Esther Rhee, National Program Director, Autism Speaks Canada
Bio: As the National Program Director for Autism Speaks Canada, Esther’s role focuses on supporting individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families across Canada through the organization’s mission to increase resources and services, increase autism research, build awareness and work as a collaborative community. Esther oversees the Family Services program in Canada, which includes the distribution of $4 million to over 200 organizations to increase programs. Esther also represents Canada on the Autism Speaks global science team which has supported over $200 million towards autism research internationally. Additionally, Esther sits on a number of provincial and national advisory committees. Esther’s work in the ASD community has focused on building community capacity, collaboration, program development and navigation support strategies. Esther also works as a Clinical Therapist focusing on child and adult mental health. Esther received her Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and also holds a B.A.H in Philosophy from the University of Guelph.