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The Inclusive Employer: Mark Wafer

  • Centre 200 481 George Street Sydney, NS, B1P 1K5 Canada (map)
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In honour of National AccessAbility Week 2019 (NAAW), The Cape Breton Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Horizon Achievement Centre and reachAbility Association - are thrilled to present this unique opportunity to discover the benefits, importance and ease of inclusion from business professional, industry leader in accessibility and internationally renowned human rights advocate - Mark Wafer.

During his 25 years as a business owner, Mark and his wife Valerie owned and operated a large number of Tim Hortons franchises in the greater Toronto area, employing hundreds of workers with disabilities in meaningful and competitively paid positions.

As a disability rights activist and policy change instigator, Mark believes there is a clear and compelling business case for real inclusion in our workforce. He is passionate about sharing his expertise and spreading the significance of a comprehensive and diverse labour market.

Mark is a member of the Federal government's panel on labour market initiatives for Canadians with disabilities, helped create Canada's national strategy on disability employment, and co-founded Canadian Business SenseAbility.

Mark is also a recipient of Canada's Meritorious Service Cross, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship and was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame in 2014. He recognizes and celebrates businesses that have made significant contributions to increase labour market participation and outcomes in the disability community with the annual Mark Wafer Award for Business Excellence.

Seating is limited to a max capacity; registration required.