Who We Are
Formed in 2013, the Presidents Group is a network of 25 change-driven BC business leaders who are champions for more accessible, inclusive workplaces.
Leaders of businesses of all different sizes and sectors, and business models, are represented and nearly 60,000 British Columbians are employed at the Presidents Group’s 25 member organizations.
The Group plays an advisory role to BC’s Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, and meets quarterly to share best practices amongst one another.
Each member organization assigns one or more staff members (usually in HR or Diversity and Inclusion roles, specifically) to the Community of Practice. This quarterly meeting allows these internal champions to meet and dig in to projects, resource development, and support for one another. Some individuals from the broader accessible business community are also invited to take part.
Community of Accessible Employers
The Community of Accessible Employers (CAE) is an open and entirely free network for employers who are committed to inclusion in the workplace.
In 2018, the Presidents Group launched the CAE, which gives employers beyond the 25 appointed members the chance to join the movement to accessible employment and access individualized support from the staff members.
The CAE currently provides employer-focused tools, resources, and access to training and events for BC employers on how to effectively recruit, hire, and retain employees with disabilities.
We encourage businesses of all sizes who are committed to learning and growing their knowledge of accessible employment of people with disabilities to join our Community of Accessible Employers.
Since 2017, the Presidents Group has been supported by two staff positions, who work with the members on their journey to best practices in inclusive employment, offer training for the broader business community, and help share the successes and challenges of accessible employment. They are always happy to join a video call with business leaders to discuss how Presidents Group can support their learning and development of accessible employment practices.
Whenever we can, we employ other individuals with specific areas of expertise—like major project management, user testing this website for all aspects of accessibility; supporting our social media; or sharing experiences as employees with disabilities for our curriculum. We endeavour to hire others with disabilities for all these paid roles. Please get in touch if you’d like to be added to our roster of consultants for these opportunities.
Past staff members who have since moved on include Trish Kelly, Marco Pasqua, and Mahin Rashid.
Yat Li – Senior Accessibility Consultant
Yat was born with bilateral microtia, a congenital condition in which the outer ears are underdeveloped. Yat cannot wear conventional hearing aids and has profound bilateral conductive hearing loss. Despite a physical disability, he has overcome barriers to inspire others in the community. Wearing prosthetic ears and a bone-anchored hearing aid, Yat is a communication accessibility advocate. Over the past three years, Yat has spoken at over 100 national and local events about his lived experience, accessibility, and social change. While working at Wavefront Centre for Communication Accessibility, Yat spearheaded numerous brand awareness campaigns to increase communication accessibility. From hosting national webinars to local events, with American Sign Language and captions, Yat is committed to removing barriers for all persons with disabilities.
To complement his passion for accessibility, he is a committee member for the Access Transit User’s Advisory Committee, advising TransLink on improvements to the accessibility of our conventional transit services. Yat is also appointed by the Vancouver City Council to the Persons with Disability Advisory Committee and serves on the transportation subcommittee. Previously, Yat served on the Board of Directors of AssistList.
Contact Yat to discuss
Making your workplace accessible, breaking barriers, joining the movement to measure, and more: email@example.com.
Micaela Evans – Marketing and Communications Specialist
Micaela is a disabled professional with a focus on equitable community building and broad systems change, and a strong knowledge of accessible marketing and communications practices. She has a BA in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Communications from SFU.
In addition, she has been an activist and advocate in disability communities for over a decade—working to improve representation, health care access, and accessible employment. As a person with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, she knows firsthand the challenges of finding work with a visible disability; and hopes through this work we can press forward with further opportunities for others in BC.
When she’s not working, Micaela can be found exploring Vancouver’s cafes and being a homebody with her partner and small Yorkie.
Contact Micaela to discuss
content you’d like shared with our network, accessible job postings, questions about the Community of Accessible Employers, and more: firstname.lastname@example.org.