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Tuesday, June 14th

11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Registration
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Epic Fails and Cocktails
Learning from Failure Facilitated Discussions & 'Epic Fail' Awards
Some of the most important things we know come from things tried and failed. Our facilitators will start by sharing spirited summaries of their best failures, from catalyst to zenith, as well as what these experiences taught them. Laughter and group discussions will follow as we throw our failures on the fire and celebrate the 'illumination' they have fueled. Join this discussion as we incorporate the welcome reception into the dialogue. Share your most memorable fails. Awards will be presented!

Wednesday, June 15th

9:00 am - 9:15 am
Welcome (Board and Dignitaries)
9:15 am - 10:30 am
The Great Debate
The Great Debate
Let’s discuss the key issues - and make an action plan! What are the factors holding us back and how do we 'move the needle?' A panel of presenters representing policy makers, employers, service providers and self-advocates will each present on their perspectives around barriers to the increased employment inclusion of people with disabilities - as well as proposed solutions and responses to these barriers. This 'Collective Impact' plenary will integrate a facilitated debate where delegates will have one minute or less to add their perspectives to the dialogue, in a respectful and meaningful manner.  Delegate Input: Please note that a 'Move The Needle' Bulletin Board will be available at registration for delegates to share their thoughts and opinions on the state of employment inclusion in Canada. We encourage all delegates to contribute to the collective wisdom of the CASE 2016 event as these delegate-generated perspectives will be categorized into themes, summarized and presented as part of the Great Debate Session. 

10:30 am - 10:45 am
Break
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Impact Lab
Impact Lab
Collective Impact Labs are a chance for delegates to engage in facilitated discussions on topics that arise from The Great Debate. How do we increase employment inclusion for people with disabilities in Canada? We are asking all delegates to participate in one general session of Impact Labs in order to identify and capture the changes required in policy, resources, service provision and workplace culture in order to Move the Needle of employment participation. Those who want to continue to discuss these topics can attend the continuing Impact Lab stream. Those who wish to switch streams and attend traditional concurrent sessions have the opportunity to do so.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch Break and Sector Updates
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Workshops
Non-Traditional Assessment Tools That Rock!
Speakers: Herky Cutler

Assessment is the most important aspect of the career development process. Everything stems from assessment and “formal” assessments leave much to be desired. In this session, participants will experience a variety of sure-fire “informal” (yes, they’re FREE!) assessment tools that are fun, engaging and out-of-the-box. You’ll be so happy you came that you’ll want to cry! Learning Outcomes: New ways to engage clients, Effective assessment tools that can used immediately, Emphasis on the importance of assessment.

High Performance Coaching
Speakers: Joy McKinnon

Whether you are running a business, Community Based Organization, individual program or managing family and friends success depends on how well you manage people and yourself. This workshop is designed to give attendees a better grasp of the 4 major strategies involved in becoming a better manager. Attendees will hear how great coaches through the ages have learned how to leverage the best from their charges. Attendees will be asked to reflect on their own coaching experiences to see what they liked and what they would do differently given the chance. Attendees will learn about 4 coaching conversations, as well as how and when to use them. Attendees will learn the stages of a learning curve and how to prepare people for greater success while on it. Presenter will lead the group on a journey of self-discovery to enhance their coaching skills. Participants will leave the session with and understanding of what skills make a great coach, and how to enact them.

Employment with Supports: CMHA Innovation Supporting Individuals with Mental Illness and Mental Health Problems
Speakers: Natalie Rich, Orianne Donig-Harder

Exploration of a national project based on an “Employment First Model”. The emphasis of this program is to support individuals that have faced significant barriers to employment with a process that is recovery focused and strength based. The program also extends support to the employer to provide education and resources to ensure a successful re-entry into the workforce. This presentation will highlight the evidence for the model, the specific services offered through Canadian Mental Health Association and early results from CMHA Manitoba and Winnipeg’s Employment with Supports program.

