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REACH: National Forum for Disabled Entrepreneurship

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Event Details

In 2023, Canada is celebrating the 30th Annual National AccessAbility Week from Sunday May 28th through Saturday June 3rd. During this time our country highlights the unique qualities of persons with disabilities and the nationwide efforts to improve accessibility and inclusion for all Canadians.

This year, the IWSCC invites business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate supporters, members of government, advocates and allies to celebrate disabled-owned businesses and the entrepreneurs that succeed not in spite of, but because of their lived experiences. Please join us May 30th from 1-3pm ET for Reach: The National Forum for Disabled Entrepreneurs to promote the experiences and the successes of disabled business owners across Canada.


What is Reach?


Reach is Opportunity. The opportunity for investment, for innovation, and for inclusion. Reach is access to higher heights, to greater potential, and to new possibilities.

Reach is Understanding. To reach out is to listen, and to learn. To ask questions. To hear new voices and to gain new insights. Reach is also to teach, to share experiences, and to be heard.

Reach is Community. To connect with others. To accomplish more together than apart. An equal opportunity to grow thriving businesses and supply chains together.


When & Where?


Date:Tuesday, May 30th, 2023
Time:1:00p.m. to 3:00pm EST.
Where:Virtual, Zoom




This virtual event is free to participate in. In lieu of an admission price, please consider making a donation to REACH 2023 to support the event this year and in the future.



1:00 PM

IWSCC Introduction

1:05 PM – 1:35 PM

Keynote Speakers

1:45 PM – 2:20 PM

Community Speakers

2:25 PM – 2:45 PM

Fireside Chat

2:45 PM – 2:50 PM

A Message from Minister Cho

2:55 PM – 3:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Keynote Speakers


Headshot of Maayan Ziv

Mayaan Ziv

Founder & CEO


Maayan Ziv’s Bio

Headshot of Mike Shoreman

Mike Shoreman

Athlete, Speaker, Author, Advocate

Mike Shoreman’s Bio

Headshot of David Dame with green plants in background.

David Dame

Director of Product Accessibility / Professional Speaker

Microsoft / Dave Dame Inc.

David Dame’s Bio


Fireside Chat


Headshot of David Hunt at Lake Simcoe

David Hunt

Manager, Indigenous & ESG Procurement

Canada Post

David Hunt’s Bio

Headshot of Jolene MacDonald

Jolene MacDonald

Founder & Advocate


Jolene MacDonald’s Bio

Headshot of Kayla Maduk

Kayla Maduk

Supplier Diversity Program Manager

Bell Canada

Kayla Maduk’s Bio

Headshot of Devin Currie, wearing badge string with "Canada" printed.

Devin Currie

Chief Executive Officer

Maple Communications Group Inc.

Devin Currie’s Bio


Community Speakers


Headshot of Chris Stigas

Chris Stigas

Founder & Brand Developer


Chris Stigas’ Bio

Headshot of Jay Mandarino in suit and tie.

Jay Mandarino

President & CEO

The CJ Group of Companies

Jay Mandarino’s Bio

Headshot of Kulbinder Saran Caldwell

Kulbinder Saran Caldwell


CEO, REALLIFE Pictures Inc.

Kulbinder Saran Caldwell’s Bio

Headshot of Michael Bach

Michael Bach

Author, DEI & Accessibility Thought Leader

Michael Bach’s Bio

Headshot of Zachary Weeks

Zachary Weeks

Accessibility Consultant

Zachary Weeks’ Bio

Headshot of Keith Bumstead

Keith Bumstead

Managing Partner

CORE Resources

Keith Bumstead’s Bio

More to come soon…