9:30am – 9:45am Registration & Breakfast
9:45am – 10:45am Speaker; Nancy Simms
10:45am – 11:00am Break
11:45am – 11:45am Speaker; Long Doan
11:45am – 12:30pm Speaker; Mark Adler
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:15pm Speaker; Mitra Mohamadzadeh
2:30pm – 3:15pm Speaker; Michelle Buckland
3:15am – 3:45am Getting to Know You
3:45am – 4:00pm Closing Remarks
About The Speakers
Topic: “Discrimination Harassment in the Workplace”
Nancy Simms, M.A. ADR Education is the bridge to equity. This belief guides Nancy Simms and her work in the areas of anti-violence, anti-discrimination, literacy, human resources, and human rights. As the Director for Human Rights, Equity & Diversity at Humber College, Nancy’s principal task is to weave human rights and equity into the fabric of the college community at the individual and organizational levels. Additionally, Nancy is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches Critical Race Theory to first and upper year law students. Nancy is currently completing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Nancy is a recipient of several awards including the 100 Black Canadian Women Award, 2016, the CAPDHHE Distinguished Administrator Award 2017 and Humber College’s Administrative Distinguished Service Award 2017. Born in Jamaica to a Guatemalan-Mayan mother and African-Jamaican father, Nancy is the proud mother of Dr. Christopher McLeish.
Topic: “Gender Equity and Cultural Acceptance”
Mark Adler B.A. LL.M. is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Organization on Aging and Longevity. An organization he founded in 2013, Mark is an expert on the challenges and opportunities posed by Canada’s rapidly changing demographic structure. A public speaker, author and media commentator, Mark is a former Member of Canada’s Parliament. Elected to the House of Commons in 2011, he served on the Standing Committee on Finance where he was actively involved in fiscal policy. In 2003, he founded the Economic Club of Canada which quickly became the country’s podium of record. He currently serves on the board of directors of Canada Forward and the Ontario Society of Senior Citizens Organizations where he is also Treasurer. Mark attended the University of Toronto where earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters in Law.
Topic: “Mental Health at Workplace”
Long Doan, B.Sc has been a First Aid Instructor with St. John Ambulance since 2014. He started
volunteering with the organization in 2015 as a Medical First Responder, providing advanced medical first aid at community events, notably the Ontario Summer Games, and the Invictus Games. He is also part of St. John Ambulance’s Outreach and Education team, being part of their Ambassadors group, who educate the community on the importance of first aid training and giving back through volunteering. His is currently completing his Bachelor of Nursing Degree at the University of New Brunswick-Humber College.
Topic: “Ageism and Working with Multiple Generations”
Mitra Mohamadzadeh PhD is the founder of the Academy of Change, author, trainer, motivational keynote speaker, certified professional coach and grief recovery specialist. Her life mission is to enhance the positive social impact on the lives of newcomers and immigrants by developing the skills that enable them to embrace changes and adapt to a new culture faster with more confidence. Mitra is a PhD Candidate in Human Resources Management, a professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and of the Human Resources Professional Association. She leaves her clients empowered, engaged and inspired to achieve their full potential.
Topic: “Creating a Culture of Accessibility”
Michelle Buckland B.A.A. is a Learning and Development Specialist, Accessibility Advisor and an awardwinning Motivational Speaker. She has been in the Training and Development field for over 15 years which includes blended learning (i.e. a variety of methods – e.g. hands-on, instructor-led, on-the-job, etc.), digital learning, social learning, (in)formal, and custom-based. As an Accessibility Advisor, she uses her expertise and accessibility legislation to help ensure compliance and help organizations build accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities. Her clientele/speaking engagements have been given to diverse audiences for private, public and non-profit organizations. She has a passion for helping others embrace their full potential – through professional development and as a motivating force for people who are striving for presence. Her key motto is: “The limitations we have in lifelong learning are the ones that we consciously set”. Michelle attended Ryerson University where she received her Bachelor of Applied Arts majoring in Technology and her Certificate in Training and Development (Adult Education).