Media Advisory - Improving labour-force participation of Canadians with disabilities focus of conference as new poll reveals insights of perceived employment barriers

TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2017 /CNW/ - To help break down barriers to employment for Canadians with physical or mental disabilities, Magnet, a not-for-profit online network that connects job seekers to employers based on skills and talent need is hosting the Innovation, Diversity, Employment and Ability (I.D.E.A.) Conference at Toronto's Ryerson University.


January 17, 2017

Opening remarks and announcement: 9:40 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Morning Keynote: 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Lunch Keynote: 12:25 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Panel Sessions: 1:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Ryerson University

Sears Atrium, 3rd Floor, George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre

245 Church St. Toronto


Opening Remarks

  • The Honorable Minister Tracy MacCharles, in her capacity as Minister Responsible for Accessibility

  • Laura Dottori-Attanasio, Senior Executive Vice-President & Chief Risk Officer, and Diversity & Inclusion Executive Champion, CIBC

  • Diane Savage, vice-president of programs and services at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

  • Mark Patterson, Executive Director, Magnet

  • Tim Rose, Diversity Project Lead, Magnet


  • Mayaan Ziv, Founder Access Now

  • Dr. Wendy Cukier, Founder, Diversity Institue, Ryerson University and expert in work-integrated learning


Magnet and CIBC also commissioned a national poll, Canadians Living with a Disability Employment Poll. These results will be shared at the conference.



For further information: and to RSVP: Kathleen Powderley, 416-803-5597,

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