8:00 am Registration
8:30 am Breakfast
8:55 am Welcome from MTEC CEO
9:00 am Greetings from the Province
9:05 am Keynote Address: Anthony Taza
Membership, Training and Operations Manager at Costco Wholesale Canada
10:15 am Visit Booths and Network
10:30 am Breakout Session: Panel Discussion
A Panel of Business People discussing the benefits of having an Inclusive Workforce
Facilitated by Oly Backstrom, President & CEO SCE Lifeworks
11:30 am Introducing the Accessibility Standard for Employment
Learn how Manitoba's new law will make workplaces more accessible for people with disabilities, enhance productivity, and become healthier and safer for everyone. Ensure your organization meets the safety requirements before the May 1, 2020, deadline.
Speaker: Yutta Fricke is the Executive Director of Manitoba's Disabilities Issues Office (DIO), which supports the development and implementation of standards under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act.
12:00 pm Visit Booths and Network
1:00 pm Expo closes


Breakfast & Keynote $40 + GST
Break-out session FREE
Networking Event Booth* - 6' skirted table $325 + GST
Networking Event Booth* - 6' skirted table Non-profit rate $250 + GST
*Booth comes with one free breakfast

Keynote & Breakout Session

Our 2019 Keynote Speaker

Anthony Taza

Anthony is the Membership, Training and Operations Manager at Costco Wholesale Canada. During his 16 year Costco career, Anthony has gained valuable business experience which has made him the leader he is today.

With their commitment to inclusion, Costco began working with local agencies to hire people with intellectual disabilities in each of its stores across Canada. As Assistant Director at the time, Anthony worked closely with local agencies to implement this program and immediately became passionate about it.

Anthony has hired and acted as an on-site natural supporter to several people who have an intellectual disability. As a respected role model and business champion in his community, Anthony pushes the mandate of hiring employees with an intellectual disability and has inspired others to help make this program a success.

Breakout 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:
       - Cory Beal, Production Manager at Floodway Print Company Ltd.
       - Melissa Yankoski, HR Generalist, Parian Logistics
       - Isha Neufeld, Human Resources Business Partner, eCom Customer Care Inc.