The Planning Committee is currently in the process of building the conference schedule, and they are excited to share the details with you as soon as they are confirmed – stay tuned!

In the meantime, you can expect to participate in exciting and engaging keynote and breakout sessions on the following topics:

  • Advocacy for marginalized populations
  • Storytelling
  • Sexuality
  • Mindfulness and personal well-being
  • A panel discussion on human rights, including perspectives of self-advocates and human rights lawyers
  • Trauma
  • Universal design
  • Jordan’s Principle
  • Social media safety
  • More to come!

Visit this page regularly to learn more about speakers and sessions, or get in touch with us to provide a suggestion of what you’d like to see.


Jesse Wente: Broadcaster, Advocate & Pop Culture Philosopher, @jessewente


Jesse has appeared on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning as film and pop culture critic for 20 years. He previously served as Director of Film Programmes, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where he oversaw theatrical, Cinematheque and Film Circuit programming. A self-described ‘Ojibwe dude’ with a national and international lens, he encourages audiences to consider diversity and inclusion into the future view of their organization, industry and country.

Ian Campeau: DJ, Co-Founder of A Tribe Called Red & Indigenous Advocate, @deejayndn


Ian, also known as DJ NDN, is the co-founder & former member of the music group A Tribe Called Red (ATCR). Through a powerful combination of art and activism, he uses his notoriety to draw attention to issues of racism, gender based violence, stigmas of mental health, and other forms of oppression. He is Ojibwe, Anishinaabe from the Nipissing First Nation.


Michael McCreary: Comedian & Speaker, @aspiecomicfullsizeoutput_eed

See the world through Michael’s eyes as he takes you on a comical journey through the lighter side of Asperger’s Syndrome.

Diagnosed at the age of five, he’s combined his love of comedy and his obsession with Hollywood movies into a career as a comedian.

Keith Macpherson: 
Certified Life Coach & Mindfulness Advocate, @keithmmac

For Keith, mindfulness and music are the universal languages that bring people together in harmony as one planet. As a certified life coach and longtime yoga instructor, he has a strong dream of accessible health and wellness for the global community.



fullsizeoutput_f05Alysha Farrell: Assistant Professor, Brandon University

Alysha is passionate about working with others to tell stories through drama that challenge social marginalization and open spaces for self-advocacy. She’s taught in the public school system in Manitoba and worked as an educational consultant for the Manitoba School Improvement Program to support youth-driven social justice projects. Currently, Alysha works with students to critically examine the stories we inherit about others and the stories we tell about ourselves.

fullsizeoutput_effAndrew Gurza: Disability Awareness Consultant, @andrewgurza

Andrew is a writer, podcast host and an accomplished voice on the intersectionality of queerness and disability. His written work has been featured in Los Angeles Times, Men’s Health, Daily Xtra, Gay Times UK, Huffington Post, The Advocate, Everyday Feminism, Mashable,, and several anthologies. He has guested on a number of podcasts including Dan Savage’s Savage Love and Cameron Esposito’s Queery. He is the host of DisabilityAfterDark: The Podcast Shining a Bright Light on Sex and Disability.

fullsizeoutput_f03Cara Milne: Instructor

Cara is the award winning author and owner of M-Powered Planning Ltd, a Calgary based business that promotes positive and valuable roles for people with disabilities. The variety of workshops and seminars encourage staff and families to see the strengths of their existing services, and simple strategies that create positive changes in the lives of children and adults with developmental disabilities. Cara’s positive and energetic approach supports both common sense and sustainable change.


Additional speakers to be announced soon.