International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Towards an Enabled Future

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Towards an Enabled Future

Celebrate the United Nations' International Day for Persons with Disabilities with a special event, led by Justice Canada and coordinated by several federal departments, under the theme "Towards an Enabled Future." With sessions held in Ottawa and other locations across Canada and opportunities for virtual attendance even more widely available, this event will highlight the benefits of hiring – and working with – persons with disabilities.

The event will explore ways to make the workplace more accessible and discuss how to reinforce the Government of Canada's standing as an employer of choice for this community. Highlights will include "Ability Fairs," showcasing information kiosks hosted by professionals from many organizations, as well as panels and discussions with a variety of insightful speakers, including a national panel held in Ottawa and Winnipeg and broadcast across the country and internationally.

Don't miss this unique occasion to share information and access numerous services in one place.

Ottawa | Montréal | Vancouver | Halifax | Whitehorse | Winnipeg | Edmonton | Saskatoon

WebEX participation is available for learners who are unable to attend in person. To register for a WebEX session, please contact the regional representative from the listing below that is nearest to you.


Ottawa

National Panel (on site, including broadcast from Winnipeg)


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST)
Speakers:
Martin Lajeunesse (Master of Ceremonies), Founding President, Persuasion Communications
Rich Donovan, Chief Executive Officer, The Return on Disability Group
Michelle Heenan, Student, Carleton University
Darcy MacPherson, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Location:
Auditorium of the National Library and Archives, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Language:
Bilingual with simultaneous interpretation, closed captioning, American Sign Language and Langue des signes québécoise
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Information and Registration:

Mélodie Guilbeault
mguilbea@justice.gc.ca

Ability Fair


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Location:
Auditorium of the National Library and Archives, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Montréal

National Panel (broadcast from Ottawa and Winnipeg)


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (EST)
Location:
Justice Canada, René Lévesque Room, Complexe Guy-Favreau, East Tower, 7th Floor, 200 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal, Quebec
Language:
Bilingual with simultaneous interpretation and closed captioning
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Information and Registration:

Linda DeWolfe
linda.dewolfe@justice.gc.ca

Ability Fair


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (EST)
Location:
Guy-Favreau level 00, 200 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal, Quebec
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Vancouver

Departmental representatives will provide information on initiatives and programs that enable persons with disabilities to enjoy successful careers in the federal public service. There will also be a variety of activities accompanying the Ability Fair.

National Panel (broadcast from Ottawa and Winnipeg)


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (PST)
Location:
Boardrooms 903 and 904, 840 Howe Street, 9th floor, Vancouver, British Columbia
Language:
Bilingual with simultaneous interpretation and closed captioning
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Information and Registration:

Jacques Courteau
jacques.courteau@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Ability Fair


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (PST)
Location:
Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, British Columbia
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Halifax

National Panel (broadcast from Ottawa and Winnipeg)


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (AST)
Location:
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax, 1496 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Language:
Bilingual with simultaneous interpretation and closed captioning
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Information and Registration:

Robert Beeraj robert.beeraj@pc.gc.ca

Ability Fair


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (AST)
Location:
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax, 1496 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Presentation and Discussion


Title:
Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Culture vs. Disability
Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (AST)
Speakers:
Dave Morton, Communications Technical Support, Human Resources Directorate, Parks Canada
Location:
Four Points by Sheraton Halifax, 1496 Hollis Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Whitehorse

National Panel (broadcast from Ottawa and Winnipeg)


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (PST)
Location:
Atrium, Elijah Smith Building, 415C - 300 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon
Language:
Bilingual with simultaneous interpretation and closed captioning
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Information and Registration:

Glenn Wadsworth
Glenn.Wadsworth@aandc-aadnc.gc.ca

Ability Fair


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Location:
Atrium, Elijah Smith Building, 415C - 300 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Presentation and Discussion


Description:
Representatives from non-profit disability groups, public agencies and government departments discuss urgent issues, care for caregivers, long-term disabilities and suggestions for positive change and co-operation.
Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (PST)
Location:
Atrium, Elijah Smith Building, 415C - 300 Main Street, Whitehorse, Yukon
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Winnipeg

National Panel (on site, including broadcast from Ottawa)


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST)
Location:
Western Economic Diversification, Canada Room, 240 Graham Avenue, 7th floor, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Language:
Bilingual with simultaneous interpretation and closed captioning
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Information and Registration:

Darrin Davis
darrin.davis@justice.gc.ca

Presentation and Discussion


Description:
This session will provide a Winnipeg-based perspective on the day's theme.
Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 12:40 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Location:
Western Economic Diversification, Canada Room, 240 Graham Avenue, 7th floor, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Edmonton

National Panel (broadcast from Ottawa and Winnipeg)


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (MST)
Location:
Room 473, 3rd floor, EPCOR Tower, 10423 101 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Language:
Bilingual with simultaneous interpretation and closed captioning
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Information and Registration:

Alexis Ford-Ellis
alexis.ford-ellis@justice.gc.ca

Ability Fair


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (MST)
Location:
Schoctor Lobby, 2nd floor, Citadel Theater, 9828 101A Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Saskatoon

National Panel (broadcast from Ottawa and Winnipeg)


Date and Time:
December 3, 2014 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (CST)
Location:
Guy Deperreault Room, 10th floor, Scotia Centre, 123 2nd Avenue, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Language:
Bilingual with simultaneous interpretation and closed captioning
Cost:
No charge for learners
Audience:
This learning activity is designed for all public servants.

Information and Registration:

Alexis Ford-Ellis
alexis.ford-ellis@justice.gc.ca

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