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Keynote & Breakout Session


Thank You
to our 2017 Keynote Speaker and Panel Members:


Randy Lewis

Randy Lewis is an American businessman, a disability employment advocate, Leader of the Year award recipient, and author of the book,
No Greatness Without Goodness.

Lewis, a former senior vice president of Walgreens, led the logistics division for 16-years and helped grow the organization from 1,500 stores to 8,000 stores with the most advanced logistics networks in its industry. During his last 10-years with the company he believed people with disabilities could do more, and he pioneered a program in the Walgreens distribution centers to integrate over 1,000 (10% of the Walgreens workforce) people with disabilities as equals into its workforce.

Randy remains active in business, serving as a director of The Wendy's Company. He continues to develop disability initiatives and maintains an active speaking schedule to help organizations develop low-cost and sustainable disability hiring models to help people with disabilities secure the employment opportunities they seek.


9:05 amKeynote Address

10:45 amBreakout Session

A panel of forward-thinking Manitoba business leaders will talk about their experiences hiring employees with disabilities, including:
       - Why they believe in fostering a diverse workforce
       - What their experiences have been
       - Words of wisdom for other businesses seeking to diversify their workforce
       - Words of wisdom for jobseekers with disabilities

The panel will feature:
       - Nicole Barry, Owner of Peg Beer Co.
       - Mike Muirhead, General Manager of Banville & Jones Wine Co.
       - Christa Bruneau Guenther, Owner of Feast Bistro Cafe
       - Kirsten Godbout, Executive Manager of Operations, Diversity Foods

The panel discussion will be moderated by Oly Backstrom, CEO of SCE LifeWorks.