Marketing the Business Case for Inclusive Employment: What We've Learned
Speakers: Cindy de Brujn, Renate Burwash

This workshop will focus on how our agency transitioned our focus to making a business case for inclusive employment; it‘s not about charity it’s about the bottom line. Anyone from frontline workers to community leaders will be engaged and informed on the benefits and strategies we used to make this business case on the benefits of hiring an untapped workforce: people living with disabilities.

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Break
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Workshops
Impact Labs
Collective Impact Labs are a chance for delegates to engage in facilitated discussions on topics that arise from The Great Debate. How do we increase employment inclusion for people with disabilities in Canada? We are asking all delegates to participate in one general session of Impact Labs in order to identify and capture the changes required in policy, resources, service provision and workplace culture in order to Move the Needle of employment participation. Those who want to continue to discuss these topics can attend the continuing Impact Lab stream. Those who wish to switch streams and attend traditional concurrent sessions have the opportunity to do so.

CFT7 Labour Market Inclusion for First Nation People with Multiple Barriers
Speakers: Johnathon Red Gun

This session will discuss the following points: - Services and Clientele - Economy and Community - Building Skills, Capacity and Opportunities - Collective Impact In order for innovation and development to proceed, commitment, shared vision, and partners are required. Early identification and engagement of the primary players and decision makers is required to establish a shared perception of the problem, the definition of success and the activities and agreed upon measurements of success which must be strived for.

Developing Champions: Using an Employment Task Force to Deliver Partnerships and Jobs
Speakers: Jen Bosworth

How can we increase the meaningful employment outcomes for our clients AND decrease the need for cold calling employers? For LiveWorkPlay, a charity small in size that is delivering big results for people with intellectual disabilities in Ottawa, Canada, the answer has been a volunteer Employment Task Force. In this interactive session, the presenter will showcase how a pilot project utilizing a group of 15 volunteer champions has led to an increase in employment outcomes in both the private and public sector for people with intellectual disabilities. Session participants will learn how any organization, big or small, can build sustaining relationships with employers through the utilization and leveraging of the right group of employer champions.

3:05 pm - 3:50 pm
Workshops
Impact Labs
Collective Impact Labs are a chance for delegates to engage in facilitated discussions on topics that arise from The Great Debate. How do we increase employment inclusion for people with disabilities in Canada? We are asking all delegates to participate in one general session of Impact Labs in order to identify and capture the changes required in policy, resources, service provision and workplace culture in order to Move the Needle of employment participation. Those who want to continue to discuss these topics can attend the continuing Impact Lab stream. Those who wish to switch streams and attend traditional concurrent sessions have the opportunity to do so.

Utilizing the Autism Advantage Toolkit
Speakers: Garth Johnson

Participants will receive a copy of Meticulon's Candidate Assessment Toolkit.  It contains a step-by-step guide of our 3 month-long candidate evaluation and training process, beginning with key interview and screening measures, continuing on with a detailed explanation of our month-long skills and abilities assessment learning matrix formation process, and concluding with our mind mapping and on-boarding procedures.  Attendees should come prepared to discuss in small groups their own needs in the employment placement and hiring process and be ready to think about how the promising practices related in the session could be adapted in their circumstance with their clients or employees.  Videos featuring employers and employees will help frame the discussions and provide practical, real-world learnings to help kick off group discussions.  Meticulon employees are out performing their typically enabled coworkers and employers are extremely satisfied with the process - learn to adapt it.

Employer Recognition Events: Promoting and Branding our Work Effectively
Speakers: Julie Unger, Ron Laser

CSCL continues to successfully cultivate supported employment opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. This workshop will provide an overview of Employer Recognition Events, and their significance in the ongoing relationship building with our business community. Participants will learn what effective employer recognition events look like and receive resources, and sample event materials to take back to their organizations. Workshop Participants will hear directly from two employers (one small business owner, one District HR Manager for a national corporation) about the impact of employer recognition events. Participants will learn key messages to use to promote and brand our work effectively.

