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 Richmond Ballroom

Registration & Breakfast

8:45am-9:00am Richmond Ballroom


9:00am-10:15am Richmond Ballroom

Opening Keynote – Joe Roberts

“From Skid Row to CEO – Inspiring Possibilities”

10:15am-10:45am Networking Break sponsored by Career Find
10:45am-12:00pm Thornhill

1A – Energy Health Management Workshop

Joe Roberts, Skid Row CEO

Markham A

1B – Employment as a Goal: Engaging with Families

Dr. Jennifer Crowson, ODEN


1C – Indigenous Skills & Employment Training (ISET) Program

Leela Thomas, Walpole Island First Nation Employment & Training Program

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch
NDEAM and Light It Up! For NDEAM Video Presentation
1:30pm-2:45pm Thornhill

2A – Diversification of Funding/Financial Management

Ronia Michael, Abilities to Work

Malavika Mohanan, ICSS


2B – Project SEARCH – Information Session

Carolyn McDougall, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Erin Riehle, Project SEARCH


2C – What’s Your Hashtag? Communications & Media Training For ESPs

Dean Askin, ODEN

2:45pm-3:15pm Networking Break sponsored by Career Find
3:15-4:30pm Thornhill

3A – Developing Talent for the Future of the Employment Service Sector

Gillian Johnston, CDPCBO


3B – Project SEARCH Canada -Lessons Learned – Preparing to launch your PS site

Carolyn McDougall, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Tracey Morrow, CL Oakville

Jennifer Way, MODC Sudbury

Vesna Frankovich, HWDSB


3C – Re-Imagining Change: Creating, Embracing & Harnessing Organizational Change

Corey Dalgleish, CL Essex County

Cynthia Sparring, Carer Services Brockville

Judy Bernstein, OCAPDD

4:30pm-5:15pm OTEC – Sponsor Information Session
8:00pm-11:00pm Networking Social Event

Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

7:30am-8:45am Richmond Ballroom

Registration & Breakfast

9:00am-9:15am Richmond Ballroom


9:15am-10:15am Thornhill

4A – Disclosure & Accommodations Planning – What do we need to improve job retention for people living with a disability?

Monique A.M. Gignac, Ph.D., Institute for Work and Health


Business Stream

4B – Disability Awareness & Confidence Training For Business – Part 1

Amy Widdows, ODEN

Jennifer Hope, ODEN


4C – Working with Educators

Tammy Dalgleish, CL Essex County

Carol Jones, DPCDSB

10:15am-10:45am Networking Break sponsored by Career Find
10:45am-12:00pm Thornhill

5A – Mental Health & Burnout – A toolkit from CMHA

Melanie McGregor, CMHA


Business Stream

5B – Disability Awareness & Confidence Training For Business – Part 2

Amy Widdows, ODEN

Jennifer Hope, ODEN


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/Understanding the Disability Tax Credit with CRA

Sarah Sweenie, ESDC


12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-2:45pm Thornhill

6A – The Real Xchange – Knowledge Translation & Transfer (KTT) Information Superhighway

Derek Roy, CL Essex County


Business Stream

6B – Inclusive Recruitment & Retention – A Business to Business Conversation

Ronald Peters, City of Toronto

Haley Kimmet, Salesforce


 6C – Employment Discovery: A Critical Step Towards Job Retention

J.C. Doyle, ODEN

2:45pm-3:15pm Networking Break sponsored by Career Find
3:15pm-4:30pm Thornhill

7A – Preparing for the Service System Manager (SSM) Employment Transformation Model

Diane Lupton, CL Huntsville

Grant Collins, FedCap Canada

Kelsie Baranski, WCG Services


Business Stream

7B – How and Why Your Business Should Work with Employment Service Providers 
Linda Simpson, PPRC

John Policicchio, CL Algoma

Evan Dawe, CL Sarnia-Lambton


7C – Employment Access Framework Project:  Effective Change for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ontarians

Anne Marie Langlois, CHHA

Lori Cooper, Abilities to Work

4:30pm-5:15pm CSBT – Sponsor Information Session
6:00pm-6:30pm Cocktails
6:30pm-10:00pm Gala Dinner – sponsored by FedCap Canada

Entertainment – Music & Dancing

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

7:30am-8:00am Richmond Ballroom

Registration & Breakfast

8:00am-8:45am Richmond Ballroom


9:00am-10:15am Thornhill

8A – Utilizing Technology for your Job Seeking Clients

Chad Noonan, Career Services Brockville

Ryan Billing, Career Services Brockville

Jamie Suderman, MODC

8B – Community of Practice presents the 5 W’s of jobPathAmber Ebert, SEGSS

April Callus, CL Mississauga

Kristin Weiss, CL Mississauga


8C – MentorAbility Canada Project – Increasing Employer Education & Awareness for Inclusive Employment

Mary Beshai, MentorAbility Canada & CASE

10:15am-10:45am Networking Break sponsored by Career Find
10:45am-12:00pm Thornhill
9A – Jobs Ability Canada – Harnessing the Power of AI in Job DevelopmentSue Dafoe, ODEN

9B – Partnering & Collaborating from a National and Local Perspective

Anna Nelson, LiveWorkPlay

Keenan Wellar, LiveWorkPlay


9C – Supports and Services that Create Success during Post-Secondary Education Transitions

Susan Walters, Mohawk College

Patrick Cross, Mohawk College

Mary Lou Kelly, Christian Horizons

Lan Dinh, Brock University

12:00pm-1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm-2:30pm Closing Plenary – Government of Ontario Panel 

Gloria Lee, MLITSD

Jacqueline Cureton, MSAA

2:30pm-2:45pm Conference Wrap-Up
Surprise Snacks and Drinks To-Go

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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: Please note that the block has expired and you will need to contact the hotel to book your accommodations directly.
Sheraton Parkway Toronto North 
(905) 881-2121
Best Western Parkway Hotel Toronto North 
(905) 881-2600

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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