To assist with the development of this training, an Advisory Committee was assembled to provide feedback and insight. Each member brings a different set of skills and experience, and together, have played an integral role in the content and its delivery.
Victoria Lennox is the co-founder and CEO of Startup Canada, the national rallying community supporting and giving a voice to Canada’s 2.3 million entrepreneurs.
Victoria is recognized by the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union as one of the foremost experts in entrepreneurship education; ecosystem and program architecture, governance, development and implementation; and, in fueling entrepreneurship movements and awareness campaigns.
As the catalyst for Startup Generation and host of Startup Nations, Victoria supports and mentors the development of youth enterprise organizations in more than 20 countries; provides advisory support to international organizations in the areas of entrepreneurship networks, education and policy development; and supports colleges and universities in enhancing their entrepreneurial activities. Countries around the world are also working to emulate Startup Canada’s methodologies and activities, viewing the organization, under Victoria’s leadership, as the best practice in fueling entrepreneurship culture.
Neil Pierce of Edmonton is currently serving a 3-year term as a Council Member and Meeting Facilitator for the Premiers Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. He has served in senior leadership roles with Workers’ Compensation Boards of Ontario and North West Territories, the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta), Alberta Paraplegic Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Alberta, Muscular Dystrophy Canada (Western Canada) and the Parkinson’s Association of Alberta.
He helped develop programs that continue to benefit those with neurological injuries and other physical disabilities, including the Alberta Neurotrauma Initiative, the Champions Career Centre, the Way Forward MS Strategy, the Alberta MS Regional Research and Training Centre and more recently, the Alberta Neurological Network that is currently in development.
Neil has received the Canadian Paraplegic Association’s Honorable Lois Hole Community Development Award, an Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers’ Association social justice award and the Premiers Council’s Gary McPherson Leadership Award.
Sheila has worked for an ADAPT agency since 1986 and has been serving as its Director for the past 27 years. She and her husband Mark have 4 sons and 4 grandchildren. Sheila sits as Chair of the Bathurst Municipal Advisory Committee on Persons with Disabilities, Secretary of the Bathurst Community Venture Van Committee, Vice-Chair of the Premier’s Council on Disabilities, Board Member of CDBA-NB and is the regional representative on the District Education Council for the Anglophone North School District.
Marie France Roy
Marie France is the Air Canada is Official Languages and Diversity Partnership Manager, which takes her around the country working with francophone communities outside Quebec and organizations aiming at employment for the designated groups of women, visible minorities, people with disabilities and Indigenous. She has been in this role since 2011 and has been with Air Canada for 18 years. Having worked previously on an Indigenous reserve and spent 10 years working in Caribbean countries, she is dedicated to Diversity and is proud to represent a company that is strongly committed to Diversity and Inclusion.
As Project Coordinator, Catrina provides mentoring support to ADAPT agencies participating in the ADAPT Access to Employment Project. By providing training, and mentoring in employment counselling, job development, and other supported employment activities, she and project staff provide support to ADAPT agencies as they build their capacity to deliver an Employment First model. Catrina coordinates Project activities across the province. Catrina has a background in Criminology and Psychology and has been with the New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) since 2011.