2:15 pm - 3:50 pm
Workshops
Motivation Yes/Persuasion No! (Key Concepts in Motivational Interviewing)
Speakers: Paul Burke

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach to strengthening motivation in others to pursue specific positive change-related goals. The session begins with a review of the differences in conversational approaches that serve to “persuade” people to change, as compared with more motivational approaches that work to enhance people’s readiness, willingness, and ability to pursue specific changes. Then a brief overview of some of the key concepts, principles, and skills that have been shown to bolster motivation in others (and to counteract the negative effects of “persuasion” or “carrot and stick” approaches) is provided. An explanation and demonstration of a some of the “core skills” in MI work is also provided in the context of employment support work.

3:50 pm - 4:00 pm
Break
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Annual General Meeting
CASE AGM
As CASE’s membership continues to grow, and new opportunities for involvement arise, all are welcome to attend to learn about our organization. New initiatives and priorities will be presented, and input will be invited from our national network of members.

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dinner and Gala
Dinner In the Round—A fine Dining Event Featuring the City Skyline
LaRonde: Edmonton's Only Revolving Rooftop Restaurant What better way to celebrate Summer Solstice than to look out and see our beautiful city in the setting sun. Chateau Lacombe is home to LaRonde, Edmonton's premier fine dining restaurant, located on the top floor of the hotel and rotates so that dinner patrons can see all of Edmonton. The meal includes a prime rib dinner with salad and coffee/tea, followed by dessert from the renowned in house pastry chef. (vegetarian and special diet meals available) After dinner the party continues on the lobby level with the Dessert Bar, Paul Woida, a multi-instrumentalist, master looper, and singer/songwriter from Edmonton, Alberta. Everyone Welcome! Paul recently quit his full time job teaching music lessons to pursue his passion and mission: To take the world by storm with his music. You will leave a Paul Woida concert feeling inspired, uplifted, and  greatly impressed. Check him out on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMqBMxuX-ps The CASE - Wiltshire Award of Excellence The CASE - Wiltshire Award of Excellence in Supported Employment will take place after dinner, on the lobby level, so be on hand when your sector colleague is honoured! The CASE - Wiltshire Award of Excellence recognizes outstanding individuals, agencies, or businesses that have made significant contributions to the promotion of full citizenship and personal capacity for persons with disabilities through the facilitation of increased labour market participation and outcomes, within Canada. To attend the Dinner in the Round, select the option during your registration. The cost is $60 / person.

Thursday, June 16th

9:00 am - 10:15 am
DEAM
Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) - from grassroots to a national movement: A panel presentation and discussion
Speakers: Glen Coutts, Joy McKinnon, Tamara Shaw, Tracy Williams, Yutta Fricke

This panel will present regional approaches across three provinces towards increasing awareness of employing a person with a disability and local business capacity using the DEAM platform. The audience and panel members, including a Government representative, will explore success stories from the Provinces that currently celebrate DEAM. The session will describe how the regions developed effective partnerships with government and strategies leading to effective business engagement during events. The group will also explore the possibility of developing an inaugural national DEAM event for October, 2016.

10:15 am - 10:30 am
Break
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Workshop
Return on Disability
Speakers: Rich Donovan

Would it surprise you to learn that the largest economic opportunity facing the world today is disability?
 
In this talk, Rich Donovan makes the case that disability directly touches 53% of global consumers and taxpayers – and transforms efforts of charity into the world’s largest emerging market.  He illustrates what the opportunity is, why it exists, and how our economic institutions can evolve to capture it to improve their bottom lines while improving the lives of billions of people globally. 

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch and Impact Lab Summary
Lunch and Impact Lab Summary
Prior to our closing keynote, join us for lunch and a summary presentation of the Impact Lab discussions throughout the event.