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National AccessAbility Week 2022: Moving Forward Together


National AccessAbility Week (NAAW), held from May 29 to June 4, 2022, is a time to celebrate the contributions of Canadians with disabilities and promote efforts to increase accessibility and inclusion in Canada.

As just one activity in support of NAAW 2022, this event showcases authentic stories and insights of people with lived experiences on how to build a more accessible public service, and in turn a more accessible Canada. Panellists will discuss some of the ongoing barriers to inclusion, practical tools and strategies to remove them, and the benefits of applying an intersectional approach to disability inclusion in the workplace.

Everyone has a part to play in creating a diverse, inclusive and accessible public service.

This event is presented in partnership with the Office of Public Service Accessibility.

Opening remarks

  • Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Stephanie Cadieux, Canada's first Chief Accessibility Officer, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Lee Seto-Thomas, Director, Indigenous Cultures, Protocols and External Relations, Knowledge Circle for Indigenous Inclusion


  • Pierre Mainville, Payment Service Officer, Benefit Delivery Service Branch- Call centres, Service Canada
  • AnaLori Smith, Analyst, Office of Public Service Accessibility, Co-Chair of TBS Accessibility Network, Treasury Board of Canada
  • James Gilbert, Special Advisor, Strategic and Service Policy Branch, Employment and Social Development Canada


Marie-Jeanne Nahas, Senior Human Resources Advisor, Employment Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Closing remarks

Francesco Folino, Special Advisor, Strategic Policy, Planning and Analysis on Accessibility, Service to Parliament and Interpretation, Translation Bureau, Public Services and Procurement Canada

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