We invite you to join us for our virtual Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 13th! Our CEO, Kelly Fournel, will taking a look back at the accomplishments and challenges of the 2022-2023 membership year.
11:45 AM - Virtual event doors open via Remo
11:45AM - Networking
12:00PM - Formal Business
- Report to the Community - Kelly Fournel, CEO
- Business of the AGM - Sandra Foster, Board Chair
- Vision for the Future - Kelly Fournel, CEO
12:30PM - Special Keynote
1:15PM - Networking
1:30PM - Doors Close
We are pleased to welcome Kelly Thibodeau, Founder and President of Squarely Accessible for a special keynote.
Making Business Sense of Digital Accessibility
Why is Accessibility good for Business?
1 in 5 Canadians identify as having a disability -- that's more than 6 million people, and worldwide, it's more than 16% of the world's population, or 1.3 billion people.
Accessible design is good for everyone. More specifically, designing with accessibility in mind:
Drives innovation: Accessibility features in products and services often solve unanticipated problems.
Enhances your brand: Diversity and inclusion efforts so important to business success are accelerated with a clear, well-integrated accessibility commitment.
Extends market reach: The global market of people with disabilities is over 1 billion people with a spending power of more than $6 trillion. Accessibility often improves the online experience for all users.
Minimizes legal risk: The Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) introduced the Information and Communication Standard, which requires that organizations comply with digital accessibility practices identified under the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Version 2.1 Level AA.
Meet the Speaker
Founder + President, Squarely Accessible
Kelly is a consultant, trainer and speaker who’s been making online marketing make sense for organizations, nonprofits and industry groups for over 25 years. She’s the founder of Squarely Accessible and is a keynote speaker, featured on podcasts and a university instructor.
Kelly brings a unique perspective to her work through her belief that all digital experiences are social and that content can’t be conversational until it’s inclusive.
Kelly is a leader who champions accessibility. Her company is a recipient of the inaugural 2022 Manitoba Accessibility Fund Grant. Her experience in digital accessibility started in 2007 as a member of an internal Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) working group committee for a leading international financial services organization, and then as a key member of an Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) working group within a private insurance organization.
She believes that people want to engage with companies that show the relationship means as much as the transaction and that curiosity, empathy and integrity make you stand out in today’s marketplace.
Kelly’s been on LinkedIn since 2006, and has had too many browser tabs open ever since.