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CAN Connect Forum: The Power of Collaboration, Mentorship, and Knowledge Exchange as Key Drivers in the Disability Sector

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In the disability sector, there is a noticeable lack of mentorship, which significantly impacts both new professionals and those with years of experience. The April CAN Connect Forum aims to showcase the importance of knowledge exchange and support networks in accessing professional development opportunities and creating meaningful community impact.  The event will feature a panel discussion with representatives from the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN), The Real Xchange Knowledge Translation and Transfer (KTT), and the Canadian Association for Supported Employment (CASE). Panelists will discuss practical examples of creating collaboration and mentorship opportunities and facilitating connections, offering attendees insights into finding or becoming mentors that specialize in navigating the ever-growing field of accessibility.  

Attend to learn from the successes of these organizations and gain access to free resources. 

We are thrilled to introduce our distinguished panelists, a group of experts and thought leaders who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our discussion. 

Ingrid Muschta, P.Eng.

Director, Special Projects & Innovation, Ontario Disability Employment Network

A Licensed Professional Engineer with 25 years of combined working experience in corporate, entrepreneurial, and not-for-profit settings, Ingrid’s work has helped 250 people who have a disability gain employment. She has delivered Disability Training to over 500 business members. To learn more visit: https://www.odenetwork.com/about/meet-the-team/    

Joanna Goode

Executive Director of Canadian Association for Supported Employment

Joanna Goode (she/her) is the Executive Director at Canadian Association for Supported Employment, a national membership association committed to increasing the strength and diversity of the Canadian workforce through the inclusion of people who experience disability. She has over 30 years’ experience working for and leading non-profit organizations in service to the disability community, and to increasing inclusion in Canada. Joanna has a Master’s of Leadership and Community Engagement from York University, as well as post grad certificates in Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Leadership and an undergraduate honours degree in Exceptionality in Human Learning. 

Amanda Mastronardi

Project Manager, REAL Xchange, Knowledge Translation and Transfer, Community Living Essex County

Amanda has over 17 years’ experience in the Developmental Services sector, serving in a variety of roles within Community Living Essex County including Project Management, Human Resources, Administration, and Direct Supports.  Amanda graduated from the University of Windsor and holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, and later graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours Business Administration degree from the Odette School of Business.  With these varied positions and experienced perspectives, Amanda understands the critical need and significance of knowledge translation, giving people applicable information and resources they require, helping to bridge the knowledge gap that often exists across the sector.  Amanda is passionate about travelling, and experiencing and immersing herself in different customs, cultures and cuisines around the world.  Residing in Windsor, Ontario, Amanda and her husband are happily raising their two-year old daughter.