Open Door Group presents 3rd Annual BC Workplace Inclusion Awards

March 9-10 2015

Open Door Group presents 3rd Annual BC Workplace Inclusion Awards
Hosted by CBC´s “man-about-town” Fred Lee, the 3rd annual UNTAPPED BC Workplace Inclusion Awards recognize employers and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering diverse working environments.  

Inclusive employers attract top talent! On 9th March 2015, 100+ people are expected to attend the UNTAPPED 2015 BC Workplace Inclusion Awards.

Taking place at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, this exciting evening will be attended by a range of employers from across British Columbia, hoping to be the winner in one of five categories. The Awards honour diversity and inclusion champions - individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a genuine commitment to supporting inclusive workplaces.

Past award winner Barb Richardson, a recruiter for FortisBC, was celebrated for her efforts and commitment to partnering with local service providers to recruit new immigrants, persons with disabilities, and aboriginal people.  

“Being recognized for my work in fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce was a very meaningful and personal career highlight,” says Richardson. “I believe diversity contributes to a high performance workplace, and creates a wider talent pool with broad range of skills and perspectives. It benefits both people and the organization, and it´s a good business decision.”

Individuals and companies of all sizes from all sectors which are operating in British Columbia are eligible for nomination and are encouraged to apply online before the January 31st deadline.

“This event is not about simply handing out awards” says Open Door Group´s Executive Director of Corporate Development, Alona Puehse. “It´s about recognizing that a company´s greatest resource is its people, and that companies that tap into a wider pool of candidates reap real rewards. Inclusive employers see diversity and inclusion as an integral part of their business strategy; one that is vital to their ability to innovate, adapt, and prosper”.

Keynote speaker, author David Roche will deliver an inspirational speech on the night entitled “The Road to Inclusion is paved with Grace and Humour”. David has transformed the challenges and gifts of living with a facial difference into a compelling message that uplifts and delights audiences around the world.

This special evening will also include inspiring performances that celebrate diversity.

The Awards night precedes the UNTAPPED 2015 BC Workplace Inclusion Conference speakers and workshops on March 10. For more information, please visit http://www.UNTAPPEDconference2015.ca.

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Governments of Canada and British Columbia announce agreement to help British Columbians with disabilities get jobs

(L-R) Richard Howard, Open Door Group, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, the Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, British Columbia Minister of Children and Family Development, Tom Burnell, CEO Open Door Group, Alona Puehse, Executive Director of Corporate Development Open Door Group, Kim Welsh Open Door Group
(L-R) Richard Howard, Open Door Group, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, the Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, British Columbia Minister of Children and Family Development, Tom Burnell, CEO Open Door Group, Alona Puehse, Executive Director of Corporate Development Open Door Group, Kim Welsh Open Door Group

Announcement made at Open Door Group WorkBC Employment Services Centre on the Downtown Eastside

The governments of Canada and British Columbia have reached an agreement that will help British Columbians with disabilities gain the skills and experience they need to get jobs. The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, and the Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, British Columbia Minister of Children and Family Development, on behalf of the Honourable Don McRae, British Columbia Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation, made the announcement today at the Open Door Group WorkBC Employment Services Centre on the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver.



The renewed Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities (LMAPD) is designed to improve employment prospects for Canadians with disabilities and better meet the needs of Canadian businesses.

Under this agreement, the Government of Canada will provide over $30.7 million per year to British Columbia - a contribution that will be matched by the province.

The Honourable Jason Kenney said, "Our government's top priorities are creating jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. Through the Labour Market Agreements for Persons with Disabilities, we are helping Canadians with disabilities gain the skills and experience they need to find jobs, while giving employers access to a better and larger pool of talented employees. Our government is very pleased that British Columbia has committed to participate in this new generation of agreements to help people with disabilities get jobs in their area".

As announced in the Economic Action Plan, this new generation of LMAPDs represents a federal investment of $222 million per year in the provinces and territories. This will allow provinces and territories flexibility to determine how to best address the needs of Canadians with disabilities, while helping Canadian businesses benefit from their skills and talent. With new requirements including mandatory employer involvement and improved reporting of outcomes, the new LMAPDs will better connect Canadians with disabilities with available jobs.

In addition, the governments of Canada and British Columbia recently signed several agreements to help connect Canadians with available jobs. One of these is the new Canada Job Grant delivered through the new Canada-British Columbia Job Fund, which will provide British Columbia with $65 million annually. the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers was signed at the same time, and will give British Columbia more than $8.7 million over three years. Also signed was a memorandum of understanding on ensuring that British Columbians have the skills needed to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities in the BC resource economy.
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