Speakers

Tara Beaton

Tara Beaton

Workplace Disability & Learning Solutions Specialist

With over 25 years of experience as a consultant, coach, leader and trainer in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors, Tara Beaton has provided guidance to thousands of specialists in Return-To-Work, rehabilitation, case management, human resources, and career development. Specializing in disability management and vocational rehabilitation, to date she has developed and delivered courses for 8 Canadian post-secondary institutions from coast to coast. Tara is a passionate advocate for disability rights, sits on the Board of Directors for VRA Canada, and holds a master’s degree in adult education focused on critical human resource development and accessible workplace learning.

Ian D. Hurley

Ian D. Hurley

Partner

Lecker & Associates

Ian D. Hurley is a partner at Lecker & Associates. His practice focuses on employment law and disability matters, including wrongful dismissal litigation, employment contract review, human rights, pregnancy and parental leave, and claims for the denial of disability benefits.

Ian has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He has also represented employees in Canada Labour Code adjudications.

Ian was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2012 after receiving an LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick where he was awarded the Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship in Law. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Dalhousie University.

Lumi Pungea

Lumi Pungea

Partner, Employment and Disability Law

Samfiru Tumarkin LLP

Diane Rudakenga

Director, Human Resources Business and Information Systems

Department of National Defense

Richard Sharpe

Richard Sharpe

Director, Equity, Anti-racism, Diversity and Inclusion

Department of Justice Canada

Richard has worked within the Canadian Federal Public Service for over 26 years. He is currently the Director of the Equity, Anti-racism, Diversity and Inclusion Leading the Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Secretariat at the Department of Justice Canada where his work focusses on ensuring equity and inclusion for all equity seeking groups within the organization. Over the years, his work has involved leading initiatives in support of Government of Canada commitments to the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. Richard is one of the founders of the Federal Black Employee Caucus that has been working with federal public service and union leadership to address anti-black racism in the federal public service. Richard is currently on the steering committee of Black Executive Network, engaged in promoting Black Inclusion across the senior levels of the Federal Government.

Richard’s work regionally, nationally and within the federal public service is intended to improve the condition of Black and African diaspora communities in Canada. Over the last few years Richard has been a speaker on addressing systemic racism, anti-black racism and how to be an ally within the Black Lives Matter movement.