Rethinking Disability Conference 2022

RDC 2022 – Register Now

ODEN is proud to announce the return of our Annual Rethinking Disability Conference for 2022

“The Future of Work”

This conference is designed for employment service agencies and businesses from across Ontario, to enhance their professional development, increase capacity, and learn new skills to apply to their services and inclusive hiring processes.

This year ODEN has added a Business Sector Stream on Tuesday November 15. This is an exclusive opportunity for businesses and employers to develop or improve their disability awareness and confidence, learn from other businesses that are successfully implementing disability inclusive hiring and retention, and meet employment service providers from across the province who have the talent pool you need to gain that competitive edge for the future of work. Register for the Business Stream now.

** The ODEN RDC 2022 conference meets the requirements for Professional Development Hours for CCDP recertification in Ontario under CDPCBO (Career Development Practitioners Certification Board of Ontario).


Monday November 14, 2022

7:30am-8:45am Registration & Breakfast
8:45am-9:00am Welcome
9:00am-10:15am Opening Keynote – Joe Roberts

“From Skid Row to CEO”

10:15am-10:45am Networking Break
10:45am-12:00pm Concurrent Session (1A)

Energy, Health and Management Workshop

Joe Roberts, Skid Row CEO

Concurrent Session (1B)
Employment as a Goal: Engaging with Families

Dr. Jennifer Crowson

Concurrent Session (1C)
Indigenous Skills & Employment Training (ISET) Program
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch
Join in the Light It Up! For NDEAM 2022 Review
1:30pm-2:45pm Concurrent Session (2A)

Diversification of Funding/Financial Management

Ronia Michaels

Concurrent Session (2B)
Project SEARCH – Information Session

Carolyn McDougall

Erin Riehle

Concurrent Session (2C)
What’s Your Hashtag? Communications & Media Training For ESPs

Dean Askin

2:45pm-3:15pm Networking Break
3:15-4:30pm Concurrent Session (3A)

Developing Talent for the Future of the Employment Service Sector

Gillian Johnson

Concurrent Session (3B)

Project SEARCH Canada -Lessons Learned – Preparing to launch your PS site

Carolyn MacDougall

Tracey Morrow

Jennifer Way

Vesna Frankovich

Concurrent Session (3C)

Re-Imagining Change

(Agency Panel Presentation)

Corey Dalgeish

Cynthia Sparring

Judy Bernstein

4:30pm-5:15pm Sponsor Information Session (s)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

7:30am-8:45am Registration & Breakfast
9:00am-9:15am Welcome
9:15am-10:15am Concurrent Session (4A)

Disclosure & Accommodations Planning – What do we need to improve job retention for people living with a disability?

Monique A.M. Gignac, Ph.D.

Business/HR Session (4B)

Disability Awareness & Confidence Training For Business – Part 1

Amy Widdows

Jennifer Hope

Concurrent Session (4C)

Working with Educators

Tammy Dalgleish

Carol Jones

10:15am-10:45am Networking Break
10:45am-12:00pm Concurrent Session (5A)

Mental Health & Burnout – A toolkit from CMHA

Melanie McGregor

Business/HR Session (5B)

Disability Awareness & Confidence Training For Business – Part 2

Amy Widdows

Jennifer Hope

Concurrent Session (5C)

The Registered Disability Savings Plan and the Canadian Disability Savings Grant and Bond: Invest in the Financial Well-being of People who have Disabilities

Sarah Sweenie

Traci Mazzuca

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-2:45pm Concurrent Session (6A)

The Real Xchange – Knowledge Translation & Transfer (KTT) Information Superhighway

Derek Roy

Margaret Patalas

Business/HR Session (6B)
Inclusive Recruitment & Retention – A Business to Business Conversation

Ronald Peters

Haley Kimmet

Concurrent Session (6C)

 Employment Discovery: A Critical Step Towards Job Retention

J.C. Doyle

2:45pm-3:15pm Networking Break
3:15pm-4:30pm Concurrent Session (7A)

Preparing for the Service System Manager (SSM) Employment Transformation Model

Diane Lupton

Grant Collins

Kelsie Baranski

Business/HR Session (7B)
How and Why Your Business Should Work with Employment Service Providers 
(ESP Panel Presentation)

Linda Simpson

John Policicchio

Evan Dawes

Concurrent Session (7C)

Employment Access Framework Project:  Effective Change for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ontarians

Anne Marie Langlois

Lori Cooper

4:30pm-5:15pm Sponsor Information Session(s)
6:00pm-6:30pm Gala Cocktails
6:30pm-10:00pm Gala Dinner


Wednesday, November 16, 2022

7:30am-8:00am Registration & Breakfast
8:00am-8:45am ODEN AGM
9:00am-10:15am Concurrent Session (8A)
Utilizing Technology for your Job Seeking Clients

Chad Noonan

Ryan Billing

Jamie Suderman

Concurrent Session (8B)
Community of Practice presents the 5 W’s of jobPath

Amber Ebert

April Callus

Kristin Weiss

Concurrent Session (8C)
MentorAbility Canada Project – Increasing Employer Education & Awareness for Inclusive Employment

Mary Beshai

10:15am-10:45am Networking Break
10:45am-12:00pm Concurrent Session (9A)
Jobs Ability Canada – Harnessing the Power of AI in Job Development

Sue Dafoe

Gord Fansher

Concurrent Session (9B)

Partnering & Collaborating from a National and Local Perspective

Anna Nelson

Keenan Weller

Concurrent Session (9C)

Supports and Services that Create Success during Post-Secondary Education Transitions

Susan Walters

Patrick Cross

Mary Lou Kelly

Lan Dinh

12:00pm-1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm-2:30pm Closing Plenary & Remarks – Stay tuned, details coming soon
2:30pm-2:45pm Conference Wrap-Up
Surprise Snacks and To-Go Coffees

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Conference Hotels

RDC 2022 will be held at the Conference Centre that is connected to The Sheraton Parkway Toronto North and the Best Western Parkway Hotel North.

RATES: (will be held until October 12, 2022 or until the block is full)
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North (limited availability)
CODE: OD5936
Premium Rooms   – $149 + HST per night
*$10/night Amenity Fee will apply to all reservations
Best Western Parkway Hotel Toronto North (lots of availability)
Traditional Rooms – $129.00 + HST per night
*$10/night Amenity Fee will apply to all reservations

Sponsors and Exhibitor Info

RDC 2022 has numerous marketing and sponsorship opportunities available.

As a sponsor and/or exhibitor your business will:

  • Position your company as a thought-leader, action-taker and trailblazer to attract top talent to your organization.
  • Promote your products and services to the disability market, which touches 73% of consumers and represents a huge opportunity for business. This represents $538.5 Billion of disposable income.
  • Build relationships  with over 200 conference delegates from Ontario by providing a venue for private and public stakeholders to learn, network, and grow their employment practice and diversity goals.
  • Showcase your company’s profile by supporting an Ontario-wide network of service agencies that deliver employment opportunities for people who have a disability.

Download the Sponsorship and Exhibitor Package

For more information contact Sue Dafoe, Business Services Manager at or via phone at 1-866-280-6336 Ext. 105.

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Gala Sponsor:

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