and retention practices
  • Legal Responsibilities: An employer’s legal duty to accommodate, consideration of disclosure, and identifying what is a reasonable accommodation or easy adjustments in the workplace – presented by Connor Levy, Harris & Co

For more information and register to this webinar, please contact us at: info@opendoorgroup.org 


Past Events:

Photos from May – June Activities:

(left) Marco Pasqua, Accessibility and Inclusion Consultant, Presidents Group, Kirsten Sutton, vice president of and managing director at SAP Labs Canada, (centre) Brad McCannell, vice president of access and inclusion with the Rick Hansen Foundation and Rick Hansen, founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, celebrate a ‘Accessibility Certified Gold’ rating at SAP Labs’ Yaletown office. Kirsten stands in a circle talking to Marco, Brad and Rick in their wheelchairs Both table set up with Presidents Group resources on it.
Agenda for Hire Diverse Talent event sits on top of a table with a Presidents Group postcard above it. Jamie Millar-Dixon, Recruitment Specialist, BC Partners in Workforce Innovation, Taylor Chobotiuk, Manager, People and Engagement, Tacofino and Lisa Beecroft, Owner, Gabi & Jules sit side-by-side on stage. Connor Levy, Harris & Co, presents behind a podium