Speakers

Allison Garber

Allison Garber, Parent, Owner of Allison Garber Communications Bio: Allison Garber is a communications consultant and owner of Allison Garber...

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Bertha Sutherland

Bertha Sutherland, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Women’s Council Bio: Bertha Sutherland is a member of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Womens Council. She...

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Bruce McIntosh

Bruce McIntosh, Ontario Autism Program Advisory Committee Member, President, Ontario Autism Coalition

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Bruno Hache

Bruno Hache Bio: Thirty-something full time IT technician and autism advocate, Asperger mentor specializing with young adults living in Kitchener,...

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Corey O’Soup

Corey O'Soup, Advocate for Children and Youth, Saskatchewan Bio: Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Corey is a member of the Key First...

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Cynthia Carroll

Cynthia Carroll, Chair CASDA, Executive Director Autism Nova Scotia Bio: Cynthia Carroll is the national chair of the Canadian Autism Spectrum...

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Debbie Irish

Debbie Irish, CASDA Director Bio: Striving to ensure full acceptance and equitable opportunities for all, Debbie Irish has over 25...

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Debra Kennedy

Debra Kennedy, BSc.OT., M.R.Sc., OT Reg (Ont.),  Ontario Autism Program Advisory Committee Member, Representing the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists

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Esther Rhee

Esther Rhee, National Program Director, Autism Speaks Canada Bio: As the National Program Director for Autism Speaks Canada, Esther's role...

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Evdokia Anagnostou

Evdokia Anagnostou, MD, Co-Lead Autism Research Centre, Bloorview Research Institute Bio:  Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou, MD, is a child neurologist and...

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Isabel Smith

Isabel Smith, PhD, Professor, Joan & Jack Craig Chair in Autism Research, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience, Dalhousie...

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Jackie McMillan

Jackie McMillan, BES, Asperger's Bio: If you were so ill and inflamed when you were born that your mind and...

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James VanRaalte

James VanRaalte, Director General, Accessibility Secretariat Bio:  With over 20 years in the public service for the Government of Canada,...

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Jessica Brian

Jessica Brian, PhD, Co-Lead Autism Research Centre, Bloorview Research Institute, University of Toronto Bio: Jessica Brian is a Psychologist and...

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Jonathan A. Weiss

Jonathan A. Weiss, PhD, Associate Professor, York University, Department of Department of Psychology Bio: Dr. Jonathan Weiss, PhD, is an...

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Josh Hjartarson

Josh Hjartarson, Facilitator for the Ontario Autism Program Advisory Committee, Partner, Public Sector, KPMG Canada

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Karen Bopp

Karen Bopp, PhD, Director, Autism Information Services British Columbia, BC Ministry of Children and Family Development Bio: Dr. Karen Bopp...

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Katelyn Lowe

Katelyn Lowe, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer, The Sinneave Family Foundation Bio: Dr. Katelyn Lowe is the Chief Strategy Officer at...

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Keely Wight

Keely Wight, Executive Director, Autism Resource Centre Bio: Keely has been working in the autism field for over 20 years...

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Ken Robertson

Ken Robertson, Four Directions Autism, Chair Bio: Ken Robertson is Secwepemc from Neskonlith Indian Band located in the south-central part of...

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Lonnie Zwaigenbaum

Lonnie Zwaigenbaum, MD, Professor & Director of Autism Research, Division of Developmental Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of...

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Marg Spoelstra

Marg Spoelstra, Ontario Autism Program Advisory Committee Member, Executive Director, Autism Ontario

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Marianna Ofner

Marianna Ofner, PhD, Senior Advisor, Public Health Agency of Canada Bio: Dr. Ofner is a Senior Advisor at the Public...

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Mayada Elsabbagh

Mayada Elsabbagh, PhD, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University Bio: Mayada Elsabbagh, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in Neurology and Neurosurgery at...

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Pat Mirenda

Pat Mirenda, PhD, Professor and Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA), University of British Columbia Bio:...

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Patricia George-Zwicker

Patricia George-Zwicker, Autism Nova Scotia, Editor Autistics Aloud Bio: Autistic, dyslexic, disability rights advocate and Editor of grass roots magazine ...

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Sarah Hardy

Sarah Hardy, Director, Ontario Autism Program Project Team, Ministry of Children and Youth Services

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Senator Jim Munson

Bio: Senator Jim Munson is best known to Canadians as a trusted journalist and communications advisor. He reported on current...

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Seonag Macrae

Seonag Macrae, CEO of Community Living British Columbia Bio: Seonag Macrae has extensive experience working in the Ontario and British Columbia...

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Sherry Fournier

Sherry Fournier, Ontario Autism Program Advisory Committee Member, Executive Director, Child & Community Resources

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Stelios Georgiades

Stelios Georgiades, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, McMaster University & Co-Director, McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART)...

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Stephen W. Scherer

Stephen W. Scherer, PhD, DSc, FRSC Bio: One of the most highly cited scientists in the world, Dr. Scherer and...

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Tanya McLeod

Tanya McLeod, President, The Sinneave Family Foundation Bio: Tanya McLeod is currently President of The Sinneave Family Foundation. She holds...

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The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Government of Canada Bio: The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor was elected in...

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The Honourable Mike Lake

The Honourable Mike Lake, PC, MP Bio: Mike is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-Wetaskiwin, and was first elected in...

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The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard

The Honourable Wanda Thomas Bernard, PhD, CM, ONS Senator – Nova Scotia, East Preston Bio: Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard who...

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Theresa Sutherland

Theresa Sutherland, Nishnawbe Aski Nation Women's Council   Bio: A Cree woman from Fort Albany, Ontario, a remote community in the James Bay...

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Trudy Goold

Bio: I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2012, when I was 35. Shortly afterwards, I set up an autism...

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Victorine Lafferty

Victorine Lafferty, Director, Seniors and Continuing Care Services, Health and Social Services, Government of the Northwest Territories Bio: Victorine is...

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Yona Lunsky

Yona Lunsky, PhD, Clinician-Scientist, Adult Neurodevelopmental Services, Director of the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program, Centre for...

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